On South Padre Island, we welcome all guests – including your pets! Don’t leave your furry friends behind — we are a pet-friendly destination — after all, they need a vacation too. If your dogs love to play in the water, they’ll go crazy over the warm waves of South Padre beaches, and you won’t mind jumping right in and playing with them.
- Saltwater will upset their tummies. Make sure you have fresh water and a bowl.
- Sand and pavement can get too hot for their paws. Be mindful of peak sun times.
- Make sure your pets are up to date on vaccinations and that you have access to those records.
- South Padre Island has a leash law. Please keep your pets safe.
- Whether you are staying in a hotel or vacation rental, check with management on individual pet policies.
- Lost or found a pet? Call SPI Friends of Animal Rescue 24/7 hotline (956) 772-1171.
- Bring something to clean up after your dog!
Keeping Your Best Friends Safe and Comfortable
Learn more about the City of South Padre Island city ordinances related to pets within the city limits of South Padre Island
Lost and homeless animals can be found at Friends of Animal Rescue. Located at 4908 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597, the facility is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. To report an animal missing, please call (956) 772-1171.
Sec. 3–1 Livestock Prohibited
The keeping of any livestock within the City is declared a nuisance and is prohibited and unlawful.
Sec. 3–3 Horseback riding regulated
It is unlawful for any person to ride a horse, mule, donkey or any other animal through or
upon the beaches or other public right-of-ways within the City limits.
Sec. 3–4 Dogs at large
All dogs located within the City shall at all times be fenced, housed, leashed, tethered or
in some other manner physically restrained so that they may not any time run at large within the limits of the City. Any dog found at large within the City may be impounded by any police officer or by a duly designated Health Officer and processed as provided in this Article.
Sec. 3–4.1 Dog Bite(s) and Sec. 3–24 Cat Bite(s)Title for This Block
(A) An owner or person who has care, custody or control of an animal commits an offense if an animal bites a human being.
(B) In this
Sec. 3–5 Owners to vaccinate dogs against rabies
It shall be the duty of every person who owns a dog or keeps a dog in or on his premise or premises under his control within the City, to have said dog properly vaccinated against hydrophobia, commonly called “rabies”, by a competent veterinarian duly licensed to practice such profession in the State by time the animal is sixteen weeks of age and at regular intervals thereafter as prescribed by Texas Board of Health. All rabies vaccinations shall meet the requirements as set in Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 826, Subchapter C, and Texas Administrative Code Chapter 169, Subchapter A.
Sec. 3–22.1 Interference with Animal Control Officer
No person may interfere with an Animal Control Officer while an officer is engaged in the performance of the officer’s duties.
Sec. 3–23 Cats at Large
All cats located within the City shall at all times be fenced, housed, leashed, tethered or
in some other manner physically restrained so that they may not any time run at large within the limits of the City. Any cat found at large within the City may be impounded by any police officer or by a duly designated Health Officer and processed as provided in this Article II regarding dogs.
Sec. 3–30 Cleaning up after Pets
Any person owning, keeping, possessing or harboring any dog or cat shall promptly remove and dispose of all feces left by the dog or cat on any public property and on any private property not owned by such person or lawfully occupied by such person.
Sec. 3–31 Harboring Barking Dogs and Crying Cats
It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to keep or harbor any dog which habitually barks, howls or yelps, or any cat which habitually cries or howls to the great discomfort of the peace and quiet of the neighborhood, or in such manner as to materially disturb or annoy persons in the neighborhood who are of ordinary sensibilities. Such dogs and cats are hereby declared to be a public nuisance.