The Pet Role Trust seeks to promote Responsible Pet Ownership. It aims to do this via a mixture of Campaigning, Education, Lobbying for changes in the law and Charitable Fundraising.
The Pet Role Trust believes that owning a pet is a unique privilege for the owner which brings with it a wide range of obligations. A responsible pet owner should know that bringing a pet into their home/family means that they will care for the pet.
Hardly a day goes by, however, without a pet-related story appearing in the national media about the negative treatment or mis-treatment of pets in Britain. It would be nice to think that, somehow, these issues can be harnessed more effectively to get the responsible ownership message across.
That is just what The Pet Role Trust intends to do. It believes that a lack of adequate knowledge and education about pets is contributing substantially to animal welfare issues and other problems that stem directly from irresponsible pet ownership, Owners are legally responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of their animals are met.
Responsible pet ownership includes amongst other obligations:
- Choosing the right pet(s) for your home and lifestyle and not deliberately choosing cute, symbol or status pets as an avocation of your lifestyle when they are inappropriate for your home.
- Recognizing that ownership of pet(s) requires an investment of time and money.
- Keeping pets in an appropriate and safe environment including the supply of appropriate food, fresh clean water and companionship.
- Proper Shelter and access to a safe secure and comfortable environment allowing appropriate room for exercise.
- Making sure that your pets are properly identified and that registration information is kept up-to-date.
- Making sure that local ordinances (Council Bye-Laws) relating to leashing & tethering and the licensing of certain breeds are closely adhered to.
- Controlling pet(s)' reproduction through managed breeding, containment, or neutering.
- Establishing and maintaining a close relationship with your vet ensuring that your pet will be brought to the vet to receive proper treatment in a timely manner if sick or injured.
- Ensuring vaccinations, parasite control (flea and worm treatment) and medical care is kept up to-date.
- That daily enrichment, socialisation, daily play, mental stimulation and exercise and appropriate training for pet(s) takes place in order to ensure their well-being and the well-being of other animals and people.
- Preventing pet(s) from negatively impacting upon the environment through proper waste disposal and noise control.
- Not allowing pet(s) to stray or become feral.
- The prevention of suffering by recognising declines in the pet(s)' quality of life and making decisions for appropriate end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care/euthanasia) in consultation with your vet.
- Ensuring the cleanliness of your pets home and will always cleaning up pet mess.
- A responsible owner would also not abandon their pets when caring for it becomes inconvenient or difficult but instead he or she will look into and exhaust prudent, compassionate measures (without rushing) to rehome their pet if absolutely necessary.