Become a Pet Friendly Business

By including pets as business patrons, you are offering something very unique to your customers. Many pet owners have something in common with their pets, they are loyal. By making your business pet friendly, pet owners will seek out your business, tell their friends and will tend to buy from you or use your services simply because they appreciate your pet friendliness.


Some businesses naturally lend themselves to being pet friendly, and it is an easy step to become pet friendly, while others may need help. If your business falls in the later category, here are some tools that may help. 

Start Small

Consider limiting your pet friendliness at first, such as being pet friendly only on certain days or during certain hours, limiting pets to only certain areas of your business, having a pet size limit or limiting the number of pets that can visit your location. 

Another idea is to think of using pet friendliness as a part of promotional sale or event as a test. You could also consider allowing pets on a day where may have less business traffic with in your location. To minimize risk, you can restrict pet access to those pets that are potty trained, on-leash, non-aggressive and obedient.

Have a Plan

Most pet owners are responsible with their pets. However, with pets sometimes come potty accidents. To make this less of an issue, plan in advance for easily accessible cleaning supplies.

If you find a pet that is disruptive to your business in a way that is more than you are able to accommodate, you may need to ask some patrons to remove their pet. Take a few moments before you are in such a situation to plan how you will handle the situation. Consider being empathetic but firm with the patron. You may be able to offer help with the pet or an alternate solution.

Make it fun

Making your business pet friendly can be fun for you, your staff and your customers. Being pet friendly lends itself to creating new events and experiences for your customers. You may even be able to partner with other businesses to combine your efforts in a way that benefits both parties. Combined efforts mean less stress and more exposure to consumers you may have never reached before.

Being pet friendly is a fun way to be a part of your local community. Try it out. Apply to be in Our Pet Friendly Business listings on the Contact Us page.

Listing of Local Pet Friendly Businesses

Address: 200 East Jackson Avenue Knoxville, TN 37915-1005 (865) 521-0092 Knoxville, TN 37915

Broadway Carwash- Self-Service Dog Wash

5622 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37918 

Address: 524 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902-1540 (865) 971-5444 Knoxville, TN 37902

Downtown Grill & Brewery

Address: 424 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902-1103 (865) 633-8111 Knoxville, TN 37902

French Market

Address: 530 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 540-4372 Knoxville, TN 37902


Address: 31 Market Square Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 566-0275 Knoxville, TN 37902

Mellow Mushroom-Cumberland Avenue

Address: 2109 Cumberland Avenue Knoxville, TN 37916 (865) 524-7979 Knoxville, TN 37916

Ollantay's Havana Nights

Address: 137 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902 865-525-2600 Knoxville, TN 37902


Address: 18 Market Square Southwest Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 521-0600 Knoxville, TN 37902

Pelancho's Mexican Grill

Address: 1516 Downtown West Boulevard Knoxville, TN 37919-5406 (865) 694-9060 Knoxville, TN 37919

Preservation Pub

Address: 28 Market Square Knoxville, TN 37902-1404 (865) 524-2224 Knoxville, TN 37902

Rick's Place Neighborhood Sports Bar

Address: 1637 Downtown West Blvd Knoxville, TN 37919 (865) 693-4028 Knoxville, TN 37919

Rita's Italian Ice

Address: 26 Market Square Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 673-4888 Knoxville, TN 37902

S & W Grand

Address: 516 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902-1501 (865) 566-9800 Knoxville, TN 37902

Sapphire Knoxville

Address: 428 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 637-8181 Knoxville, TN 37902

Soccer Taco-Market Square

Address: Ste 101, 9 Market Square Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 544-4471 Knoxville, TN 37902

Soccer Taco-Kingston Pike

Address: 6701 Kingston Pike Southwest Knoxville, TN 37919 (865) 588-2020 Knoxville, TN 37919

Tomato Head

Address: 12 Market Square Knoxville, TN 37902-1404 (865) 637-4067 Knoxville, TN 37902

Trio Cafe

Address: 13 Market Square Southwest Knoxville, TN 37902-1405 (865) 246-2270 Knoxville, TN 37902

Urban Bar & Corner Cafe

Address: 109 North Central Street Knoxville, TN 37902-1008 (865) 546-2800 Knoxville, TN 37902


Address: 7063 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919