Important City Ordinances Regarding Pets

  • In the City of Oklahoma City, dogs must be kept on a leash at all times outside of their home. This includes the front, side or back of your yard or even a vacant lot. The ordinance is in effect not only for the safety of the dogs, but the safety of other citizens as well. All dogs are also required to wear their rabies tags at all times, and the ordinance requires owners to dispose of pet waste when the pet is off their own property.
  • Dogs are also not allowed to wade or swim in public waters, including Lake Hefner, Lake Overholser and Lake Stanley Draper. The only exception is when visiting the PAW Park, located at NW 73 and Grand Boulevard, where dogs are welcome to roam off their leash while inside the park gates and swim in the PAW Park pond. Owners in the PAW Park must clean up after their dogs, even though they are allowed to run free (M Code § 38-147 and 148).
  • Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs, cats and ferrets. They must be administered under the supervision of a veterinarian licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma. City ordinance states that your dog or cat must be wearing its rabies tag at all times!
  • Leash laws in Oklahoma City require that dogs and puppies be on a leash or otherwise confined at all times. There is not a leash law for cats, however the owners of roaming cats may be cited for allowing their animals to trespass. Residents may borrow humane traps from the Shelter to capture nuisance animals for impoundment.
  • Livestock (horses, cattle, pigs, etc.) are not allowed in the City limits unless housed on at least one acre of land and as zoning permits.
  • The maximum number of animals allowed within City limits is no more than four adult cats and/or four adult dogs.
  • Untagged animals are held at the OKC Animal Shelter for three working days, not including the day the animal was brought into the shelter. (Holidays are not included, since the shelter is closed for viewing.)
  • Tagged animals are held at the OKC Animal Shelter for five working days not including the day the animal was brought into the shelter. (Holidays are not included, since the shelter is closed for viewing.)
  • An animal is considered as “ID’d” if it has a tag, microchip, visible tattoo, rabies tag or other identification whereby an owner may be contacted.