Being a Responsible Pet Owner

Responsible Pet Ownership

Owning a pet is a privilege and a benefit, but the benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities.

Be a Responsible Pet Owner:
1) Commit
Avoid impulsive decisions when selecting a pet, take time to think over your decision.
Select a pet ​that’s suited to your home and lifestyle so that you and the pet get the most out of the relationship.
Keep only the type and number of pets for which you can provide appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
Commit to the relationship for the life of your pet(s), your pet wants to be a lifelong companion.
Provide appropriate exercise and mental stimulation.
Properly socialize and train your pet.
2) Invest
Recognize that pet ownership requires an investment of time and money.
Make sure your pet receives preventive health care (vaccinations, parasite control, etc.), as well as care for any illnesses or injuries.
Budget for potential emergencies.
3) Obey
Clean up after your pet.
Obey all local ordinances, including licensing, leash requirements and noise control.
Don’t allow your pet to run away. Always keep an eye your pet.
4) Identify
Make sure your pet is properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and keep its registration up-to-date.
5) Limit
Don’t contribute to our nation’s pet overpopulation problem: limit your pet’s reproduction through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding which we provide with all of our adoptions.
6) Prepare
Prepare for an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.
Recognize any decline in your pet’s quality of life and make timely decisions in consultation with a veterinarian.

7) Engage

By engaging with your pet you and your will get the most benefit of pet ownership. They will get the love and attention they need to thrive, while you receive everlasting love and companionship.