Support For Pet Owners

Dallas Animal Services is here to help! Whether you need assistance with your pet or have a general question about animal safety in Dallas, this page is where you can find more information.

Courts are now accepting online and in-person compliance dismissal request for our “Fix It Tickets.” 

This includes Criminal and Civil Citations for the following offenses:


A compliance dismissal allows the animal owner to submit the proof of compliance within 20 days of the citation being issued directly to the court and bypass going in front of the judge. The owner can visit the municipal court in person to submit their compliance documents, or they can go to their homepage at (and then click “Resolve Your Ticket” on the left-hand side of the screen).

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection offers free spay/neuter services for dogs. See if you qualify.

Microchips are required in the city of Dallas for all dogs and cats. This serves as your pet registration.


Make an appointment with Spay Neuter Network 

If you are struggling with personal or financial issues that put you at risk of having to surrender your pet, Dallas Pets Alive may be able to help.


Learn more and apply here.

Spay Neuter Network has a collection of local resources for pet owners.

There are several low-cost pet wellness clinics in the Dallas area. 


We also frequently have free and low-cost events at Dallas Animal Services and around the city.

View our upcoming wellness events calendar.

The Dallas Animal Services Pet Food Pantry distributes pet food to owners in need at different locations across the city, including The Stew Pot, Pleasant Grove Food Pantry, and at Dallas Animal Services. 


View upcoming pet food pantry distribution dates.

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Pet Owner FAQs

Show your pet you love them by providing them with excellent care. Here are some common questions we get about caring for pets and our responses!

Are animals covered in the Dallas City Code?

Yes! Please review Chapter 7-4 for all specific requirements for owned dogs and cats in the City of Dallas.

Do I have to get my pet spayed or neutered?

Yes. Dogs and cats six (6) months or older must be spayed or neutered (Sec. 7-4.2.). In addition to helping reduce pet overpopulation in our city, sterilizing your pet can bring a number of health benefits

Do I really need to get my pet vaccinated?

Yes! All dogs and cats in the City of Dallas must be vaccinated for rabies (Sec. 7-4.1.). Due to rising Distemper and Parvovirus rates, these vaccines are also highly recommended. Speak with your veterinarian about other vaccines your pet might need. There are quite a few low-cost clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that provide vaccines and wellness care for pets. Vaccinating your pet now will save you money, time, and stress in the future.

Should I get my pet a microchip?

Yes! All dogs and cats in the City of Dallas must have a microchip, which serves as your one-time pet registration (Sec. 7-4.2.). A microchip is a permanent form of identification injected just below their skin. A microchip scanner can pick up the chip's unique ID code to identify the pet and your contact information if your pet is lost. Make an appointment with Dallas Animal Services to get your pet microchipped for $10.

How often should I take my pet to the veterinarian?

We recommend taking your pet to the veterinarian once per year for a check-up and annual vaccines, and taking them for a sick visit when they seem under the weather or you notice changes in behavior or condition.

What do I do if my pet is lost?

We know losing a pet is terrifying, but DAS is here to help. If your pet recently went missing, follow the steps on this page for the best possible chance of a reunion between you and your best friend.

I found a stray pet. What do I do?

If you are unable to temporarily confine the pet to your home or yard, please call 311. If you can keep the found pet for a short amount of time in case the pet might belong to one of your neighbors, please visit this page to learn more about what to do if you’ve found a stray pet.

How do I train my dog?

There are several free training resources online, including the Fear Free Happy Homes library. If you’d like one-on-one sessions with a certified trainer, you can use this link to access one free week of dog training with GoodPup.

What is the leash law in Dallas?

Your dog must always be on a leash in public areas. (Sec. 7-3.1. (a) (4)). You must also pick up after your dog and dispose of their waste in a trash bin (Sec. 7-4.8.).


Where can I take my pet for off-leash play?

Dallas has several beautiful dog-friendly parks. Review the dog park’s rules and pick up your dog’s waste. Before you take your pet anywhere in public, make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations. For a list of dog-friendly parks in the City of Dallas, visit

Can I give my pet people food?

 We urge pet owners to avoid feeding their pet human food unless approved by their veterinarian.

Here is a list of foods you can safely feed your pet in small amounts:

These foods are highly toxic to pets and should be kept out of reach of your pet: If your pet ingests any of these foods, please call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

Is it safe to have my pet around my house plants?

Some plants are perfectly safe, while others are highly toxic to pets. Here is a comprehensive list of toxic and non-toxic plants: If your pet ingests any of these foods, please call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

Can I leave my pet in the car while I run errands?

No. Leaving a pet in an unattended motor vehicle for even a few minutes can result in heat stroke and death, even when the weather is mild, as the internal temperature of cars rises rapidly. An owner cannot knowingly confine a pet in an unattended motor vehicle for more than five minutes (Sec. 7-4.13).

Can I leave my pet outside in my yard?

If your dog is outside (even for a short time) he or she needs to be in a secure fenced yard, enclosed pen, or other structure that will prevent them from escaping. Within this area, each adult dog must have at least 150 square feet of space and access to shelter and clean water (Sec. 7-4.9). You may only tether (tie our or chain) a dog if you are with the dog and the tether meets certain requirements outlined in Chapter 7-4.7 of City of Dallas Code.

How many pets can I have?

Pet owners living in a single-family, detached house may have up to six cats, dogs, or a combination of cats and dogs. If you live in an apartment, condominium, or other residence with a common wall, the limit is four (Sec. 7-4.6)

I’m worried I may have to rehome or surrender my pet. Can you help me?

Yes. We have partners that may be able to help you keep your pet in your home. For resources, rehoming information, or to surrender your pet to Dallas Animal Services, click here.

My pet passed away at home. What do I do?

Please call 311 to schedule curbside pickup of deceased companion animals.

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