'Better Cities for Pets' comes to downtown

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 10/26/18

Downtown Cleveland is going to the dogs – but in a good way. Mainstreet Cleveland announced on Thursday that Downtown Cleveland has been officially accepted in the Mars Petcare Better Cities for Pets movement to make it an even happier, healthier and more welcoming place for pets. As part of the program 40 downtown businesses are welcoming pets making it easier for pets and their owners to share experiences and time together.

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'Better Cities for Pets' comes to downtown

MAINSTREET CLEVELAND held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, celebrating its participation in the Mars Petcare Better Cities for Pets movement. Cutting the ribbon, from left, are Cleveland City Councilman At-Large Ken Webb; MainStreet Cleveland Board President Jim Metzger; MainStreet board member Kim Currin; Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks and his dog, Maggie Mae; Vice Mayor Avery Johnson (holding scissors); City Manager Joe Fivas; and Mainstreet board members Toby Pendergrass, Wes Snyder and Tyler Lawson.
MAINSTREET CLEVELAND held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, celebrating its participation in the Mars Petcare Better Cities for Pets movement. Cutting the ribbon, from left, are Cleveland City Councilman At-Large Ken Webb; MainStreet Cleveland Board President Jim Metzger; MainStreet board member Kim Currin; Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks and his dog, Maggie Mae; Vice Mayor Avery Johnson (holding scissors); City Manager Joe Fivas; and Mainstreet board members Toby Pendergrass, Wes Snyder and Tyler Lawson.
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Downtown Cleveland is going to the dogs – but in a good way.

MainStreet Cleveland announced on Thursday that Downtown Cleveland has been officially accepted in the Mars Petcare Better Cities for Pets movement to make it an even happier, healthier and more welcoming place for pets. As part of the program, 40 downtown businesses are welcoming pets, making it easier for them and their owners to share experiences and time together.

MainStreet Cleveland officially kicked off its participation in the Better Cities for Pets initiative with a ribbon cutting on Thursday at First Street Square.

Sharon Marr, MainStreet Cleveland executive director, welcomed pets and their owners to the ceremony, which concluded with goody bags given to those in attendance.

“We’re really excited about this,” Marr said, adding the Mars Petcare Pets Welcome program will benefit businesses, pet owners and pets.

“Businesses that allow pets inside will have signage on their doors indicating whether pets are welcome inside or pets are welcome on the patios or sidewalk dining for restaurants,” Marr said.

A MainStreet Cleveland news release about Better Cities for Pets states downtown’s pet friendly movement is one more on the list of pet friendly amenities available in Cleveland, including both small- and large-dog parks at Tinsley Park, more than nine miles of Greenway, pet-friendly hotels, doggie daycares, shelters, and much more.

“The Better Cities for Pets movement aligns closely with our focus on being the City with Spirit for all — which includes our pets,” said Mayor Kevin Brooks, who brought his own pup, Maggie Mae, to the ceremony. “We used the Better Cities for Pets program’s criteria to look at the resources available to pets and their owners, and we found that we’re already an incredibly supportive community for pets, but we’re aiming to do even more.”

A second dog park is coming in early 2019, in the Blythe-Bower Park.

Pets are good for business, the news release stated. People with pets are more likely to visit pet-friendly businesses, and to stay longer during their visit. The program was initially developed and piloted in Franklin, and has been proven successful over the past year.

Among those in attendance at Thursday’s ceremony was Brittany Graves, Mrs. Tennessee Agriculture USA 2019. She brought along her Chihuahua, Princeton Ricko Raymond Krouse Graves, who made a visit to Hyder Hangout, one of the participating businesses in the Better Cities for Pets initiative.

“The more pet friendly you can get, the better,” said Graves, who owns 3 B’s Pet Care & Boutique, the pink building on Inman Street. Graves’ business is also participating in Better Cities for Pets.

Better Cities for Pets is a program of Mars Petcare U.S., the world’s leading pet nutrition and health care business, created to help communities become more pet-friendly by bringing the voice of pets and their owners to places of influence and advocating for fewer pets in shelters, more pet-friendly places, and happier, healthier lives for both people and pets. For more, visit www.bettercitiesforpets.com.

Mars Petcare is a diverse and growing business with 75,000 associates across more than 50 countries all dedicated to building its vision: A Better World for Pets, by serving the health and nutrition needs of almost half the world’s pets. With more than 75 years of experience, Mars Petcare has developed an enviable portfolio of almost 50 brands, including the leading global pet nutrition brands Pedigree, Whiskas, Royal Canin, Nutro, Greenies, Sheba, Cesar, Iams and Eukanuba.

Mars Petcare is also the world’s largest veterinary health provider, through a network of more than 2,000 pet hospitals. The company is also at the forefront of emerging innovation and technology for pets, pet owners and veterinarians.

For more information and a complete listing of pet friendly businesses, visit www.mainstreetcleveland.com or Facebook.


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