Pet ownership has soared in the pandemic, and those new pets are affecting housing decisions for owners looking to relocate, a recent analysis shows.

The analysis, a collaboration between the real estate marketplace Zillow and the pet-service firm Rover, found that many dog owners were looking for areas that were better suited to their pets’ needs. To compile a list of the fastest-growing, dog-friendly locales in the United States, the companies analyzed dog accounts added to Rover’s database from June 2021 to March 2022, and combined those with views of single-family home rentals identified as “pet friendly” from March 2021 to March 2022 on Zillow.

In a separate survey of 1,000 dog owners conducted for Rover in March by Pollfish, 72 percent of respondents said they would consider moving to a home that better suited their dog’s needs. Sixty-one percent cited their pet’s well-being as their inspiration to move.

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