Understand the Responsibilities of Adopting an Animal

Responsibilities of Pet Owners


  • 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


  • 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, such as a broken limb or sudden illness.


  • 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 (collar, ID tags, microchips) and keep its registration up-to-date.


  • Don't contribute to our nation's pet homelessness problem: limit your pet's reproduction through spay/neuter and proper confinement.



  • Prepare for an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.

  • Make arrangements for when you can no longer provide care for your pet. Include your pets in your estate and will.

  • Recognize any decline in your pet's quality of life and make timely decisions in consultation with a veterinarian.

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