Headwaters Animal Shelter

Pet Owner Responsibilities



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What you need to know

Adopting your pet is just the beginning of your life together. Remember, you have made a commitment and promise to provide a loving home and life for your new friend. As a pet owner, you are responsible for:

  • Licensing your pet according to your local laws and having him/her wear an ID tag at all times, showing your name, address and phone number.
  • Making sure your pet is indoors, safe in a fenced yard or otherwise properly supervised!
  • Keeping your dog or cat on a leash or under your control whenever you take him/her outside for exercise. This will protect your pet from injuries caused by cars, other animals or theft.
  • Spaying or neutering your pet*. This will help him/her be healthier and will reduce the problem of dog/cat overpopulation.
  • Giving your pet a nutritious diet, including constant access to clean water.
  • Providing your pet with plenty of exercise. Being sure your pet receives proper vet care including the necessary vaccinations and treatments (rabies, flea & tick control, heartworm preventive, etc.).
  • Training your pet patiently and giving him or her lots of praise and attention.
  • Grooming your pet often to keep his/her coat and skin soft and shiny.
  • Having realistic expectations about your pet. Nobody is perfect. Make a commitment to work through behavior and health problems that arise. Don’t just get rid of your pet!

*All pets at the Headwaters Animal Shelter are neutered or spayed prior to adoption

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