Pet-Friendly Denver

I have often heard many of you prospective and admitted students ask questions regarding the “dog-friendliness” of Denver.  I am here to tell you not to worry one bit–there are plenty of pet friendly housing options as well as countless outdoorsy activities to do with your pooch.

Finding pet friendly housing:

  • Use Craigslist!  (Or some other online apartment search website such as Rent.com or Apartmentratings.com).  Just remember to filter your options by clicking “pet friendly” or “allows pets.”
  • Expect to pay both a non-refundable pet fee and a refundable pet deposit when moving in.
  • Also expect to pay a minimal monthly pet rent (somewhere between $15 and $30 per animal depending on the apartment or house).

Fun activities to do with your dog:

  • Click here for a list of city-approved off leash dog parks.  Just be careful because a few of these parks are NOT fenced in–they have “natural boundaries” (AKA: small ditches, bushes, or trees), which means absolutely nothing to my little escape artist pup.
  • Cherry Creek State Park also has an off-leash dog area that has GREAT walking trails so you can get exercise while letting your dog run free in the outdoors.  I would recommend buying an annual park pass, which is fairly inexpensive, if you plan to go here often because paying for parking every time can be costly.  Click here to check it out.
  • If you are unable to spend enough time with your dog, there are also some “doggy day-care” options throughout Denver.  I have not used any of them, but I have heard great things about Camp Bow Wow.

Before making the move to Denver, I also recommend checking out the city’s website on animal and pet policies.  They have all sorts of information here including things about licensing/registering your pet, required vaccinations, and links to Denver’s animal shelters.

So, there’s no need to worry about moving to Denver if you have (or want to get) a pet!  It’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors with your furry companion!

Me and Petey after moving into our new Denver apartment.
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