Here’s good news for all the millennials flocking to the Denver area. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding apartments that will allow your dog, too.
That’s according to a California business called Apartment List (www.apartmentlist.com), which offers assistance to people looking for suitable apartments to rent.
In a recently released survey, Denver ranked 22nd of 200 cities rated on dog-friendly rentals. The Mile High City had 42 percent that offered them. In addition, Aurora had 47 percent, Boulder 40 percent and Colorado Springs 31 percent.
Arlington, Texas, came in at the top of the list, with 61 percent of apartments allowing dogs. Nationwide, only 24 percent of apartments allow dogs, according to Andrew Woo of Apartment List.
East Coast cities don’t appear to be very dog-friendly, Woo added. On a state-wide basis Woo said Texas and Colorado topped the list, with 67 percent of apartments allowing dogs. Nebraska, Minnesota, and Washington rounded out the top five.
Woo said states in the Northeast seem particularly unwelcoming to dogs – Vermont (12 percent), New York (17 percent, Rhode Island (23 percent) and Maine (20 percent) were all near the bottom of the list. (A survey of cats in apartments will be released later)
Of course, its no secret that millennials are the driving force behind an explosion of apartment building in urban Denver areas.
According to an article in the Denver Post(www.Denverpost.com), recent surveys show Denver beats out perpetually hip towns like Portland and Austin on the coolness scale, based on a dozen factors that Generation Y wants: We’re ‘healthiest’ and ‘fittest’ city, best city for transportation, among the West’s best wage-paying towns, hottest place to start a business, and third most ‘socially-networked.’
A Huffington Post article cites the Mile High City’s thriving cultural scene, with the Denver Art Museum and Denver Performing Arts Center, a bustling singles scene, as well as bus and light rail. Then there’s winter skiing and summer hikes… and legal pot, supported by 65 percent of millennials.
NEW CAT THERAPIST – There’s a new therapy kitten at Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado in Lakewood. The male is 6 months old and was adopted from the Cat Care Society. His left front leg had to be amputated at the shoulder as it was missing part of the bone, but he still tried to walk on it. He was found in a local neighborhood on his own and brought to the Cat Care Society.
He is a very happy, friendly, sweet animal who loves to be held and to play, say the people at the therapy business.. He will live at the AATPC ranch with the program’s other animal partners.
But he needs a name.
The operators of the therapy program ask people to help by sending name ideas to Anjana at email@example.com The kitten’s new name will be announced Friday, July 31.
ANIMAL TRACKS (Snippets from the world of animal news) – While adopting a pet can be a rich experience, it comes with costs, according to a story broadcast by NBC Bay Area News in California.
While many shelters offer low or no-cost spaying and neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping, there are upfront and ongoing health and wellness expenses to budget for after basic adoption fees.
Caring for a dog will set you back between $1,300 and more than $1,800 annually, depending on the size, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(www.aspca.org) estimates. For a cat, you can anticipate spending around $1,035 a year.
All those purchases add up; according to the American Pet Products Association, U.S. pet owners spent a total of $58 billion on their pets in 2014.
To start, you’ll need a collar and ID tag, a bed, kibble, toys and treats. Research local prices for registration fees and any costs associated with vaccinations and microchipping so you know how much you’ll have to spend on those needs post adoption.
For cats, there is the litter box and kitty litter.
Other costs to factor in before heading to the shelter might be for services like boarding, which can cost between $15 and $50 per night, dog walking, $15 to $20 per half-hour, and pet sitting services, which can cost between $10 and $65 per day. Be sure to consider that the cost of day and weekend trips — or even an evening stuck late at work — will likely go up once you take your pet’s needs into account.
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