Science tells us that when people have a pet, they tend to get more exercise, report less loneliness and stress, and have stronger social ties. That’s probably why more people than ever before see pets as family. They make our lives better, and we want to spend as much time with them as we can.

The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program helps cities be pet-friendly so more people can enjoy the benefits of a life with pets. It was created by Mars Petcare and includes a playbook for cities, an assessment tool, a city certification program, and free online resources.

The 12 Traits of
Pet-Friendly Cities

The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ model highlights key focus areas across four pillars: shelters, homes, parks and businesses. Essential to each trait is the expectation of responsible pet ownership and how the bond between people and pets makes us all healthier.

Learn About the 12 Traits of Pet-Friendly Cities

Pet-Friendly Certification

Find out how your city can get certified pet-friendly.

See How You Can Help

Get started by downloading our Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities.

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