(PET ADOPTION/STRAY ANIMALS) Today, August 19 marks International Homeless Animals’ Day (IHAD), a day dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of homeless and abandoned animals.

Founded in 1992 by the International Society for Animal Right (ISAR), Homeless Animals Day aims to educate the public about pet abandonment, feral animals, and the benefits of neutering domestic pets.

In addition to educating friends and family about strays, street pets, shelter animals–call them what you may, today is also the purr-fect day to adopt a new furry member into your family.

However, pet adoption should not be taken lightly. Be sure to ask yourself these 10 vital questions to find out if you’re ready to adopt a pet.

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If you are ready to adopt, visit our pet adoption database, or stop by your local animal rescue or shelter today!

But with pet costs ranging from as low as $200 to over $2,000, we understand that not everyone can take in another furry family member.

Instead, you can easily advocate for pet adoption through social media (using hashtags like #opttoadopt and #adoptdontshop) to show your support for homeless animals in need.

In the article below, WalletHub examines 2017’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities, to determine where American’s pet companions can enjoy the best quality of life, without breaking the bank.

For instance, did you know that Columbus, Ohio has the lowest average veterinary care costs, whereas New York City has the highest?

Continue reading below for more of these key stats and find out if you live in one of 2017’s pet-friendliest cities. — Global Animal

A newly adopted cat at this year’s Adoptapalooza event at Union Square on September 8, 2013. Photo Credit: Dana Edelson

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To many of us, pets are family — only furrier, slimier and sometimes cuddlier than our human relatives. Naturally the nearly 85 million pet parents in the U.S. today seek out the places where their beloved companions can enjoy the highest standard of living — hopefully at the most reasonable cost.

Over 6 million pets enter animal shetlers each year, and sadly nearly 2 million are euthanized. Photo Credit: HSUS

Years ago, pet owners had access to only a handful of businesses offering animal services and supplies. Petco and PetSmart were among the biggest names. But new pet businesses are cropping up every day to fill the demand of this growing breed of consumers. Today, we spoil our pets with all kinds of luxuries, such as gourmet pet cuisine, upscale hotel accommodations and even pet “dating” services.

But adding an animal to the family roster can be hard on the wallet. A long list of expenses that include licenses, grooming and medical care can cost between $227 to more than $2,000 annually, depending on the type of animal. Health insurance alone can exceed $200 per year for a dog, and it may not even be worth it. And if you rent an apartment with an animal, you can expect to pay hundreds, if not thousands, more for a pet deposit, fee and rent.

With pet parents in mind, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest U.S. cities across 21 key metrics. Our data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability. Scroll down for the winners, expert pet advice and a full description of our methodology.

Source: WalletHub
Most Pet-Friendly Cities Least Pet-Friendly Cities
1 Scottsdale, AZ 91 Charlotte, NC
2 Phoenix, AZ 92 Anchorage, AK
3 Tampa, FL 93 Philadelphia, PA
4 San Diego, CA 94 Buffalo, NY
5 Orlando, FL 95 Santa Ana, CA
6 Birmingham, AL 96 Boston, MA
7 Austin, TX 97 New York, NY
8 Cincinnati, OH 98 Honolulu, HI
9 Atlanta, GA 99 Baltimore, MD
10 Las Vegas, NV 100 Newark, NJ

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