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