Dallas, TX

BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ certified cities have programs and policies that make it easier for pets and pet owners to live a happy, healthy life together.

What Makes Dallas a Pet-Friendly City? 

Certified in the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program in 2019, Dallas, Texas, scored especially well in the Shelters and Parks traits of our pet-friendly cities model.

Dallas is also a BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ grant recipient. The city received a grant in 2021 to enhance an under-utilized patio space at Dallas Animal Services to provide a multi-functional outdoor home for community assistance, pop-up adoption events, vaccination clinics and pet food distribution, as well as free wi-fi for low-income neighbors.

The city also reports it has many fun pet-friendly places.

Dog in front of Bishop Arts sign

Dallas’ Katy Trail, a 3.5-mile running and biking path through some of most of the densely developed areas of the city, is a favorite of Dallas dog owners. After a stroll or jog on a warm Texas day, the trail offers a variety of dog-friendly patios where two and four-legged residents can rest, relax and rehydrate.

Dallas Mayor on the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Recognition

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson

“The City of Dallas is committed to continuing to build a community that offers its residents and their pets a great quality of life. I am thrilled to see the hard work of Dallas Animal Services, our nonprofit partners, and animal loving residents recognized on a national scale through the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS Program.”

– Mayor Eric Johnson

A dog with the Dallas skyline

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