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Responsibilities of Pet Ownership

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

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.

  • Purchase Pet Insurance to financially assist for emergencies.

  • Budget for potential emergencies.


3.    Obey

  • Obey all local ordinances, including licensing, 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.


5.    Limit

  • Don't contribute to our nation's pet overpopulation problem: limit your pet's reproduction through spay & neuter.


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.

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