Pets are welcome on the grounds surrounding the visitor center and the developed areas of Elliott Key as long as they are on a leash and attended. With the exception of service animals, pets are prohibited in other islands of the park.

  • Pets are not used to fending for themselves and need access to fresh water, food and pest-free habitat which the park does not provide. Animals abandoned in the park are likely to perish from dehydration or starvation.
  • To help an animal find a proper place to live, contact a local rescue such as the Humane Society, This is the Dog!, Pet Partners Rescue Home, Marrvelous Pet Rescues and Born Free Shelter. It is a crime to abandon an animal in Miami-Dade County.
  • Loose pets are a danger to park resources. Loose cats, for example, kill wild birds.
  • Spay or neuter pets and keep them in safe habitat.

Become a Bark Ranger!

Bag your waste

  • Help keep Biscayne National Park clean by bagging your dog's waste and placing it in a trash can.
  • Dog waste is NOT a natural fertilizer and can pollute our nearby waterways, contributing to disease and algae blooms.

Always leash your pet

  • No more than 6 feet (2 meters) long.

Respect wildlife

  • Biscayne National Park is home to a diverse array of wildlife. Admire from a distance and do not disturb the animals!

Know where you can go

  • Most of the park is pet-friendly.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center or on Boca Chita Key
  • Don't leave your pet in your car. Miami-Dade County considers this to be animal cruelty.

Last updated: February 7, 2021

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