The 2019 application cycle is now closed.  Winners were announced at the 87th Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI

Making our cities more pet-friendly can have so many positive impacts, from improving the health of our citizens, to raising property values. That’s why USCM has partnered with Mars Petcare, one of the world’s leading pet care providers, to promote pet-friendly communities. Last year we launched a nationwide initiative to promote, support and expand pet-friendly programs and policies in America’s cities. The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ initiative can help your city advance the goal of creating welcoming places for people and pets to live, work and play together.

If you’re interested in making your city more pet-friendly, Mars Petcare has shared these tips:

  • Review the Playbook for Pet-Friendly Cities and other resources to help you build your program. The playbook has numerous tips and learnings from best practices and pilot programs that are already underway.
  • Consider partners such as:
    • A local nonprofit animal welfare organization for pet adoption or spay/neuter programs
    •’s Rescue Rebuild program for shelter and park renovations/builds
    • Local developers for pet-friendly housing advances
    • Your local Downtown Association or Chamber of Commerce for pet-friendly business programs

Get inspired! Here’s a quick look at how pets make life better and why making cities more pet friendly helps everyone enjoy a happier, healthier life:

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  • At the 87th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), USCM and Mars Petcare announced the recipients of the second round of BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ grants.  Read the press release.
  • In a surprise announcement, Mars Petcare decided to give EVERY city that applied for the 2018 grants free-pet food donations for their local shelters and care facilities.  Click here for a list.

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