Humane Care, Custody & Control


Humane Communities are Safe. Safe Communities are Humane. 

In responsible pet ownership communities, owners of all dogs are expected to exercise humane care, custody and control of their pets.


Humane care includes proper diet, veterinary care, socialization and training.

Humane custody includes licensing and providing permanent ID for your pet.


Owners who exercise humane control over their pets, follow leash or verbal control laws, and do not allow their pets to become threats or nuisances to the community.


All dog owners are responsible for the dogs in their care.


  Consider the difference between                 The quality of a dog's relationship is a

   a resident dog and a family dog:                crucial determinant of social behavior:


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Learn why Safe Communities are also

Humane Communities from NCRC Advisor

Cynthia Bathurst:


humane communities are safe viewpoint

We all agree that laws that govern responsible pet ownership are important to foster safe, humane communities, and there is wide agreement on what kind of laws do this (e.g., licensing and vaccination requirements, leash laws, and confinement regulations, etc.) The question then becomes which approaches work best to achieve widespread complience with these laws?

Read more in:

 Support, Inform, Then Enforce: Basic Principles for Safe, Humane Communities.



Programs like the Humane Society of the United States' (HSUS's) "Pets for Life" Community Outreach model can give under-served dog owners access to the types of services that enable responsible pet ownership - services that may be unavailable (non-existent or difficult to access) or unattainable due to cost. "Pets for Life" challenges the traditional assumption that owners of unaltered pets or those whose pets are living in less-than-ideal conditions are irresponsible, uncaring, or perhaps even malevolent. HSUS’s hands-on experiences in five cities, and in the Gulf region after Hurricane Katrina, illustrated what progressive animal welfare advocates have long suspected: the overwhelming majority of pet owners want what is best for their animals, but some simply lack the resources and information to provide for them.


Read NCRC's full review of the "Pets for Life" Toolkit, which contains instructions for downloading or requesting a print copy of the resource from the HSUS:


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