The responsible owner’s 15 commitments
On the occasion of the second World Day Against Abandonment,
I pledge to be a responsible owner of the pet I have adopted.
Whether it’s a cat, a dog, a rabbit, a ferret or any other « new pet », whether it’s old, young, sick, handicapped, I commit to my pet to :
Pet owner's charter
I DON’T ADOPT YOU
ON A WHIM
Whether I buy it or receive it for free, adopting a pet is a thoughtful act. Adoption is a commitment.
I IDENTIFY YOU
Identification is compulsory in France for cats and dogs. I respect the law by giving it an identity. This is proof of my commitment and an assurance of finding it in the event of loss, running away or theft.
I'M STERILIZING YOU
If I am not a breeder, sterilization is a guarantee against unwanted litters, causes of many abandonments.
I WATCH OVER
I provide my animal with regular veterinary checks, have it vaccinated and treated when it is sick or injured.
I PROVIDE YOUR FOOD
AND YOUR DRINK
I provide it with several meals a day, without lack or excess in order to provide it with the needs related to its species, age and state of health.
I PROVIDE FOR YOUR COMFORT AND WELL-BEING
I agree to provide it with a place of life that gives it security and comfort.
I’M NOT IGNORING YOU
I provide my pet with activities, contact with other pets and with humans within and outside the family.
I’M TAKING YOU ON VACATION WITH ME
Adopting an animal is a year-round commitment. If I am unable to take it on holiday, I undertake to entrust its care to a responsible person, either free of charge or for a fee.
I'M EDUCATING YOU
Education allows a dog to live in harmony with its peers and humans, regardless of its age.
I RESPECT THE LAW AND LOCAL DECISIONS REGARDING YOUR SPECIES
Respect for the law avoids exposing oneself to lawsuits which could harm the fate of your animal (wearing a muzzle, picking up droppings, barking, etc.).
I’M NOT EXPLOITING YOU
Either in illegal activities of fights, bets and shows that harm its well-being, its security and its survival.
I'M NOT HAVING YOU EUTHANIZED FOR COMFORT
Euthanasia is an act that is decided in consultation with the veterinarian in order to shorten the suffering, both psychological and physical, of the animal only.
I'M NOT MISTREATING YOU
Voluntarily or involuntarily, making an animal suffer is an act of cruelty punishable by law. If the disease exposes the animal to suffering, the veterinarian must do everything to relieve it.
I'M NOT ABANDONING YOU
Abandonment, other than for compelling reasons or unless you propose the animal to a shelter, is an offense punishable by law.
I LOVE YOU
By ensuring daily time with my pet for sharing, exchange and activity with fellow humans, my family and myself.