DOG FANCY magazine’s editors have chosen the cities they think are the most dog-friendly and Minneapolis made the top five.
The magazine’s readers nominate the cities and then the editors do the research to learn which five American cities offer the best in dog-friendly accommodations and activities. They look at things such as the number of dog parks, dog-friendly businesses in the area, the number of veterinary specialists, rescue programs and more.
Austin, Texas ranked the highest, for its rescue and adoption efforts, its dozen off-leash dog parks, numerous dog-friendly trails and swimming spots.
The magazine’s editors say the runners up in the contest “came in a close second,” so perhaps Minneapolis isn’t really number 5, that’s just where we ended up on the list:
- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
- Eureka Springs, Arkansas
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
How Minneapolis made the List
Did you know that in Minneapolis, more than 75 percent of the dogs that end up at the city’s shelters are rehomed? That’s an amazing statistic and one for which all of us should be proud.
The city also boasts of being home to the only public shelter in Minnesota that offers no-cost kenneling for dogs that belong to victims of domestic violence.
Our amenities for dogs are something to brag about as well, with seven dog parks and miles of paths on which they are welcome, including Luce Line State Trail. One of Minnesota’s dog owners’ favorite dog parks is Minnehaha, the 6-acre beauty in the middle of the city. The beaches are especially popular.
Our fair city also attracts businesses that don’t mind at all if you bring the pooch along. These include hotels, such as W Hotel Minneapolis - The Foshay, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown and more.
Shops in the city that don’t mind a few stray dog hairs include Grethen House II, Mother Earth Gardens, CoraZoN in Longfellow and others.
Even some of our coffee shops and restaurants are dog-friendly. Some of these include 3 Squares Restaurant, Toast Wine Bar and Cafe and Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar in Lowertown.
Finally, we made the list because of the numerous annual events held here. These include Dog Day 5k, Woofstock, the Renaissance Festival Pet Fest and Pet-A-Palooza.
While our coffee shop patios don’t exactly overflow with dogs like they do in Austin, it’s safe to say that Minneapolis deserves its spot on the list of America’s best Dog Towns.