Allie cat abandoned at park
Pets and wildlife do not mix well together. Allie, the cat pictured here, was rescued outside the visitor center after someone abandoned her there. With help from kind people, she made a full recovery and was adopted.

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.

Last updated: November 6, 2017

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