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Responsible animal ownership

Contact Us - States Veterinary Officer

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  • Important points to consider before you get a pet

    • Pet ownership can bring many benefits for the physical and mental health of their owners and they also provide a catalyst for building relationships.  However pet ownership is not a 'human right' and it comes with many responsibilities.  If you fail to meet your duties to your pet, your pet could suffer, and you will be in peril of breaking the law.  Therefore it is very important that before getting a pet you ask yourself an number of questions:
      • Do you have the knowledge required to be able to care for your pet? This is particularly important for exotic pets.
      • Are you able to put that knowledge into practice? This means:
        • Are you physically able to care for your pet? If you are not physically able is someone else able to assist with the care of your pet?
        • Have you got the time to meet your pets welfare needs? This is particularly important for dogs which bond closely with their owners.
        • Can you afford to meet your pets welfare needs. Pet ownership can be very expensive, for instance the cost of owning a cat over its lifetime is in the region of £12,000.
      • Do you have empathy with animals? There is a large variation in the depth of empathy for animals that we as human beings have.  People with empathy for animals make better pet owners. In extreme cases people can suffer from Empathy Deficit Disorder and without support they may not make the best owners.
    • If you are considering getting a pet please consider the questions that you may be asked by someone who is tasked with assessing your suitability as a pet owner.  The assessor may be the breeder of the animal, an animal rescue organisation or a landlord.  There are separate 'application form to keep a pet' for dogs, cats and rabbits for you to download.
  • Pet dogs and working dogs

    • Follow this link for the welfare code for pet and working dogs, and this link for guidance on the code.
  • Pet cats

    • Follow this link for the welfare code for pet cats, and this link for guidance on the code.
  • Pet birds

    • Follow this link for the welfare code for pet birds, and this link for guidance on the code
  • Pet gerbils

    • Follow this link for the welfare code for pet gerbils, and this link for guidance on the code.
  • Pet guinea pigs

    • Follow this link for the welfare code for pet guinea pigs, and this link for guidance on the code.
  • Pet hamsters

    • Follow this link for the welfare code for pet hamsters, and this link for guidance on the code.
  • Pet mice

    • Follow this link for the welfare code for pet mice, and this link for guidance on the code.
  • Pet rabbits

    • Follow this link for the welfare code for pet rabbits, and this link for guidance on the code. Follow this link for a rabbit housing size guide.
  • Pet rats

    • Follow this link for the welfare code for pet rats, and this link for guidance on the code.
  • Pet reptiles and amphibians

    • Follow this link for the welfare code for pet reptiles and amphibians, and this link for guidance on the code.

Downloads

Application to keep a pet dog. Application to keep a pet cat. Application to keep a pet rabbit. Welfare Code - Pet and Working Dogs Welfare Guidance - Pet and Working Dogs Welfare Code - Pet Cats Welfare Guidance - Pet Cats Welfare Code - Pet Birds Welfare Guidance - Pet Birds Welfare Code - Pet Gerbils Welfare Guidance - Pet Gerbils Welfare Code - Guinea Pigs Welfare Guidance - Guinea Pigs Welfare Code - Pet Hamsters Welfare Guidance - Pet Hamsters Welfare Code - Pet Mice Welfare Guidance - Pet Mice Welfare Code - Pet Rabbits Welfare Guidance - Pet Rabbits Welfare Code - Pet Rats Welfare Guidance - Pet Rats Welfare Code - Pet Reptiles and Amphibians Welfare Guidance - Pet Reptiles and Amphibians Rabbit House Sizing Guide Peafowl Information Leaflet Responsible Dog Ownership on L'Ancresse Common Dog Fouling - The Facts Welfare of Livestock Code 1995

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