Being a responsible pet owner is much more than just providing adequate water, food and shelter for your pet.
If you are considering bringing a dog or cat into your life, remember that pet ownership entails a commitment.
People Assisting Animal Control, or P.A.A.C, will be holding a FREE class this Saturday.
The Responsible Pet Ownership class will be for pet owners and non-pet owners to get a chance to learn from experts on the best way to care for their pet.
"We go over everything and not just animal laws. We go over basic care, what you want to look for in a pet, how to take care of them, fleas, ticks, and our veterinarian also had input on this, so that is also a big help. So there is a lot of good medical information there, and the classes are only an hour and a half, two hours long," said PAAC President Cheryl Martinez.
P.A.A.C., along with Animal Care Services, hope the knowledge gained by program participants will be passed along to friends and neighbors.
"It is a great thing overall. It is more progression, and that is the goal. PAAC’s mission is, of course, we want to keep people and their pets together. That is what we strive for, and all of our programs are geared towards that. Sometimes people just need a little bit of information to take care of their pets properly, and that’s what we want to do, we want to help them," said Martinez.
And for some pet owners, upon completion of the Responsible Pet Ownership class, they will be qualified to have their citations dismissed.
"The judges are now going to be ordering it for when people go in for citations, kind of like doggie defensive driving. You get a speeding ticket, you can take defensive driving; it is the same thing. And it basically helps people learn more about how to take care of a pet, and it is free," said Martinez.
This program is not available to individuals who have received a citation for a violation of the Dangerous Animal Provisions, or for failing to quarantine an animal.
An individual may be eligible for the program once each calendar year from the date of the previous offense.
The Responsible pet ownership class will cover:
- Basic Health Care
- Your Responsibilities as a Pet Owner
- Bite Prevention & Rabies
- CC Animal Control Ordinance & Texas Laws
- Animal Cruelty
The FREE class will take place Saturday, July 14th, at the Animal Care Services at 2626 Holly Road. You’ll get to learn from experts the best way to care for your pet. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and space is limited for the class, so make sure you call or text to reserve your spot; (361)-248-2009.