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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pet-Friendly Cities List Snubs San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 1:59 PM

San Francisco manages to land on ever so many Top-10 lists; if ever a Top-10 list was assembled of cities that crack the most Top-10 lists, it's a good bet we'd make the Top-10.

Now a website called has sent along yet another list -- the Top 10 Pet-Friendly Cities. Astoundingly, the city with more dogs than children; the city named after St. Francis of Assisi; the city where, for God's sake, you can take your goddamn animal anywhere you want -- did not make the cut.

Our calls to the site and its marketing people have not yet been returned. Here, by the way, are the locales deigned pet-friendlier than San Francisco:

Top 10 Pet Friendly Cities:

1. Portland, Ore.; 2. Colorado Springs, Colo.; 3. Rocky Mount, NC;

4. Boulder, Colo; 5. Santa Cruz, Calif.; 6. Eugene, Ore.; 7. Asheville, NC; 8. Albuquerque, NM; 9. Nashville, Tenn.;

10. Louisville, Ky.

The rationale behind these selections is not listed anywhere on the Livability site. The only explanation is this paragraph:

These cities have pet friendly parks and trails, quality veterinary care, active animal welfare groups, as well as an abundance of pet boutiques and retail shops. To make the list, these cities had to be more than pet friendly. They also had to offer an exceptionally high quality of life for the owners who love those pets. From quality healthcare and higher education to diverse job opportunities and active artistic and cultural scenes, these cities are some of the best places to work, live and play in America.

Huh. Sounds rather San Franciscan. We eagerly await a response explaining this dog's breakfast of a list. In the meantime, be careful not to step on's methodology.

Update, 2:30 p.m.: This just in from Livability's PR people --

Due to the high cost of living in San Francisco, the city did not make the list. While San Francisco ranked highly in the pet-friendly factors like quality veterinary care, places to walk dogs, and livability factors like vibrant arts and cultural scene and great food, the high cost of living took San Francisco out of the top 10.

Look, your humble narrator doesn't have a horse in this race (though, in San Francisco, I could take a horse into City Hall and say he's my service steed). But this hardly seems relevant to a city's pet-friendliness. By this rationale, San Francisco -- or New York, or any other pricey city -- isn't eligible for any list.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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