Banfield Opens First Ever Hospital in District of Columbia

Portland, OR October 06, 2015

While the presidential election is still a year away, pet owners across the nation have presidents top of mind when naming their pets. Banfield Pet Hospital, the world’s largest veterinary practice, and its internal research team, Banfield Applied Research & Knowledge (BARK), combed its database of nearly 2.9 million pets nationwide, and the votes are in. In honor of the new standalone hospital opening at the Yards on Saturday, July 25, Banfield is sharing the most popular presidential pet names.

Presidentially Inspired Pets

With over 3,000 pets inspired by presidents past and present, the landslide victory goes to Abraham Lincoln. There are nearly 750 dogs named “Lincoln” after the 16th president, and more than 80 cats. Jimmy Carter comes in second—Banfield data suggests almost 700 dogs and nearly 50 cats share the “Carter” name. Reagan, Truman and Kennedy round out the top five for both cats and dogs.

Most Common Presidential Names


  1. Lincoln
  2. Carter
  3. Reagan
  4. Truman
  5. Kennedy
  6. Nixon
  7. Ford
  8. Jefferson
  9. Roosevelt
  10. Clinton


  1. Lincoln
  2. Carter
  3. Truman
  4. Kennedy
  5. Reagan
  6. Jefferson
  7. Ford
  8. Roosevelt
  9. Nixon
  10. Obama

First Banfield Pet Hospital in District of Columbia

To celebrate Banfield’s new hospital at the Yards (located at 1212 4th Street SE, Suite 190), pet owners are invited to visit the new Banfield location to meet the local veterinarians and sign up for a Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan, a comprehensive package of veterinary services that provides Washington D.C. pet owners with year-round preventive care. In addition, the American Humane Association’s 50-foot Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicle will be available for tours. American Humane Association’s vehicle, sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital, is fully outfitted to help animals in need.

“While we have Banfield Pet Hospitals in the Washington D.C. area, we are incredibly excited to open our first hospital this weekend in District limits,” said Stephanie Foreman, DVM, medical director for the mid-Atlantic region. “We look forward to partnering with owners across the District on the care of their pets, including all the Lincolns, Carters, Reagans and Trumans out there.

Offering preventive care services that include annual examinations, nutrition counseling, prescriptions and surgery, the new Banfield in Washington, D.C. will provide pet patients with high-quality veterinary care. Amenities at this new location include separate dog and cat exam rooms and boarding areas that play pet-friendly videos, a children’s FutureVet play center and a complimentary coffee bar.

As a partner in care to millions of pets, Banfield recognizes pets age more quickly than people, making it extremely important they receive veterinary care at least twice a year to remain healthy and allow for early diagnosis of potential medical problems. Banfield is the leader in innovative pet health care programs like its Optimum Wellness Plans, which help make caring for pets convenient and affordable through every stage of a pet’s life. Each wellness plan includes unlimited office visits, comprehensive physical examinations, routinely recommended vaccines and early screening for serious illnesses.The hospital will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

About Banfield Pet Hospital

Founded in Portland, Ore. in 1955, Banfield is the largest general veterinary practice in the world. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, and today it is more than 900 hospitals strong in neighborhoods across the United States and Puerto Rico. More than 3,200 veterinarians at Banfield are committed to giving pets the highest quality of veterinary care. Banfield hospitals offer a full range of comprehensive medical services, computerized medical records, preventive care plans for pets and extended operating hours. Banfield Pet Hospital provides preventive care for millions of pets each year through Optimum Wellness Plans. For journalists seeking more information, visit our press room or contact the Media Hotline at 888-355-0595.

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