Companion Animals



Although "pet" is the common term for animals we bring into our homes, many are now referring to them as "companion animals." This is understandable because adoptees have found them to be wonderful companions and a welcome member of their families.


 Companion animals do come with some basic responsibilities. They include:

  • New York State law requires that dogs must be licensed, vaccinated for rabies and have shelter.
  • Dogs and cats should be spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering helps prevent unwanted litters. Animal shelters and rescue groups are overburdened and simply not enough homes.
  • Companion animals need food and clean water every day.
  • Chaining a dog 24 hours a day is not recommended by animal welfare organizations. Dogs can become aggressive under these circumstances. Dogs are highly social and get lonely. They are your companion and desire your company.
  • Cats should preferably be kept indoors where they will be safe. Many shelters are unable to take in cats due to the high population they already have.

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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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