If you've read any of our other articles, you know we have a special place in our heart for the furry friends of the big apple. If you aren't quite sold on the idea of moving to New York with your pets, you can always come for a vacation!
Vacationing in NY or NJ with Pets
While some people assume that the high-rise of living makes the big city less desirable for pet owners, you might be surprised to find out just how pet friendly New York is. Statistics calculated by the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) have shown New York City is the largest city in the U.S. and has 1.1 million pets, including 600,000 dogs.
Traveling Around the City in New York
If you're coming to visit New York, you better bring your walking shoes. There are so many things to see and do, and just as many scenic spots to snap a picture of your furry friend. Need to run to a different Burrough, but can't make the walk? If your pooch is the reason you can't make the walk, you can always consider getting a small stroller pet carrier or cat backpack to transport them in. If you're in agreement with your cat or dog that the walk simply isn't going to happen after sharing such a large breakfast, you can always jump on Uber and request a pickup. Yes, Uber offers a pet friendly service option! You just have to be sure that you let your driver know ahead of time that you're bringing your four legged friend along.
New York Pet Policy
While there are an astronomical number of places to visit and restaurants to enjoy with your pet, New York does have a set of rules in place that you need to follow. Always remember to keep a copy of your pet's vaccine records if you're taking them out in public. NYC law requires that all dogs are up to date on shots, including the rabies vaccine, and that owners must have proof.
It is also important to note that leashes are life savers. Even for dogs who live in NYC, all the distractions of the big city can be a little too tempting. Who can resist the smell of a good hotdog cart? It is required by law, except in dog parks and designated dog areas of certain parks during specific hours, to have your dog on a leash in New York City. Central Park is one of the NYC Parks that permits dogs off-leash in designated areas in the mornings and at night. Dogs can be off-leash in certain areas of Central Park before 9 am and after 9 pm, but unless your dog has extremely good recall, we recommend taking them to a fenced in area or leaving them on their leash. Traveling can cause some pets feel incredibly anxious, so it is best to get a long walk in to lower their anxiety levels!
No matter where your dog is outside, you do need to remember to pick up their poop. When you have a city with so many people and animals, it is important to pick up all poop and dispose of it in one of the many public trash cans throughout the city. Do not use a private trash can to dispose of your pet's poop! There are public trashcans on almost every corner. We keep a doggy bag holder tied to our leash so we are always ready for our afternoon walk.
Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals
If you're looking for a pet friendly vacation rental near New York, take a look at Daniel's Realty. They have beautiful vacation rentals that you can enjoy with the whole family around New Jersey. If you want to be within driving distance to the big apple, but far enough that you aren't kept up by the noise, then you might consider one of their North Wildwood vacation rentals. Who couldn't use a quick getaway to the melting pot of history and culture?
Traveling to New York with your pets isn't as bad as it seems. If you're worried about how they'll do on the trip, order some salmon stix to keep them calm. Traveling causes some furry friends to become anxious, but Salmon Stix and a good long walk are sure to help them calm down. We can't wait to see you on the streets of New York!