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Responsible Pet Ownership

Dogs and cats are the greatest stress relievers, exercise buddies, cuddle companions, kids’ pals, protectors, and devoted fans. Return your pet’s love and loyalty by being a responsible pet owner.

Steps to give your pet a long and happy life:

  • Provide appropriate food, water, exercise, shelter and a clean environment.
  • Make sure your dog or cat is licensed, so that it can be returned safely if it ever decides to leave home without you.
  • Have your pet spayed or neutered—sterilized pets are healthier and calmer, and you’ll never have to deal with the problem of unwanted puppies or kittens.
  • Have your pets vaccinated regularly against rabies and other diseases.
  • Exercise your dog, but keep it on a leash. Dogs running free can be injured in traffic or by other dogs. You are legally responsible for any bites or property damage caused by your dog.
  • Keep your cat indoors, where it is perfectly happy and much safer. If you feel outdoor exercise is necessary, use a cat harness or build an outdoor enclosure.
  • Make sure you give your animal enough attention and companionship. Neglected, lonely animals often develop behaviour problems.
  • Clean up after your pet. Animal droppings are offensive and hazardous, whether on private or public property.
  • Make sure your dog gets basic obedience training.
  • Encourage neighbours with pets to follow these rules of responsible ownership.
  • Remember to consider your neighbours—not everyone shares your love of animals.