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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Indianapolis

If you have a pet or are looking to bring one home in the near future, you’ll need to locate a pet-friendly apartment in Indianapolis.  Unfortunately, “pet-friendly” can be unclear. Unfortunately, “pet-friendly” doesn’t necessarily have a concrete definition. Some pet-friendly apartment complexes may really mean that you can have a a pet, but only with restrictions on breed or size. Some other Indianapolis apartment communities may even offer amenities for your pet such as designated parks for your dog to play or provided waste disposal bags.

With such dramatic differences in pet-friendly apartments in Indianapolis, how do you discover one that perfectly fits you and your pet?

Start Off By Reading Over The Apartment’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

An apartment is only as welcoming to dogs and cats as the apartment community’s pet policy. The pet policy goes over the rules and restrictions when renting with a pet. Some policies are open-ended and permit you to keep any pet. Some don’t allow certain the types of dogs you can keep. Others might put limitations on the size and number of pets. And then some pet policies prohibit dogs altogether and only allow you to have indoor cats or small animals such as hamsters and guinea pigs.

Few apartments restrict cat breeds. It’s more common for a community to have a policy that has limits on just how many pets are permitted in one apartment. There also may be additional costs associated with having a pet, such as higher rent or cleaning costs after move-out, or a pet deposit you have to pay at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of conditions doesn’t necessarily mean that the apartment isn’t friendly to animals—as long as you fit within the guidelines. But if you have a dog like an American Staffordshire Terrier, or are caring for a litter of playful kittens, you should definitely carefully review the pet policy before signing the lease with a particular property.

Take A Look At The Pet Amenities During Your Apartment Tour

Picture of dog park in our Indianapolis apartment community

Just like you would view the gym and pool on your tour, be sure to look at the pet accommodations. Dedicated places for your dog to play give your pup the chance to run off some steam and give you a place where they can socialize. Frequent walking stations with waste disposal bags, garbage cans, and water bowls help keep the community clean. Some complexes even set up organized pet playdates or grooming discounts for their four-legged residents!

While these amenities for pets seem perfect on paper, the true test of their pet-friendliness is how well they’re maintained. If the place for dogs to play is covered with weeds and brambles, then it’s more or less unusable. Pet-friendly communities ensure that dog poop bags are regularly refilled and that the trash cans don’t overflow. Basically, when you arrange your tour of the community in Indianapolis, be sure to note whether the amenities for pets have the same care as the accommodations for the human residents.

Read Multiple Reviews To See Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you are on the fence of whether a community is pet-friendly or not, make sure to explore the reviews on the Indianapolis apartment. Many apartment dwellers see their pets as an integral part of their family and willingly share the good and the bad of living in a particular community. You may find out that the maintenance staff carries treats to hand out during service calls. Or that the community’s office hosts a pet adoption day with the humane society. You most likely can place those in the “friendly to pets” category.

Apartment reviews will also expose the complexes that refuse to return security deposits because of costs associated with pet cleaning, or those who impose excessive monthly fees for pets. Just don’t let one single unflattering review affect your decision, but if you see a whole mob of displeased dog and cat owners, then you may want to look elsewhere.

Penrose on Mass Apartments Can Be Your New Place To Call Home In Indianapolis For Both You And Your Pet

When you’re researching a pet-friendly apartment in Indianapolis, make sure to take a look at Penrose on Mass Apartments. We’re glad to let you tour the apartment where you and your cat or dog can call home. Just give us a call at 317-661-4399 or click on the schedule a tour button.  We also offer virtual tours! If you can’t come in for a visit, check out the virtual apartment tours.

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530 Massachusetts Ave.
IndianapolisIndiana 46204
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Penrose on Mass Apartments
Penrose on Mass Apartments is a luxury apartment community located at Massachusetts Ave. and New Jersey Ave. in Indianapolis. Owned and operated by the J.C. Hart Company, we're dedicated to making a place our Residents can call home. We offer several different floor plans and amenities to fit any lifestyle, and our Residents love living near Mass Avenue.
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