The warmth and comfort that small pets give often lead people to get pets. In Hong Kong, one in every five families are raising small animals, but the ones responsible for caring for them are usually the parents of young who have bought a pet on impulse. Nevertheless, these small animals, especially kittens and puppies, can provide companionship to many retired people.
Owning a pet is much responsibility, and some just aren't fit to raise one, whether due to their lifestyle or attitude. So, first of all, you need to be sure about a strong sense of responsibility for your pets. After all, they too are living things; they can't just be recruited. In addition, the number of cats and dogs are constantly multiplying. Considering their future in terms of sterilisation is another aspect of responsibility that you need to think about before raising them is essential.
In Hong Kong, dogs five months or older must obtain a dog license for microchip identification and be vaccinated for rabies. These are available at any animal management centre under the AFCD. The application can be processed together with the licensing centre. You can also apply through a registered private veterinary clinic or the Animal Care Association. If the address of the dog or owner changes, the dog owner must notify the AFCD within five days.
Before deciding to get a pet, it is necessary to ask whether your building allows tenants to raise small pets. Unfortunately, the public housing estates only allow small pets that will not cause environmental and health problems. However, if a tenant needs a service dog, such as a guide dog, to assist the visually or hearing impaired or residents who have a doctor's recommendation for a companion dog, you can apply for this to the Housing Authority.
Do some research to understand the level of care and cost required to keep different pets, and decide which kind of pet to keep according to your ability.
Before bringing your pet home, you should prepare the necessary food and cleaning supplies, as well as create a good space for them. Put a little water and food within reach to show them they are safe and help them adapt to their new environment.
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