BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ 2019 Annual Report

The State of Pet-Friendly Cities

When every city is pet-friendly, it supports a happy, healthy world for all of us. Mars Petcare created the Better Cities For Pets™ program in 2017 to help cities be more pet-friendly.

This year, we awarded Better Cities For Pets™ certification to 31 cities to celebrate those that have put pet-friendly programs and policies in place and committed to keep working to make people and pets welcome.

We studied their initiatives, surveyed citizens and identified pet trends shaping their progress. This inaugural annual report shares our findings to spotlight the benefits of pet-friendly places and offer a roadmap for other cities to follow.


What’s Inside

Man walking in city with small dog

7 PET TRENDS TO WATCH

A look at the pet trends that are shaping the path forward for cities that want to be pet-friendly. Check them out here.


Woman holding cat that's available for adoption

A CITY THAT CARES

A city can’t be pet-friendly unless it is working to end pet homelessness. See what cities are doing.


Dog asleep on couch in a pet-friendly home

A HOME FOR EVERY PET

A lack of affordable pet-friendly housing is a significant hurdle for many families. See how cities can help.


happy dog running in park

ROOM TO RUN AND PLAY

Leading cities are finding creative ways to add green space and make it pet-friendly. Learn what they’re doing.


Dog sitting with owner at a pet-friendly outdoor cafe

PETS WELCOME IN MORE PLACES

Businesses that miss out on pet trends may be missing out on profits, too. Find out why.


Map of cities certified by the Better Cities For Pets program

MEET THE CITIES

We were thrilled to certify 31 cities in the inaugural year of the first-ever BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ certification program. See more about the cities.


dog outside by Better Cities For Pets bag

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program encourages and helps cities to be pet-friendly so more people can enjoy the benefits of a life with pets. Find out more.


cat on leash out for a walk

SOURCES

This report, our first annual report and pet trends analysis from the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, shares insights and best practices from multiple sources. Click here to see them.


Download a PDF of the 2019 Annual Report here:

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