Developers, designers, and architects can take advantage of the benefits of — and demand for — pet-friendly real estate by incorporating pets’ needs into every stage of their projects. New construction can be designed specifically to address the needs of pets and their owners while existing spaces can be retrofitted to accommodate them.
Just as bathrooms are essential to human inhabitants, pet relief areas are essential for pets. Pet-friendly spaces should include at least one pet relief area that provides pet waste bags and a regularly emptied waste receptacle.
A 2017 survey of mayors conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mars Petcare found that only 42% had hydration stations available for their city’s pets.
Water is another necessity for pets, especially in areas with high temperatures. Pet-friendly spaces should include at least one potable water fountain that dispenses fresh water for pets — ideally into a vessel located at an accessible height.
A fenced-in or otherwise enclosed area allows dogs to get exercise and to socialize with other dogs and owners in the area.
Areas that allow for pets to be cleaned and dried are an excellent complement to play areas and help keep pets from tracking the outside inside.
Placing a groomer on-site allows owners to keep their pets in excellent shape without needing to travel far.
Including a dedicated pet concierge can dramatically ease the burden on owners who may need assistance walking and looking after their pets during busier times.
What do you suppose your dog thinks about your neighborhood? It might seem like a strange question, but there are nice places to live and there are worse places to live, whatever species we are.
Despite the well-documented benefits pets can bring to our communities, many aren’t nearly as pet-friendly as they could be.