How To Find a Pet Friendly Apartment

How To Find a Pet Friendly Apartment

It can be challenging to look for a pet friendly apartment, especially when you have concerns about how your pet affects your search. Does this community allow pets? Can I afford any pet fees? Is there an on-site or close-by dog park? When searching for pet friendly apartments in Orange Beach, these are just a few things to consider. We’re here at Sandy Shores to help find the right spot for you.


Different apartments often have different rules and regulations, at varying degrees, related to pets. Some apartments allow pets, but with limits on breeds, on weight, and perhaps even monthly pet rent requirements. These restrictions are common, but they can add stress to one’s search for a pet friendly apartment.

Other apartments might be more pet friendly, with few restrictions, on-site dog parks, or smaller pet fees. Truly pet friendly apartments might even provide treats, outdoor washing stations, or host pet-focused neighborhood activities like parades or costume contests. We’re proud to say that our community is pet friendly at Sandy Shores, and we also have an on-site dog park for you and your furry friends.

When looking for a pet friendly apartment, it’s important to consider your own needs, as well as your pet’s. You may have a smaller breed, and not be affected by weight limits. On the other hand, you may need to look for a place that accommodates larger breeds. If the community has a dog park, do they provide cleaning stations?


You may come across rentals that list banned breeds while looking for a pet friendly apartment in Orange Beach. These bans are commonly the result of city or county ordinances, but they may also be a result of the insurance policy of the community. Some breeds may be limited by the community due to the perceived risk of dog bite lawsuits and strict liability coverage. Here are some examples of banned breeds:

  • American Pit Bulls
  • German Shepherds
  • Rottweilers
  • Mastiffs
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Akitas
  • Malamutes
  • Huskies
  • Dalmatians
  • Chow Chows
  • Boxers
  • Cane Corsos
  • Staffordshire Terriers
  • Presa Canarios
  • Wolf Hybrids

Having multiple pets can also impact your search. Many pet friendly apartments restrict owners to two pets, as there is usually limited space in an apartment. This rule is intended to avoid damage to the apartment that could result from too many pets in a confined space. Weight restrictions are also put in place for this reason. Standard floor plans may not provide large dogs or multiple pets with adequate space.

Your pet may instead be a reptile or other exotic animal. Many apartment communities don’t allow exotic pets, so if you are an exotic pet owner, it may be hard to find a pet friendly apartment. “Exotic” could mean any animal other than a cat or dog. Violating the limitations on exotic animals is deemed a breach of your lease agreement, and could result in eviction. Alabama’s exotic animal restrictions include, but are not limited to:

  • Piranhas
  • Walking Catfish
  • Non-native Venomous Reptiles
  • Tegus
  • Mongoose
  • Any Species of Wild Rabbit or Hare
  • Coyotes
  • Foxes
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Wild Rodents
  • Wild Turkeys
  • Bobcats

Due to Federal Fair Housing Laws, service dogs and emotional support animals are excluded from pet restrictions. Under these laws, apartment communities that normally do not allow pets must accept service and support animals.


You should take into consideration some of the needs of your pets when looking for pet friendly apartments. Having a ground floor apartment would be more convenient, as you’ll have to take your pet out regularly.

Other things to consider are which apartment layouts are best for you and your pet, as well as the materials used for flooring (like carpet, hardwood, or tile). Having a balcony is great for enjoying the fresh air, but it does come with the risk of pet injuries. If you want to have your morning coffee outside, screened balconies and ground-floor apartments should be taken into consideration for your pet’s safety.

In your search for a pet friendly apartment, another important detail to consider is its location. Does the area have sidewalks for daily walks? Are there any local parks? Where is the closest animal hospital or veterinary clinic? Is there a pet daycare service on your route to work?


Additional costs are one of the most significant things to consider when finding a pet friendly apartment. Normal expenses include pet rent, pet fees, and pet deposits. The pet deposit is refundable, but only if the pet has caused no damage to the apartment.

Pet fees are one-time and nonrefundable. Pet rent is required monthly, along with your regular rent. In this case, you would be paying more per month for a pet friendly apartment. 

It is also important to consider possible vet bills, pet food costs, daycare costs, and even grooming bills. It can be costly to have a pet, so when searching for a pet friendly apartment, it’s crucial to remember these costs.


If you have a large or restricted dog breed, more than the maximum number of allowed pets, or exotic pets, finding a pet friendly apartment will be more difficult.

Rentals may be more flexible and able to accommodate your pet’s needs if they have an independent landlord. You should also provide the landlord with information about your pet, including a picture and training information, as well as its personality and vaccinations.

Having renters insurance with a company that provides for all breeds could also increase your chances of finding the right place. When meeting with a prospective landlord, bring proof of this insurance, as it shows you’ll be better able to protect them as the property owner.

You could also offer to pay a larger deposit, which may ease a landlord’s concerns about your pet. This also shows responsibility, and that you’re determined to care for your pet.


When you start your search for pet friendly apartments in Orange Beach, always check out the “Amenities” section of any website. In general, this will list whether the community is pet friendly and will detail its specific pet requirements. If you still have concerns, directly reach out to the community to learn more.

Sandy Shores is a pet friendly apartment community with an on-site dog park, nearby beach, and nearby veterinary care clinic. For more specific questions about our pet policies, feel free to give us a call at (251) 301-9790 or visit our website.

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