The city has partnered with Mars Petcare on a number of pet-friendly initiatives in 2018, including:
To help US communities adopt similar policies and programs, Mars Petcare and the Better Cities for Pets initiative will issue three grants totaling US$100,000 in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM).
USCM member mayors can apply to be considered for a grant designed to help cities promote, support and expand pet-friendly programs and policies in communities across the US. Applications must demonstrate a commitment to continuing and expanding their pet-friendly community efforts.
D.C. has a recent history of creating pet-friendly environments. A survey sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare confirmed that Capitol Hill is a very pet-friendly workplace. A majority of House and Senate offices who responded to the survey said they welcome pets at work on the Hill.
The survey included in-person interviews in House and Senate offices during August 2017 and was conducted on behalf of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), to call attention to the benefits of pet-friendly workplaces.
The Hill survey findings paint a picture of a very pet-friendly workplace:
Pet owners want a lot from their pet food brands. They want primary proteins that suit what they believe is best for their animal. They want grains or they don't. They want something customized, but it has to be easy to understand.
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