If you’re shopping for a home, you no doubt have a community wish list: good schools, a reasonable commute, and ample shopping and recreation. But don’t forget about your pet’s needs! Here’s how to find a pet-friendly neighborhood where your four-legged fur baby will feel right at home.
What to look for in a neighborhood
Dogs will thrive in an area with plenty of spacious, well-lit sidewalks for daily walks. Drive neighborhoods you are considering in search of nearby parks and greenbelts. Open grassy areas where you can toss a ball and your dog can bound will be fun for you and your pet. Better yet, look for dog parks specifically catering to pets, with designated play areas and poop disposal stations. These are sure signs of a pet-friendly neighborhood.
Look at your would-be neighbors’ houses. Do you see doggie doors? Food and water bowls outside? You’re probably in the right place for your puppy to make new friends. To be sure you’ve found a pet-friendly neighborhood, visit before and after working hours and look for residents out walking dogs or cats lounging in the yard. Once you’ve moved in, check Meetup or Facebook for dog play groups or breed-specific organizations.
Stores and services
Pet-friendly neighborhoods will also have services that dogs and cats need. Do a Google search of the area within a five-mile radius of the home you are considering and look for veterinarians and pet emergency rooms. Read online reviews to find the right health care for your furry friend. Also check for pet stores for foods and supplies as well as easy access to boarding facilities and groomers.
Your pet will feel even more at home if your new neighborhood has a “dogs welcome” policy at nearby businesses. More restaurants these days allow dogs on leashes at outside patio tables, and some retail stores will let your dog shop with you.
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