Houston Dogs: Adoptions and Adventures
Owning a dog is a big responsibility with HUGE rewards. Camden loves providing pet-friendly apartments, especially in cities like Houston packed with things to do with your dog and awesome dog adoption benefits. Read about all the details on dog adoption in Houston plus our favorite pet-friendly services and places in Houston!
Where to find your furry roommate.
Houston is full of precious dogs that need a good home. See Providing a “Fur”ever Home to a Rescue Dog in 5 Steps which include links to Houston area rescues.
Adopting from a rescue provides many benefits such as getting a dog that has had a full health and personality evaluation. But did you know that some Houston rescues offer a little more?
For the month of June, the Houston Humane Society is offering free and ½ price dog adoptions on select pets.As an added bonus, Bark Box and Swiffer will provide a special welcome home kit when you adopt from the Humane Society that includes treats for your new bestie plus some essential cleaning supplies.
All new pet owners know that training for both the human and the dog is essential to happily ever after.When you adopt a dog from BARC, you have the opportunity to attend a 6 week Canine Manners class free of charge.If you adopted from a different rescue, you may still attend for a small fee.
If you find your puppy pal on Petfinder, adopters receive $190 worth of savings in the form of food, boarding, insurance and additional coupons.Also if you adopt at an event at either Petco or PetSmart, both retailers offer an adoption guide with coupons.
Perhaps you are not ready for a long term commitment to one special dog. Fear not, you can still get in on the fun by volunteering. Shelters welcome help in the form of walkers, socializers, adoption counseling and taking the animals to adoption events. Use VolunteerMatch.org to find opportunities close to where you live.
Where does Fido go when you’re away?
Once your fur-baby becomes a special part of your life, you won’t just leave him or her with anyone while you’re out of town or gone for the day. That’s why it’s important to find a boarder, dog sitter or dog walker that meets your criteria. Rover.com is a great resource for pet parents looking for trustworthy humans with a passion for animals to take care of their pets. It sets dog owners up with dog sitters much like Care.com sets up parents with babysitters.
Look at your dog’s needs and temperament – is he well behaved around other dogs? Does he interact well with a personal connection to humans? Maybe he gets anxiety in new situations and prefers to be at home? Finding the answers to these questions will help you decide what is right for your dog.
Whatever the needs of your pet, Rover.com has dog walkers who will come to your apartment and walk your dog for you. This one-stop-shop site can also set you up with dog boarding at a sitter’s home while you’re away. There are so many different options to choose from! Plus, the Rover network of dog sitters are all provided with training, insurance and support from Rover. You can read a review on each sitter before you choose the right one for you and even set up a meet and greet before you decide to book with them!
Where to take your dog in Houston on the weekends.
One of our favorite dog-friendly brunch spots in Houston is Baba Yega’s. Tucked away in Hyde Park neighborhood, this cozy restaurant has a sprawling, covered patio where your dog can lounge rain or shine. They offer several healthy and vegetarian friendly options all day. But, our favorite time to go is for their Saturday breakfast buffet. For only $16 it’s all you can eat ranging from made-to-order omelets to blueberry French toast and the freshest fruit selection we’ve found in Houston yet. And our dogs on the other hand are fans of scraps of bacon and sausage from the meal.
(Photo Courtesy of Baba Yega's)
As far as dog parks go, one that we find ourselves returning to again and again is the Danny Jackson Bark Park. Unlike some dog parks it seems less hindered by the heavy spring rains and our dogs love tromping around the long stretch of gravel. If your dog isn’t terrified of swimming then the water feature is great for exercise. And the park always seems to be full of well socialized dogs and responsible owners.
(Photo Courtesy of The Culture Trip)
Our residents of Camden Greenway are VERY excited about the upcoming Levy Park Dog Park that is expected to open Fall 2016. The dog park will feature both small and large dog play areas, water features, and shaded play barns for hot summer days. The park will also host a performance pavilion, large playground area, and community gardens so there are fun options for the whole family (fur-family and otherwise).
(Photo Courtesy of Levy Park Houston)
To see even more places to take and treat your dog, check out these Dog Friendly Outings in Houston.
We hope you now have everything you need to start your new journey with your dog! Once you’ve got your furry friend in your home, take a look at these tips on being a responsible dog owner.
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