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Fort Bend County
City of Sugar Land
News Release
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Serve City Government, Apply for Animal Advisory and PARCS Boards

Sugar Land, Texas – Sugar Land City Council has opened the recruitment process for the Animal Advisory and Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture, Streetscapes (PARCS) boards and is looking for volunteers interested in giving their time, energy and expertise.

The Animal Advisory Board is being expanded to assist the city with the planning and design for a new animal shelter. This includes reviewing policies and procedures, identifying program elements and defining wants versus needs for the shelter. The board will also assist with creating a capital campaign. Members must be a resident of the city, Greatwood or New Territory and meet one of the following qualifications, including:

  • volunteering at the City of Sugar Land Animal Shelter;

  • adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue group;

  • demonstrating interest in the welfare of animals;

  • demonstrating a history of involvement in local community organizations;

  • working in an animal related industry (veterinary, boarding, grooming, pet sitting, etc.);

  • working in the medical, epidemiology or zoonotic field;

  • having experience in wildlife management; and

  • working or volunteering for a shelter or rescue group.

Members serve one-year terms and are appointed annually by the City Council. They will meet twice a month for at least the first three months and then once a month until the project is complete. The estimated time to complete this project is two years.

The PARCS board’s focus is on a public art plan and to help guide parks, recreation and cultural initiatives that meet the needs of the community.  They also act as the City’s Tree Board for the Tree City USA designation.  Members serve one-year terms and must be residents of the City. They should also possess skills that include having served as a parks, art or recreation advocate; landscape architect; architect; interior designer; urban planner; fine arts professional or educator; arts historian; administrator or curator; business or education leader; or philanthropist.

Applications are being accepted until Aug. 23 at 5 p.m.  All applications must be submitted electronically at

For information on the boards and commissions application, nomination, interview and appointment process, call the Office of the City Secretary at (281) 275-2730 or email

For questions specific to the Animal Advisory Board, contact Animal Services Manager Kathryn Ketchum at (281) 275-ADOG or email

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