adopted-rescue-dogPossession and safety of a dog:

a. All dogs are microchipped prior to adoption. According to the Dog Law (Article 9), every owner must have their dog microchipped. You are responsible for registering your dog with your local municipality and obtaining an annual dog license. You must also make sure that the name tag given to you by P.A.W.S. has the correct phone number on it and it is placed on the dog’s collar.

b. If, for any reason, you can no longer keep your pet, you are responsible for taking care of it until a new permanent home is found, either by yourself or through P.A.W.S. According to the Dog Law (Article 18), pet abandonment is a criminal offense and since your dog has a microchip, you may be taken to court.

c. If your pet is lost or missing, you must notify the police and your local municipality within 24 hours.

Basic health care:

a. If your pet is sick or injured, you must take it to the vet.

b. It is your own responsibility to vaccinate your pet once a year and deworm it three times a year at your vet.

c. In order to protect your pet from ticks and fleas, you must apply a special ampoule on your pet twice a year in order to prevent the establishment of any infestations. If your pet lives in the yard, it is important to place a special anti- tick collar, especially during the summer months.

d. If the animal manifests any signs of disease after the adoption, P.A.W.S. has absolutely no responsibility for it. However, we are committed to provide every possible support.

Living Conditions:

a. Your pet can either live inside the house or in a fenced yard (the height of the fence should be determined depending on the size of the animal and the way it behaves). These are the only acceptable options. According to the Protection and Welfare of Animals Act (Articles 5, 6), animals should never be constantly chained on a short leash restricting their movement or locked constantly in a small cage / balcony / terrace / toilet / bathroom. In such occasions, owners are obliged by law to take their pet for a walk at least twice a day.

b. In case you are planning to have your pet in the yard, make sure that living conditions are appropriate. Your dog’s or cat’s house should have a roof and be placed in a shaded area. Moreover, keep your dog’s bowl filled at all times and always refill with fresh, clean water daily.

c. You have no objection to a member of P.A.W.S. visiting your house at any reasonable time in order to check on the dog’s living conditions. If the living conditions are not satisfactory, P.A.W.S. is obliged by law to inform the Veterinary Services. If you do not comply with their suggestions, they have the legal right to remove the dog from your

Neutering / Spaying: The pet you are adopting was probably a stray or an abandoned animal. As P.A.W.S. wants to avoid breeding, all animals are neutered / spayed prior to adoption. However, if the animal adopted is too young, the new owner agrees to have their animal neutered / spayed when it is the right time. If you refuse to neuter / spay your animal, P.A.W.S. has the right to remove the animal.

Dog Training:

a. After the adoption, you must train your dog appropriately, so that it can have a normal life beside you. From the day you adopt the dog, you are fully responsible for its training and behaviour.

b. Constant barking may be subject to legal complaint and you may be fined. So, it is your own responsibility to train your dog without the use of force in order to prevent continuous and annoying barking.

Remember: “There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.”