Urban Pets

When looking for a neighborhood to live you’re going to want to consider the needs of your pet. Whether you have a dog or a cat there are important things to know when moving them to Columbus. We’ve compiled great information for you on this page. Discover the best dog parks, articles written by professionals, and more below.

The first thing to figure out is where can you AND your four legged family member call home. It is no secret that many landlords will not allow a pet to live in their units. Some may consider it if you take the time to show your pets credentials; reference letters from previous landlords or records of special training may increase your chances of landing the apartment of your dreams without the limitations of having a pet. Sometimes, not being able to move into a unit with your pet is non-negotiable. For the sake of your time and the landlord’s time be upfront and honest in order to determine whether or not you should pursue a specific property. Though many properties will not accept pets, www.Metro-Rentals.com has premiere partners that do. Look for the dog and cat icons on site to help guide your search.

You’ve found a place to live and now you’re excited to explore the city for you and your pet. Here are some places you and your pup can enjoy in the city together.

Dog Parks

You need fresh air, your dog needs fresh air…why not breath it all in together. Check out the dog parks below to find a great place to share with your pup!

Big Walnut Dog Park
5000 E. Livingston Avenue
Columbus, OH 43227
Hours: 7:00am to 11:00pm (Daily)
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Features: Three enclosed areas, double gated entrances, lights, pond access, separate large and small dog areas.

Downtown Dog Park
4th and Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 7:00am to 11:00pm (Daily)
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Features: Gravel turf, park benches, secure fenced area, waste receptacles for easy cleanup.

Godown Dog Park
6099 Godown Road
Columbus, OH 43235
Hours: 8:00am to 11:00pm (Daily)
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Features: Hills and trees, large parking lot, benches, drinking water for dogs, separate large and small dog areas.

Scioto Audubon Metroparks Dog Park
395 W Whittier Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30am to 10:00pm (Daily)
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Features: 2.5 acres area, separate large and small dog areas, agility course.

Three Creeks Dog Park
2748 Spangler Rd.
Columbus, OH 43207
Hours: 8:00am to Dusk (Daily)
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Features: Five enclosed acres, walking paths, water pump access, separate large and small dog areas.


The following rules are important to know prior to visiting any of the above parks (a complete list of rules is available at this link)

    You are responsible for any injuries your dog causes while visiting the park
    Any waste must be immediately and properly disposed of
    You must fill up any hole dug by your pet
    All license and vaccination tags must be on person while in the park
    Spiked collars and chokers must be removed while in the park
    No aggressive, sick or in heat dogs are permitted in the park
    Dogs must be at least 4 months old to visit the park
    Dogs must be leashed and removed at the first sign of aggressive behavior
    You must stay in the park while your dog is visiting
    You may not bring more than two dogs to the park at a time


Dog Friendly Restaurants

You’re hungry; you really want to spend more time with your furry buddy, where can you go? Check out these dog friendly restaurants in the area who’ve received great ratings!

961 S High Street
Columbus, OH 43206
Hours: 7:00am to 11:00pm (Monday-Friday)
         11:00am to 2:00am (Saturday-Sunday)

Claddagh Irish Pub
585 S Front Street
Columbus, OH 43206
Hours: 11:00am to 12:00am (Monday-Thursday)
           11:00am to 2:00am (Friday-Saturday)
           11:00am to 10:30pm (Sunday)

Northstar Café- Short North
951 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Hours: 9:00am to 10:00pm (Daily)

**for more dog friendly restaurants click here.

Pet Articles

When it comes to your pet, safety and knowledge is power. Dean Vickers of Columbus has used his professional experience to write articles presenting topics from caring for pets in extreme weather conditions to the best diets for animals. Follow this link for these fascinating reads.

Medical Care and Shelters

Sometimes emergencies happen or circumstances change. The best way to navigate these situations is to know where to turn to. The following are emergency medical care and/or shelters for animals.

MedVet Medical Center for Pets
300 E Wilson Bridge Road
Columbus, OH 43085
(614) 846-5800 or 1-800-891-9010

Rascal Animal Hospital
5830 Britton Parkway
Columbus, OH 43016
(614) 791-7620

Franklin County Animal Shelter
4340 Tamarack Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 525-3647

Cat Welfare Assn Inc.
741 Wetmore Road
Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 268-6096

Citizens for Humane Action
3765 Corporate Drive
Columbus, OH 43231
(614) 891-5280

Columbus Dog Connection
2761 Johnstown Road
Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 471-9000

Pets without Parents Columbus
629 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 267-7297

Being in a new city means that there a lot more people for you to meet and it also means that there are a lot more animals for your pet to meet. The following are top recommended spay and neuter clinics.

Capital City Spay & Neuter Clinic
2752 Sawbury Boulevard
Columbus 43235

Care Pet Clinic
785 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205

The Ohio Spay/Neuter Project by Columbus Dog Connection
2761 Johnstown Road
Columbus, OH 43219

Pet Solutions of Columbus
852 E. Hudson Street
Columbus, OH 43211

Shelter Outreach Service
3121 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43204

To learn more about how Columbus supports you and your pet visit the city's website here.