Outer Banks Pet Friendly Information


Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates has a very nice selection of dog-friendly homes for you to choose from. It is important to remember that the homeowners who allow dogs in their OBX rentals are doing so for your convenience and most are dog lovers themselves. Please treat your vacation home with respect and be sure to not leave your pet unattended for a long period of time. You are expected to clean up all hair, food, water, and waste prior to your departure. Have a great time and enjoy the dog-friendly beaches and pet-friendly parks here on the Outer Banks.

Each town has leash laws and different times that dogs are allowed ...

See Which town is right for you!

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 Memorial Day and Labor Day 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 at all times as long as they are leashed. Owners must clean up after their dogs. 

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. 


Please follow these guidelines when bringing your dog to the beach:

• Please pick up & dispose of pet waste in a trash can.

• Don't leave your dog in your vacation home for extended periods of time.
• Please do not bury pet waste in the sand or throw it in the ocean.
• Pick up lawn areas around your vacation home.
• 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.
• Be Aware ! Sand, asphalt, and concrete are very hot on dog's paws during the summer. 
• Make sure your dog has a current Rabies Tag on its collar.

There are guidelines for being allowed to bring your pet into a privately owned vacation home.  Not all homes allow dogs and some dog breeds are not allowed.   When you rent you agree to the terms of the Vacation Rental Agreement.  

Paragraph 11 states: Unless otherwise advertised, pets are strictly forbidden on or about the property whether on a temporary basis or otherwise, and whether belonging to the Tenant or anybody else. The tenant shall be subject to a penalty of $500.00 plus tax upon the Owner or Agent's demand for any violation of this pet prohibition. Further, Tenants bringing pets to homes that do not allow them will have committed a material breach and be subject to refusal of occupancy, termination of this agreement, and eviction without refund. Nevertheless, no guarantee is made that a rental property has been free of pets or service animals prior to Tenant's occupancy and no refunds can be given if it is discovered that pets or service animals have formerly occupied the property. For those properties advertised as allowing a dog, only one (1) dog will be permitted unless prior approval is granted. Nevertheless, the following dog breeds are never allowed: Rottweiler's, German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinchers, Chows, Wolf Hybrids, or any other dogs having previously displayed a vicious propensity. Cats and other animals are never allowed. The tenant must clean the property of all pet excretions immediately upon discovery. If you bring a dog(s) to a home in which they are allowed a non-refundable fee of $125.00 plus taxes, per dog, is charged for cleaning and flea extermination. If after paying the fee(s) you decide not to bring your dog(s), you must notify our office on or before the day of check-in in order to get a refund. The tenant shall not leave any dog unattended at the property unless in a crate or pen. Tenants must abide by all applicable municipal pet ordinances and no representations are made by the Owner or Agent concerning them.

PET SERVICES
Costal ANiMal   Hospital

3616 N Croatan Hwy
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 261-3960

Martins Point Vet. Hospital

6405 N Croatan Hwy
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 261-2250

ANimal Hospital NAGS HEAD

101 E Dowitcher St
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-8611

Roanoke Island animal Clinic

107 Russell Twiford Rd.
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-3117


Gallery Row Animal Hospital

206 E. Gallery Row
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 715-5300


   Outer Banks    Vet Hospital

3723 N Croatan Hwy Unit 9
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 715-1407