City to require pet licensing

Special to the PRESS

After years of care for the animals of South Padre Island, Friends of Animal Rescue has taken another step to improve the safety and security of Island residents and their pets. At their last meeting, the South Padre Island City Council approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 16-12 which would require licensing of pets by all Island residents.

Each month, Sherry Pindard, Director of Friends of Animal Rescue, updates the City Council on the number of pets and other animals that have been picked up and adopted out, released or ideally, reunited with visitor or resident owners. Though there are many options for identifying pets including tags and microchips, the organization hopes to further improve the safety of pets on the Island by encouraging the city to pass the licensing ordinance so that lost animals may more easily be reunited with their owners.

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