Outer Banks Pet Friendly Information
We have a wonderful selection of pet frieindly homes for you to choose from. It is important to remember that the homeowners who allow dogs are doing so for your convenience and are also dog lovers themselves. Please treat your vacation home with respect and be sure to not leave your pet unattended for a long period time. You are expected to clean up all hair, food, water and feces prior to your departure. Have a great time and enjoy the beaches and pet-friendly parks here on the Outer Banks.
Our selection of Outer Banks pet friendly homes.
Community Guidelines for Dogs on the Outer Banks Beaches
Duck - Dogs are allowed on the beach and they can be unleashed, but as a matter of public safety and courtesy, they should be under the watchful eye and control of the owner. In the town park and public areas dogs must be leashed.
Southern Shores - Between May 15 and September 15 of each year, no dogs shall be permitted on the public beach between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. unless being used to aid a handicapped person. At all other times, dogs are not permitted on the public beaches except if they are on a leash and they are under the control of owner or handler.
Kitty Hawk - Dogs are permitted on public beaches. From the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day dogs can be on the beach. During the day, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. they have to be on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet. Any time other than the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day dogs can be off of their leash as long as they are within 30 feet of the owner/handler and not disturbing other beach goers. The owner/handler must have a leash with them. The leash can be a retractable one that goes out to 12 feet. Violation of any of these rules shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $50.00.
Kill Devil Hills- Between May 15 and September 15 of each year, no dogs shall be permitted on the public beach between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. unless being used to aid a handicapped person. At all other times, dogs are not permitted on the public beaches except if they are on a leash and they are under the control of owner or handler.
Nags Head – Dogs are allowed on the beach year round as long as they are restrained by a leash. The person who has the dog should be physically able to control it.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round as long as they are restrained by a leash of 6 feet or less. They are restricted from designated swim beaches such as Coquina Beach and buildings.
Assistance Dogs are always allowed on Outer Banks Beaches as long as they are on a leash.
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- Please pick up & dispose of pet waste in a trash can.
- Please do not bury feces in the sand or throw in the ocean.
- Pick up lawn areas around your vacation home.
- Be aware that some people are afraid of dogs and prefer that your pet not sniff their legs or walk up to them.
- Do not leave your pet in your car or tie them up to your car at any time.
- Remember to provide shade and plenty of water while at the beach.
- Don’t leave your dogs in your vacation cottage for extended periods of time.
- Make sure your dog has a current Rabies Tag on their collar.
- Sand, asphalt and concrete can be hot during the summer. If it is hot on your feet it is hot for your dogs.
Coastal Animal Hospital - MP 5 - Kitty Hawk - 252-261-3960
Martins Point Veterinary Hospital - MP 0 - Southern Shores - 252-261-2250
Animal Hospital of Nags Head - MP 14 - Nags Head - 252-441-8611
Roanoke Island Animal Clinic - Manteo - 252-473-3117
252-261-4444 / 800-JLambJR / 252-261-3270 (Fax) / firstname.lastname@example.org