All year long you get my opinions on great places to visit with your pets … but as spring arrives, we turn the tables and invite YOU to salute your favorite pet friendly vacation destinations! The GoPetFriendly.com Readers’ Choice Best City for Pet Travelers Tournament puts a twist on the traditional “March Madness” basketball tournament and provides plenty of pet friendly travel inspiration, just before you start making your summer vacation plans.
How It Works
Check the list of cities already entered, and then leave a comment below or email us to nominate your favorite pet friendly city, town, village, or other incorporated municipality in the US or Canada. (Include your first and last name and the name of the city or town you wish to nominate.)
Nominated destinations will be assigned one per person, on a first-come, first-served basis. I will respond to let you know if you were the first to nominate the destination, or if you need to pick an alternate because someone already beat you to it.
Nominations for this contest will close on March 12th at 11:59 pm EST or when 128 cities have been submitted, whichever comes first.
The 128 nominated cities will be divided geographically into east and west regions, and then matched-up in tournament brackets using random selection.
The tournament will open here on the GoPetFriendly.com blog on March 14th, and will continue – round by round – until we announce the champion on April 6th.
We have an amazing prize package up for grabs!
Choose one of the cities that survives to the Final Four and receive:
A Sleepypod Safe Pet Traveler Collection, including your choice of Sleepypod pet carrier or safety harness, one set of Yummy Travel Bowls, one Cloudpuff Pet Blanket, and one engraved Sleepypod Pendant
Mark Your Calendar
Here are the dates to remember for this year’s tournament:
March 14th – Opening Round March 17th – Round of 64 March 21st – Round of 32 March 24th – Sweet Sixteen March 28th – Elite Eight March 31st – Final Four April 4th – Championship April 6th – Winner Announced
Tips for Winning
Collect easy wins in the early rounds – they draw less attention, and races are often decided by just a few votes.
Share the reasons you love visiting the city you’ve nominated with your pet. We want to know what makes it great!
As the rounds progress, reach out to organizations already promoting your city and ask them to help by reaching out to their audience. Let them know that more than 100,000 people read our posts every month, and a win will mean great publicity for their city!
Good Luck – and may the best city win!
Nominations for this contest will close on March 12th at 11:59 pm EST or when 128 cities have been submitted, whichever happens first. Only US and Canadian cities, towns, or other incorporated municipalities may be nominated. This contest is open only to US and Canadian residents over the age of 18, excluding Quebec and where prohibited by law. Anyone exhibiting rude, profane, or abusive behavior will be immediately eliminated from the contest. The decision of the judges is final. The winners of the prizes are responsible for any and all applicable taxes.