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12 Traits of Pet-Friendly Cities Model

To make the benefits of pets accessible to as many people as possible, the 12 Traits of Pet-Friendly Cities model highlights key focus areas for cities to explore. The model is part of A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities and represents key learnings from the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program.

WHAT MAKES CITIES PET FRIENDLY?

12 traits of pet-friendly cities modelThe 12 Traits of Pet-Friendly Cities model spans needs for shelters, homes, parks and businesses. It supports three broad goals for people and pets everywhere: happy pets, welcome pets and healthy pets.

  • HAPPY PETS means more pets in loving forever homes, with fewer pets in shelters.
  • WELCOME PETS means fewer barriers to pets in society, from public spaces to the workplace.
  • HEALTHY PETS is the enabler — a world where owners know how to care for their pets, nutrition and vet care are affordable, and the health benefits of pet ownership are known and encouraged.

Underpinning the model is the need for responsible pet ownership — the commitment by pet owners to act responsibly toward the health of their pet and the good of the people and community around them.

WHAT ARE THE 12 TRAITS IN THE MODEL?

SHELTERS

1. Partners collaborate to end pet homelessness
2. Shelters are warm and welcoming to encourage adoption
3. Community cat programs humanely address overpopulation

HOMES

4. Pet-friendly housing options exist for all families
5. Pet ownership is not restricted by breed or size bans
6. Amenities are available that help pets and pet owners

PARKS

7. Pet needs are included in green space, park and city planning
8. Pet hydration and waste stations are plentiful and easy to find
9. People know the expectations for pets in public places

BUSINESSES

10. Retail and restaurants make it easy to be out with your pet
11. Traveling with pets is accessible, safe and affordable
12. Workplaces know and support the benefits of pets at work

Read A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities to learn more about each of the 12 traits.

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12 Traits of Pet-Friendly Cities Model