The list starts with a reminder that any dog or cat older than four months must be vaccinated for rabies every year.
Pet owners are also reminded that taking proper care of animals includes providing them with adequate shelter, fresh food, water and shade.
No pet should ever be left unattended in a vehicle this time of year. The temperature in a vehicle can rise to a dangerous level in just minutes, causing severe injury or death for the pet.
With summertime come children who will be outside playing. Interaction with pets and children often leads to a child being bitten.
That brings the subject back to having a pet properly vaccinated for rabies and also keeping animals restrained. No dog should be allowed to run at large.
Failure to comply with the city ordinance requiring pets to be fenced or on leashes could result in a citation, a trip to municipal court and a fine.
Parasite control also is vital for pets during the summer. Animal control officers recommend that pet owners consult with a veterinarian regarding the control of fleas and ticks.
The shelter usually has dogs and cats that need homes, and the staff invites visitors to come by and see what is available.
The shelter has new facilities, and the staff welcomes visitors between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Visitors may call the shelter at (361) 358-4545 to make an appointment.