Bring Rover Too!

‘The way life should be … for both people and pets,’ should be the new Maine state slogan after Maine was named the number one most pet friendly state in the U.S. last year by The SafeWise Report, which specializes in safety and home security. In Maine, the report counted 76 dog-friendly beaches, hiking trails and parks throughout the state and nearly 1,000 pet friendly hotels, which topped both Virginia and Arizona.

Those two states placed second and third, respectively, on the list of the most pet friendly states in The SafeWise Report.

Data from the Bureau of Labor, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and online pet resources like was used to create the list of the most pet friendly states. Special attention was paid to which states had the strictest anti-cruelty laws, highest percentage of no kill shelters, and largest number of pet friendly hotels and parks.

Laura Stevens of Hermon has made numerous memories with her Labradors while exploring the Maine outdoors. “We have definitely been impressed by the number of beaches, restaurants, hotels and shops that welcome dogs,” said Stevens. “We do as many outdoor activities as we can [with them]. Bar Harbor is very pet friendly, and all the shops in town have dog water bowls out front for people’s pups to stay hydrated. One of our favorite spots is York Beach. Sears Island is a great place too, with a beach where lots of people bring their pups.”

Pet owners should be aware that dogs are not allowed on some Maine beaches all year round. From April 1 to September 30, pets are prohibited on certain beaches in order to protect the federally endangered piping plovers. Best said the Maine Bureau of Parks and Land is working closely with the Maine Audubon and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to protect the birds’ habitat in an effort to help its population grow. During those months, dog owners should plan to visit one of Maine’s other pet friendly sites.

“To me there is no such thing as spoiling my dogs too much,” said Stevens. “They are our best friends and loyal companions. Their only fault is that they don’t live long enough, so giving them all our love and spending as much time with them as possible is what we try and do every single day.”

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