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Frequently Asked Questions
Boston has definitely taken huge strides to become more dog-friendly in the past decade. It has a plethora of parks, dog-friendly shops, and restaurants with patios that allow dogs.There are also plenty of hotels that welcome dogs. If you're considering a move to Boston and plan on bringing your canine companion, there are a few things you should know.
Massachusetts General Law mandates that every dog owner must obtain a license for their pet each year. If your puppy is six months or older, you need to show proof of rabies vaccination to get a license.
Boston Common is a pet-friendly park and dogs on leash are allowed. The park also has a designated area that is rotated to preserve the turf where dogs can be off-leash.
Average first year vet bills in Boston are between $100 - $300. A license costs between $0 - $30. Average food costs are between $300 - $720 (depending on size of dog and brand of food). Dog-walking supplies average in the $100 - $150 range.
Boston does not require cats to be registered and licensed. Only a handful of cities and towns in Massachusetts have cat licensing by-laws. One of these towns is Belmont, located in Middlesex County, which requires cats four months or older to get a license and wear a license tag at all times.