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Microchip ID

A microchip is your pet’s permanent ID. A pet microchip—the size of a grain of rice—goes beneath your pet’s skin. This permanent ID can never be removed or become impossible to read. Veterinarians, Animal Control staff and shelters across the nation use this ID to contact you and reunite you with your pet. All adopted dogs and cats from GIHS have a microchip and microchipping services are available to the general public.

City of Galveston codes

Animal guidelines are identified by City of Galveston laws. Have questions related to Galveston laws governing animals? See these specific sections of the City Charter or visit the municipal library online.

  • Chapter 7 – Article I, Sec 7-10 License – Issuance and tag.
  • Chapter 7 – Article I, Sec 7-14 Impoundment – Mandatory spay/neuter of impounded animals.
  • Chapter 7 – Article I, Sec 7-15 Dangerous dogs.
  • Chapter 7 – Article VII, Sec 7-43 – 7-49 Feral Cats and TNR

Hurricane Preparedness – Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods and hazardous or toxic material spills are just a few of the disasters we face living along the Texas Gulf Coast. Preparing your pet for a disaster today might save his/her life.

Plan ahead and include your pet in your family’s preparations. If you are going to evacuate, take your pet(s) with you.

Some important steps to ensure your pets safety:


Make sure your pet wears a collar and I.D. tag with up-to-date information. You may also want to consider microchipping your pet for permanent identification.


All pets should be current on their shots. Keep a copy of the vaccination records sealed in a plastic bag.

Every animal in your house should have a crate – a molded plastic carrying case. Familiarize your pet with the crate before the disaster strikes so that they will be comfortable when it is necessary.

Sleeping Quarters

Help your animals avoid shattering glass and falling objects. Don’t place your pet’s bed below windows or shelving.

A home away from home

Make sure your pet wears a collar and I.D. tag with up-to-date information. You may also want to consider microchipping your pet for permanent identification.

Check your yard

Make sure all fencing is secure and all holes and potential escape routes are blocked.

Plan ahead

Identify animal shelters, local boarding facilities, veterinarians, motels and friends or relatives that may temporarily house your pet after a disaster.

If you evacuate, take your pet!

A Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Use this checklist as a guide for building your own disaster preparedness kit for your pet.

  • Molded plastic pet carrier
  • Copy of your pet’s rabies and vaccination records sealed in a plastic bag
  • Pet first aid book and kit
  • Two-week supply of pet food
  • Bottled water
  • One-month supply of your pet’s regular medications
  • Non-spill food and water bowls
  • Cat litter
  • Cat litter pan
  • Leash
  • Plastic bags (for pet waste disposal)
  • Sheets (one to cover each pet carrier)
  • Blankets
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Newspaper
  • Disinfectants
  • Paper Towels
  • Comb/Brush
  • Pet Care and Behavior Tips
  • Dog training classes
  • Island Pet Care Resoruces (programs, clinics, boarding, grooming, training)
  • End of Life decisions

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