The certification program, designed for city officials seeking to make their cities more pet friendly, provides evaluations based on 12 traits of pet-friendly cities. The 12 traits comprise attributes of a city’s businesses, homes, parks, and shelters. The certification program not only provides a way for cities to ensure that they are accommodating pets, but also provides a way for cities to advertise their pet-friendliness to prospective residents and businesses.
The Mars Petcare Better Cities for Pets initiative, for which the certification program is a companion, aims to improve the number and quality of pet-friendly cities across the United States. The initiative includes educational components through a collection of resources oriented toward city officials looking to improve the pet-friendliness of their cities as well as a grant program that awards funds to cities for projects that will improve their pet-friendliness.
“Cities across the country are making strides towards becoming more pet friendly, but there’s more work to be done. Through this certification, we hope to inspire more cities to take real action that leads to a better quality of life for people and pets in their communities.”
— Mark Johnson, President, Mars Petcare North America
Since its launch in 2017, Better Cities for Pets has impacted over 100 cities and provided more than $100,000 in grant funding and $1 million in pet food donations.