Animal Control

Animal Control

The City of University Park is committed to reuniting pets with their families. Residents are encouraged to call the City’s police/fire dispatch center at any time of the day or night to report a lost or found pet. The dispatch center keeps a list of all such reports. It includes a description of the pet, and the time and place that it was last seen or found.

Pet Lost & Found Number
To report a lost or found pet, residents are asked to call the police/fire dispatch center at 214-363-3000. Please do not call 9-1-1 to report a lost or found pet. So that the information sheet can be as accurate as possible, if the pet reported lost is found, we encourage residents to call the police/fire dispatch center with that information.

National Pet Lost & Found Web site

Animal Control Officer

For information concerning the City’s animal regulations and policies, residents are encouraged to contact the Animal Control Officer, Launa Patton, at 214-987-5371, or email her at Launa’s office hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To view or download the Animal Control section of City Ordinance, click here.

Name   Address Phone
Highland Park Animal Clinic   5323 N. Central Expressway 214-528-3360
Hillside Vet Clinic   6150 E. Mockingbird Lane 214-824-0397
Holt Veterinary Clinic   5619 SMU Blvd. 214-361-2834
Lovers Lane Animal Medical Center   4660 W. Lovers Lane 214-350-5696
Park Cities Animal Hospital   4365 Lovers Lane 214-368-8573
VCA University Animal Hospital   5501 W. Lovers Lane 214-357-5501
S.P.C.A. of Texas   362 River Front Blvd 214-742-7722
Highland Park Animal Control   4700 Drexel Dr. 214-521-5000
Knox Park Animal Hospital   4437 Buena Vista Street 214-521-7660
Dallas Animal Services   1818 N. Westmoreland Rd. 214-670-8246

Residents of University Park are required by City Ordinance to register all pets and display a numbered animal tag.

By City Ordinance, the owner of each dog or cat more than four (4) months old must obtain a license for each dog or cat. At the time of application for a license, the owner must present a Certificate of Vaccination and pay a licensing fee for each dog and cat.

  • An animal tag may be obtained either in person at City Hall or through the mail.
  • A current rabies certificate is required to obtain an animal tag.
  • The animal tag fee outlined by City ordinance is as follows:
       $10 for altered animals
       $20 for unaltered animals
  • A log receipt, license tag and S-clip are given to the resident for each registered pet.
  • If the animal registration is sent by mail, a current copy of the rabies certificate and the fee should be mailed to:
       Attn: Animal Registration
       City of University Park
       3800 University Blvd.
       University Park, TX 75205

For more information about the licensing process and fees, to view or download forms, or to renew a pet license, click here.

Effective March 19, 2003 - Rabies Vaccination Change
The Texas Board of Health approved rules that will permit dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies every three years instead of annually. Under the new requirements, dogs and cats should be vaccinated at 4 months of age, receive a booster vaccination 12 months later and every three years thereafter. Pet owners and their veterinarians may choose more frequent vaccinations. TDH officials stressed that the change from annual to triennial does not lessen the importance of having pets vaccinated against rabies.


Is there a Leash Law?
Yes, for dogs.

Is there a Pooper Scooper law?
No, but pet owners are strongly encouraged to clean up after their pets.

Where do I get the City registration for my dog/cat?
Utility Billing Office at City Hall.

Does the City adopt out animals?

What is the limit of animals per household?

What should I do if my neighbor's dogs will not stop barking?
Try letting your neighbor know that his/her dog is a problem. If that does not work, call Animal Control at 214-987-5371.

What should I do if I am bitten or scratched by an animal?
If the bite or scratch has broken the skin, clean the wound and call Animal Control.  Medical attention may also be appropriate.  

Are exotic animals allowed to live in the city?

What is the procedure for picking up my animal if it has been impounded?

  • Call Animal Control to see if the animal was picked up
  • Check with the clinic to identify the animal
  • Bring rabies certificate to City Hall with the appropriate impoundment fee

Top Wildlife Myths
Urban area wildlife myths have existed for generations. To counter these long-held misconceptions, The Humane Society of the United States has distributed the following information. Click here to view or download.

Rodent Control
Norway and Roof rats live in close association with people. Both are present in communities across North Texas. The City routinely baits all park areas and inspects all alleys. However, rat sightings are somewhat common during this area's hot and dry summer months. For more information about their characteristics and some methods used to control them, click here.

Bats & Attics
To view or download a copy of a news release from The Humane Society of the United States on bats and their fondness for home attics, click here.

Coyote Sightings
Coyotes sightings most often occur along the banks of Turtle Creek. Biologists say coyotes are now a fact of life in nearly all of urban America. For more information about their habits, click on this article from the Humane Society of the United States.