Port Augusta. SA.
Environmentally responsible pet ownership.
Environmental pet ownership means minimizing the impact of your pet ownership on the planet.
Making the right decision.
Before you adopt a cat or dog, you need to consider a number of factors about pet ownership.
1. How long will the cat/dog live? Can you accommodate this lifespan within your current/future lifestyle?
2. Can you afford the dog/cat? How much will food and veterinary bills cost per year?
3. Do you have the facilities to look after the proposed cat or dog? Is your house big enough? Is your yard big enough?
4. Cats must be confined 24/7. Can you do this?
5. Do you have the time for a dog or cat? Typically they require an hour of your time EACH. Do you have this time?
6. Don't have more pets than you can look after/afford or are allowed by law.
Finding the right pet.
There are some simple do's and don't to ensure that you end up with the right pet for your lifestyle.
DONT - Purchase a dog or cat from a pet shop. Mostly they come from unsustainable puppy farms and you will be encouraging more breeding.
DONT - Purchase a dog or cat from a newspaper or notice board advertisement. Who knows what you will get and with what diseases.
DONT - Purchase a dog or cat that has NOT been microchipped and vaccinated with a veterinary certificate.
DONT - Purchase a dog or cat for breeding. Every one you breed takes a home away from a cat or dog in a shelter and condems them to death.
DO - Ask you local veterinary surgeon about the breed, ownership costs, temperament etc BEFORE you acquire a pet.
DO - Purchase a dog or cat from the RSPCA, Animal Shelter or Local Veterinary clinic. Save the life of an animal who is already here.
DO - Puchase a dog or cat from a registered breeder if you want a pure bred BUT ONLY if it has a veterinary vaccination certificate and microchip.
1. Get you cat or dog desexed. There are far too many unwanted cats and dogs in Australia being destroyed. Please don't add to the problem.
2. Make sure your pet has a health check and is vaccinated annually and correctly wormed with the right dose and type of wormer every three months.
3. Feed your pet only the correct type of high quality dry food. This minimizes packaging and food wastage.
4. Your pets treats should only be the unusable parts of animals, such as raw bones, ears, snouts, trotters etc.
5. Do not feed your pet human food. If you have excess human food, purchase less and send the money to feed the starving millions of humans.
6. Correctly dispose of dog an cat faeces. Do not leave them lying around on the ground either in your own yard or when out walking.
7. Use the correct cat litter that can be mulched and used as compost at the end of it's life.
8. Walk your dog daily to minimize boredom and wasteful destruction of your back yard.
9. Spend a minimum of one hour a day with your pet. It will keep you and your pet healthier.