With ample outdoor space, beautiful weather and activities catering to canines, St. Petersburg is known as a welcoming dog-friendly city.
In 2018, the city’s passionately pro-pet mayor, Rick Kriseman, signed a proclamation declaring St. Pete a pet friendly city that “shines a light on the unconditional love animals give and promotes compassion for all our two-legged and four-legged neighbors.”
Mayor Kriseman spearheaded a Pet-Friendly Business Program whose goals are to:
Enhance and expand St. Petersburg’s “paw print” with projects and education that promote happy, welcome and healthy pets and pet families in our city’s businesses, homes and parks;
Build a framework of pet-friendly and pet-centric businesses and organizations, creating connections and partnering to maximize their collective skills and passion to make a positive impact on pets and the community; and
Shine a light on the pet-friendly jewel that St. Petersburg is and promote the tangible benefits pet-friendliness provides to our current residents, newcomers and visitors.
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Local businesses are invited to apply for the Mayor’s Pet-Friendly Business program. For more information, go to: http://www.stpete.org/city_initiatives/st_pete_paws.php
Responsible Pet Ownership
Pet owners in St. Petersburg are encouraged to be responsible and respectful. In addition to picking up and disposing of dog waste, per City Ordinance Sec. 4-55 in public locations:
- Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet long in areas open to the public, including City parks.
- Dogs may be off leash in fenced, designated dog parks.
- Dogs may be off leash in enclosed or limited areas for an event of limited duration as designated by City Council.
- Dogs are prohibited from athletic fields and playgrounds.
Benefits of Dog Parks
The benefits of dog parks for pets, their owners and the community at large are well-documented. Dog parks provide a safe place where pets can frolic and socialize without infringing on private property or impacting traffic and access to more exercise, thereby lessening the amount behavioral issues such as barking – behavior problems are the number one reason pets are brought to shelters or abandoned.
St. Petersburg Dog Park Locations
St. Pete dog parks open 30 minutes before sunrise and close 30 minutes after sunset.
Coquina Key Dog Park – 3595 Locust St. SE.
Crescent Lake Dog Park – 1320 5th St. N.
Kenwood Dog Park – 401 20th St. N.
Lake Vista Dog Park – 1401 62nd Ave. S.
North Shore Dog Park – 901 North Shore Dr. NE.
Walter Fuller Dog Park – 7901 30th Ave N.
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Bottom Line: Enjoy the benefits of St. Petersburg’s dog-friendly business program, including alfresco dining at any of the over 40 dog friendly restaurants participating in it.
Photo Courtesy: Allendale Park | St. Petersburg Parks
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