Started by In Defense of Animals, February is Responsible Animal Guardian Month. During the month of February, we remind people to be a guardian, not an owner.
What makes a responsible animal guardian?
[pullquote width=”290″ float=”left”]A responsible animal guardian looks out for an animal’s physical, social, behavioral, and psychological needs.[/pullquote]
- Grooming to ensure healthy skin and coat
- Training to have a happy, stress-free life without behavioral issues
- Regular vet visits to keep tabs on health
- Healthy, nutritious food
- Daily, breed appropriate exercise
- Adopting only through responsible rescues/shelters and ethical breeders
- Tending to emotional needs
- Always treating with compassion
- Reporting suspected abuse
Some fun facts about animal guardians:
- 97% believe their pets understand them
- 78% imagine what their pets would say and speak for them
- 53% have taken off work at least once to take care of a sick pet
- 70% of people sign their pet’s name on a greeting card
- 58% include their pets in family/holiday portraits
- 78% think of their pets as children
- 84% display photographs of them
The use of the term “guardian” will ultimately end so much cruelty and abuse, and save so very many lives. – Dr. Elliot Katz, Founder of IDA
For more information about why you should be an animal guardian rather than an owner, watch the brief video below.