December 13, 2017 11:50 AM

Without even knowing it, you could be giving your pet a better life, just based on the state you live in.

While there are countless loving pet parents across America, there are some states that simply do more to make an animal’s life safer and more exciting.

To find out which parts of our country are best suited for pets, SafeWise gathered information from the Bureau of Labor, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other resources like Using this information, it determined where states ranked based on where they fell when it came to anti-cruelty laws, pet-friendly hotels, dog parks and more.

Take all of this and a little number crunching, and SafeWise was able to put out a list of the top 10 states for pets.

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 Check out the list below, and see if you and your state get bragging rights.

10. Washington

9. Rhode Island

8. Kansas

7. Massachusetts

6. Oregon

5. Colorado

4. Oklahoma

3. Arizona

2. Virginia

1. Maine

Maine earned the top spot thanks to its 1,000 pet-friendly hotels and 76 dog-friendly beaches, hiking trails and dog parks. Plus, the state has no breed restriction laws.

To see where the rest of the states ranked and why, visit SafeWise for the full report.

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