Pets and Parks


 John with two dogs having fun  Stasia and Harley relaxing  Rocky riding in the corvette

Well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed to visit all Broward County Parks EXCEPT Hollywood North Beach Park (beach side), nature centers, and natural areas.


Broward County Parks and Recreation Division promotes responsible pet ownership:
  • All pets must be on leashes not exceeding six feet in length at all times.
  • Remember, owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs. "Pooper scooper" stations are located in all of our pet-friendly parks for the convenience of our patrons.
  • Do not feed any animals in the parks. This applies to raccoons, cats, squirrels, alligators, ducks, peacocks, geese, etc.
  • Dogs are not permitted on mountain bike trails and horse trails, for the safety of the intended users of those trails.

Barkham at Markham sign 

Dog Parks in Broward

Rabies and License Information

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Information (PDF)

Local Animal Laws


Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Program for Broward Residents With Limited Income

Have a Plan - Your Animals Depend on You in Case of an Emergency 
Most pet owners have a veterinarian they trust to provide checkups and vaccinations for the well-being of their animal companions. Your regular vet may not be available, however, for an after-hours emergency. Ask your vet what you should do in an emergency the next time you visit. Some vets will respond specifically to their own clients but not unknown pet owners. Other vet offices will only refer pet owners to a nearby emergency pet clinic. Before you need emergency assistance, develop a plan and a destination so that precious time is not wasted when your pet is in dire need.

Horse owners should also know how to prepare their horses and large animals in case there is an emergency situation or hurricane. Have a plan - your animals depend on you. Emergency preparedness information for horse owners.

Pet Food-Safety Tips Dogs playing at a water park
Is chocolate a good treat for my dog? What are safe gifts for my pet? The answers to these questions are provided by Broward County Animal Care and Adoption.

Nuisance Wildlife Information
Relocating wildlife animals into the woods or the "wilds" is not always in the best interest of the animal. For information on what
to do, please view this Web page.



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