Dog on Willard Beach


All dogs must be licensed per state law. Dog licenses expire annually on December 31. Licensing begins in October. Click here for information about licensing, including a link to the online application.

Where Can I Take My Dog?

Visit this page for dog laws and information about dog-friendly South Portland parks, including on and off-leash hours.

Scoop the Poop!

Dog owners must always pick up and dispose of dog waste on streets and in parks and beaches, per City Ordinance.

1 gram of dog poop has over 23 million fecal coliform bacteria (almost twice as much as a human's) that can wash into our waterways and contribute to water contamination and cause illness. Here are tips from the College of the Environment at the University of Washington:

  • Always carry poop bags with you whenever you are out and about with your dog. Take more than you think you will need…you never know.
  • Pick it up! Every. Single. Time.
  • Tie the bag closed and toss it in the garbage, not compost bins or yard waste bags.
  • Pick up poops in your yard weekly (more often is better and definitely before a big rain).

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