Daufuskie Island is a very pet friendly community.
If you’re renting a condo or vacation home, be sure to check with the rental company on their pet policy. Pets are allowed at the outdoor areas of the island’s restaurants.
Keep your dogs away from all standing bodies of water, lagoons, lakes. Alligators are common in just about any standing water and can strike quickly.
Be sure their rabies shots are up to date. Wildlife is plentiful on Daufuskie, so there is a possibility of an unexpected encounter, albeit extremely rare.
And finally make sure they stay away from turtle nests, bald eagles, storks and other protected wildlife. Disturbing a turtle nest could get you fines of many thousands of dollars!
In most cases, owners accept only well-behaved canine visitors.
Pet fees usually apply. Some owners require that your dog be over one year old, non-aggressive towards people or other pets, house trained, remain off of the furniture and is ok with being left alone when you are away from the cottage (e.g., no incessant barking or destructive behavior).
Please be a responsible pet owner when the dog is outside, that there will be no signs that your pet was in the property when you depart. Extra cleaning fees for any damage and/or extra cleaning caused by your dog can be instituted if the owner so chooses.
The Daufuskie Rental Group offers quite a few pet-friendly accommodations, including:
- Angel Oak Cottage
- Beach Bungalow Cottage
- Beach Retreat Cottage
- The Boardwalk
- The Beachcomber Cottage
- Oasis Cottage
- PEEK A BOO Cottage
- Sea’s the Day Cottage
Getting your furry friend to Daufuskie:
The Official Daufuskie Island Ferry allows well-mannered pets on leashes or in carriers are welcome but must travel on the outside deck. There is no additional fee to transport pets.
The Haig Point private ferry has a place for pet owners to sit outside with their animals held on a leash. Cats must always travel in crates.
Pups on the beach:
Animals are permitted on the beach during the official beach season, April 1st through September 30th before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m, or anytime in the off season. Beaufort County and South Carolina state animal control ordinance passed last year requiring dogs be on a leash at all time.