TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Midwest isn’t a bad place to be a domestic pet, with Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee all ranking in the Top 10 most pet-friendly states, coming in at No. 8, No. 2 and No. 9, respectively. The West Coast may be the most pet-friendly, with Washington ranking No. 1, Oregon No. 4 and California No. 6.
By contrast, Kentucky was named the eighth-worst state for quality of pets’ lives, with Iowa No. 6 in the same category. New Mexico was named the least pet-friendly state of the union.
Among the criteria used in judging the rankings were the percentage of pet-friendly apartments available, the state’s overall pet population and consideration of laws protecting pets, from anti-cruelty regulations to how states respond to pets left in cars.
In Indiana, 27% of rental properties are pet-friendly. Illinois is behind just Florida, Washington and New York with 35% of its rentals allowing pets.