St. Pete could become one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country.

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That’s right, St. Pete is going to the dogs — and the cats and the birds and the lizards, sort of. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman announced back in June of 2018 that he wanted to make the Burg a more pet-friendly city. That broad proclamation now has a specific action plan called PAWS.

What are the goals of St. Pete PAWS?

Radically increase the number of pet-friendly restaurants and businesses in the Sunshine City.

Reduce pet homelessness in Pinellas County.

Promote the benefits of pet friendliness and develop an ecosystem wherein pet-friendly businesses communicate with one another and work together to provide amazing services and atmosphere for pet owners.

And to create safe environments for pets to exercise and play across the Sunshine City.

Explore the Sunshine City with your dog

Residents can already stroll and shop with their four-legged friends at the Saturday Morning Market. They can also get a membership to the Burg’s booming Dog Bar in the Grand Central District where the pups can enjoy some off leash fun while their owners enjoy a brew.

Kriseman is set open applications for the pet-friendly business program soon. You can monitor the initiative and check updates on the official St. Pete PAWS’ website.

The city has also crafted a detailed map which lists and illustrates all of the pet-friendly businesses and services in the Burg. You can get a look at that map online by clicking here.

Map by the numbers

This detailed map lists 46 doggie dining spots, 6 dogs parks, 69 pet services and 11 pet-friendly hotels to stay in.

What’s your favorite spot to visit with your dog in St. Pete? Let us know in the comments!


Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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