Pet Resources

If you’re moving to this area with a pet or you’re a brand new pet owner, congrats!


Local Dog Parks

A walk and a romp in a local dog park can be just what you and your furry friend need. Meet new dogs and their owners, and get to know your neighborhood.

Follow this link to see a map of dog parks near you—and read below about what each has to offer.
  • Thorndike Field Dog Park, 99 Margaret Street, Arlington
    Fenced-in gravel area, off-leash play, lots of shade.
  • Beaver Brook Reservation, 66 Mill Street, Belmont
    On-leash dog park in a grassy and woodsy reservation.
  • Danehy Dog Park, 99 Sherman Street, Cambridge (Near Fresh Pond)
    Dog Park is off of New Street. Fenced-in off-leash gravel park within a huge, grassy on-leash park area.
  • Fort Washington Park, Waverly St. between Talbot and Reardon, Cambridge
    Fenced-in, off-leash park as part of a larger historic park.
  • Fresh Pond Dog Park, 250 Fresh Pond Way, Cambridge
    A pond for swimming, and off-leash if you’re a Cambridge resident.
  • Gold Star Mother’s Park, Gore Street, Cambridge
    Off-leash 6–9 AM for Cambridge residents.
  • Tudor Street Dog Park (aka Pacific Field), Tudor Street, Cambridge
    Tucked away, but fenced in with gravel and grass. Off-leash for Cambridge dog owners.
  • Nunziato Field Dog Park, Putnam Street and Summer Street, Somerville
    Standard gravel and dirt park, fenced-in, but no running water or obstacles.
  • Zero New Washington Street Dog Park, 0 New Washington St, Somerville
    Fenced-in park with obstacle course and dog toys. Off-leash.
  • Watertown Dog Park, 65 Bacon Street, Watertown
    Off-leash for Watertown residents. A grassy, fenced-in area.

Pet Sitting & Daycare Providers

There are lots of choices when you’re looking for someone to care for your pet while you move, and once you’re settled in. From dog walkers to day cares, to pet sitters, the list below gives you lots of options.

An affordable, easy-to-find option is the PetSmart chain of stores with a number of locations. Here’s the Cambridge one: PetSmart, 160 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, 617-349-3481

Or you can go the “doggy spa” route with these places, which cater to a more discerning type of dog owner. More expensive, yes, but with lots more perks and gorgeous facilities.

  • Crate-Escape, 3 locations in Belmont, Cambridge, and Boston
    Belmont, 617-489-9003
    Cambridge, 617-354-9003
    Boston, 617-886-9003
  • Boston Dog Company 535 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, 617-858-364
  • Dogwood Cottage, 20 Tremont Street, Melrose, 781-662-3939
  • PDCC (formerly Pawwtopia), 5 Forest Street, Arlington, 781-641-7900
  • Pooch Hotel, 285 Newtonville Avenue, Newton, 617-332-3503

If the above establishments feel too impersonal, you can go with a single-owner service:

Finally, if you’re a lover of Airbnb and can’t get enough of this type of transaction, check out Rover or DogVacay and find a great sitter for your pet for an hour, a day, or a weekend.



There are many vets out there—this alphabetical list includes well-reputed veterinarians and veterinary hospitals in the Boston area and the suburbs. Porter Square Vet (outside Davis Square) is my favorite. I’ve also have excellent experiences with the MA Vet Referral Hospital in Woburn.

  • Angell Animal Medical Center, 50 South Huntington Ave, Boston, 617-522-7282
  • Angell West, 293 Second Avenue, Waltham, 781-902-8400
  • ​Arlington Animal Clinic, 191 Broadway Street, Arlington, 781-646-0758
  • Back Bay Veterinary Clinic, 288 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-247-2273
  • ​Banfield Pet Hospital, 160 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, 617-354-1333
  • Cambridge Veterinary Care, 1724 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, 617-661-6255
  • Huron Veterinary Hospital, 70 Beacon Street, Somerville, 617-661-9553
  • Merwin Memorial Free Clinic, 542 Cambridge Street, Allston, 617-782-5420
  • Massachusetts Vet Referral Hospital, 20 Cabot Road, Woburn, 781-932-5802
  • New England Vet Clinic, 204 Highland Avenue, Salem, 978-744-8325
  • Porter Square Vet, 360 Summer Street, Somerville, 617-628-5588
  • Winter Hill Vet Clinic, 257 Broadway Street, Somerville, 617-623-5075

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