Plans to make Belfast a dog-friendly city almost complete, says McDonough-Brown

Alliance South Belfast Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown has said plans to make Belfast a dog-friendly city are almost complete.The city’s Deputy Mayor – who has campaigned for the change over the last few years – says the move will make clear where dogs are welcome, helping dog owners and business owners across Belfast. He has encouraged all businesses which are dog-friendly to avail of the scheme.

Council officers have confirmed the opt-in badge scheme is ready to launch, with a new website almost ready to go live as well.

“I’m delighted to see the effort that has gone into making my idea of a dog friendly Belfast a reality,” said Councillor McDonough-Brown.

“Dog owners often want to take their pets with them into bars and coffee shops and previously it wasn’t clear where they were and weren’t welcome. This scheme will change that for the better and open up more Belfast venues to dogs and their owners.

“It’s also fitting this project is set to go live as we look towards implementing measures to regenerate Belfast city centre following the devastating fire at Primark last month. This scheme is not about forcing dogs into areas and venues where the owners aren’t yet in a position to take this step, but about letting them know the option is there.

“This scheme has already been endorsed by Hospitality Ulster, and I welcome all input and further suggestions over how we can enhance the project further. Dog owners bring companionship and comfort and joy to many, together we can make it easier for owners to enjoy everything Belfast has to offer.”

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