Pets

A pet or companion animal is an animal kept primarily for a person’s company, protection, or entertainment rather than as a working animal, livestock, or laboratory animal. The responsible use of animals for human purposes, such as companionship, food, fiber, recreation, work, education, exhibition, and research conducted for the benefit of both humans and animals, is consistent with the Veterinarian’s Oath. San Francisco Animal Care & Control keeps our community safe and protects all animals from abuse, neglect, and cruelty. SFACC is the City’s only open admission shelter; we accept all animals regardless of temperament, medical condition, or species.

Cougars, lions, tigers , and leopards make up the majority of large cats kept as pets. They are strong and dangerous, to say the least. If you think you can just de-claw a lion like you did your little house cat then think again. De-clawing removes the entire last bone in each toe. If you remove the tips of the toes of a large cat, they are unable to properly walk because of their size and become paralyzed when the procedure is done incorrectly.

Also, we used to live with a lot of people in our houses—grandparents and parents and cousins. Now you have a lot of people living just as couples without kids, you have empty nesters, you have huge divorce rates, people living by themselves. There’s a real emptiness in our homes that cats and dogs have filled. This isn’t fringe behavior to treat a pet like a member of the family. It’s not the crazy cat lady or the crazy dog person. It’s society.

Horses fulfill many roles and are a source of enjoyment for many people. However, horses require a serious commitment of time, money and care. A horse will require grooming and other care that require a minimum of a half an hour a day, often more. They are a long-term commitment, since a horse can live up to 30 years. This act protects the welfare of animals sold as pets. It requires any person keeping a pet shop to be licensed by the local council.

The veterinarians are in a very tricky situation. They benefit when we consider our pets members of the family, but they are also starting to see the other side of that, too. When we view our pets like children, we sue like they are children when things go wrong. Lemurs, capuchins , chimpanzees, and baboons all fall into the primate category. They are cute and childlike” but are not a substitute for human babies. Sure, they are often treated like babies by their owners putting them in diapers and strollers but they also act like babies, permanently, with all the messes and screaming included.