Please be mindful that the Arboretum is a botanical institution and nature preserve, not a dog park. Our first priority is the protection of plants and wildlife. Most botanical gardens and arboreta do not allow pets due to the damage they can cause. You can keep the Arboretum pet-friendly by following the laws and policies below.

Tuscaloosa municipal code and university policy require all dogs to be leashed and for owners to clean up their waste. Please keep dogs on trails and do not allow them to dig, chase wildlife, or urinate on plants.

If you see an unleashed dog please report it to UA Facilities Maintenance by calling the Customer Service Center at 205-348-6001. Tuscaloosa Animal Control can be reached at 205-248-5800.  For emergency assistance, please contact UAPD at 205-348-5454. Dangerous animals or individuals that refuse to comply should be reported to UAPD.

Violators of this policy will be asked to leave and may be ticketed. Repeat offenders may be barred from the Arboretum.