Responsible Pet Ownership

YOU CAN BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER

It is easy to be a responsible pet owner. Just remember that your cat or dog depends on you to provide companionship, healthy food, veterinary care, shelter and safety.

License your pet according to your local laws and have them wear an ID tag showing your name, address and telephone number at ALL times.

Keep your dog or cat on a leash or under your control at all times. This will protect your pet from injuries caused by cars, other animals and people, and from disease and theft, as well as keeping them from being a nuisance.

Spay or neuter your pet. This will keep him or her healthier and will reduce the problem of dog and cat overpopulation.

Give your pet a nutritious diet including constant access to clean water.
Provide your pet with plenty of exercise.

Be sure your pet receives proper veterinary care and keep up with the necessary vaccinations, including rabies shots, to protect your pet, other animal and your community.

Train your pet patiently and give them lots of love and attention.

Groom your pet often to keep their coat healthy, soft and shiny. Grooming sessions are a wonderful opportunity to bond with your pet. It also provides an opportunity to feel their skin discover any lumps or other health issues that may arise.

Have realistic expectations about your pet. Nobody is perfect. Make a commitment to work through any behavior or health problems that may arise. Don’t just get rid of your pet.

Visit your local animal shelter when it’s time to bring a few friend into your life, and adopt one of the many homeless dogs and cats of all breeds, sizes and ages, who are waiting desperately for a lifelong happy and responsible home.