Miami Achieves Pet-Friendly Certification

Published on July 09, 2019

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(Miami, FL, July 9, 2019) - Today, the City of Miami received official recognition and certification as a BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ from Mars Petcare, showcasing the Magic City’s commitment to creating a pet-friendly community. More people than ever view pets as members of the family, and with 85 million pet-households in the United States, Miami is on the forefront of creating a vibrant community where pets are not only welcome, but thrive.
“Initiatives like BETTER CITY FOR PETS refine our comprehensive approach to improving quality of life for all,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “Pets add an invaluable level of richness, vibrancy, and wholesomeness to our city. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to continuing to foster a pet-friendly community that prioritizes the emotional and physical benefits of pet companionship.”
The City of Miami has taken conscious steps in recent years to ensure its standing as a pet-friendly community. Currently, pet owners in the City of Miami are welcome to take their social, friendly, non-aggressive dogs to most City parks, provided they are on a leash. Designated dog park areas are also available at Kennedy Park, Blanche Park and Legion Park.

Additionally, the City recently completed an assessment of the Greater Downtown area – including Wynwood, Brickell, Overtown and Edgewater – gathering information on policies, services, and facilities related to pets. The purpose of the assessment was to determine how Pet-Friendly the City/Downtown area is towards pets and their owners and to identify areas where the City can further improve pet-friendliness.

In January, Mars Petcare launched the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification, an extension of the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program which works with local governments, businesses and non-profits to help communities make four-legged friends welcome. The certification, created in partnership with urban-planning organization Civic Design Center, evaluates cities based on twelve traits of pet-friendly cities across four categories: businesses, parks, shelters and homes. Applicants that received a certification demonstrated their commitment to creating a pet-friendly community and fostering the well-being of all citizens and pet companions.
To learn more about how to get involved in the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ initiative, please visit