How Dog Friendly is Portland, Really?

Benny Carlascio
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If you’re flying into PDX, you probably saw that the airport has a Oregon Humane Society pet relief area. The first sign of welcome acceptance of your loved pets.

In fact, Portland is one of the most dog friendly cities in the country. It might be harder to find establishments that aren’t pet-friendly, from the swanky parts of the Pearl District to the hipstery parts of SE.

Pets in general, play a huge role in the everyday lives of Portlanders. Of course you will find a few minorities of non-accepting pet lovers, but as a whole, the city has open arms. I’ve put together a couple of websites that can help you get adjusted and started in the right direction when you first land here in Stumptown. Check them out below.

Dinner With Your Dog

There are some 375 dog friendly restaurants according to

Many Portland area restaurants have seating that also incorporates your furry friends. Many of the fashion shopping streets like Nw 23rd ave allow you to dine with your pet. Most provide water bowls while you are eating.

Some restaurants, like the Tin Shed Garden Cafe, have their very own dog menus. On Tuesdays the Tin Shed hosts Doggie Lovers night, which offers buy one human menu item, get one free dog meal.

P is for Portland Pet Parks

Portland is said to have the highest number of dog parks per capita, with 5.4 parks per 100,000 residents. For those looking to move into apartments and condos, finding a dog park within walking distance will be a bonus. The city has a directory of parks and hours to find the one nearest your neighborhood.

Living With Pets

Being such a haven for pets and their human companions, Portland has a high number of pet stores, veterinarians, doggie day care facilities, sitters, groomers, trainers, and other pet professionals in Portland. (You can find most of them listed here.)

Moving to a new apartment in Portland? Here is a Guide to building a Pet Resume. Pet resumes can really help bolster up your best friend. It’s important that the manager of the complex get to know your four-legged friend.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on November 17, 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Benny Carlascio

Benny Carlascio is a Realtor serving Washington, Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook County.
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