Better Cities for Pets


In April, the SWBID and the Humane Rescue Alliance received a $20,000 grant from Mars, Incorporated as an extension of the company’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program. The grant will give Southwest a pet-friendly makeover by adding additional waste stations and educational signage throughout the neighborhood, creating a new responsible apartment dweller toolkit, and enabling more pet-friendly outdoor events with hands-free seating, portable hydration, and additional shade at the Lot at 4th and M.


This summer, the SWBID will be working to install amenities and host educational workshops for pet owners. Based on an initial survey, the BID will be working to make the Lot at 4th and M and the Lansburgh Park Dog Park better spaces for pets and their owners. In addition, the SWBID will be working closely with community members to identify other opportunities for improvements at public spaces across the neighborhood. If you have specific recommendations on both where to add amenities and what to focus on regarding educational programming, the BID would like to hear from you. Please share your thoughts using the two surveys below.

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