St. Pete Puts Paws on the Road to Being Pet Friendly
Mayor Rick Kriseman announced an initiative to making St Pete a place where pets are happy, healthy and welcome.
ST. PETERSBURG – In June 2018, Mayor Rick Kriseman signed a proclamation declaring St. Petersburg a pet friendly city.
On Wednesday (Feb. 20), in celebration of National Love Your Pet Day, the city rolled out a new initiative, St. Pete PAWS, to put the proclamation into action.
“Last year, we joined the Better Cities for Pets initiative, and I proclaimed St. Petersburg to be a pet-friendly city. Today, on National Love Your Pet Day, this initiative follows up on that promise to do everything from reducing pet homelessness to having more businesses and restaurants welcoming to pets,” Kriseman said. “I hope you will take the time to visit our St. Pete PAWS webpage and review our St. Pete Pet Friendly map. Thank you for helping make the Sunshine City a place where pets are welcome and loved.”
The initiate strives to make St. Petersburg a place where pets are happy, welcome and healthy and shine a light on the unconditional love animals give and promote compassion for all our two and four-legged neighbors.
The goals of St. Pete PAWS:
Enhance and expand St. Petersburg’s pawprint with projects and education that promote happy, welcome and healthy pets and pet families in the city’s businesses, homes and parks.
Build a framework of pet friendly and pet-centric businesses/organizations creating connections and partnering together to maximize their collective skills and passion to make a positive impact on pets and the community.
Promote the benefits pet friendliness provides to residents, newcomers and visitors, both two and four legged.
Pet lovers can view the pet friendly map at stpete.org/PAWS. The map shows pet friendly restaurants, dog parks, pet services, accommodations and fire stations with pet oxygen masks.
St. Pete will soon be rolling out the Mayor’s Pet Friendly Business program. Businesses that meet the criteria can apply to participate in the directory.
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