Can I bring my Pet to Venice or Sarasota?
Of course you can!This site provides you with all the facts about pet-friendly communities in the Venice and Sarasota area. Fortunately, not everybody has a horse or a lion as a pet. That makes it a lot easier. However, if you do have a horse, don’t worry, we'll find a place for your baby, too! There are "very" pet-friendly communities and “your furry friend” is welcome - no matter how big.
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No Exotic Animals please!
When we are talking about “pet-friendly communities,” the main focus of the article is about dogs and cats. If you want to bring your pet rattler or bird spider, you are moving into an uncharted territory which is not subject of this article.
Most deed restricted communities are not too excited about your exotic roomers. Too many python owners released their "pets" in South Florida. Their caretakers simply could not handle them anymore. Or the meal for their 20-foot reptile "baby" became too expensive. Unfortunately, those snakes do not behave very well when hungry; or let's better say "they do behave like pythons" are supposed to do. So, forget about your python pet.
And nobody wants to wake up looking into the beautiful blue eyes of the neighbor's bird spider, too. It is no excuse that he forgot to close the terrarium lid.
So, all those animals are out of question when you want to live in a deed restricted community. And that is okay.
Only Cats and Dogs are considered as Pets
Now, let us have a closer look at those more “common” pets. As long as your “lounge leopard” stays inside, very few communities have objections. Some may restrict the number of kittens to two; some communities don’t care at all about the number of house cats you have. We know one case where the owner had 30 cats! Wow!
Some communities are very strict: 1 cat and/or one dog and that is it. Well, when you keep your cats inside nobody will notice - you may think. They do not bark, and they do not interfere with the neighbor’s lawn. But that is a decision every pet owner has to make for himself. An "undercover cat" may be an option, but if caught in action the cat has to go. If it says so in the Rules and Regulations, the Homeowners Association can and will demand that you show "tiger" the way out. Some people sell their home and go someplace else. It may be an option "tiger" may appreciate.
No, not all Dogs are Equal
Some "pet - unfriendly" communities don't like dogs and cats at all. They strictly prohibit all pets, no matter what. Can they do that? Yes, they can. If it the “Rules and Regulations” state that there is no room for negotiations about the pets at all, there is no room. Florida law says that the landlord (or association) can decide if he (it) wants to accept a pet or if not. That is not even discrimination. You can look for another community if you don't like that. it is as simple as that.
However, those very strict communities are more or less an exception. Many communities limit the number of dogs to two animals; some communities impose weight restrictions. 20 or 35 lbs is a typical threshold for a dog or even less. Your Condo options are less the larger your dog. Newer communities and larger condos more often allow large dogs.
The Breed is always a Concern
Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and Bulldogs have a hard time finding a home. Most likely, they need to find a home outside of a Deed Restricted community. They are considered "killer machines" - wiping out every neighbor's life within the range of 5 miles, leaving only a trail of blood and bones. Well, we don't want to dig any deeper into that matter. It seems to be a mess with those dogs. Plain horror.
Is that true? Yes? NO? We don’t know. However, if it says so in the “rules” – a “rule” is a RULE. There is absolutely nothing you can do about it. If the rules exclude those breeds, there is absolutely no chance to get them in. No matter how sadly they are look at the president.
The Number of Dogs is also Important
Very few deed restricted and pet-friendly communities allow more than two dogs or an unlimited number of dogs. It doesn't matter if you dogs do not fall into the breed or size/weight restrictions. If you show up with a whole wolf pack, be prepared that it will not be an easy task to find an adequate home for all of you guys. There is help out there, but it will not be easy.
Renting a Place with Animals - what a Pain
If you want to rent a place with your pets, you will have a hard time finding a home at all. Many communities discriminate between homeowners and renters with pets. Homeowners can have pets; tenants can not have pets, even if the landlord would permit it. It doesn't matter if your dog is big, small, light or heavy. Or sometimes it says "no dog (or pet) at all. Is that mean? Sort of, but in many "rules and regulations" that is like carved in stone, and Florida Law even supports it. Homeowners Associations are powerful in Florida! Therefore, the money you are spending for an attorney in such a case is probably spent in vain.