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2017-07-13

Responsible Pet Ownership

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Owning a pet is a privilege, but the benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities.
Be a Responsible Pet Owner:
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.
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.
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.
Identify
• Make sure your pet is properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and keep its registration up-to-date.
Limit
• Don't contribute to our nation's pet overpopulation problem: limit your pet's reproduction through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding.
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.