Responsible Pet Ownership

Owning a pet is very rewarding — our cats and dogs love us unconditionally, provide us with companionship and enrich our lives. But simply loving a pet isn’t enough.

As a responsible pet owner, always follow these four principles:

1.License and provide your pet with permanent identification

  • A City of Calgary licence is a pet’s ticket home. The licence, along with permanent identification like a microchip or tattoo, will help you get reunited with a lost pet.
  • All cats and dogs residing in the City of Calgary must be licensed at three months of age
  • Dogs must wear a licence when off their owners’ property
  • A properly licensed cat should wear a licence tag or have a microchip or tattoo

2. Have your pet spayed or neutered

  • It’s simple — spayed or neutered pets are more likely to enjoy good health and a long life.
  • Spaying and neutering also:
    • Makes for more sociable and affectionate pets
    • Reduces disease, infection and cancer of the reproductive system
    • Prevents spraying or marking
    • Prevents cats from crying and howling, and reduces frantic efforts to mate

3. Provide your pet with training, medical care and socialization

  • Obedience classes help to strengthen the relationship between you and your dog
  • Playing with your pet and providing socialization opportunities helps reduce behavioral problems
  • Ensure your pet is groomed regularly, and receives quality food and fresh water
  • Ensure your pet visits the veterinarian regularly for vaccinations and check-ups

4. Prevent your pet from becoming a threat or nuisance in the community

  • Know your responsibilities, and Calgary’s animal bylaws
  • When walking off your property, your dog must be kept on a leash unless you’re in a designated off-leash area
  • Dogs are not allowed in school grounds, playgrounds, sports fields, golf courses, cemeteries or wading/swimming areas
  • Pick up and properly dispose of feces both on and off your property
  • Ensure your dog does not bite, injure, chase, threaten, bark or disturb anyone.
  • Your cat must be confined to your property

5. Procure your dog ethically and from a credible source.

    Having a dog meas a commitment for the lifetime of that dog. Ask yourself if this is the right time to bring a companion animal into your family. Do your research on your potential dog’s physical needs and what to expect for food, care and medical costs. Be aware of the type of training, socialization and exercise that will be needed and be sure that you are able to provide all of these things for the lifetime of your dog. Once an informed decision is made, it is imperative that you procure your dog from a rescue organization or breeder that is both credible and humane.

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