Tips for Being a Responsible Pet Owner in Brampton
Our pets are often our best friends, and it's important to take good care of them!
May is Responsible Pet Ownership Month, and Brampton Animal Services has some tips on daily care for our furry friends.
First, the Brampton Animal Shelter will be holding their annual spring microchip clinic on May 10 and 17 from 6-8 p.m. at 475 Chrysler Drive.
A microchip is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice, that's implanted under the skin of your dog or cat and provides 24/7 identification of your pet. It's not a tracking device or a GPS, the microchip simply provides your pet with their own unique, lifetime ID number that will help them get home safely if they get lost.
The Brampton Animal Shelter encourages pet owners to register for the microchip clinic here.
Further, throughout May, animal control officers will be out in the community looking for responsible dog owners. If you're doing a good job at keeping your dog safe, they may have a little gift for you.
Being a good pet parent is so important to taking care of pets. Here are a few tips from the city on how be a responsible pet owner:
- When out with your dog, keep it on leash, except in designated leash-free areas. It's safer for you, your dog, and other people and pets.
- Pick up after your dog. Not cleaning up dog waste in public places is unhealthy, irresponsible, and against the law.
- License your dog or cat and make sure they have up-to-date identification tags. Licensing is an additional form of pet protection and insurance. Pets with visible identification are more likely to be approached, and can often be returned to their owners immediately, without having to come into the shelter.
- Have your pet spayed or neutered. It prevents adding to pet overpopulation, and has many health benefits for your pet, helping them to live a longer, happier life. It's never too late - talk to your veterinary team to learn more.
Don't have a pet and know you would be a responsible pet owner? Consider adopting a pet!
There are many pets in need of a home. Anyone interested in adopting a pet is encouraged to drop by the Brampton Animal Shelter at 475 Chrysler Drive or see a list of adoptable pets here.
If they don't have the right fit for you, there are many other reputable municipal shelters, humane societies and rescue groups to choose from.