Every day is a dog’s day in downtown Elizabethton

Published 4:50 pm Thursday, June 8, 2023

By Angela Cutrer
Star Correspondent

Main Street Elizabethton is kicking off the dog days of summer with a newly launched “Pet Friendly Downtown” campaign to showcase the warm welcome pets have in Downtown Elizabethton.

Pets can now enjoy visiting the 23 downtown businesses and restaurants that have opened their doors – and hearts – to both people and their pals. Whether it’s a Beagle named Brutus, a Great Dane named Tiny or a Red Heeler named Bubba, you and your buddy can indulge together in shopping downtown, attending an event or simply going for a walk throughout the district.

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Kathy Fraser, Friends of the Elizabethton-Carter County Animal Shelter and Main Street Elizabethton member, said she was excited about the launch of the Pet Friendly Downtown program. “I love coming downtown and bringing my dog for a great doggy day out,” she said. “It is so nice to be welcomed into so many businesses!”

Main Street is working with the city of Elizabethton on long-term goals to provide pet-friendly amenities downtown, such as sanitation and hydration stations.

In the meantime, Main Street Elizabethton encourages you to take advantage of the following:
* Look for the “Pet Friendly Downtown” sticker showcased on a business’s front door – and then go on in!
* You’ll find water bowls at pet-friendly businesses to keep your pet cool in the heat.
* Bring your own bags to clean up after your pet and dispose of waste bags in the provided trash cans.
* Ensure your pet is on a leash to keep everyone – including your pooch – safe and comfortable.
Striving to behave our best means we’re sure to continue to have everyone (and every thing) welcomed to downtown.

Each month a pet-friendly business will be featured on social media to highlight its support and concern for your pets. To discover and visit pet friendly businesses, follow @DowntownElizabethton on Facebook and Instagram.

To learn more about the Pet Friendly Downtown campaign, check out MainStreetElizabethton.Com/Pets. For additional questions, contact Main Street Director Courtney Bean at (423) 213-0090 or cbean@cityofelizabethton.org.