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25 Cities Receive ‘Better City for Pets’ Certification


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Twenty-five cities across North America have received a Better City for Pets certification for creating a pet-friendly environment. Mars Petcare and Nashville Civic Design Center officials created the certification to celebrate cities where people and pets can thrive together.

“On behalf of Mars Petcare, I want to thank and congratulate the 25 cities that have prioritized people and pets in their communities,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America, which is headquartered in Franklin, Tenn. “From helping people live healthier lives to creating social connections, pets can truly transform our communities. These certified cities are helping to make a more pet-friendly world, and we hope that many more cities will join us in this commitment.”

Cities that have earned Better City for Pets certification include:

·       Bloomington, Ind.

·       Nashville, Tenn.

·       Calumet City, Ill.

·       Oakland, Calif.

·       Cleveland

·       Plano, Texas

·       Dallas

·       Port St. Lucie, Fla.

·       Fort Wayne, Ind.

·       Reno, Nev.

·       Franklin, Tenn.

·       Rochester, Mich.

·       Hallandale Beach, Fla.

·       Royalton, Minn.

·       Henderson, Nev.

·       Santa Clarita, Calif.

·       Laguna Niguel, Calif.

·       Southport, N.C.

·       Meaford, Ont., Canada

·       St. Petersburg, Fla.

·       Memphis, Tenn.

·       Topeka, Kan.

·       Miami Lakes, Fla.

·       Tucson, Ariz.

·       Miami

Through an online assessment at BetterCitiesForPets.com, participating cities were asked to share data on existing and future pet-friendly features within three sections: city profile, survey and priorities. Cities were then evaluated based on 12 traits of pet-friendly cities across the areas of businesses, parks, shelters and homes. Cities that met the certification criteria and committed to continuing their progress in creating a welcoming community for people and pets received the Better Cities for Pets certification.

Cities are better with pets, according to a recent Mars Petcare survey. For example, 82 percent of pet owners said having a pet positively impacts their lives; 64 percent feel more relaxed and happy when they are with a pet; 67 percent are more likely to spend money at businesses that welcome pets, while 61 percent are more likely to stay longer at a bar, café or restaurant if they can have their pet with them; and 44 percent of pet owners said they would accept reduced pay in exchange for allowing pets in the workplace.

The certification is an extension of Mars Petcare Better Cities for Pets program, which works with local governments, businesses and nonprofits to provide resources, tools and grants that help communities make pets more welcome.

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