OWNING A PET IS A PRIVILEGE
Owning a pet should result in a beneficial relationship for both the owner and pet. However, the benefits of pet ownership come with obligations, and responsible pet owners provide for their pet’s needs in many ways.
Avoid impulsive decisions about obtaining a pet, and carefully select a pet that’s suited to your home and lifestyle.
MAKE A COMMITMENT
Make plans for the full lifespan of your pet. Some pets, such as small rodents, may live for a few years, but large parrots can live for more than 100 years!
MAKE AN INVESTMENT
Recognize that pet ownership requires an investment of time and money.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
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.