I recognize that having a companion animal to love, enjoy and respect is a privilege.
A pet is a living creature, not a "throwaway" item.
My family and I are aware of our daily responsibility in caring for a pet and the changes this will make in our lives.
My pet depends upon me for safe shelter, fresh water, wholesome food, grooming, proper veterinary care and training. I will provide these to the best of my ability.
When selecting my pet, I will consider the life expectancy, physical characteristics and behavioral differences among animals.
I will begin to properly socialize and train my pet when it is one to two months old.
I will control my pet's ability to reproduce in an effort to prevent the cruel over-production of unwanted animals that will be abandoned.
I will obey all laws pertaining to my pet in order to prevent it from annoying or injuring my neighbors.
My pet will be properly identified in a suitable manner at all times. If my pet becomes lost, I will make every effort to promptly find it.
If for any reason I can no longer keep my pet, I will not abandon it. I will do my best to find my pet a suitable home, take it to a reputable animal shelter, or, if no other choice exists, have the animal euthanized by a veterinarian.