NO Dogs Allowed Neighborhoods – A Safer, Peaceful Way of Living Pet-Free
“I just want a peaceful life!”
No Dogs Anywhere Petition
Yes, the picture above is of a *real* pet-free, *no* dogs allowed community (in Dubai)!
For most people, their home is their most valuable investment, their security, and their sanctuary. Living next to a bad dog owner can destroy all of this, making home a hell, the investment money thrown away, and creating a sense of insecurity, anxiety, and tension, as well as serious health problems. Those people who have endured such a harrowing ordeal would prefer to not take the risk of its re-occurrence. Dog free communities would be great for victims of dog attacks, either physical ones, verbal threats, or through constant toxic barking, just as a quick example.
That’s why many people are looking for these places.
What would the Major Benefits Be of a No Pets Allowed Community?
- No barking, no dog mess, no gardens ruined, no barking again, no dog odors, no loose dogs, no dog attacks, no dog mauling, no barking again, no dog maiming, no dogs killing people…
- Being able to enjoy our backyards/patios without a dog raging at your family through the fence
- Being able to sleep through the night, and did I mention with no barking?
- Residents tend to be much more pleasant
- People who are allergic to dog hair/fur/dander.
- People who are afraid of dogs (no doubt that many people quite understandably are).
- Kids could play safely outside, go to parks and enjoy playing with KIDS.
- A place where neighbors would treat neighbors with respect.
- Quality of life preserving ability to concentrate and relax. The most basic right of all.
A Few Sayings on the Matter of Dog Free (Prohibited) Areas
“One question: why must it be us who moves and not the dogs?”
“Too bad believers-in-living-without-dogs…are forced to put up w/this, much like being told smokers can pollute the air of the health-conscious!”
“Let’s lobby our legislators for freedom from this menace!”
“Dog free zones and communities are a must. No canine owner anywhere has any moral right to savage/destroy any homeowner or pedestrians quiet enjoyment of residence or street. Nor should it remain a legal right.”
“I want to live in a dog-free world.”
“I support dog-free communities as a refuge for those who don’t want to live around barking and increasingly undisciplined, potentially dangerous animals.”
“The same way people have the right to own dogs and enjoy them being around all the time, we have the right to disown them and enjoy having none of them around ever.”
A few basic points that just came out of my mind. They are not specific to any town, city, state or country so they could be beneficial to most.
One thing we must always keep very clear in our mind: it will Not be easy.
At the very least, pushing for dog-free communities might show inconsiderate dog owners that this is a serious issue And people are starting to do something. Something effective.
Which places could be free of dogs? Any. Countries (Iceland), states, counties, cities, communities, streets, residential buildings, condos, apartments, or just hotels and campsites.
Awaiting your contributions (including from you ODOrs, so we could do the exact opposite of what you say).
Dog-free Communities – NO Dogs Allowed, Finally!
Option 1 – A New Private, Gated Community for Houses
– Enter into an agreement with an interested real-estate developer (redev). They buy the land, a large parcel to be built into a gated community with controlled access.
– We, prospective buyers, agree to buy at least our specific lot, for future construction.
– The redev is allowed to build new homes on the lots not sold immediately, if there was any left, but to sell just to people agreeing to our ‘code’: “No dogs, No exceptions”.
– This parcel of land should be well distant from regular, dog-plagued areas.
Points to note:
– City zoning would not be a problem since we’d have only residential houses. The “No dogs, No exceptions” would be set by our own without interference from anybody outside
– One example: a relative of mine lives over 600 meters/1,800 feet away from a NGO that is harboring tens of dogs in the hope of adoption, so you can imagine the level of barking noise right there. However, even at that distance, over half a kilometer, it can be quite difficult to concentrate during the day and, worse, to sleep at night).
– People living on the limits of this community would still be affected by exterior barking noise. No trees, noise barriers, high walls… would prevent that pollution coming to their houses.
Dog-free Communities – Living safer in our own cities
Option 2 – Rezoning an Existent Whole Neighborhood into a “No dogs, No exceptions” area.
Not easy at all, all homeowners And residents should agree to it, an uphill battle. The city would still have the final say. Expect a lot, and I mean a lot of backslash from dog nutters and the dog lobby.
If that neighborhood is adjacent to others, there is no point even in trying. It would be totally ruined by residents from other districts.
Option 3 – Getting New Neighborhoods to Be Zoned as “No dogs, No exceptions” from the Start
Many cities are growing to beyond its original limits so it’s theoretically possible to have the city turn one of them into a “No dogs, No exceptions” area. Residents would live on the outskirts of the city with weak infrastructure as an example.
Option 4 – A New Apartment Building/Townhouses Complex
Similar to Option 1. Being a high-rise, it must include double-pane, sound proof windows, what will make residents to live indoors with constant air-conditioning.
Ideas for Advocating Dog-free Communities – NO Pooches Allowed
Option 5 – An Existent Private Apartment Building/Townhouses Complex
The owner/resident’s association could get together among themselves and make the changes.
Option 6 – An existent Rental Apartment Building/Townhouses Complex
Residents, meaning renters, could request the complex to have it turned into a dog-free zone. By clearly demonstrating the benefits, like liability, the owner could come to agree and enforce the change as current renters move out. Real Non-pet-friendly apartments.
Option 7- A block of streets
When you live in a close community even without a neighborhood associations
Option 8 – Neighborhood associations
For the ones who live in an area with just a few dogs whereas this area has a strong and active neighborhood association, perhaps it could be voted to have the few dog owners ousted, either by the force of the city or with the association members getting together and buying the property of the perpetrators. Then those homes would be resold to like-minded people. Maybe a real estate agent could get involved.
Option 9 – A whole town
Want to see controversy (and a lot of death threats left at your door)? Make a petition to city/town hall demanding the city to downright prohibit dogs.
However, it may be possible in sensible towns like Rainsville (AL), Piscataway (N.J.) and Canby (OR).
Option 10 – Your own street
On your own street, start advocating for the informal ordinance of no dogs allowed.
Option 11 – The Millionaire’s Option
Buy an entire island in the Maldives where not even a boat with pets could get close to you!
Examples of Already Existent Dog-free Communities
Not saying that we are going to live there tomorrow, just to show that they exist and are a civilized way of living.
Jumeirah Beach Residence – Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Also known as JBR, Jumeirah Beach Residence is a 1.7 kilometers (1.1 mi) long, 2 square kilometers (0.77 sq mi) waterfront community located against the Persian Gulf in Dubai Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
It is the largest single phase residential development in the world and contains 40 towers (35 are residential and 5 are hotels). JBR can accommodate about 15,000 people, living in its apartments and hotel rooms.
The Project has 6,917 apartments, from 900 sq ft (84 m2) studios to 5,500 sq ft (510 m2) penthouses. JBR has a total of six residential blocks, viz., Shams, Amwaj, Rimal, Bahar, Sadaf and Murjan. The developer, Dubai Properties (a subsidiary of Dubai Holding), launched JBR in August 2002. This 6 billion dirham project was completed in 2007. More info here.
Cerro Gordo Community – Cottage Grove, Oregon, USA
From their site: “We are a dog-free community founded on ecological values, including organic land care & gardening. We practice sustainable forestry on 1100+ acres. Our houses are clustered into two neighborhoods, surrounded by shared forests and meadows, with many seasonal streams.
We have shared water and septic systems, and share maintenance of the roads. Please note: in accordance with our state/county zoning agreements, we are a dog-free community, and we love it that way. In other words, dogs cannot live here.” More info here.
Nalcrest, FL – No More Biting, No Dogs Allowed: Retired Postal Workers Rest Safely
Nalcrest, FL – A nice retirement community in Florida that caters to retired mail carriers with the U.S. Postal Service. Many prefer mail to email, and no dogs are allowed. More info here.
Exceptions in a dog-free residential zoning – No pet policy
Residents shall not allow pets of any kind on their property, save for aquariums.
Visually impaired people and their guide dogs are exempt from the rule since this is internationally accepted. However, it must be confirmed by a corresponding third party. Even though, those residents and visitors must be fully responsible pet owners.
What ODORs will say about Dog-free Communities
“I will go as far as saying that pet owners in many cases are more responsible tenants than the ones without. Pet owners usually don’t smoke indoors, they don’t play loud music and have massive parties. Why? because pet owners usually love animals and wouldn’t make their pet go through that torture.”
As I said in the beginning, it won’t be easy.
As seen at www.dolforums.com.au/topic/242746-building-towns-that-are-no-dog-zones/ (sorry, I won’t link to them) the dog lobby, cultists and followers will not let it happen smoothly.
The only way to counter this is for us to get together and fight, fight stronger and stronger.
So, what do you think?