Santa Monica, CA

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, Santa Monica, CA scored especially well in the Homes trait of our pet-friendly cities model.

A diorama of DOG PPL, a dog park, cafe, bar and lounge in Santa Monica.

Great Places for Pets

Along with its other pet-friendly features, Santa Monica is home to numerous public spaces that welcome people and their pets. Among them, the city suggests:

  • DOG PPL on Ocean Park Boulevard is a park, café, bar, and lounge, all in one.
  • Joslyn Park on Kensington Road includes the Herb Katz Dog Park, an off-leash area separated for small and large dogs.
  • Santa Monica’s Main Street has tons of outdoor dining options and a great way to enjoy a stroll or a night out with the pup.

Mayor Davis on Celebrating Pets

Mayor Gleam Davis with her beloved dog, Sylvie.

“I’m thrilled that Santa Monica is a recipient of the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS certification. From our top-notch animal shelter to wonderful pet-friendly spaces and businesses, we recognize how pets and caring for our pets can enhance the lives of people who live, work, and recreate here in Santa Monica.”

– Mayor Gleam Davis

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