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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Fishers

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you own a dog or cat or are thinking about getting one soon, you’ll want to locate a pet-friendly apartment in Fishers.  However, the “pet-friendly” term can seem unclear. However, the term “pet-friendly” doesn’t share the same meaning from complex to complex. Some pet-friendly properties may actually mean that you can have a dog or cat, but only with restrictions on breed or size. Other Fishers apartment communities might even offer thoughtful amenities for your dog such as designated parks for your dog to play or provided waste disposal bags.

With so many differences in pet-friendly apartments in Fishers, what criteria should you use to find the one that perfectly fits your needs?

Start Off By Reviewing The Property’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A property is only as friendly to pets as the apartment community’s pet policy. The policy goes over the rules and restrictions concerning pet ownership. Some pet policies offer great flexibility and allow you to keep any pet you’d like. Some place restrictions on dog breeds. Others might limit how many pets you’re allowed, as well as how much they weigh. And then some pet policies prohibit dogs altogether and only let you have housebound cats or small animals such as hamsters and guinea pigs.

Very few apartments limit cat breeds. A pet policy that limits the number of pets allowed in one apartment is more likely. There are often extra costs associated with your pets, like increased monthly rent or cleaning costs when you and your pet move out, or a non-returnable pet deposit due at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of stipulations doesn’t mean that the community isn’t friendly to pets—provided you fit within the parameters. However, if you own a pet like an American Staffordshire Terrier, or are caring for a whole lot of newborn kittens, you should definitely review the pet policy before you fall in love with a particular community.

Inspect The Available Pet Amenities On Your Tour

Picture of dog park in our Fishers apartment community

Just as you’d inspect the gym and pool on your tour, be sure to take a look at the pet amenities. Designated places for your dog to play give your pup the chance to run off some steam and make new friends. Walking stations with bags for waste disposal, trash cans, and water bowls keep the community clean. Some properties even have pet playdates or grooming discounts for their four-legged residents!

Although these amenities are great on paper, the true test of their friendliness to pets is how well they’re kept up. If the area for dogs to play is overflowing with weeds or brambles, then it’s more or less useless. Pet-friendly properties ensure that dog poop bags are consistently refilled and that the cans aren’t overflowing. Basically, when you set up your tour of the property in Fishers, be sure to notice whether the pet amenities are maintained as well as the human amenities.

Read A Number of Reviews To See Pet-Friendly Attitudes

If you can’t decide whether a complex is pet-friendly or not, be sure to check out reviews on the Fishers apartment community. Many apartment dwellers consider their fur-babies as a significant part of their family and like to share stories about their experiences. You might learn that the maintenance staff carries treats to pass out during service calls. Or that the office organizes a pet adoption day with the local humane society. You probably can mark those down in the pet-friendly column.

These reviews will also reveal the properties that refuse to refund deposits when you move out due to pet cleaning, or the ones who charge an inordinate amount of rent for pets. Try not to let one single unfavorable review affect your decision, but if you see a lot of disgruntled pet owners, then you might think about looking at another community.

The District at Saxony Apartment Homes Can Be Your New Place To Call Home In Fishers For You And Your Dog Or Cat

When you’re searching for a pet-friendly apartment in Fishers, make sure to check out The District at Saxony Apartment Homes. We’d love to to have you visit the perfect place where you and your cat or dog can be happy. Contact us at 317-576-3057 or select the button below to schedule a tour.  We also have detailed virtual tours! If you are unable to visit the property, explore our virtual tours.