How many pets can you have in San Antonio?

San Antonio residents can have up to three chickens


SAN ANTONIO – The City of San Antonio currently allows a maximum number of eight cats or five dogs at any one residence.

Residents can also have an aggregate number of eight pets, meaning a mix of both cats and dogs.

Excess animal permits can be obtained through the city for San Antonio residents who would like more than the allotted number of dogs/cats allowed.

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The excess animal permits are only valid for three years and must be renewed.

The total number of domestic fowl and livestock allowed at a single residence is five, according to the Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare.

That number may include up to eight domestic fowl, think chickens and ducks, but they must be kept in an enclosure with proper sanitation.

Up to two animals can be livestock -- horses, cows, sheep, goats, and llamas, etc.

The City of San Antonio doesn’t allow wild animals to be kept as pets.

Sad news for exotic animal lovers -- monkeys and other non-human primates, wolf hybrids, coyotes, foxes, exotic cats, bears, skunks, raccoons, miniature Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, venomous reptiles, crocodiles and related species don’t make the cut.

To sum up, if you’re trying to max out your animal potential (without getting an excess animal permit), you can have a mix of eight cats and dogs, three chickens and two goats.

The choice of livestock is up to you but pet skunks are out, unfortunately.

Also, keep in mind the city council recently approved a ban on dog chaining.

Read more on that here.

*Editors note: The City of San Antonio's Code of Ordinances has not reflected the change in the number of fowl allowed per household in city limits. The number has been changed from 5 to 8 to reflect the number of fowl allowed. 


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