Responsible pet ownership

Responsible Pet Ownership

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

Be a Responsible Pet Owner:

  1. Commit

    • Avoid impulsive decisions when selecting a pet.

    • Select a pet that's suited to your home and lifestyle.

    • 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).

    • 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 stray or become feral.

  4. Identify

    • Make sure your pet is properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and keep its registration up-to-date if there is any requirement.

  5. Limit

    • Don't contribute to our nation's pet overpopulation problem: limit your pet's reproduction through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding.

  6. Prepare

    • Prepare for an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.

    • Make alternate arrangements if you can no longer provide care for your pet.

    • Recognize any decline in your pet's quality of life and make timely decisions in consultation with a veterinarian.