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St. Petersburg Launches Pet-Friendly Initiative, St. Pete PAWS

St. Petersburg, FL (February 2019) – In June 2018, Mayor Rick Kriseman signed a proclamation declaring St. Petersburg a pet friendly city. On February 20, in celebration of National Love Your Pet Day, the City is rolling out a new initiative, St. Pete PAWS, to put the proclamation into action. 

Said Mayor Kriseman: “Last year, we joined the Better Cities for Pets initiative, and I proclaimed St. Petersburg to be a pet-friendly city. Today, on National Love Your Pet Day, this initiative follows up on that promise to do everything from reducing pet homelessness to having more businesses and restaurants welcoming to pets. I hope you will take the time to visit our St. Pete PAWS webpage and review our St. Pete Pet Friendly map. Thank you for helping make the Sunshine City a place where pets are welcome and loved.”

The initiate strives to make St. Petersburg a place where pets are happy, welcome and healthy and shine a light on the unconditional love animals give and promote compassion for all our two and four-legged neighbors.

Pet lovers can view the pet friendly map on

  • Pet friendly restaurants
  • Dog parks
  • Pet services
  • Accommodations
  • Fire stations with pet oxygen masks

The City will soon be rolling out the Mayor’s Pet Friendly Business program. Businesses that meet the criteria can apply to participate in the growing directory. More information to come.

St. Pete PAWS Goals:

  • Enhance and expand St. Petersburg’s pawprint with projects and education that promote happy, welcome and healthy pets and pet families in our city's businesses, homes and parks.
  • Build a framework of pet friendly and pet centric businesses/organizations creating connections and partnering together to maximize their collective skills and passion to make a positive impact on pets and the community.
  • Shine a light on the pet friendly jewel that St. Pete is and promote the tangible benefits pet friendliness provides to our current residents, newcomers and visitors—both two and four legged.


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