How to be a responsible pet owner

In the
United States...
2,000 pets an hour are
Help stop unnecessary deaths.
Be a responsible pet owner.

1. Select the right pet.

  • Selecting the right pet is the first and most important step. The “wrong” pet makes for an unhappy pet AND an unhappy owner.
  • Consider your lifestyle: Do you have the time and energy to give your pet enough attention and exercise?

2. Spay or neuter your pet.

It's the right thing to do! Why? Pick a reason:

Spaying and neutering...

  • Prevents unwanted litters;
  • Prevents cancer and other diseases;
  • Makes pets less likely to roam;
  • Reduces spotting and spraying problems;
  • Reduces fighting and other aggressive behaviors.
True or False?
A neutered pet
will get fat!
False! Diet and exercise determine this, not the animal's reproductive status.
Animals need
to reproduce!
False! This is a myth. Pets don't need to reproduce - not even “just one litter”.
To assist pet owners, Saint Louis County Animal Care & Control operates a Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter Program.

3. Use proper identification

  • The rabies identification tag is your pet's “Free phone call home!”
  • The law requires that pets wear rabies tags.
  • The most common reason pets are not found: - No Identification!
  • A frequent excuse for missing tags: “We just gave our pet a bath...”
What you, and only  you, can do for your pet:
  • Provide proper training.
  • Confine dogs to your home or in a fenced yard.
  • Keep cats indoors.
Average Life Span for Cats:

Outdoor Cat

3 years

Indoor Cat

12 to 15 years


4. Proper control, vaccination and care - the humane thing to do.

For Saint Louis County information on:
  • Finding a lost pet
  • Adopting a pet
  • Training a pet
  • Financial aid for spaying and neutering or
  • What to do if you can no longer keep a pet...

    Please call us at 314-615-0650
    Or visit our shelter for more information.
To adopt a pet: