I care about animals.
I want to help bring about an end to the homeless animal tragedy.
I believe that the euthanasia of millions of animals in shelters every year
is an unacceptable solution to this tragedy .
And I understand that my actions have a direct effect,
and that my actions can create change.
I pledge to never cause an animal to be in an animal shelter.
...to understand the commitment of living with a companion animal.
...to be ready and willing to accept that commitment
before I bring an animal into my home and my family.
...to educate myself so that I can make a good match when choosing an animal,
and then to save a life by adopting a homeless animal
from a shelter, rescue group, or from the street.
...to protect my companions from becoming lost
by keeping them safely confined and wearing current
identification at all times.
...to not contribute to overpopulation,
by spaying and neutering my companion animals.
...to provide my companion animals with the basics of food and shelter and medical care,
and to provide them with the love and companionship they need to be happy.
...to include my companion animals as part of my family,
to socialize them so that they are comfortable in human society,
to train them so that they will be safe and be good citizens.
...to work through problems with my companions,
and to include them in my own life changes.
...to always demonstrate respectful, loving and responsible companion animal care
so that others may learn from my example and want to do the same.
I make this pledge to the animals, between them and me,
to the animals I know, and the ones I may never see,
to the animals in my home, and the ones in our shelters and on our streets,
to the animals here, and the ones yet to come.
I make this pledge to honor their love and companionship,
to acknowledge their intrinsic value,
to respect them as living beings
who carry the same precious spark of life that I myself do.
I understand that the solutions are in my hands.
I pledge to use those solutions, and in doing so,
to begin to create a community and a society that shows
compassion, love, and respect for those who cannot speak for themselves.
I make this pledge in love and hope.