2 Dallas-area apartment buildings open with extra love for dogs

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A new residential option in Dallas-Fort Worth is strictly for dogs: Called Fidus Pet Concierge Communitiesit is a community of garden-style apartments with amenities specifically designed to meet the needs of dog owners.

Fidus acquires existing low-density garden-style apartment communities of 300-600 units and renovates the property with features and services, transforming them into luxury Class A apartment communities with dog-centric elements, on-site pet services and social events.

Fidus founder and director Steve Bardack says in a statement that the need for such a residential option has increased during the pandemic.

“Seventy percent of U.S. households now own a pet, a trend that accelerated during the pandemic as people spent more time at home,” Bardack said. “Now, as employees return to the office, their pets are being left behind, creating separation anxiety for owners and their pets. Recognizing the need for convenient pet care in apartment buildings , Fidus Pet Concierge Communities addresses the pain points associated with pet ownership and can also be a solution for businesses looking to relocate new talent with dogs in tow.”

There are currently two Fidus communities in DFW:

  • Cross Creek at Grapevine Ranch in Grapevine
  • Equinox on Garland Park

Unit sizes range from 750 to 1163 square feet and rent ranges from $1,550 to $2,500 per month.

Fidus properties incorporate dog-friendly features and technology into each apartment, such as a dog door that leads directly to a private, fenced-in yard or a dog-safe balcony/patio with a porch release system.

On-demand dog nanny services allow residents to ensure that their pet is cared for when they cannot be home, whether due to planned or unforeseen circumstances. Other offers include:

  • keyless entry for residents and the Fidus Pet Concierge
  • Furbo treat dispensers with AI capabilities that will alert residents via text if their dog is barking or in distress
  • Nest thermostats for remote temperature management
  • three cameras in each apartment so residents can monitor their pets indoors and outdoors.

They also add an on-site pet concierge open daily with on-site dog daycare, boarding, grooming, dog walking, and in-unit feeding, all of which can be requested through a mobile app.

Other features include dog parks and group activities such as morning dog walks and training classes. Oh, that’s good: DNA testing is used to identify pet waste violators, who are then subject to fines for breach of lease, to help maintain a healthy living environment.

A huge plus: Fidus pet caretaker communities have no breed or weight restrictions. The new resident application process includes in-person temperament testing for each dog, ensuring that each resident is friendly. But aggressive dogs are not allowed, regardless of breed or size.

To help local shelters, Fidus maintains partnerships with local relief, shelters and reception networks. Each confirmed lease resulting from a referral from a partner entitles the resident to a reduction of $50 on their registration fees and $200 for the participating shelter or rescue centre.

A new Fidus Foster program works with rescues and shelters to help their dogs find temporary placement with Fidus residents. The program also offers discounts and free services from Fidus facilities to encourage more residents to adopt dogs.

Fidus plans to open a third Dallas-area property in 2022, and acquire and renovate four to six more Dallas-area properties over the next two years, as part of a broader rollout in South.

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