FRANKLIN, Tenn., July 9, 2019 — Pets in 25 cities throughout North America are barking and meowing with approval today as their hometowns were included in the inaugural list of BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certified cities. The certification honors the work that has been done to create a friendly environment for two- and four-legged citizens and the commitment from each of these cities to continue improving their pet-friendly programs and policies.
Mars Petcare and experts from the Civic Design Center created the first-of-its-kind certification, which celebrates cities where people and pets can thrive together, as an extension of the Mars Petcare BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program. The program works with local governments, businesses and non-profits to provide resources, tools and grants that help communities make pets more welcome.
“On behalf of Mars Petcare, I want to thank and congratulate the 25 cities that have prioritized people and pets in their communities,” said Mark Johnson, President of Mars Petcare North America. “From helping people live healthier lives to creating social connections, pets can truly transform our communities. These certified cities are helping to make a more pet-friendly world and we hope that many more cities will join us in this commitment.”
The following cities share the honor of being the first to achieve the new BETTER CITY FOR PETS certification:
The BETTER CITY FOR PETS certified cities have all done incredible work to welcome people and pets. Here are some great examples of programs started in certified cities:
As more pets become integral members of households, families recognize the impact pets have on their emotional, physical and social wellbeing. A recent survey of U.S. pet owners revealed:
Through an online assessment at BetterCitiesForPets.com, participating cities were asked to share data on existing and future pet-friendly features within three sections: city profile, survey and priorities. Cities were then evaluated based on 12 traits of pet-friendly cities across the areas of businesses, parks, shelters and homes. Cities that met the certification criteria and committed to continuing their progress in creating a welcoming community for people and pets received the BETTER CITY FOR PETS certification. All cities that completed the assessment received a personalized report outlining their strengths and areas of opportunity, along with resources and tools from the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program to help them on their pet-friendly journey.
About BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™
The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program was created by Mars Petcare US, the world’s leading pet nutrition and health care business, to help communities become more pet-friendly by bringing the voice of pets and their owners to places of influence and advocating for fewer pets in shelters, more pet-friendly places, and happier, healthier lives for both people and pets. Mars Petcare works with key partners, businesses and local governments to better understand how to improve communities by: providing safe and welcoming shelters that lead to forever homes; encouraging pet-friendly, responsible homes for pets; welcoming more pets into local businesses, and giving pets plenty of park space to play. For more information about Mars Petcare and the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, visit BetterCitiesForPets.com.
About Mars Petcare
Mars Petcare is a diverse and growing business with 85,000 Associates across 50+ countries dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. With 75 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world’s pets – including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®, CESAR®, IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™ as well as The WALTHAM™ Centre for Pet Nutrition which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through a network of over 2,000 pet hospitals including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, PET PARTNERS™, VCA™, LINNAEUS™ and ANICURA™. We’re also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. As a family businessand guided by our principles, we are privileged with the flexibility to fight for what we believe in – and we choose to fight for: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.
About the OnePoll Survey
Mars Petcare issued a national consumer survey to better understand pet owner perceptions of pet-friendliness in their communities and understand challenges they have faced surrounding the promotion of pet-friendly housing, businesses, shelters and parks. The general population online and mobile survey was conducted by OnePoll and collected data from 2,000 adult dog and/or cat pet owners across the U.S. from June 4-5, 2019.
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