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 St. Petersburg a Pet-Friendly City?
Certified in the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program in 2019, St. Petersburg, Florida, has been active with the program since 2018. In June of that year, the city launched its St. Pete PAWS program to collaborate with organizations that support pets and their owners to make St. Petersburg a city where pets are welcome.
“The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ movement aligns closely with our focus on being a city of opportunity for all – which includes our pets,” explained St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman at the time.
“We used the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program’s criteria to take a look at the resources available to pets and their owners, and we found that we’re already an incredibly supportive community for pets, but we’re aiming to do even more.”
Education and Signage to Help Pet Owners
In 2019, the city was awarded one of three BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ grants provided to cities that are working to make their communities more pet-friendly. The city aims to create a comprehensive education and communications program called St. Pete PAWS Speaks.
This will include an educational mini-parklet (a mini version of the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ parklet) that can be set up at events or trade shows to promote St. Pete PAWS and responsible pet ownership.
The city also plans to refresh signage to include seasonal messaging while providing information on how to maintain a thriving, pet-friendly community.
In its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ assessment, St. Petersburg scored especially well on the Shelters and Homes traits of our pet-friendly cities model. Today, the city is working to make pets welcome in every aspect of the community, and offers a helpful pet-friendly city map for residents and visitors.