Animal Control

Animal Control is responsible for the registration of coursing hounds, service dogs and those animals used for education purposes ONLY.

For health and safety reasons, pets are NOT permitted at Gulf Wars. Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals and are considered pets. Please make arrangements for your pets elsewhere.

Due to health and sanitation concerns, no live animals can be brought to site for the purpose of slaughter, encampment cooking, ritual use or bait/prey.

Individuals who bring unapproved animals to Gulf Wars will have two options: find boarding arrangements off-site for their pets or leave site with no refund. This applies to any animal discovered on site without Animal Control and Autocrat permission and registration confirmation.

Coursing hounds owners/handlers must register with Animal Control and contact Kennel Lands for encampment information and/or alternate kenneling requests. These dogs will be off leash to run during sanctioned Gulf Wars Coursing. Otherwise, they must be on a leash attached to a collar that is physically being held by the owner/handler or in a turn-out pen with an owner/handler 18 years of age or older in attendance.

Owners must register with their service animal with Animal Control. Service animals, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are any breed of dog that has been trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability and must accompany their owner at all times. These dogs must be on a leash attached to a harness or collar that is physically being held by the owner/handler or harnessed to disability required equipment (wheelchairs) and in turn-out pen/kennel with the owner present; they may not be left unattended at any time.

Animals used for educational purposes are allowed ONLY if they have received permission from Animal Control and the Autocrats. These animals must be on a leash attached to a collar that is physically being held by the owner, attached to a period cart (owner control) or in a turn-out pen with an owner/handler 18 years of age or older in attendance at all times. Only wheel turning dogs may be off leash when they perform their educational task. All other animals must be kept under owner control.

Contact or no later than February 15 of attendance year to pre-register. If you receive no response within 72 hours from those email addresses, please use, or Failure to pre-register may preclude entrance to event. Once pre-registration is complete, you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive confirmation, you should assume that your pre-registration was not received and you may not be able to enter the event.

All animals must be healthy. The health record for dogs is a vaccination documentation (paper is preferred or a canine ID card). Rabies tags cannot be used as proof of vaccination. If other than canine (educational purpose permission), a paper health certificate must be provided. The health record and certificate must have their vet’s name, address and telephone number.
Female dogs are not allowed if they are or will come into heat during Gulf Wars.
Owners of service dogs and permitted educational purpose animals must provide a picture of their animal.

Upon arrival at Gulf Wars, owners must be check in with Animal Control using registration confirmation data for a health review, waiver completion, issuance of the Rules and Responsibilities and receipt of their animal’s site token (to be worn at all times).

Non-compliance with Rules and Responsibilities can lead to removal of any animal and/or owner/handler from the event.

If you have any questions concerning these animals, contact Animal Control.

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