St. Petersburg has joined the Mars Pet care’s Better Cities for Pets^TM initiative. This initiative will work to reduce pet homelessness and businesses becoming accepting of pets. The program St. Pete Paws is striving to make St. Pete a city that welcomes pets in safe environments. “The Better Cities for Pets movement aligns closely with our focus on being a city of opportunity for all – which includes our pets,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said.