Doggy Resource Guide

Houston Dog Resource Guide

Local Laws and Ordinances that Affect Dog Owners

  • Licensing Laws – Texas state law requires that all animals over four months in age must be vaccinated against rabies. Some cities also require that the animal be licensed and registered. Because each municipality is allowed to determine licensing fees, the cost will vary from one area to the next. Click on your city’s link to see its registration fee or call your local Animal Control Department.
  • Leash Laws – Although state laws only require that dogs known to be dangerous must be on a leash, Houston requires that all dogs must be on a leash of six feet or less when off of their owner’s property.
  • Pooper Scooper Laws – Houston requires that owners remove all waste left behind by their dog(s) in a safe and sanitary manner. Failure to do so is considered a class C felony and will be subject to a fine.
  • Limit Laws – Houston enforces a four-dog limit to any one owner. In some cities the limit is only two dogs within city limits; the limit in all other areas of cities is three dogs.

Dog Parks and Dog Park Support Organizations

Humane Societies and Animal Shelters

Other Dog Organizations and Ideas That We Support

Doggy Resource Guide was last modified: July 16th, 2014 by Doody Calls