A recent survey by veterinarians finds that the District of Columbia has far fewer pet owners than any other state in the U.S.
WASHINGTON – Alexandria is known nationwide as a dog-friendly city – so much so that the city touts its pouch-friendly status on its website. But, it’s another story across the Potomac River.
D.C. ranks dead last among U.S. states, including the District, for pet ownership, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
This week the association released the results of its pet ownership and demographic survey, conducted every five years. The survey found that just 21 percent of households in the District own a pet.
The survey also found that the District had the smallest percentage of dog owners and cat owners. D.C. pet owners were also the least likely to take their animals to the veterinarian.
The association noted that the District’s pet ownership rates are far lower than any other state.
Maryland also is among states with the lowest percentage of pet-owning households with just 52.3 percent, according to the survey.
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