Pet-Friendly Vacation Information & Resources for Topsail Island
Topsail Island is a pet-friendly paradise with 26 miles of beaches and stunning shorelines. Your four-legged friend will enjoy accompanying you on a Topsail beach getaway where dog-friendly options abound. There are abundant opportunities for your dog to put his paws in the sand, feel the soothing coastal breeze blow through his fur, and wade through the cooling Atlantic waters of North Carolina's Treasure Coast.
At Century 21 Action, Inc. we love dogs! The majority of our team at Century 21 Action are proud dog owners, and consider them part of the family (and team). See some of our Pets at the bottom of this page! It wouldn't be unusual to see one of our furry teammates making rounds around the office on any given day. Our team has vast experience with dogs ranging from pets all varying sizes and breeds, to professional dog trainers, to kennel operators, to raising Seeing Eye Dogs for the Blind, to Therapy Dogs, to breeding and training National Champion Field Dogs. Many of our property owners love dogs too! We have nearly 100 properties that allow dogs!
At Century 21 Action we represent properties and property owners that select a Dog Designation based on their own comfort level or allergies with allowing unknown dogs into their homes. We offer "Pet Friendly Properties", "No Pet Properties", and "Pet Free Properties". Please note that the only types of pets allowed in any property (if allowed) are DOGS. Cats, birds, reptiles, fish, or any type of pet are not allowed at any time. It's not that we don't like them (many of us have those as pets too), but they are not permitted in our vacation properties for a number of reasons including other allergens or health risks. Properties that allow pets only allow friendly/non-aggressive, housebroken, flea free dogs over 12 months old that are on a veterinarian approved monthly flea/tick treatment and prevention program. Dogs are not allowed on the furniture or beds; while many of us don't mind that in our own homes; keep in mind that this is someone else's home and please respect their homes.
PET FEES: Dogs are only allowed if a Pet Fee, per pet, has been paid and approved prior to check-in for our Pet Friendly properties. Each rental property may have specific pet fees, pet restrictions and regulations that are unique, so be sure to review the terms and conditions on each of the individual vacation rentals. The Pet Fee applies even if the dog is only visiting the property for a few hours, a few days, etc. Please do not try to sneak in your pet or allow a family member or friend to try this in any property, it is grounds for immediate eviction of the entire property and guests without refund in addition to paying all associated pet fees and a collection fee/undeclared pet fee; even in Pet Friendly Properties. Violation of any of the pet policies will also result in the guest being charged for all costs and lost rents to the property owner and Century 21 Action for bringing the property back to it's original state to remove any possible allergens or health risks for the future guests or the property owners (these can be extremely expensive ranging from $500.00 to over $25,000). Know that most properties have very watchful neighbors that will alert the property owner or our company every time they see a pet at a property, some owners live nearby, and the cleaning company, maintenance inspectors, and other vendors will surely notice that a pet has been in the property upon your departure. At Century 21 Action we have worked hard to convince many property owners to allow dogs so that guests can bring the furry family members on vacation too, but they do have the expectation of being compensated for this due to the added wear and tear, risk, additional cleaning fees, additional pest control, etc, etc. As previously mentioned, we love pets; but we also we have a duty to our property owners and other guests and also to ensure all pet fees have been collected.
Pet Friendly Properties. Dogs allowed with a Pet Fee for each dog. These properties allow dogs based on varying restrictions per property. Most of our pet friendly properties allow a maximum of 2 dogs, some properties allow more or less (please inquire). Some properties have size or breed restrictions. NOTE: These properties only allow Pets with a PAID Pet Fee PER each Pet and the pet varies based on the property size. Guests are responsible for removing all dog waste from the yard, beach, etc. Note that the Security Deposit Waiver or the Pet Fee(s) do not cover damages or additional cleaning from pet accidents or policy violations.
No Pet Properties. These properties do not allow vacationers to bring pets; sorry. The property owner may bring their pet, or perhaps a family owner brings a pet; but guests are not allowed to. This may be due to a variety of reasons varying from a bad experience, to particular allergies, to personal preference, or other reasons.
Pet Free Properties. These properties never allow any type of pet or animal on the property. This does NOT mean pets stay for free. These properties are pet allergen free for other guests, the property owner, or their family members. This is very serious for people with severe allergies. Bringing a pet into a pet free property can result in all of the charges described previously; medical expenses for those affected, possible replacement of items that cannot be adequately cleaned to remove allergens (carpets, furniture, curtains, bedding, other soft goods, etc).
Restricted Breeds. Due to many properties’ insurance requirements, the following breeds are restricted: Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Presa Canarios, Chows Chows, Doberman Pinschers, Akitas, Wolf-hybrids, Mastiffs, Cane Corsos, Great Danes, Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, or any mix of any of these breeds. Any violation of any pet policy can result in Tenants immediate eviction without refund and payment of charges for all damages to property, future rentals, fees, owner damages, agent damages, etc.
Service & Assistance AnimalsIf you have a service animal, please see our procedures for bringing this working animal to one of our properties by clicking this link: service & assistance animals webpage
We've compiled pet-centered vacation information for the Topsail area to assist with the planning of your pet-friendly travels to Topsail Island. We've also included additional links, resources and information that you'll find useful during your stay.
Topsail Island Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals
Century 21 Action recognizes that pets are part of the family. For that reason, we offer a nice selection of pet-friendly vacation rentals on Topsail Island in a wide variety of sizes, styles and locations with the amenities you and your family desire. PLEASE NOTE: Not all properties allow pets due to allergies or preferences of the property owners.
Pet Regulations on Topsail Island
Man's best friend deserves some fun in the sun, sand and surf, too. Topsail Island welcomes pets to our shores and is proud to offer some of the best pet-friendly beaches in North Carolina. We just ask that you abide by our local pet-friendly rules and regulations during the course of your stay.
North Topsail Beach and Surf City require that dogs are leashed, under the control of the owner, and that all dog waste is picked up and properly disposed. Topsail Beach requires dogs to be leashed from May 15th through September 30th. At the other times during the year, the dog must be under voice command of a responsible person, but does not have to be on a leash. Local pet ordinances are enforced on the beach as well as in town, and a fine often accompanies each infraction.
You can click on each town's pet regulation and ordinance page for further details.
Pet Vacations. Many dogs encounter anxiety when taken on vacation. They are in a strange house, are often left alone in this new environment while on vacation while you are at the beach, out shopping, going out to eat, etc. They discover new scents, perhaps from dogs that have stayed in the house previously. Dogs that are perfectly behaved at home, at friends or family members' homes; often react differently when on vacation. We suggest bringing a kennel or crate for your dog for such times or we can help arrange a rental crate to be delivered and picked up to your property from Sweet Dreams Rentals if you don't have space for one in your vehicle. Pet Crates & Pet Rental Items Note that the rental expense of a crate is much less than the cost of one accident that you don't find and clean up yourself.
Be hot weather aware!
- Many people may not realize that having your dog down on the beach or on the deck for extended periods during hot sunny days can be as hazardous to their health as leaving them locked in a hot car.
- Sand and pavement can get very hot for their paws at the beach, while we have flip flops and other foot ware to protect us, they do not. It's always a good idea to bring a beach towel for them as well to get off the hot sand.
- Dogs get sun burnt too, but can't wear sunscreen like you can; make sure they get some shade.
- Make sure they get plenty of fresh water (ocean water/saltwater is not good for them, will dehydrate them faster, and can cause intestinal problems).
Baths and Rinsing. Always thoroughly rinse your dog after every trip to the beach with fresh water. It will help them to cool down after being in the hot sun or after exercise and walks on the beach. You will also find that their coats will carry a large amount of sand from the beach, please be sure they're not bringing it into the house. Your entire party will also appreciate a fresh water rinse after trips to the beach or into the ocean; wet dog smell is worse with salt water. Portable Dog Washes can also be rented through Sweet Dreams Rentals for your entire stay and arranged through our offices or by calling them directly at 910-328-5312.
Water safety is important with your dog. While most dogs are naturally good swimmers, most aren't accustomed to ocean waves, rip tides, and other hazards. Please be mindful of this. It's also a good idea to keep your four legged friend out of the water in the early mornings, evenings, twilight times, and at night for shark safety, just like for us humans.
Be aware of saltwater poisoning. Some dogs adore swimming in the ocean and enjoy plunging into the waves to retrieve a favorite beach toy. However, you need to be a little careful that your pet doesn't try to drink or swallow too much sea water and if they do, to recognize the clinical signs there may be something wrong. This link has information on what saltwater poisoning looks like, as well as prevention tips and treatment options.
Pet Health Care and Emergency Veterinarian Care:
Surf City Pet Hospital 910-329-4700
13775 NC Hwy 50 #503
Holly Ridge, NC 28445-6950
Topsail Animal Hospital 910-270-4401
16350 US Hwy 17 N
Hampstead, NC 28443
Paws and Claws Animal Hospital 910-399-3768
5333 Oleander Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403
Animal Emergency and Trauma Hospital
After hours emergency clinic 910-791-7387
Animal Poison Control Center 888-426-4435
Spoiled to the Bone Grooming Salon 910-368-7416
311 S. Topsail Dr.
Surf City, NC 28445
Surf City Pet Lodge Boarding, Grooming, and Dog Daycare 910-803-0707
304 Becky's Creek Rd.
Hampstead, NC 28443
Gilligans Barkery & Day Spa 910-327-2146
99 Village Dr.
Holly Ridge, NC 28445
Pet-Friendly Places on Topsail Island
In addition to the beach and your pet-friendly Topsail vacation rental, your dog is welcome around town in various pet-friendly places. Please respect each establishment's pet-friendly procedures.
Soundside Park in Surf City is a pet-friendly park with plenty of room to roam (leashed, of course) and unending scenic coastal views. It is a dog's delight that offers abundant walking opportunities, as well as a boardwalk, fishing pier and viewing decks. Soundside Park has spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the swing bridge, while also being the perfect place to view a North Carolina sunset.
Some of Topsail Island's restaurants allow pets access in designated outdoor sections of their establishments. It's best to call in advance to confirm each restaurant's pet policies.
Daddy Mac's Beach Grille in Surf City allows guests and their pets to come up from the beach access (they can't come through the restaurant). Camino Real Mexican Restaurant in Surf City permits dogs at their outside seating area in the alleyway. Englese's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Surf City allows dogs at their outdoor patio seating in front of the restaurant. Sears Landing Grill and Boat Docks doesn't allow dogs on the porch (except service animals), but they do offer three picnic tables down by the water that are pet-friendly. The bartender is available to service your order.
Additional Pet Resources
Sweet Dreams Linens is a great pet-friendly resource if you're in need of rental items for your dog during your Topsail Island vacation. They offer pet rental items including dog crates in various sizes, dog gates and portable dog wash stations. They are conveniently located in Surf City and service all of the towns on Topsail Island including free delivery with a minimum order.
Veterinary services can be found right on the island at the Surf City Pet Hospital (910-329-4700). They are a full-service veterinary hospital and surgical clinic offering convenient day and evening hours. The Topsail Animal Hospital (910-270-4401) is located right off of Highway 17 in Hampstead and also offers full veterinary services.
Pet grooming services can also be found locally right on Topsail Island. Spoiled to the Bone
Pet Grooming Salon in Surf City is a full-service dog grooming salon. They specialize in calm, peaceful grooming practices and use "green" nontoxic shampoos and conditioners. Gilligan's Barkery Dog Spa & Grooming in Holly Ridge offers grooming, boarding and doggy daycare.