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My Top 10: Anna Drummond, Grass Valley

David Mirhadi

Top 10 ways to be a responsible pet guardian:

1. Think about the responsibilities of being a good guardian before adopting.

2. Know that bringing a pet into your home is a lifetime commitment.

3. Provide nutritious food and fresh water every day.

4. Protect the health, safety and happiness of the pet.

5. Provide training and positive reinforcement, as well as getting help if a behavior problem arises.

6. Teach children the gentle, kind and proper way to treat animals.

7. Get the pet spayed or neutered before any litters arrive.

8. Provide grooming, play, exercise and lots of love and attention.

9. Put ID collars and ID tags on pets.

10. Advocate the kind and humane treatment of our fellow furry friends.


Anna Drummond is president of the Pet Adoption League, which provides free bookmarks that contain this information, as well as “Why Spay and Neuter?” To get these items for yourself, your students, book clubs, etc., contact PAL at P.O. Box 3303, Grass Valley 95945 or at 273-7958. PAL also offers a free spay and neuter program. For more information, visit http://www.pal.nccn.net.


“My Top 10” appears each Tuesday. To suggest your own list, contact David Mirhadi at davidm@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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