NYC ranks as the worst place to keep pets – the rent is even higher

As if renting wasn’t already bloody expensive in Manhattan, pet lovers have to pay $250 a month in pet rentals.

This is one of the reasons why our so-called largest city in the world, despite the estimates, ended up almost last place among the pet-friendly metropolises 1.1 million furry residents inhabits the Big Apple.

According to a recent study by ZumperDue to pet-related rent increases, vet bills, poor air quality, and a lack of outdoor parks per capita and less pet-friendly housing, the concrete jungle landed 95th out of 100 cities for pet owners.

This is ruff.

“You want to make sure you’ve considered all of the financial implications of owning a pet in this city before you decide to adopt it,” Rover trends expert Kate Jaffe said in a statement to The Post.

“If you have a parent pet, you’ll likely have to file an additional pet fee or pay a pet rental fee, which can range anywhere from an estimated $200 to $500, before you bring your pet home,” she added, noting The Accurate Dollar amount depends on building and animal species.

New York City is “notorious for its high cost of living”; In July, rental prices rose 9.3% more than a year earlier — and could be a major reason for overcrowded animal shelters in the boroughs.

As if renting wasn't already bloody expensive in Manhattan, pet lovers have to pay $250 a month in pet rentals.
As if renting wasn’t already bloody expensive in Manhattan, pet lovers have to pay $250 a month in pet rentals.
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NYC apartments from the outside
Manhattan is known for its high cost of living, which makes keeping pets even more difficult.
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“People give up their pets because of financial difficulties,” Katy Hansen, a spokeswoman for Animal Care Centers of New York City, previously told The Post.

The ACC has seen an “unprecedented” increase in population in the shelter’s kennels this year, due in part to a lack of timely adoptions.

Hansen suspected that the city’s exorbitant cost of living might be to blame.

“It’s New York City — it’s a really expensive city to live in,” she said.

However, if New Yorkers insist on owning a furry friend, Jaffe recommends considering the location, noise levels, and proximity to parks, vets, and pet shops.

“Before you officially bring your pet home, make sure you pet-proof them, if necessary, to comply with rental policies, prevent wear and tear, and make the space safe for your newest family member,” she advised.

Dog sits on park bench
Local animal shelters have seen a drop in pet adoptions as New Yorkers struggle financially.

According to Zumper, however, Richmond, Virginia performed best, securing first place for the best place to keep pets.

Not only is the cost of living lower than many other metropolitan areas, vet bills are cheaper, air quality is better, and there are more parks per capita.

The Southern state was ahead of the defending champions in second through fifth, Madison, Wisconsin; Columbus, OH; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Kansas City, Missouri.

To create his ranking, Zumper considered average one-bedroom rent, percentage of pet-friendly homes, veterinary costs, walkability, air quality index, and parks and vets per capita.

Jersey City, New Jersey surpassed New York as the absolute worst place to keep animals, followed by Anaheim, California; Santa Ana, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; and of course New York.

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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