So, your lease says that you can’t have a pet. And even if you could, the pet that you want won’t fit comfortably into your Dallas apartment. No problem! Residents can get their pet fix through venues throughout the city. And if you volunteer, you can get fuzzy animal lovin’ for free!
Of course you can’t house a horse in your apartment. You probably can’t even get a horse through the door. But you can go to Rocking M and take classes in riding, horsemanship and much more. For free fun, ask to volunteer.
Not for the faint of heart, there are volunteer opportunities at Audubon Dallas. Get up close and personal with snakes, falcons, and all sorts of wild critters. Trust me, it’s much more fun to play with spiders when you know they’ll be there instead of having one surprise you in your shower.
If you want to play with relatively tame dogs and cats while helping to care for their basic needs, volunteer with the Humane Society of Dallas County. You can have all of the joy of frolicking with kitties and puppies without worrying about your furniture. Find similar opportunities at Dallas Animal Services.
For extra bonus points on the do-gooder scale, volunteer to help the sick and elderly while hanging out with dogs and cats via Paws Across Texas, a pet assisted therapy program. I can almost guarantee there will be a special place for you in heaven.
More do-gooder bonus points are available for those who like a bit of risk, adventure, and TLC. Become a wildlife rehabilitator, or volunteer as an assistant through Texas Parks and Wildlife. It’s tough to see hurt animals but there is a great reward for helping them get back on their feet (or paws, or claws, or whatever).
- Best bet pets for a no-pet apartment (rentcafe.com)