Punta Gorda , Port Charlotte and Englewood are Pet Friendly Towns!
One common misconception when reviewing MLS listings is a field that indicates Yes or No for pets. In general, you can ignore this field in the MLS as dogs and cats are allowed on nearly every type of property. All single family homes, most homes in gated neighborhoods, most condominiums and townhouses. There are a few exceptions but rare! Some condos have a size restriction and that is information that I can provide so that we match up the home-buyers & pets to the right type of property. So don’t worry, if you’re like me my pets go where I go and they are a big part of our life. Whether on land or sea, my dogs are with me. In fact, they get excited when I bring a fish aboard!
Dogs are welcome at many restaurants that have outside seating. There are also quite a few hotels that allow dogs and cats as well. There are beaches to take the dogs by car and beaches to go to by boat- pretty cool! I would guess that close to half the homeowners in SW Florida have pets and there are plenty of good pet stores and some excellent kennels if you travel. Below you will find a list of kennels and if you would like, I will recommend my kennel. My dogs come home happy and content from the kennel which is comforting after a nice vacation.
Below is a list of dog parks, beaches that allow dogs and other information. Generally speaking, there is a lot of open space in Charlotte County! Good news, because it makes walking the dog a pleasure.
- Click on the link below which will take you to a list of local pet kennels, groomers and vets. This includes a web link, map and phone number of each:
Pet kennels, groomers and vets
Hounds of Henry Street
Punta Gorda dog park is located at Henry and Shreve Streets in Punta Gorda, next to the City of Punta Gorda’s Public Works building. The park offers a fenced area for large dogs, and a small dog and puppy fenced park area. Water is available. Dog owners are responsible for their dogs at all times. No public restroom facilities at this park.
Paw Park in Port Charlotte Florida
Located at the Edgewater Park 22410 Bayshore Rd. Port Charlotte. Dog owners can bring their dogs to run within a fenced in area. The dogs can be unleashed inside the park and the dogs need to possess a current
rabies vaccine and license before entering the park. The license tag needs to be displayed on the dog at all times when inside the park. Dog owners are responsible for their dogs at all times. This facility is managed by the Charlotte County parks and Recreation Dept. For further inquiries about this park, please contact (941) 627-1628
Fort Myers, Florida
Sarasota Paw Park
Located at 4570 17th Street, east of Beneva Road, west of Honore Avenue. Open dawn til midnight.
Lighted area, 6-foot fence, 7 acres, fenced, benches, tables, handicap, poop bags, trees, parking, restrooms, water, trash cans, dog shower, small-dog area, double-gated entrance, bulletin board. Directions: From I-75, take Exit 39 Fruitville Road. Go west on Fruitville to Honore Ave. Right on Honore. Continue north on Honore to 17th St. Turn left on 17th Street. Continue West on 17th. Pass first entrance to 17th Street. Paw Park is north of Fruitville Road; South of University, on 17th Street between Beneva Road & Honore Avenue.
Bird Key Park
On the John Ringling Causeway, not far from St. Armands Circle, east of the bridge. This is Sarasota’s only beach allowing both dogs and cats.