Readers Tell Us What Makes a City Pet Friendly
Yesterday’s blog post looked at those pet friendly cities surveys. Sure, those surveys can be entertaining, but we showed that they have different judging criteria. So, are the surveys useful? What attention do you pay to them? Do they make you wish you lived in a “more” pet friendly city?
Today, I want to share with you how our readers answered this question: What makes a city pet friendly? The question grew out of an earlier blog post of the same name, and based on the thoughtful comments received, we turned it into our June pet travel poll. Here are the results.
What makes a city pet friendly? (pick 3)
- Welcoming hotels, restaurants, and cafes – 25%
- Dog parks, beaches, and walking trails – 23%
- Attitude of residents towards people with pets – 17%,
- Pet friendly business district/shopping – 16%
- Pet accommodating tourist attractions – 14%
- Top notch vets and vet facilities – 4%
Notice that we did not ask the question with the phrase “if you own a pet and live in a city” or “if you are traveling with your pet.”
Do you think what makes a city pet friendly could depend on whether you are a resident, or just visiting? As a resident, you may see your city as being pet friendly; as a visitor you may not … depending on why you came to the city and what you intended to do.
If you’re a traveler, just passing through, no city is pet friendly if you sit in a hotel room with your pooch. Get out … explore … have fun! When we’re on the road, we’ve always been happily surprised by the number of businesses that are pet friendly – if you just ask!
If you’re a city resident, there for the long haul, vote with your dollars and patronize businesses that welcome your pets. If it doesn’t already exist, help create a groundswell of pet friendly awareness so that households with pets become an influential market force. (For example, look at the work being done by Sloppy Kisses in Saratoga Springs, NY.) This should persuade more businesses to “GoPetFriendly,” which will make it easier for more people to live/travel with their pets. Woof!