Dog, cat, lizard, or snake...Americans love their pets. But not all states are created equal when it comes to being pet-friendly. For example, certain cities and states ban certain breeds of dogs. Some places have greater protection against abusers and people who harm animals. And for those of us that love to hike or take our dogs to the beach, there are those states that refuse to allow them to accompany us.

So what is the most pet-friendly state in the entire Unites States of America? Well, the website safewise.com took a look at data from the Bureau of Labor, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and various online pet resources. They compiled the data and found that Maine is the most pet-friendly state in the entire country.

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They found that Maine is the way life should be for people AND pets. First of all, Maine has no breed restrictions. There are 76 dog-friendly beaches, hiking trails, and dog parks. And if you're plan on travelling with your fur baby...there are almost 1,000 hotels that will welcome your pet.

There was one negative about pets and Maine. About 70% of shelters still euthanize
because of overcrowding. But that's the perfect reason to adopt a pet from a shelter or a rescue organization. Not only will your life be happier...you'll save an animal's life too. Especially when you factor in Maine doesn’t have any registered dog breeders. That means there could be a lot of "back yard breeders" not being so responsible. But overall...Maine is doing a great job and ranks as the most pet-friendly state in the nation.

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Honorable mention goes to Massachusetts. They were number seven on the list. The website found Massachusetts has over 1,600 veterinarians, 208 dog-friendly hiking trails, beaches, and parks. And the state has severe punishment for people who abuse or harm animals. One note for fans of pit bulls...they're the only restricted breed in Massachusetts.

And in case you're wondering...New Hampshire came in number 20. So we clearly have some work to do to make things better for our pets in the Granite State. For a list of animal shelters in New Hampshire click HERE.