Healthy Dogs 4 Healthy Communities

When dogs are healthy the community is healthier physically (members are able to walk safely for exercise which improves health), mentally (physical exercise helps mental health and there are fewer arguments between community members/neighbors), financially (fewer unwanted animal pregnancies and injuries save community members vet bills and food costs, nurses are able to use their paid time to assist with vaccine clinics or other health promotion or life saving activities instead of being out trying to locate biting dogs).

Responsible ownership:

Owning a dog is a joy, a privilege, and a responsibility that brings us great rewards. Our dogs cannot speak for themselves so we take the responsibility as owners to care for them and provide support for them to live happy and healthy lives. In turn, the dogs provide us with companionship and become our family members.

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Before deciding that a dog is right for you, ask yourself if you are ready for the costs associated with owning a dog as well as the emotional and time commitment owning a dog requires. Before getting a dog, consider the cost of dog food, supplies, annual vet costs, what you will do if your dog is injured or sick, how to prevent unwanted puppies, and a dog shelter.

Here are some estimated basic costs of owning a dog:

Resources – Dog Bite Prevention