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A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Pets make life better, and more people than ever before see pets as family. Yet there are still barriers that stand in the way of pet-friendly cities. That can make it hard for people and pets to enjoy life together.

The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program aims to change that. Our new Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities sets out a model for pet-friendliness, with actions to consider and resources to help. The book highlights 12 traits of pet-friendly cities. These traits span action areas including shelters, homes, parks and businesses.

Below, you can download the entire book or pieces of it. Use these links to go directly to what you need:

We hope you’ll join the movement and start making your community as pet friendly as it can be. That way, everyone can enjoy the benefits of a life with pets.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL PLAYBOOK

A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities cover

DOWNLOAD BY SECTION

Download Shelters section:

Shelters section of A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Homes section:

Homes section of A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Parks section:

Parks section of A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Businesses section:

Businesses section of A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

DOWNLOAD BY TRAIT

Download Trait 1: Partners collaborate to end pet homelessness:

Trait 1-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 2: Shelters are warm and welcoming to encourage adoption:

Trait 2-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 3: Community cat programs humanely address overpopulation:

Trait 3-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 4: Pet-friendly housing options exist for all families:

Trait 4-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 5: Pet ownership is not restricted by breed or size bans:

Trait 5-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 6: Amenities are available that help pets and pet owners:

Trait 6-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 7: Pet needs are included in green space, park and city planning:

Trait 7-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 8: Pet hydration and waste stations are plentiful and easy to find:

Trait 8-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 9: People know the expectations for pets in public places:

Trait 9-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 10: Retail and restaurants make it easy to be out with your pet:

Trait 10-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 11: Traveling with pets is accessible, safe and affordable:

Trait 11-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities

Download Trait 12: Workplaces know and support the benefits of pets at work:

Trait 12-A Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities