Responsible Pet Ownership

Responsible Pet Ownership

Follow City Ordinances

The City of McKinney requires all pet owners to be responsible and follow city ordinances for the health and safety of residents and pets. Failure to follow the ordinances may result in a citation or pet impoundment.

Ordinance Requirements

  • Vaccinate. Dogs and cats over the age of 4 months must have a current rabies vaccination and have a valid rabies tag affixed to the collar.
  • Restrain your pet by leash or fence. All pets, including dogs and cats, must be confined to the owner’s property within an adequate fence. All pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet when in public places. Leaving an animal tethered or chained is an ordinance violation.
  • Scoop the poop. Cleaning up after your pets reduces odors, insects, transmission of diseases and keeps stormwater drains and local water systems free of pollutants.
  • Household pet limits. No residence is allowed more than four dogs and four cats over the age of 3 months.


  • Spay / neuter. Studies prove that spayed or neutered animals are less likely to roam, are calmer and healthier. Low-cost spay / neuter and vaccination services are offered at the Collin County Animal Shelter in conjunction with the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection.
  • ID your pet. Microchip or keep identification tags on pets to help return lost pets to their owners.