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PAWS approves keeping of companion animals when there is complete commitment to animal welfare.

With reference to pets, animal welfare is the duty of the owner to assure that the animal under his/her care is treated humanely and responsibly until the end of its life.

What should a responsible pet owner do?

1. Provide his/her pet with:

  • Sufficient and healthy food
  • Access to clean water
  • Safe, orderly, and comfortable shelter
  • Complete and timely veterinary care through vaccinations, grooming, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Socialization, training, play, and exercise

2. Ensure his/her pet’s safety by:

  • Affixing a collar and tag with the pet’s name and the owner’s contact details, even for exclusively indoor pets. That way, if the pet accidentally escapes, there is a chance that it can be returned.
  • Keeping cats indoors to prevent them from hazards like speeding cars, stray animals, and cruel people.
  • Putting harmful plants out of the pet’s reach.
  • Always walking a dog on a leash when out in public as prescribed by the Anti-Rabies Act (Republic Act No. 9842).
  • Having a go-bag for disasters which includes pet food, water, and toys.
  • Taking a pet along in case of an evacuation.

3. Oppose mutilation of pets carried out for non-therapeutic reasons (i.e. tail-docking, ear-cropping, declawing).

4. Have his/her pet spayed/neutered to avoid overpopulation. This increases the chance that the owner will have sufficient time, space at home, and financial capability to cover the pets’ needs throughout its lifetime.