pets in New York

New York is considered to be one of the busiest cities in the world. The city is actually a “hustle and bustle” type of place where everyone is busy working hard to earn a living. But, living in cramped apartments and a busy lifestyle doesn’t mean that New Yorkers can’t spare some space for a pet or two.

In fact according to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), there are roughly 1.1 billion pets in New York City with 600,000 being dogs and 500,000 being cats. With such statistics, it’s likely that in every three homes there’s one with a pet.  

But, the reality is that owning a pet in the New York can be tricky. While some apartments do allow them, there are others that give restrictions while others charge extra bucks.

Now, having done immense research on the subject, this article will offer you some useful tips on how to keep pets in the New York City.

Know where the parks are

In New York alone, there’s nearly 29,000 acres worth of park space. The best thing about these parks is that they offer immense amenities for your four-legged friend especially if you have proof of ownership and your pet is rabies vaccinated.

Parks such as Central Park (800 acres) has immense recreational amenities for your pet such as enclosed dog parks and endless jogging and walking routes. Other parks that offer outstanding dog services include Riverside Park and Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.

Be aware of annual pet events

Although New Yorkers are considered to be busy individuals, they do have a sense of love and affection for their four-legged friends. This is demonstrated by annual events where they spare some time to celebrate and interact with their pets.

Most of these events, such as the Easter Bonnet Festival, are pet-friendly or rather pet-centric meaning you and your pet will have a chance to interact with lots of other pets and pet-parents across the city.

Go for a ride

Need to give your pet some ride around town? No problem. Your pet will receive a warm welcome in aboard the Metro-North Railroad either on leash or in a case provided it doesn’t interfere with the comfort of other passengers.

Other areas include MTA buses and the Long Island Railroad provided they’re nestled safe and sound in a canvas bag or a case.

Are there pet day cares around?

Just like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, New Yorkers are busy people. For that reason, if you’re a pet-parent who spends a larger part of the day doing office work, finding a dog daycare is a brilliant way of ensuring that your four-legged friend will get proper care and the much needed attention.

The best thing about daycare centers is that they not only socialize with your pet but they also offer extra services such as grooming, training, feeding and veterinary care for your pet.

Find dog-friendly restaurants

If you have a pet in New York, you need to be creative and plan ahead. By this, I mean that you have to recognize pet-friendly restaurants that are within your vicinity. This will help you save more as you don’t have to travel long distances just to get a meal for your pet.

Final words

So, if you’re a pet-parent living in the New York, then I believe these five tips will prove to be helpful to you and your pet. The best thing about this city is that it has immense pet-friendly resources which are enough to meet all your daily pet demands.

Unfortunately, New York has some restrictions for keeping pets in apartments, so I would recommend to move to a house on Long Island for more space and a yard for both humans and the pets.

Whether it’s taking a walk across the park, eating some meals in pet-friendly restaurants or exploring the city via the subway, there are plenty of activities you can do with your pet provided you’re creative enough to plan ahead.