7 Pet Trends to Watch – an Excerpt from the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ 2019 Annual Report

In 2019, the role of pets in our lives has reached a new peak. They’re our best friends, exercise buddies, Instagram heroes and stress relievers. It’s no surprise they’re a $75 billion driver of the U.S. economy and a focal point for housing and business policy.

Cities thrive with pets, and pet-friendly cities benefit everyone, from kids to seniors.

Here’s a look at the trends that are shaping the path forward for cities that want to be pet-friendly.

BRINGING ZEN TO SHELTERS
Shelters are mirroring the feeling of home to help ease anxiety for pets and welcome potential adopters. Learn more.

BEYOND DOGGY BAGS
From pet-friendly patios and special menus to “yappy hours,” restaurants are joining the growing pet economy. Learn more.

FROM PET-FRIENDLY TO PET-OPTIMIZED PADS
Property owners are increasing pet-friendly amenities to drive more profit, faster rentals and longer leases. Learn more.

RECLAIMING PUBLIC SPACE: FROM PARKLETS TO “BARKLETS”
With growing evidence of the benefits of time outdoors with pets, cities are reimagining sidewalks, parking spaces and street corners as pet-friendly community spaces. Learn more.

PETS AS A WORK PERK
People prefer pet-friendly workplaces, so employers are making pets welcome to win and retain talent. Learn more.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS
National and local businesses are adapting the retail experience to cater to pet owners and increase in-store engagement. Learn more.

PET “PAW-LITICS”
Political leaders, from mayors to presidential candidates, hear their constituents’ concerns and are elevating pet priorities and pet welfare. Learn more.


See how cities are working to make life better for people and pets, and the seven trends that are driving them. Check out the full BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ 2019 Annual Report here or download a PDF version below.

Cover of the 2019 annual report

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