Outer Banks Pet Resources

Abby the Wonder Dog

Knowing what pet resources are available on the Outer Banks before you travel will allow you to enjoy a wonderful time at the beach with your pets and avoid potential fines.  The Outer Banks has a number of fine veterinarians and emergency vet clinics. There are a number of great shops that cater to pampering your pets too. Most importantly, there are some excellent kennels for both short-term and long-term boarding just in case.

Leash Laws – Each town, county or location on the Outer Banks has it’s own pet regulations so be sure you keep these in mind.

Currituck County – including Carova and Corolla – Leashes are required. For more information visit: http://www.co.currituck.nc.us/Frequently-Asked-QuestionsDup22.cfm

Duck – Leashes of no more than ten (10) feet in length are required within town limits. Pets are allowed to play unleashed on the beach under close supervision of owner. For more information visit: http://www.townofduck.com/pets/

Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands – Most of the beaches on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands are part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  The leash law at National Parks requires leashes not to exceed six (6) feet in length. Guide dogs for the visually impaired are permitted to remain with their owners at all times. For more information visit: http://www.nps.gov/caha/parknews/dogs-on-seashore-must-be-on-leash.htm

Kill Devil Hills – Between May 15 and September 15 no dogs are permitted on the public beach between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm., unless being used to aid a handicapped person. At all other times, no dogs are permitted on the public beaches except while on a leash and under the control of the owner or handler. For more information visit: http://kdhnc.com/documents/12/13/Animal%20Control%20brochure.pdf

Kitty Hawk – Dogs are allowed on beach. From the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., dogs must be on a leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length. For more information visit: http://www.townofkittyhawk.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={61E76570-E869-4D10-8B60-7A3244CB9E42}

Manteo – Leash law requires leash not to exceed six (6) feet in length. Leashed pets are allowed on the waterfront year round. For more information visit: http://www.townofmanteo.com/index.asp?SEC=4CC0A011-E6E8-49B0-8F18-DE6EEB2E7752&DE=E91D1EA2-C36B-4799-BE60-CB557B93E4AA&Type=B_PR

Nags Head – Dogs are allowed on the beach year round with a leash. For more information visit: http://www.nagsheadnc.gov/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B5E603581-549A-4412-ABAE-879FA2F0965C%7D

Southern Shores – From May 15 to September 15 of each year, dogs are allowed on town beaches only before 9 a.m. and after 6p.m. with a leash not to exceed ten (10) feet in length. Leash laws enforced remainder of year. For more information visit: http://southernshores-nc.gov/visitors/beach-rules/

Please be courteous and respect other beach-goers. No one likes to step in animal waste, including pet owners.  Be thoughtful and clean up after your pet. Some people may not be familiar with how to approach your pet so, to help avoid incident, keep your pets close and be very attentive.

The beach will be a lot of fun for both you and your pets with a little planning and common courtesy.


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