These 25 Cities Make it Easier to Have a Great Life with Your Pet

Pets make life happier and healthier. That’s why the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program helps cities make pets as welcome as possible. And now Mars Petcare is certifying the most pet-friendly places to recognize and celebrate all they do for pets and pet owners.

Meet the Inaugural Group of Certified Cities

map of certified cities

These cities have all earned BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ recognition thanks to the programs and policies they have in place. For more information about the certification, click here.

View of Cleveland, Ohio
Courthouse in Fort Wayne, IN
Buildings in Oakland, CA
Beach in Southport, NC
Desert outside Tucson, AZ
Happy dog outside
Dallas skyline
Nashville skyline
Park in Plano, Texas
Santa Clarita city hall
Capitol building in Topeka

How Do Cities Get Certified?

The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program includes a model of 12 key traits for pet-friendly cities. Things like local organizations working to end pet homelessness, available pet-friendly housing, pet amenities like free pet waste bags, and shops and restaurants that make it easy to be out with pets.

Cities that want BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ recognition take our online assessment, a detailed look at the city’s pet demographics, features, pet-friendly programs, and plans for the future.

Want your city certified? Write to your Mayor or City Council and encourage them to visit to get started.

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With the Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities, you’re on your way to a happier, healthier place for people and pets alike.