Pets and Wildlife

Backyard Chickens
Interested in raising chickens in your backyard? Please fill out and submit a Keeping Animals Permit (PDF). Questions? Please call 651-738-1025.

Deer
Deer are beautiful, wild animals, but deer in developed areas can spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e. Deer can
wreak havoc on gardens, landscaping plants, and trees and shrubs. As such, feeding deer is not permitted and creates community-wide problems necessitating in the reduction of the population.

Feeding Wildlife and Water Fowl
Please remember that the feeding of wildlife and water fowl is not allowed.  Bird feeders are allowed but they need to be least five feet above the ground or structure. Please refer to "Feeding Wildlife and Water Fowl" brochure provided at right.

Geese
Every year, the City receives numerous complaints about Canadian Geese, particularly the goose droppings left behind on private property, in parks, or on walkways. Geese will return to the same area, year after year, in increasing numbers. Attracting the geese to your yard only creates community-wide problems necessitating in the reduction of the population. Please review the "Feeding Wildlife and Waterfowl" information provided above.

Have problems with geese?

Leashes
When dogs and cats leave their premises, they need to be leashed or under other physical control.  Also, dogs need to be leashed when in city parks, especially in the Oakdale Nature Preserve, and on all other public land, with the exception of the Oakdale Bark Park.

Mutt Mitts
For your convenience, Mutt Mitts dispensers are provided in most City parks to easily collect and dispose of dog waste.  Left on the ground, dog waste is not only unsightly but can pollute the water and also poses health risks.

Nuisances
Animals which “run at large” may be impounded by the Police Department whether they are licensed or not.  It’s important to remember that not everyone enjoys the company of pets - even some other pets.  Please take care so that your pet(s) does not disturb others or their property.

Number of Pets
Pet owners with more than three of any single type of domestic animal, over three months old, need to obtain a Special Use Permit from the Oakdale Police Department.

Oakdale Bark Park
An off-leash park, located off 50th Street, between Helena Road and Heather Ridge Road, opened in the Summer of 2017. The park offers a fenced area, benches, parking lot, and trails.

Pet Licenses
Dogs and cats over six months old or residing in Oakdale for more than 30 days need to wear a city-issued license. Licenses are available from the Oakdale Police Department, 1584 Hadley Avenue, during regular office hours (Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM). The pet license process must be done in person. A current certificate of rabies vaccination needs to be presented when submitting a pet license application:

Sanitation
Pet owners need to remove and properly dispose of pet droppings from their yard on a regular basis. Also, when taking your pet off your property, be sure to have something with you to pick up excrement and disposing of it in a trash receptacle.

Wild or Exotic Animals
Interested in owning wild or exotic animals?  Please fill out and submit a Keeping Animals Permit (PDF). Questions? Please call 651-738-1025.