Birmingham ranks 9th most pet-friendly city in U.S.

Customers at Gatos and Beans, Alabama’s first cat cafe. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Now here is something we can “howl” or “meow” about in Birmingham.

This month, Wallethub, the personal finance website, released an in-depth report on 2020’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities

Using 25 key metrics ranging from veterinarians to dog-friendly restaurants per capita, the Magic City ranked 9th most pet-friendly in the U.S.

That’s right, Bham cracked the top 10, beating out Nashville, Portland and 89 other large American cities.

And why not?

Birmingham is a pet loving mecca.

A Rundown

Shall I provide a few pet-loving examples….

Do Dah Day 

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Dog costumes are a hit at Do Dah Day in Birmingham. Photo via Do Dah Day

Can you name a city that up until this year has held a pet parade for 40 consecutive years? On top of the fun and animal loving mayhem, the all volunteer Do Dah Day organization has raised 100s of thousands of dollars for animal welfare over four decades.  And let’s remember the parade is not only for cats and dogs.  

Here is my favorite parade walker:

Hand in Paw 

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Therapy dog from Hand in Paw in Birmingham. Photo via Hand in Paw

 

When Beth Franklin founded Hand in Paw back in 1996, she knew there was a need. Think about it. Birmingham is home to so many hospitals and health care facilities, including, Children’s of Alabama, UAB, St. Vincent’s, Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, the VA, Lakeshore Foundation and much, much more (a 100 to be exact).  The most loving animals on planet Earth- Hand in Paw’s animal-assisted therapy program makes nearly 100,000 visits a year.

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Photo via Hand in Paw on Facebook

Greater Birmingham Humane Society 

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Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Facebook page.

Did you know GBHS is one the first Humane Society’s in the nation? The group was founded in 1883, only 12 years after Birmingham was established. Just last month the group was celebrating the Birmingham City Council’s passage of one of the state’s first inhumane tethering ordinances. 

Red Mountain Park’s Remy’s Dog Park/Community Foundation

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Remy Dog Park at Red Mountain Park. Photo via Red Mountain Park’s Instagram

And let’s not forget, Birmingham has one of the best dog parks in the country – the Remy’s Dog Park at Red Mountain. Named after philanthropist Ken Jackson’s beloved dog Remy, the park is an extrovert dog paradise. 

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Ken Jackson, founder of the Remy Fund. Photo courtesy of cfbham.org.

Speaking of Jackson – his Remy Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham gives away thousands of dollars a year to animal service groups.

Bham Now Loves Pets

Bham Now’s Pat Byington with his cat Princess. Photo by Whitney Byington for Bham Now

Need more evidence that Birmingham is Pet-Friendly?  

Our city even has a “cat cafe” – Gatos and Beans

I’ve also come to the conclusion, Bham Now loves Pets.  Below are a few of our guides.

WalletHub Got this One Right

Got to say, WalletHub doesn’t always rank Birmingham this high in its rankings, but in my book their experts got this one right.

Want to see the full report? Visit: WalletHub

  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.