Responsible Pet Ownership
A responsible pet owner is someone who helps keep pets -- and people --
healthy and happy. He or she is taking on a very big, but extremely rewarding, commitment. Owning
a pet entails more than just taking an animal home. Proper
care must be provided for the animal. This includes: food and water; shelter; veterinary
care; love and affection.
Information on Pet Ownership
- North Carolina Law - "The owner of every dog and cat over four months of age shall have the animal vaccinated against
rabies." In Cumberland County, the owners of dogs and cats which have not been vaccinated in accordance with this law are
subject to a civil penalty in the amount of $100.00.
not select a pet on impulse -- choose your pet wisely.
your homework -- check out the specific needs and habits of the different
breeds and species.
what your responsibilities are -- leash
laws, licensing and vaccination laws.
bedding, safe toys, shelter, food and water bowls ready before bringing
your pet home.
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not expect your pet to be perfect, there will be accidents. Your pet
may require a lot or a little time to train. Be patient, and work
with your pet to correct any bad habits.
but not least, make sure you are willing and able to provide the proper
care for your pet. Taking care of a pet is a family affair!
Take good care of your pet, remember they cannot take care of themselves --
they rely on you for:
- nutritionally complete, not just "people food" or table scraps.
- make sure your pet has plenty of clean, fresh water. The water should
be changed at least twice a day.
- your pet needs a place to call "home", especially if they will be
- physical activity keeps your pet healthy, happy and trim.
- you need to keep your pet clean and looking good.
& affection - pets thrive on attention, just as people do. You
will enjoy the companionship also.
- Veterinary care - schedule regular checkups at least once a year for
an adult and more often for a baby animal. They also need the appropriate
vaccinations and booster shots.
If unsure about how to care for your pet, ask your veterinarian. They will
be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.