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Tel Aviv: inside world's most dog-friendly city

The city of Tel Aviv, in Israel, claims to be the most dog-friendly city in the world, with the highest amount of dogs per capita and numerous dog-friendly businesses and public spaces for canines to enjoy.

Credit: Kfir Sivan

Credit: Kfir Sivan

Credit: Kfir Bolotin

Credit: Kfir Bolotin

There is estimated to be one dog for every 17 residents, making it the city with the highest amount of dogs per capita in the world. 25,000 Tel Avivian dogs enjoy 70 public dog parks; 1.3 dog parks for every 1 square kilometer, and there are also special beaches where dogs can roam free.

Credit: Kfir Bolotin

Credit: Kfir Bolotin

Credit: Kfir Bolotin

Credit: Kfir Bolotin

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality sets dog welfare as a high priority. The city shelter operates a no-kill policy and homeless animals can be treated 24/7 by city vets.

Special screening

The Municipality creates activities for dogs and last month hosted a special screening of the movie The Secret Life of Pets at the Roof Top Cinema of the Azrieli Mall, for 300 dogs and their owners.

Credit: Moshik Lindenbaum

Credit: Moshik Lindenbaum

Credit: Moshik Lindenbaum

Credit: Moshik Lindenbaum

Ruth Hayat, one of the events organisers, told Reuters, "We have 25,000 people in Tel Aviv that have dogs and we decided to do an amazing event just for them."

Day for dogs

Tel Aviv will host a special day for dogs on August 26 at the Bnei Dan Dog Park, with many attractions for the city's four-legged residents including:

  • Unique products for doggie birthdays
  • Sushi for dogs
  • Dog Spa

As well as many more doggie treats.

Main photo credit:Kfir Bolotin