PSL Achieves Pet-Friendly Certification
BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Program Recognizes First Set of Certified Cities
PORT ST. LUCIE – Port St. Lucie is now a certified BETTER CITY FOR PETS™, as part of a partnership between Mars Petcare and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, showcasing our 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, Port St. Lucie is on the forefront of creating a vibrant community where pets are not only welcome but thrive.
In January, Mars Petcare launched the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification, an extension of the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, which works with local government, 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 12 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.
“We established the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification to celebrate cities that are creating positive and welcoming environments for people and their pets, and encourage more cities to recognize the benefits of our four-legged friends,”said Jam Stewart, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Mars Petcare. “We’re excited to announce the inaugural group of certified cities and look forward to continuing this progress with The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program.”
The Better City for Pets™ certification will provide Port St. Lucie with grant opportunities to advance the goal of creating welcoming places for people and pets to live, work and play together. The certification will help the City when educating about the benefits of spay and neutering pets, as well as exploring a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program to help reduce cat overpopulation.
In the coming weeks, citizens will see Better Cities for Pets™ branded items such as window clings, dog water bowls and more displayed in businesses around our community.
To learn more about how to get involved in this initiative, please visit www.bettercitiesforpets.com.