Nothing makes a house a home quite like the patter of your four-legged friend’s paws, and Columbus residents love to treat their pets like family. The city, a hub for pet lovers, has seen an increase in trendy pet shops and services over the past few years.
What is it about Columbus that makes it an ideal city for pet owners? For one thing, your pets can feel right at home here--with plenty of pet friendly hotels and apartment communities, you can bring your dog just about anywhere. Pet parents have taken notice and pet speciality stores have cropped up all over town; go for a walk on a weekend in the Short North and you will find a doggy water bowl every few feet. We know you like to be out and about with your pets, so we found some good spots you can try in and around the city. And as always, share your favorites with us on Instagram and Facebook, @lifestylecommunities.
If you want to start with a city staple, stop by Three Dog Bakery, where they use only the best ingredients to create gourmet snacks for your best dog (and cat) friends. From grain free options to celebration cakes for your pet’s special day, you can find just about everything to spoil your pet. Emi Pet offers several locations around the city for grooming and boarding, but also a high-end boutique in the Short North to spoil your dog or cat with goodies.
The capital city boasts parks galore for your pooch, too. Nestled close to downtown, you’ll find the Scioto Audubon Dog Park in German Village, a park that is an active pup’s dream, with agility courses and wide open spaces to stretch those legs. For a more relaxed atmosphere, check out the Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park--you can let your dog enjoy the shores for a beach day. Your pup is welcome to dive into the waves and even go off-leash.
If you get tied up at the office, you can still make your pup feel special with Columbus-serving apps like Rover and Wag! These apps let you select and sign up for the perfect dog walker - they’ll send you pictures and track your dog’s progress on his walks, so it’s a great way to have peace of mind that your pet is doing well and being taken care of even when you’re away.
Columbus doesn’t forget about its feline friends, either. The city boasts a variety of rescues for cats and kittens to help you find the perfect new companion--visit Colony Cats or Cozy Cat Cottage to meet more adoptable animals. If you’re looking to pay it forward, check out the volunteer opportunities at the Columbus Humane Society or the Franklin County Dog Shelter to get your fix of wagging tails and fun-loving personalities. With this many pet-friendly businesses and locations, Columbus will certainly feel like home for you and your four-legged pet.