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Mainstreet Cleveland Announces Pet Friendly Downtown

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.

Mainstreet Cleveland will officially kick off its participation in the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ initiative with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 25, 1 p.m. at First Street Square.

“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,” said Sharon Marr, Mainstreet Cleveland executive director.

Downtown’s pet friendly movement is one more on the list of pet friendly amenities available in Cleveland, including small and large dog parks at Tinsley Park, over 9 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. “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.  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, Tennessee and has been proven successful over the past year. 


BCFP Links: Information Card | Code of Conduct Poster

Pets Welcome!

A successful pet-friendly enviroment depends on pet owners taking responsibility for their pets and those pets behaving well during your visit.

Below is a Code of Conduct that we request all guests and their pets adhere to in order to make everyone's visit a pleasant one.

Pet Code of Conduct

  • Pets must be leashed and under control of their owner at all times.
  • Pets must be licensed, immunized, and comply with all state and local regulations.
  • Pet owners may not leave pets unattended at any time.
  • Pet owners are responsible for making sure their pets remain safely out of the way and do not present a hazard to employees, other customers or their pets.
  • Pet owners are responsible for monitoring their pet's behavior and mood, and removing any pet that might be over-excited, aggressive or anxious.
  • Pet owners are responsible for monitoring their pet's needs and ensuring accidents do not happen. Any accidents that do occur must be reported and cleaned up immediately.
  • As needed, individual businesses may establish limits for the number of pets allowed on the premises at a time.
  • Businesses have the right to ask a pet owner to remove their pet from the premises at any time.
  • Pet owners are legally responsible for the behavior of their pet.
  • Damaged or broken merchandise that is caused by a pet, must be paid for by the pet owner
  • By bringing a pet onto the premises, pet owners agree to indemnify and hold harmless the business and its owners, against any and all liabilities that may arise from the pet being on the premises.

Pet-Friendly Downtown Businesses

  • 5 Point Cafe
  • Cleveland Creative Arts Guild
  • Pumpkin Pie Childrens Boutique
  • Stems at Five Points
  • Catch Bar & Grill
  • CBC Cleveland
  • Musuem Center Store
  • Meagher & Meagher Furniture
  • Pinnacle Bank
  • Mash & Hops
  • The Press
  • Hyderhangout - Quilt Fabric & More
  • Haskell Interiors
  • Bank of Cleveland
  • Regions Bank
  • Checkered Past Revamped Furniture
  • Element Womens Boutique
  • Bear Brew Coffee
  • Terra Running Company
  • Cleveland Dance & Performing Arts Center
  • Cobblestone Grille

  • Ashley Ownby Law Office
  • Andrew Johnson Bank
  • Project Free 2 Fly
  • Gardner's Market
  • Broad Street Eats & Sweets
  • Stamper's Furniture
  • Custom Awards
  • Express Athletics
  • Sun Paper & Janitorial Supplies
  • The Mill Coffee
  • The Downtown Dog Wash
  • Church Street Candle Company
  • Glassworks - Kim Currin Creations
  • Joe Rodgers Office Supply
  • Hardwick & Company
  • Ark Of Cleveland
  • 3B's Pet Care & Boutique
  • Bald Headed Bistro
  • Check Into Cash
  • Bienestar CBD




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. Mars Petcare works with key partners, businesses and local governments to better understand how to improve communities by: providing safe and welcoming shelters that lead to forever homes; encouraging pet-friendly, responsible homes for pets; welcoming more pets into local businesses, and giving pets plenty of park space to play. For more information about Mars Petcare and BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™, visit

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About Mars Petcare U.S. - Mars Petcare is a diverse and growing business with 75,000 Associates across 50+ countries all dedicated to building our vision: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™, by serving the health and nutrition needs of almost half the world’s pets. With over 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 over 2,000 pet hospitals including BANFIELD™, BLUE PEARL™, PET PARTNERS™, and VCA™. The company is also at the forefront of emerging innovation and technology for pets, pet owners and veterinarians, with WISDOM HEALTH™, a patented genetic technology testing for dogs and the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, as well as the LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs to support startup innovation and the next generation of disruptors in the pet care

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