Choosing a pet
Deciding to become a pet owner requires careful thought and planning.
Before you decide what type of pet you want, first ask yourself "Can I look after a pet properly?"
If the answer is yes, the next step is to make the right choice of pet, based on your lifestyle and priorities.
The average lifespan of a small dog is 11 years, and 12 years for a cat. This means pet owners need to be prepared to dedicate this many years (maybe even more) to properly looking after their pet.
If you are part of a family, the decision to get a pet should be a combined one, as all family members will come into contact with the pet, and should be involved in looking after it.
Buying a pet from an animal welfare shelter
Read about the advantages in purchasing a dog or cat from a registered shelter or pound.
We Are Family Program
Find tips on changing your cat or dog’s environment and routine to prepare them for the arrival of a new baby.
Responsible pet ownership program for schools
Primary school children can have fun learning to be responsible pet owners and to play safely with pets.