THE GUARDIANSHIP MOVEMENT
Pet Planet’s vision is for a world where animals are treated with respect for the unique individuals they are… a world in which consideration is given for an animal’s needs and quality of life... a world void of animal exploitation, abuse, and neglect. From this dream the Guardianship Movement was born.
Guardianship, by its definition, reflects a shift in our way of thinking. This mental change allows our behaviours and actions to follow. By changing the way we relate with our animal companions we can ultimately affect the way we communicate to the people around us, becoming examples to others and most importantly for the next generation of Guardians.
By teaching and educating others about Guardianship, we instil values that people can take pride in, making them far less likely to abuse, abandon or neglect their animal companions.
By shifting our views from “ownership” to “Guardianship” we can begin to remove the stigma that domestic animals are something we can buy or trade for and instead, nurture the emotional value of animals. Our companions become members of our family rather than possessions which will directly affect global awareness on the do’s and don’ts of pet acquisition, promoting the value of adoption over purchase.
Most pet stores that sell animals acquire their animals from mills. Buying an animal from a pet store funds these mills and supports the idea that animals are marketable commodities. The choice to buy from a pet store, supported by mills, also means that adoptable animals from shelters and rescues lose a home, which in turn leads to overpopulation.
There is hope
Most recently we have seen many examples of positive change.
In 2006, Albuquerque, New Mexico became the first city in North America to ban the sale of pets in stores. Since the ban started, Albuquerque has seen a 23% increase in pet adoptions and a 35% decrease in shelter euthanasia. These stats wholeheartedly support our guardianship movement. In September of 2010, Richmond, BC became the first Canadian city to follow suit and since that date three other provinces have followed suit by modifying or eliminating legislation around pet acquisition.CLOSE
- Make a lifetime commitment to my animal companion
- Adopt my pet only through responsible rescues and ethical breeders
- Spay or neuter my animal companion for their health and to prevent overpopulation
- Provide nutritious health food, fresh water and daily exercise for my animal companion
- Eliminate the use of toxic household cleaners and outdoor chemicals
- Care for the emotional needs of my animal companion
- Understand and work through my animal companion’s behaviour issues
- Treat my animal companion with compassion and gentleness
- Report suspected animal abuse or neglect
- Call myself and others “Guardian” rather than “Owner”
- Encourage others to embrace Guardianship
- LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY
Join the Fight for Responsible Guardianship
In 2006, Albuquerque, New Mexico became the first city in North America to ban the sale of pets in stores. Since the ban started, Albuquerque has seen a 23% increase in pet adoptions