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Bringing A Pet
About Our Pet Fees
Owners reserve the right to limit or restrict the number or types of pets that are allowed. If you are traveling with a pet, we have several vacation rental properties that welcome pets. All of our pet properties require a pet fee, which is due with the balance payment. The amount of the pet fee varies from home to home, but generally ranges from $150.00 - $300.00. Please note the special terms for pets on your residential license agreement. If you use our online reservation system, the pet fee will be automatically included. If you are NOT bringing a pet, please call our office to have the fee removed from the reservation.
Please note the following Delaware Beach Rules for Dogs
It is illegal for dogs to run at large at any time. The Cities of Dewey, Lewes and Rehoboth all have a leash law and a pooper scooper law which are enforced. Dogs are allowed in the State Parks, so you may want to visit Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes or the Delaware Seashore State Park , south of Dewey Beach.
Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round, but there are limitations during the summer, from May 15 to September 15. During summer months, dogs are prohibited from the beach between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm. Dogs must be under control, and owners must clean up after their pets. Additionally, owners must procure a Dewey Beach Dog License, valid for the life of the dog, which is $15.
Dogs are allowed on the beach at any time of the year except May 1 – September 30. During the summer months, dogs are prohibited from Lewes Beach between 8:00 am and 6:30 pm. They must be on a leash and owners must clean up after them.
Dogs are prohibited from the Rehoboth beach and boardwalk at all times from April 1 – October 31. Off season, dogs are allowed at any time, but must be leashed and owners must clean up after them.
Dogs are not allowed on beaches marked for swimming or surfing. They are allowed in areas designated for surf fishing vehicles. Dogs must be leashed and owners must clean up after them.
Some Helpful Tips
Start your trip with a healthy pet. Check in with your veterinarian at least one week before travel to make sure your pet is healthy and all vaccinations are current. Be sure to have a current health certificate with you, with license and proof of all vaccinations.
On vacation, keeping your pet on a leash is more important than ever. Your pet could dart into traffic or become lost. It’s in your best interest to have your pets name, your name, phone and address clearly marked on a dog tag alongside its rabies tag. Having the address of your vacation home on a third tag is advisable. Having a recent photo of your pet on hand is a good idea too.
If your pet is not used to traveling in a car, try to get your pet accustomed to riding before setting off on a long trip. Take him or her on short 10-15 minute trips frequently before the drive to the beach.
When traveling by car, keep a car window open so your pet has fresh air. When you park, try to find a nice patch of shade to stretch in and of course, don’t leave your dog in a car unattended for a lengthy period of time. Don’t forget to pack food, water and treats for the ride.
Pay special attention to signs of “heat stress” If your pet exhibits any of the following signs, please move your pet inside, apply cool compresses to the body, allow small drinks of water, and consult a veterinarian immediately. Danger signs are: rapid pulse, glazed eyes, heavy panting, staggered gait, vomiting, deep red or purple tongue. At the beach, remember that hot sand is uncomfortable for pets too! Please be careful with your pets paws on the beach.
Try to create “homelike” atmosphere for your pet. Schedule feedings at the usual time and bring their special bed, crate or blanket for sleeping.