With more and more pet parents eager to bring dogs and cats with them as they travel, Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program has launched a new certification program that aims to help airports become more pet friendly.
The initiative builds on a recent partnership with Hilton’s Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites brands to make hotel stays more pet friendly as well.
Nashville International Airport (BNA) was the first airport to attain the new pet-friendly designation, recognizing its efforts to prioritize the safety and ease of traveling with pets and service animals.
Informed by the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program’s insights into making pets welcome, the certification assesses airports on features such as signage about pets and service animals, how the facility welcomes pets and pet parents, and having pet-friendly amenities like relief and play areas.
Airports must be located within 90 miles of a BETTER CITIES FOR PETS Certified City to be eligible for certification. Also, while most airports accommodate service animals, pets must be explicitly included in policies and programs to be eligible for the certification. See the airport assessment here.
To support airports that want to increase their pet-friendliness or apply for certification, Mars Petcare also launched a Pet-Friendly Airport Toolkit with insights and best practices about making pets welcome, pet relief areas and more. See the Pet-Friendly Airport Toolkit here.
The airport certification and toolkit were developed in collaboration with Civic Design Center, a leader in designing public spaces, and American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), leveraging their insights and aviation expertise.
NOTE: Mars Petcare is not a certifying body or entity and the “Better Cities for Pets Certified Airport” designation is a certification in name only for marketing purposes. The “Better Cities for Pets Certified Airport” designation is provided AS-IS, without any representation, warranty (implied or express), or guarantee of any kind. Mars Petcare expressly and fully disclaims any and all liability arising out of or related to the “Better Cities for Pets Certified Airport” designation. Applicants acknowledge and agree that they remain fully and solely responsible for all aspects of the operations of their airport facility, and Mars Petcare shall have no liability to them or to any other party for anything arising out of or related to their facility or the “Better Cities for Pets Certified Airport” designation.