As busy people juggle work, family, school and social activities, it can be hard to leave pets at home for long periods of time. Plus, people miss out on the benefits of pets if they can’t spend time together. That’s why many people want to have their pets with them all day – as they run errands, stop for meals and go to work. Business owners see the potential, too. A customer who isn’t rushing home to a pet may stay longer and spend more money. In pet-friendly cities, local ordinances and clear guidelines give businesses the option to make pets welcome. Local business associations may even bond together to create a pet-friendly business community. More people can take advantage of time spent with pets, and businesses can win loyal customers who appreciate the opportunity.