November 8, 2019
A new report from Mars Petcare and its Better Cities for Pets program shows how pet ownership is shaping our communities. From housing and business policy, to overarching economic health, pets are making a larger impact on our lives than ever before and thus the decisions to be more inclusive made by businesses, shelters and government.
“We’re excited to share the inaugural Better Cities for Pets Annual Report, which highlights the latest trends in pet-friendly cities and what citizens want to see in their own communities,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. “We look forward to following the journey of these cities as they continue to make progress, and we hope that this report serves as inspiration for other communities looking to drive change and welcome pets.”
The report highlighted seven emerging trends in pet-friendly cities that are leading the way:
From “Pet-Friendly” to “Pet-Optimized” Living
With the rise of pet ownership, rental property owners are increasing pet-friendly amenities such as pet spas and dog parks to offer more upscale, convenience-driven options.
Businesses are evolving retail experiences and catering to pet owners by educating shoppers and offering new amenities like in-store pet-sitting and pet-friendly decals in their storefronts for easy navigation.
Bring Your Pet to Work
Employers are becoming increasingly welcoming to four-legged friends in the workplace to maintain and attract new talent and increase productivity.
Dining options for dogs and their human parents are growing across the country, as pets on patio legislation becomes more popular.
Pet shelters across the nation are improving their environments to attract more potential adoptive families and make dogs and cats feel more at ease in their temporary homes.
Reclaiming Public Space
Cities nationwide are transforming parking lots, street corners and sidewalks to establish gathering spaces for people and pets alike.
Animal Rights Now
An increasing number of political leaders are advocating for animal rights and pet welfare, as more of their constituents demand change.
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