Pet Ownership Assistance

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What Every Responsible Pet Owner Should Know

  • All dogs over the age of four months are required to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. Learn more about our Rabies & Microchipping clinic.
  • All dogs are required to be leashed when off the owner's property
  • Dogs are required to be harnessed or safely enclosed while traveling in a vehicle
  • All premises where animals live must be kept sanitary, not constitute a fly breeding reservoir or infestation, not be a source of offensive odors, or be infected with human or animal disease.
  • No person shall treat an animal in a cruel or inhumane manner.
  • Owners/caretakers must provide pets with adequate food, water, shade and exercise.

Pet Population Statistics

  • An estimate 52 million dogs and 57 million cats live with U.S. families.
  • For every human born, 45 kittens and 15 puppies are also born.
  • One female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in 7 years.
  • One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in 6 years.
  • More than 12 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year.
  • Millions more are abandoned in rural and urban areas.
  • As many as 25% of dogs entering shelters each year are purebreds.
  • Approximately 61% of all dogs entering shelters are euthanized.
  • Approximately 75% of all cats entering shelters are euthanized.
  • It costs approximately $100 to capture, house, feed, and eventually euthanize each stray animal -- a cost which all taxpayers eventually pay.

Please help reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats by spaying/neutering your pet(s). There are many non-profit organizations that offer low-cost spaying/neutering programs if you need financial assistance.

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