New Website Receives Two Paws Up as St. Louis Proudly Wears Pet Friendly Destination Collar

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With the launch of http://www.explorestlouis.com/pets/ and a growing reputation as a city that embraces pets, St. Louis continues to evolve as one of the most pet friendly travel destinations in the United States.

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It has never been easier to go to places in St. Louis with your pet, and the launch of this site will assist pet lovers in planning a trip or vacation to St. Louis area with their pets.

With the launch of http://www.explorestlouis.com/pets/ and a growing reputation as a city that embraces pets, St. Louis continues to evolve as one of the most pet friendly travel destinations in the United States.

“We unleashed this special pet module because so many people are traveling and vacationing with their pets,” said Kitty Ratcliffe, President of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC). “It has never been easier to go to places in St. Louis with your pet, and the launch of this site will assist pet lovers in planning a trip or vacation to St. Louis area with their pets.”

Easy to navigate and organized in a series of chapters, http://www.explorestlouis.com/pets/ is filled with a variety of articles and pet-related topics from how to travel with pets to a complete calendar listing of all the fun and exciting pet-related activities in St. Louis. The site also features several valuable links to special pet-related websites including Beneful® WagWorld™, the Humane Society of Missouri, the Animal Protective Association, Stray Rescue, Nestle` Purina PetCare, and the St. Louis Petlover Coalition.

St. Louis Evolves As A Pet Friendly Destination
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According to a recent CVC survey, 70 percent of St. Louisans view the community as a very pet-friendly area because of the many museums, wineries, dog parks, gardens, hotels, and outdoor restaurants that welcome pets. Consumers can also find numerous pet-related retail shops. The St. Louis region also has several pet-friendly events such as Purina Pooches at the Ballpark and the Barkus Pet Parade (Mardi Gras) and many venues and attractions including Forest Park, Purina Farms, 120 hiking trails and the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog (http://www.museumofthedog.org) in Queeny Park.

“It’s no wonder St. Louis welcomed The Dog Museum in 1987 as one of its jewels,” said Barbara McNab, Executive Director of AKC Museum of the Dog. “Dog lovers from all walks of life and dog walkers in the park are encouraged to bring Fido to visit the world’s only museum of its kind devoted to man’s best friend. The AKC Museum of the Dog maintains the country’s largest collection of dog art and dog-related artifacts.”

In addition, the St. Louis area has a long history as a pet-loving culture with the founding of the Humane Society of Missouri (1870) followed by the Animal Protective Association (1922). That legacy continues today with many St. Louis area non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting and supporting animal welfare.

Follow St. Louis on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest information on what’s happening in the Gateway City. http://www.facebook.com/ExploreStLouis; twitter.com/explorestlouis/statuses/3292585493

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For up-to-date information about St. Louis, your readers can call the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission at 1-800-916-0040 or check out our Web site at http://www.explorestlouis.com.

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