Responsible Pet Ownership

by Mindy Kaleta on May 15, 2013

Responsibility Six Pillars of Character

Responsible Pet Ownership


“If everyone took personal responsibility for their animals, we wouldn’t have a lot of the animal problems that we do.  Take responsibility and breathe kindness.” Betty White


Just the word, “Responsibility” sounds so serious and grueling!  But taking responsibility when it comes to the animals, is anything but a chore!  Animals delight us in so many ways from the antics they perform to how they tend to become “just like us”!!  When we make that choice to bring an animal  into our home, it’s our responsibility to do our best to understand, bond and do what’s right for our new friend. 

According to the AVMA:

“Responsible Pet Ownership”

Owning a pet is a privilege, but the benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities.

Be a Responsible Pet Owner:

  1. Commit
    • Avoid impulsive decisions when selecting a pet.
    • Select a pet that’s suited to your home and lifestyle.
    • Keep only the type and number of pets for which you can provide appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
    • Commit to the relationship for the life of your pet(s).
    • Provide appropriate exercise and mental stimulation.
    • Properly socialize and train your pet.
  2. Invest
    • Recognize that pet ownership requires an investment of time and money.
    • Make sure your pet receives preventive health care (vaccinations, parasite control, etc.), as well as care for any illnesses or injuries.
    • Budget for potential emergencies.
  3. Obey
    • Clean up after your pet.
    • Obey all local ordinances, including licensing, leash requirements and noise control.
    • Don’t allow your pet to stray or become feral.
  4. Identify
    • Make sure your pet is properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and keep its registration up-to-date.
  5. Limit
    • Don’t contribute to our nation’s pet overpopulation problem: limit your pet’s reproduction through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding.
  6. Prepare
    • Prepare for an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.
    • Make alternate arrangements if you can no longer provide care for your pet.
    • Recognize any decline in your pet’s quality of life and make timely decisions in consultation with a veterinarian.

Taken from the AVMA, Public Resources & Pet Care

Jack Hanna calls Puppy Scents, "Delightful!"

We are certainly delighted that Jack Hanna of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium has called Roc’s book, Puppy Scents, The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care, “Delightful!”  Here’s what he had to say about Puppy Scents!

“This is certainly a delightful book filled with great lessons – it will really inspire young people to grow up as responsible pet owners!” Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, Host of TV’s “Into the Wild” and “Wild Countdown”



  • Perseverance; Keep on trying!
  • Doing what’s right
  • Always doing your best
  • Thinking before you act
  • Being accountable

As a final note:

Kids sometimes have a tough time staying focused and on track when it comes to taking responsibility for their pets. It’s up to the parents and adults to set the standard of what taking responsibility means and how it affects their pet. Having a pet can be a great learning experience in teaching responsibility. However, make sure that someone in the household is committed to taking the ultimate responsibility in case the kids forget or lose interest. This will ensure that the pet never suffers because of it. Deciding to take on a pet is a family decision, but make sure someone is the “designated caregiver”.   Have fun with it and you will build memories for years to come!

 Hey!  Come join my fan page on facebook! I would love to meet you and talk about YOUR pet!

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