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Responsible Pet Ownership

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

Be a Responsible Pet Owner

  • Avoid impulsive decisions when selecting a pet.
  • Select a pet that is 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Make sure your pet is properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips) and keep its registration up-to-date.

Don't contribute to our nation's pet overpopulation problem. Spay or neuter your pet.

  • 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.