Pets and Wildlife in Preston Hollow

Preston Hollow is full of wonderful large trees, brooks and lakes.  What we call home is also home to some natural wildlife.  Before we built our homes among the arbors, these were the original dwellers of our neighborhood.

We encourage you to be aware and to keep pets inside if possible.  The wildlife may see your pet as prey so be aware and keep pets inside.  If you see an animal in a non-predatory manner, stay clear and leave the animal alone.  Should you see an animal that you feel is aggressive,call   3-1-1.

Dallas has specific laws regarding tethering and confinement of pets.


All animals, including cats, must be confined at all times. This means that any animal must be restrained at all times in a fenced yard, in an enclosed pen or structure, or by a hand-held leash if in the custody of the owner. Animals may only be tethered for a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed three (3) hours in a 24-hour period, or no longer than necessary for the owner to complete a temporary task that required the dog to be restrained.


Dogs that are kept outdoors require an area that is at least 150 sq ft. for each dog six (6) months of age or older. The confining structure must be constructed with materials that will not allow the dog to escape, but still provide access to its doghouse, a building or shelter.  Water should be left for the animal to prevent dehydration.

The doghouse, building or shelter must provide protection from the elements, allow adequate room for movement and must be structurally sound.


Wildlife in Preston Hollow

Racoon, opossum, skunk, bobcat, bat, beaver, fox and coyote.

Helpful hints:

  1. Close all trash containers
  2. If you feed your pet outside remove any remaining food before nightfall.  Best practice is to secure you animal indoors 
  3. Store compost in proper containers
  4. Keep weeds and grass cut short especially near fences or walls 
  5. Ensure wood piles are stored in proper bins
  6. Ensure your roof and eaves are in good condition, even small holes need to be covered.
  7. Cap your chimney, and cover all vents with a commercial product or a wire mesh to keep animals from nesting
  8. Keep your garage doors closed in the evenings
Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association
PO Box 25528
Dallas, Texas 75225

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software