The city of St. Petersburg was awarded a $30,000 grant on Sunday for their pet friendly efforts, according to the Mayor on his Face Book page.

Attention, St. Pete...we just won the 2019 Better Cities for Pets™ Award for large cities and a $30,000 grant to help us...

Posted by Rick Kriseman on Sunday, June 30, 2019

The grant program which began in 2018, is a joint partnership between Mars Petcare and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It’s part of the Better Cities for Pets initiative.

The goal is to encourage more cities to become more “pet friendly”. The story from ABC Action News quoted St. Pete’s Mayor as saying:

Last year, we joined the Better Cities for Pets initiative, and I proclaimed Saint Petersburg to be a pet-friendly city. This initiative follows up on that promise to do everything from reducing pet homelessness to having more businesses and restaurants welcoming 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.”

As an animal lover, I am happy to see St. Pete take more initiative in this direction to help all pets. In today’s world, pets are considered a part of the family, and we like them to include them in our travel and family plans. This initiative helps get us closer to that goal.

Congratulations St. Pete! 😉

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .