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Pawsome Pet Friendly Cities To Call Home

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Pawsome Pet Friendly Cities

Finding a new apartment is a challenge in itself, but what about finding one that will allow you and your pet to live comfortably and at an affordable price? There is a growing trend for apartment communities to become more and more pet friendly, as evidenced by a Washington D.C. apartment community, 2M Street, having a resident dog that residents can spend time with and take out for walks! While Washington D.C. just missed our cut, these 5 cities below excel in walkability, average pet fees, pet services, and local weather making them the most pet friendly cities in the U.S.

Dallas, TX

Everything is bigger in Texas, so it’s no surprise that Dallas is #1 in the country when it comes to allowing large dogs. 20% of apartment communities in Dallas allow large dogs, almost double the second place city (Chicago, 12%) and 63% allow small dogs and cats!

Soak in some fresh air at off-leash dog parks like North Bark Park and Bark Park Central or dog-friendly trails like the Katy Trail and White Rock Lake. There is a growing amount of pet friendly restaurants to choose from, but few compare to Mutts Canine Cantina. Enjoy delicious craft beers from the communal beer garden while your dog runs free in the off leash dog park.

Mutts Canine Cantina


Where to Live: AMLI Quadrangle

AMLI Quadrangle is located in uptown Dallas and is a short walk away from numerous parks and the Katy Trail. The community also features a large enclosed pet park as well as a pet washing station to keep your dog and apartment clean!

AMLI Quadrangle: Dog Park


Portland, OR

While Dallas is great for large dogs, landlords in Portland prefer smaller furry friends, with over 40% of communities allowing small dogs or cats. Sticking with size, one of the biggest perks Portland offers is there are 33 dog parks in the city, the most per capita of any large city in the country. There is even a social network for dog lovers, so you’ll never miss an event!

Portland also boasts plenty of pet-friendly restaurants like the Tin Shed Garden Cafe which has it’s own Dog Menu and the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub which hosts an annual Dogtoberfest raising money for the DoveLewis Blood Bank. Portland also ranks 5th nationwide with the highest concentration of pet stores and services offered.

Tin Shed Garden Cafe


Where to Live: Indigo @ 12 West Apartments

Indigo @ 12 West has an indoor dog park, a great place for your pooch to meet new friends and for you to socialize with your neighbors. The community is conveniently located near a ton of outdoor parks including a short walk to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

San Diego, CA

San Diego ranks number one in the country with the most pet stores and services per household, making it very easy to take care of all of your pet’s needs. They will be happy to hear that you can afford new toys and spa days at The Golden Paw due to the low pet rent and fees that come with renting your next apartment.

The Golden Paw


With 16 dog parks and tons of dog-friendly beaches, you’ll be able to spend quality time at a number of different outdoor areas throughout the city. Favorites include The Original Dog Beach in Ocean Beach and Nate’s Point Dog Park. And since San Diego is known as the dog surfing capital of the world, you may as well get Fido a surfboard and start training him for the annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, PAW-abunga!

Bulldog surfing

Where to Live: Aquatera Apartment Homes

Located in Mission Valley, Aquatera is 100% solar powered making it very eco friendly for you and your pets. There is a synthetic turf dog park and doggie bag stations located throughout the community. Enter your pet in the Pet of the Month Program for a chance to win bragging rights, a $25 gift cart to Unleashed, a spa day from Fido and Co., and more!

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San Francisco, CA

Another California city makes our list due to similar perks of pet ownership. San Francisco ranks #2 behind San Diego in pet services and shops per household, but is #1 among large cities for pet costs. The average pet deposit is $57, the average pet fee is $7 and pet rent averages only $1!

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Dogs

Pets are a great way to socialize with others and there are plenty of places to do that throughout the city. From the expansive list of pet friendly restaurants to the 50+ different dog meetups you and your furry friend will always be on the move. San Francisco also has the 3rd most dog parks in the country, so it would be impawsible for your dog not to have a good time at Duboce Dog Park or any of the other 26 in the city!

Where to Live: Parkmerced

Parkmerced is located right by San Francisco State University and has plenty of green space around for you and your furry friend to enjoy, not to mention a fenced in pet park! Most breeds of cats and dogs are accepted and there are both town homes and high rise flats available to give you ample space.

Parkmerced Dog Park


Seattle, WA

While Seattle lacks the bright sunny days the other cities on this list enjoy, it makes up for it in their overwhelming pet friendly environment. Seattle ranks 3rd on the list of pet services and shops per household, and recent numbers show that there are actually more cats and dogs than children in households. Seattle also has relatively low pet costs and fees compared to other major cities.

It’s easy to get around to one of the 32 different meetup groups for dog lovers because dogs are allowed on the public bus lines, lightrail, ferries, and even some sea planes! Seattle is also home to, a popular service that pairs you with a loving, trusted dog sitter for all occasions. Finally, if you’re in Seattle you must head to Norm’s Eatery and Ale House, one of the few restaurants where you can sit and stay with your dog INSIDE!

Norm's Eatery and Ale House | Seattle, WA

via Facebook

Where to Live: The Olivian

The Olivian is at the forefront of pet friendly amenities. Take your dog out for a run on the 26th floor terrace that is equipped with an artificial turf park! Need to get out of town for the weekend? Drop your pet off at the ground level retail store Citydog! Club that offers boarding, grooming, and 5 different play areas!

Citydog Club


These are our 5 most pet friendly cities…what are yours? 

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  1. Jen

    I live in DC. And I’m from NYC I think both place are pet friendly. Though I love the list but not enough to pack my cat up and move west. I’ve lived west but not far enough. Cali is great to visit maybe it’s cat friendly enough to consider a job there. Eh I doubt it lol.


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