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Pet Friendly

Dogs Deserve a Vacation, Too

Bring Your Best Friends to South Padre Island


On South Padre Island, we welcome all guests – including your pets. Don’t leave your best friends behind when you leave on your island getaway! Bring them along to 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. While your dogs are welcome on South Padre Island beaches year-round, the best times to take your dogs to the beach when it’s hot outside are early morning and early evening. All dogs must be on a leash at all times, which allows you to keep them safe; you’ll want to plan on bringing along small garbage bags to pick up after your dogs as well. Make sure to bring water and shade for your dog, like a portable pop-up kennel, if you plan to be on the beach for the day, since dogs can get sunburned and suffer heat stroke if out in the sun too long. Just like humans, your dogs need sunscreen (pet-safe sunscreen or human sunscreen without zinc oxide) applied to the bridge of their nose, their ears, the skin around their mouth, and anywhere that fur doesn’t completely cover their body. It may take a few extra moments to apply, but you’ll both have a ton of sunburn-free fun on the island once you’re ready.

When your beach day is through, there are tons of great pet-friendly hotels in which you and your furry friend can kick back and relax. From budget locations like the Super 8 and La Quinta Inn and Suites to the more upscale Pearl South Padre and La Copa Inn Beach Hotel, you’ll easily find an option that works best for you and your vacation budget. Some South Padre Island restaurants even allow leashed pets, so call ahead to find out if you can bring your dog to dinner. While bringing your pets on vacation to South Padre Island may take a little extra planning, they’ll receive a warm welcome when they arrive — and seeing your four-legged friend’s tail wildly wagging is always well worth the effort.


Keeping Your Best Friends Safe and Comfortable

If you do decide to bring your pets, please make sure they’re safe by keeping them on a leash when outdoors and keep our Island beautiful by picking up after them. If you’re staying at a hotel, motel, condominium or beach house, please be sure to check with management on individual pet policies. Now go get that frisbee and start planning your Island getaway today!

Here are ordinances related to pets in the city limits of South Padre Island…


 

City Ordinances

  • Lost Pets

    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. 31 Livestock Prohibited

    The keeping of any livestock within the City is declared a nuisance and is prohibited and unlawful.

  • Sec. 33 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. 34 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. 34.1 Dog Bite(s) and Sec. 324 Cat Bite(s)

    (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 section the term bite shall mean a bite or scratch that breaks the skin.

  • Sec. 35 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. 322.1 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. 323 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. 330 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. 331 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.