Overview of what we mean by responsible ownership
Caring for a cat or dog is an act of love that will bring you a lot of joy. It is also a privilege that comes with a certain set of responsibilities that should be taken seriously. Only then, will it be possible to create a mutually beneficial relationship between humans and animals.
We started the Companion Animal for Life project in order to promote responsible ownership and to improve the way we treat our most devoted companions.
We are often asked what we actually mean by responsible ownership so we created a short list to explain what it means.
– Feeding high quality, nutritious food, to make sure your companion animal always gets a balanced meal
– Selecting a companion animal that suits your living situation and lifestyle by avoiding impulse decisions
– Committing to a loving relationship with your companion animal for their entire life
– Providing preventive health care in consultation with your veterinarian
– Ensuring all cats and dogs are properly identified (microchips, etc.) and Registered (I&R) and that their registration details are kept up-to-date
– Arranging a EU-Pet Passport, which includes all health records and the microchip number
– Helping to manage overpopulation by controlling your animals reproduction activity, through managed breeding, containment, or spaying/neutering
– Arranging adequate animal health insurance, this will provide cover should unexpected accidents or illnesses occur
– Being aware that owning an animal requires time and money
– Choosing a number of animals that you can easily provide an appropriate and safe environment for. This includes food, water, shelter, health care, and companionship
– Adhering to local regulations, including licensing and leash requirements
– Animals that spend extended periods of time outside require habitats that protect their health, safety, and welfare. This should include provisions to minimise distress or discomfort to the animal, and assure access to appropriate food, water, and shelter from extreme weather conditions
– Ensuring they are socialised and appropriately trained to increase their general well-being, as well as protecting the well-being of other animals and people
– Preventing a negative impact on other people, other animals, and the environment. This includes waste disposal, noise control, and not allowing animals to stray or become feral
– Providing exercise and mental stimulation that’s appropriate for your animal’s age, breed, and health
– Making arrangements for the eventuality you can no longer care for them
– Recognising any declines in your animal’s health or quality of life and making the appropriate decisions in consultation with your veterinarian (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).