DC has become a very animal-friendly town over the years, and lately, in the wake of the pandemic, pet adoptions have reached an all-time high. Now, more than ever, picking a pet friendly apartment building in DC is a priority for those moving to the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. With numerous dog parks, veterinarian clinics, and pet-friendly apartment buildings, pet owners can give their furry friends the very best of city life.
At Valo, residents can go above and beyond to pamper their pets with an onsite dog run, pet spa, and treats available at the front desk to make even our furry residents feel welcome. Beyond the building, here are the top three pet-friendly amenities in the Southwest DC neighborhood.
Pet-Friendly Outdoor Dining
Many of the restaurants throughout DC are open to outdoor diners bringing their dogs along. Southwest DC and The Wharf make it easy to grab a table outside and bring fido along for the fun. Most restaurants in the Southwest neighborhood offer water bowls for pets, along with the occasional treat to keep dogs happy while their owners enjoy a meal of their own.
Valo residents are able to bring their pets to the ground floor courtyard or any of the outdoor roof decks for some furry company while they grill or picnic outside.
DC Dog Parks
Washington, DC has numerous dog parks throughout the city. These are a great option for getting fido’s energy out in a secure, closed-in environment. While dogs are not legally permitted to be offleash in regular parks and green spaces, in official dog parks, they can roam free! These dog parks often have fun toys and built-in obstacles for extra adventures, and there are usually water fountains to fill up dog bowls for thirsty pups.
The Lansburgh dog park across the street from Valo (next to the beautiful community garden) is an excellent place to socialize your pup and let them run around safely, off leash.
Dog Sitting & Pet Care
Online platforms like Rover, Wag, and even NextDoor make it easy to find an experienced professional to watch and walk your pets when you’re out of town (or just busy with work). You can search by location, price, and previous animal experience to select the best pet sitter for your furry friend.
Additionally, there are a handful of vets and animal clinics nearby to ensure your dog or cat gets the best care in case of an emergency -- or just regular annual visits. Banfield Pet Hospital is a local favorite (and just a few minutes walk from Valo), and the District Veterinary Hospital in Eastern Market is another close-by option.
If you have a dog or cat (or bird or fish!) and you’re looking for a pet-friendly apartment building in DC, Valo offers incredible onsite amenities as well as an entire neighborhood with options for happy, healthy pets. The local dog parks, outdoor animal-friendly dining establishments, and nearby pet care all make it easy to own an animal in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood.