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Second Place Finish Sparks First Rate Idea In Annapolis

Back in April, the city of Annapolis finished second to Carmel, California in our Best City for Pet Travelers tournament. While they understood the reason for the defeat, the loss still stung for Annapolis’ supporters. One of those people decided to take her disappointment and use it as motivation to make things better. Rather than wait around until January for the powers-that-be to do what’s right, Kim Teter launched a campaign to make her city more pet friendly than ever before. Today I’m delighted to turn the blog over to her, so she can tell you about the difference she’s making in Annapolis.

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Hello GoPetFriendly readers! If you recall back in March this blog ran a tournament to find the Best City for Pet Travelers in North America. Carmel and Annapolis fought hard for the top spot in the last days of the competition. However – thanks to the Maryland legislature’s inaction on the Dog Bite Legislation, or the Pit Bull Bill – the readers voted Annapolis out in the last few hours.

As a dog lover, pit bull owner, SPCA employee, and Annapolis area resident, I was also outraged with my legislators. I, too, voted against Annapolis in the heat of the moment. But then, when things cooled down, I realized I had something a lot of others who were just as angry did not … the power to change things! That is how the Pet Friendly Annapolis Campaign was born.

Show The Love

Annapolis has always been a pet friendly town. Dogs are welcome in stores, on patios at restaurants, and at the local banks. The county SPCA is even located in Annapolis! But how could we let everyone know we are a pet friendly city? How could we remind people that our state lawmakers just work here, they’re not representative of this dog-loving town? We decided to show the love with the Pet Friendly Annapolis store decals:

Pet Friendly Annapolis Decals Pet Friendly Annapolis Decals

Kicking Things Off

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is providing these these signs to pet friendly businesses so locals and visitors will know right away that their dogs are welcome. The campaign just launched on July 1st and we had over 30 businesses contact us to become Pet Friendly Partners, with more joining every day!

Making A Statement

To make change, you need the attention of the people holding the reins. So, our big question was, “How can we show our legislators that dogs are part of our families, even the pit bulls?” We decided to take over the city!

In July, Annapolis is “Going to the Dogs.” The SPCA has organized nine dog friendly events throughout the city this month. We have met with city officials and most of our legislators and the idea has been embraced with open arms. We couldn’t be more excited! Bringing businesses, locals, and tourists together to say “My dog is my family and that means something!” will definitely get the lawmakers’ attention. And we’ll keep putting decals in every store year-round to continue to remind them that pets help drive our economy, too.

And that is how a second place finish can lead to a first place idea.

Join the Fun

If you are near Annapolis this month, please join us for one of our Pet Friendly Events:

Thursday July 4 – Annapolis 4th of July Parade. Look for SPCA dogs in the BMW’s! 6:30pm

Sunday July 7First Sunday Annapolis is going to the dogs! Look for our Waggin’ Tails mobile unit in the Stan & Joe’s parking lot! Special offers and giveaways! 12pm – 5pm

 Sunday July 14 – Running of the Pit Bulls at Truxtun Park. Bring your pitties and your pittie supporters to this fun community day! 9am – 12p

 Thursday July 18Dog Days of Summer Cruise with Watermark Cruises – City Dock Annapolis. Dock party at 5:30pm, launch at 6pm. For details and tickets visit www.cruisesonthebay.com

 Saturday July 20 – Wild Birds Goes to the Dogs – Wild Birds Unlimited in Clock Tower Plaza. Meet some of our adoptable animals! 10am – 2pm

 Saturday July 20 – Dogs Day at the Annapolis Towne Center. Visit our Waggin’ Tails mobile unit, get information from local pet businesses, and enjoy all the offerings from Towne Center Businesses! 12pm – 2pm

 Thursday July 25 – Dogwood Acres & SPCA adoption speaker series at the SPCA. 6:30pm – 8pm

 Thursday July 25 – Red Hot & Blue birthday event – all day at Red Hot & Blue.

 Saturday July 27 – TD Bank Doggone Community Day – Annapolis location on Bestgate Road. Join local businesses for a fun morning with your pooch! 9am – 1pm

Photo Credit: Paul Gillespie

Photo Credit: Paul Gillespie

Kim Teter is the Program and Events Manager at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County located in Annapolis, MD. You can learn about this program and many others by visiting www.aacspca.org

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  • Let’s face it. There’s lots of awesomeness to go around here!Not to mention all the great Maryland dogs. :)

  • Amy, you get credit!! If you hadn’t run the contest I wouldn’t have had the awesome idea!!

  • I am pretty tickled that my little tournament was the impetus for this great campaign, but all the credit goes to Kim. He’s a truly dedicated pet lover!

  • Wow! What a great initiative, Kim. I’m especially tickled by the Running of the (Pit) Bulls event.You must feel great, Amy, that your fun competition inspired something so positive in Annapolis. Look out next year!

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