Nashville, TN

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.

What Makes Nashville a Pet-Friendly City?

Certified in the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program in 2019, Nashville, TN scored especially well in the Shelters and Homes traits of our pet-friendly cities model.

Along with countless pet-friendly restaurants and hotels, the city is known for its pet-friendly parks. It has seven dog parks for leash-free play and leashed dogs are welcome in all Metro Nashville parks. The community also has pet-friendly water fountains in numerous locations, so people can fill a water bottle for humans while letting pets drink from a fountain at pet height.

The city’s Metro Animal Care and Control has a partnership with Pet Community Center for Trap-Neuter-Return and Return-To-Field programs that help humanely manage community cat populations.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper is also an avid advocate for pet adoption, using his Twitter channel to tout Metro Animal Care & Control and encoruage adoption.

Making Visiting Pets Welcome

In 2021, Nashville International Airport (BNA) became the first airport to attain pet-friendly certification through the through BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program. The airport has prioritized the safety and ease of traveling with pets and service animals, installing pet-friendly amenities before and after security checkpoints. These include:

  • A dedicated dog park to provide outdoor green space for traveling pets, complete with a dog drinking fountain and waste stations
  • Curbside relief areas at the North and South terminals, each equipped with a dog drinking fountain and waste station
  • An indoor relief area in Concourse D post-security, also equipped with a dog drinking fountain and waste station
  • Enhanced wayfinding signage throughout the airport to make it easier for travelers to find pet-friendly amenities
  • Pet-themed murals in the North and South terminals where travelers can stop for a selfie with their best friend
    man with dog entering airport pet relief area

    Helping Pets and Pet Parents

    The city also offers many resources for pets owners on its website, including:

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