BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ certified cities have programs and policies that make it easier for pets and pet owners to live a happy, healthy life together. Certified in the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program in 2023, Montclair, NJ scored especially well in the Homes trait of our pet-friendly cities model.
Left: Visiting pups enjoy a chance to cool off at pet-friendly events. Right: Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller (left) and Councilor Peter Yacobellis (right) pose with a pup at the Montclair Jazz Festival.
As Montclair Councilor Peter Yacobllis noted, “In the last two years, in addition to maintaining a AAA credit rating, we’ve seen our Human Rights Campaign Equality Index reach a perfect 100% score, Montclair get designated an official Monarch USA City and now we’ve become certified as an official Mars Petcare Better City for Pets. My co-sponsor of our Animal Welfare package, Councilor Robin Schlager and I believe that pets are members of the family. We take animal welfare seriously here as just one of many values we espouse on behalf of our wonderful constituents – the furry ones too.”
Recent events in Montclair that welcomed pets were Montclair’s Jazz Festival Block Party, a Lackawanna Plaza Yappy Hour and the city’s annual Pride Festival.
Montclair’s Mayor on Pet-Friendly Certification
Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller, center, at the Lackawanna Plaza Yappy Hour co-sponsored by Humane Montclair and Pineapple Express Barbecue.
“In so many ways, Montclair is such a special place to live. Not only are we a great place for humans, we are also a Better City for Pets! We are so grateful to be recognized for our on-going community efforts to make Montclair, NJ a pet-friendly city.”
– Mayor Sean Spiller
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