Be Responsible!

As an owner, you are responsible for the well being of your pet. Below is a basic list of guidelines to keep in mind throughout the life of your relationship with your pet.

  • Commit to the relationship for the life of the pet(s).
  • Avoid impulsive decisions about obtaining pet(s), and carefully selecting pet(s) suited to your home and lifestyle.
  • Recognize that ownership of pet(s) requires an investment of time and money.
  • Keep only the type and number of pets for which an appropriate and safe environment can be provided, including appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
  • Ensure pets are properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and that registration information in associated databases is kept up-to-date
  • Adhere to local ordinances, including licensing and leash requirements.
  • Control pet(s)’ reproduction through managed breeding, containment, or spay/neuter thereby helping to address animal control and overpopulation problems.
  • Establish and maintaining a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
  • Provide preventive (e.g., vaccinations, parasite control) and therapeutic health care for the life of pet(s) in consultation with, and as recommended by, its veterinarian.
  • Socialization and appropriate training for pet(s), which facilitates their well-being and the well-being of other animals and people.
  • Prevent pet(s) from negatively impacting other people, animals and the environment, including proper waste disposal, noise control, and not allowing pet(s) to stray or become feral.
  • Provide exercise and mental stimulation appropriate to the pet(s)’ age, breed, and health status.
  • Ensure the pet(s)’ well-being in the case of an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.
  • Make alternative arrangements if caring for the pet is no longer possible.
  • Recognize declines in the pet(s)’ quality of life and making decisions in consultation with a veterinarian regarding appropriate end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).