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October 11, 2013
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What’s the scene like for NYC pets and pet owners? According to number crunching from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), there are roughly 1.1 million pets in the city --600,000 dogs and 500,000 cats. That amounts to about one pet in every three homes. It may sound like a lot, and it can look like a lot on the streets of the densely populated five boroughs, but it’s lower than average for the United States, which is at 60% pet ownership. The best neighborhoods for pets? Well, we can say with certainty, based on data from the American Veterinary Medical Association as reported by NYCEDC, that the highest concentration of pet families can be found on either side of Central Park, near the East River-bounded Astoria Park, in the East River waterfront neighborhood of Williamsburg, in the more suburban Staten Island, and in a quieter corner of Queens called Middle Village.
NYC is a place to shop, and that’s no different for pets and their people. According to NYCEDC, in 2010, spending in the pet-related industry totaled $1.5 billion in NYC, or $1,350 per pet. And the first thing you should pay for when you and a dog move to New York? A license—it’s the law! And it’ll cost you approximately $8.50 for spayed or neutered dogs, or $34 for unaltered dogs, each year.
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