The Morning Brew: Oklahoma is pet friendly
Oklahoma ranked high for being pet friendly
Oklahoma's pet ownership rates are among the highest in the country per capita, and that's reflected in its status as one of America's most pet friendly states.
It's the No. 4 most pet friendly state, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund based on a host of criteria including animal cruelty laws and the number of pet friendly spaces throughout the state.
When we say the name “Oklahoma,” a famous show tune might pop into your head. But now, the Sooner State has given us something to remember it for yet again: it’s the fourth-safest state in America for pets. Nationally, Oklahoma has the 17th best anti-cruelty laws, meaning its legislation provides animals with the most rights and punishes offenders with the strictest sentences. While we’d like to see a higher percentage of no-kill shelters, Oklahoma does offer pets solace with its 33 dog parks and pet-friendly trails and 93 dog-friendly restaurants. Overall, Oklahoma seems to be an enriching, safe, and healthy place for people to raise their beloved cats, dogs, and other furry babies.
Maine, Virginia and Arizona ranked ahead of Oklahoma. Neighbors Colorado and Kansas also made the top 10 at No. 5 and 10 respectively.