YOUR CATS OR DOGS ARE BELOVED MEMBERS of your family, so you want to take them on your summer vacation to Cape Cod. Unfortunately, many rentals don’t allow pets, advises Associate Broker Sue Peters. That’s not because homeowners don’t like your furry friends; most often it’s an allergy issue. “The issue isn’t the behavior of your pet,” says Sue. “It’s tenants who come after you who have allergies.” Should you bring your pet on vacation? Here are some points to consider.
1. Pet-friendly homes rent quickly. Because they are in limited supply, these rentals are snapped up fast. Book early for the most options. To find pet-friendly rentals, click the “pets allowed” button in the search box on capeshores.com.
2. Some rentals allow dogs but not cats. Again, it comes down to allergies: It’s typically easier to rid a rental of dog hair than cat hair.
3. Some rentals won’t even allow hypoallergenic dogs. Why? Even if your dog doesn’t shed, its pet danger can be a health hazard for those with allergies.
4. Pets may be stuck inside while you’re at the beach. Many saltwater beaches on Cape Cod don’t allow pets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and some ban them entirely. Freshwater ponds have similar restrictions. Each town has different restrictions; here are a few links to the beach regulations for several Lower Cape towns.
- Wellfleet Beach Rules and Regulations
- Truro Beach Commission Beach Regulations
- Eastham Beach Rules and Regulations
- Town of Orleans Parks & Beaches Rules and Regulations
“If you can’t take your pet to the beach or pond with you, that means you have to leave your pet at the home by itself,” says Sue. “There are upsides and downsides to bringing a pet on vacation.”
What makes Prudential Cape Shores Real Estate special is our friendly staff of experts who know the beautiful Lower Cape/National Seashore area of Old Cape Cod. Let us help you find the perfect pet-friendly summer rental. Visit capeshores.com or call 508-349-1000.