Photo courtesy of Joanie Crane and Bailey.
Yes, your pet can visit SOME areas of Gateway!
Some areas of Gateway have great trails for you and your pet to exercise and enjoy nature. Pets are NOT allowed in areas of the park which are delicate natural habitats.
Where pets are permitted, they must always be on a leash. You must also clean up after your pet when visiting the park.
Pets running at large may be impounded at the owner's expense.
Why do I need to keep my pet on a leash?
Unleashed pets are at danger themselves. They may also be seen as a danger to other visitors and, most of all, may threaten wildlife and habitats that the park is legally bound to protect.
Where you CANNOT bring your pet, even on a leash:
See the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, Section 2.15 for more information on rules regarding pets in national parks.
Abandoning animals at a national park
DON'T DO IT. Domesticated animals have not learned the skills needed to live in the wild. They usually die before figuring it out. Abandoned animals have shorter lives due to attacks by predators, disease and living in extreme conditions. Besides, this is against the law. Violators will be prosecuted.
Some abandoned animals, particularly cats, kill wildlife that the park is here to protect. Outdoor cats are believed to kill hundreds of millions of birds and small animals each year in North America. Whether a cat is domesticated or feral, well-fed or hungry, cats act as predators by nature.
People who love cats can give them longer, healthier lives and keep bird and wildlife populations more robust by keeping cats indoors 24 hours a day.
Did You Know?
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