Sharing one's home with a four-legged companion animal is similar to caring for a child.
It is a long-term commitment.
It means that you love the animal, and provide adequate food, water, shelter.
You help the animal stay healthy with veterinary care: vaccinations, preventive measures for fleas and worms, and prompt treatment for illnesses.
You maintain a clean environment for your pet at all times.
It is imperative that you spay or neuter your pet.
You must keep your pet safe. For cats: keep them indoors at all times. For dogs: confine them to your own yard and walk them regularly, always on a leash. Make sure they are wearing an ID tag, or have a microchip.
You NEVER abandon your pet.
Responsible pet ownership will reward you with a healthy animal which will give you unconditional love.