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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 need to find a pet-friendly apartment in Fishers.  Unfortunately, “pet-friendly” can seem a bit fuzzy. Unfortunately, the “pet-friendly” term doesn’t share the same meaning from complex to complex. Some pet-friendly apartments might really give you the option to have a dog or cat, but place restrictions on breed or size. While other Fishers apartment communities offer additional accommodations for your dog like dedicated dog parks or complimentary waste disposal bags.

With such dramatic differences in pet-friendly apartments in Fishers, how do you locate the one that fits your needs?

Begin By Reading Over The Community’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A community is only as welcoming to pets as its pet policy. This policy goes over what restrictions you have in regard to pet ownership. Some policies offer great flexibility and permit you to keep any pet. Some have restrictions on the breeds of dogs. Others may put limitations on the number of pets, size or weight. And some other policies forbid dogs completely and only let you have housebound cats or small caged animals.

Very few apartments restrict the types of cat breeds allowed. A pet policy that places limits on the number of animals authorized in a single apartment is usually more likely. There are often extra fees associated with your animals, such as increased rent or cleaning costs after move-out, or a pet deposit due at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of conditions doesn’t mean that the property isn’t “pet-friendly”—provided you fit the parameters. But if you own a dog such as a Great Dane, or are fostering a whole bunch of newborn kittens, you should carefully read over the pet policy before getting invested in the complex.

Take A Look At The Pet Amenities On Your Apartment Tour

Picture of dog park in our Fishers apartment community

Just as you would view the pool on your tour, be sure to check out the amenities for pets. Designated dog parks help your doggie burn off excess energy and make some new puppy buddies. Stations with disposal bags, trash cans, and water bowls keep the community clean. Some properties even offer playdates or grooming discounts for furry four-legged residents!

While these accommodations for pets are perfect on paper, the actual test of their friendliness to pets is how carefully they are cared for. If the place for dogs to play is covered with weeds and brambles, then it’s basically unusable. Communities that welcome pets make sure that waste bags are regularly available and that the trash cans don’t overflow. Basically, when you arrange your in-person tour in Fishers, be sure to notice whether the amenities for pets are maintained as carefully as the accommodations for the human residents.

Check Out Reviews To See Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you can’t determine whether a complex is friendly to pets or not, make sure to check out reviews on the Fishers apartment complex. Many apartment dwellers see their fur-babies as a significant part of their family and willingly share the good and the bad of living in a particular community. You might find out that maintenance brings dog treats to pass out during service calls. Or that the office hosts a pet adoption day with the humane society. You probably are safe to put those in the “friendly to pets” category.

Apartment reviews will also be able to tell you of the communities that refuse to give back deposits when you move out because of costs associated with pet cleaning, or the ones who charge excessive monthly fees for dogs and cats. Just don’t let one single negative review sway you, but if you notice a whole slew of displeased dog or cat owners, then you may think about looking elsewhere.

Spark Apartments Would Be A Great New Place To Call Home In Fishers For Both You And Your Pet

When you’re researching a pet-friendly apartment in Fishers, make sure to check out Spark Apartments. We’re happy to let you tour the apartment where both you and your pet can be comfortable. Give us a call at 463-210-1702 or click the schedule a tour button below.  We also offer virtual apartment tours! If you are unable to make it to the property, explore our detailed virtual tours.