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The City of Brentwood is pleased to announce that it has achieved city certification through Mars Petcare’s Better Cities For Pets™ program, demonstrating its commitment to creating a pet-friendly community.

More people than ever treat pets as part of the family, and with more than 90 million pet-owning households in the United States, Brentwood is at the forefront of creating a community dynamic where pets are not only welcome, but thrive.

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Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little said: “We recognize and celebrate the four-legged residents of Brentwood and are proud to support them with features such as our parks, businesses and pet-friendly leash laws to ensure everyone’s safety.”

Brentwood has several programs to support a pet-friendly community, including a two-acre space in Tower Park dedicated to small and large dogs. Miss Peggy’s Bark Park features shaded benches, water stations and fire hydrants. There is also a creek nearby for the dogs to play. In 2022, the City of Brentwood also piloted a program allowing city employees to bring dogs to work.

To celebrate the City of Brentwood’s Pet Friendly initiative, Brentwood is partnering with the Williamson County Animal Center for “Pups and Popcorn,” a dog-friendly event at Crockett Park this Saturday, October 22 starting at 5 p.m. This event will include a pet photo booth, a Halloween costume contest for puppies, pet-inspired food trucks for people and pets, and Disney’s Lady and the Tramp movie will begin at 7 p.m. on the lawn. Be sure to bring your chairs, blanket and a sweater to bundle up and have some fun with the puppies too!

Prizes will be awarded for three different costume contests for small, medium and large dogs. The animal with the best judged costume in each size category will win a prize. Thanks to Mars Petcare for providing the contest prizes. Help us promote the event by sharing the Facebook event page.

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Event details

  • Saturday October 22
    • 5 p.m.: Puppy costume contest begins, access to pet photo booth and food trucks
  • Food trucks include – Bradley’s Creamery, Grady’s Class Concessions and Nash Dogs
    • 7 p.m.: Lady and the Tramp Movie broadcast on a 24′ inflatable screen

Participant Rules

  • All animals must have their vaccinations up to date
  • Do not bring reactive dogs, please only bring pets that are comfortable with crowds of dogs and people
  • Keep retractable leashes locked at 6 feet (strong leashes are preferred)
  • All animals must be kept on a leash at all times
  • Pick up after your pets; there will be stations available

Donations will be accepted at the event for the Williamson County Animal Center. Anyone who brings a donation will be entered to win a pet-friendly prize! You can access the WCAC donation wishlists here.

The Better cities for pets™ city certification launched in 2019 as an extension of the Better Cities For Pets ™ program, which works with government, businesses and nonprofits to help communities accept pets. It was created in partnership with Civic Design Center, a leader in the design of public spaces, and incorporates input from government and animal welfare experts. The program also offers pet-friendly certification for airports.

“We established the Better Cities For Pets™ certification to celebrate cities that create positive and welcoming environments for people and their pets, and to encourage more cities to recognize the benefits of our four-legged friends,” said Jam Stewart, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Mars Petcare. “We look forward to continuing to support cities as we work towards our goal: a better world for pets.”

For a full list of Better Cities For Pets™ certification recipients and to learn more about the program, visit