Golden Rules of Pet Ownership...
Anyone who has or is thinking about getting a pet, needs to know that a pet is not just a stupid beast. It's a living, breathing being, and it has feelings just like you. It gets cold, hungry, and feels pain--just like you. Please treat your pet well, give it lots
of love, and follow the rules of pet ownership below.|
As an adult, you are responsible for
the pets in your home, and you must make sure that the family pet gets food, water, shelter, and adequate medical care.
Many animals starve to death each year, because their care was entrusted to a child or a teenager.
Never entrust a pet's care to a child!|
Without adequate shelter,
coat or not, a dog or cat will freeze to death
in the winter just like you. Hey, they're made of flesh, not of
marble. Some dogs with short coats
should NEVER be kept outside for long
periods during cold weather.
Never leave a pet outside|
without adequate shelter
Your pet will never forget it if you do. Besides, it's unnecessary. Positive and negative reinforcement
with a loving pat or a stern "No," are much more effective.
Never strike your pet|
Give your pet fresh food and water every day.
No exceptions! Your pet needs food and water every bit as much as you do. That's right--just like you.
Feed and water your pet every day|
If your pet is sick, take it to the vet.
Again, no exceptions.
Please don't try to treat the animal yourself. And remember that some medications that are great for people are
poisonous for cats and dogs.
Take your pet to the veterinarian|
Your pet should have warmth, ample space in which to live...and more, human contact. A dog should never be put on a leash and kept outside away from the family. What kind of life is solitary confinement?
Make sure your pet has|
comfortable living quarters
Temperatures rise to over 120 degrees within minutes inside a closed vehicle on a hot day. Unfortunately, a lot of pets die this way each year as do human infants.
Never leave a pet in a vehicle|
Remember your pet lives for your love just like a child. That is their entire purpose. So give you pet a lot of love. If you do, you're guaranteed to get much more in return.
Give your pet a lot of love|
A collar that's too tight will cut into the flesh, causing a severe wound that can require surgery. Unfortunately, this is a common problem that humane societies see.
Never put a tight collar on your pet|
Some people seem to think the pet can live off the land. This is
not true. In actuality, the animal will starve
to death unless the elements destroy it first. If you're unable to find a home for an unwanted pet, please take it to the nearest animal shelter.
Never dump a pet|
Unless your pet is a pure breed
of the very highest quality, it should never be breed! Between four and six million animals are euthanized each year at animal shelters,
because people failed to neuter their pet.
Spay or neuter your pet|
And finally, do not take that cute pet home if you have any reason
to believe that you won't be able to give it adequate care. Be responsible, because a pet's life is precious--just like yours!
If you practice these Golden Rules,
God bless you!
There's no purer heart
on earth than one
who loves animals.
"Golden Rules of Pet Ownership," written and designed by Bobette Bryan, 2002