Pet owners out on the town often feel caught between a proverbial rock and a hard place: many stores don't allow pets, while leaving a pet inside a parked car is increasingly frowned upon – and rightly so! The solution? Designated “pet parking” spaces that let owners stop & shop without worrying about their not-so-constant canid or felid companion. Let's see how different companies and countries are managing the concept...   

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

 

1) Its Park Is Worse Than Its Bite

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

Are you Finnish shopping yet? Since this is Helsinki, the answer is... complicated. Suffice to say that this patient pooch is literally the perfect picture of a parked pet: staying in its lane and not honking its “horn”. (images via antjeverena above and Alex Liivet at top)         

 

2) Mr. Beak Shot

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

So lemme get this straight: we can park our rooster but only if it isn't a pet? Fine, we'll just refer to our darling Phil Chick-Ay as something else, like umm... an unindicted cock-conspirator. Yeah, that's the parking ticket! (image via Scott Robinson                   

 

3) See Turtles

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

Wow, it really is turtles all the way down! At least that's the impression conveyed by this parking sign at a bank in Kyoto, Japan. The reality may be (removes shades)... lost in translation. (image via Chris Gladis)                      

 

4) The Lion Par-King

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

Driving a Jaguar in London's South Bank? Don't even think about stopping lest you accidentally occupy a parking spot reserved for His Majesty... not that one, the other one, aka the King of the Beasts. Here he comes now... can you hear the engine roar? (image via Matt Brown                     

 

5) Porking Lot

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

The southwestern English village of Toller Porcorum takes its name from the local river's former name and a Latin term meaning “of the pigs”, which explains the cute li'l piglet on their Parking signs. No word if the lot design compels patrons to park snout to snout. (image via Jim Champion)                   

 

6) Petter Parker

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

Leave it Australia to show the world how Pet Parking could and should be done! Just look at this all-inclusive and multifunctional happy place... LOOK AT IT. An inset water dish, a poop-bag dispenser, truly this is pet parking heaven! Well, mostly heavenly... pets can be parked here “at owners risk”, with the risk being that the dog won't want to leave when its 30 minutes are up. (image via Jason Ilagan)                   

 

7) Monkeemobiles Only

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

TIL that monkeys don't get access to choice parking spots unless they're good... good at what, we cannot say. Monkeys that don't make the grade get relegated to the back lot where parking is much more of an adventure, presumably due to all the discarded banana peels. (image via Lee Cannon                      

 

8) Roamin' Holiday

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

Cani Parcheggio here? You cani indeed, whether you're an Italian canine or some furrin' Fido. “Dog Parking” sounds like it could be the act of taking your dog to a park, because pinning new trendy names on old routine stuff is a thing now. (image via Banalities)             

 

9) Alley Oops

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

Oh Lordy, YouTube's infamous Crazy Rhubarb Lady can drive and this is where she parks... and woe be it if you complain. She's got a point, sort of, in that the first three letters of “ALLEY” spell A L L, and that means everyone but most especially her. And her cat. (image via InertiaCreeps)                        

 

10) Bark Place

The Top 10 Pet & Animal Parking Signs

Seems someone's got a “monopoly” on awesome pet parking spaces and that someone is Australia. Kudos to whomever came up with this punny sign and double-kudos for leaving a water dish for whichever thirsty dog, cat, koala, wombat, numbat or quokka parks its patoot here next. (image via Stephan Ridgway)  

 

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