Please Leave your Pet at Home

Pets, including cats, birds, small animals, and emotional support animals as well as animals in backpacks are not allowed in the garden. Only ADA certified service animals may be brought into the garden.

Dogs in the garden:
Birds and other animals think of dogs—even the friendliest ones— as predators. Animals have a keen sense of sight, smell, and hearing; The presence of a dog, even on a leash, will disrupt their normal behaviors. In natural areas where dogs are not allowed, people get to see and enjoy more wildlife. Metro’s science team reviewed 54 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, as well as 23 professional reports and the research is consistent and compelling: Dogs negatively impact wildlife.

*Excerpted and adapted from METRO'S PET POLICY

What is a Service Animal?

Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are NOT considered service animals under the ADA and are not allowed inside the garden.  

In addition, if a service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, staff may require that the animal be removed from the premises, in accordance with ADA rules and regulations.

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