Learn how to be a better Good Samaritan for pets at the Sunbear Squad web site.

"Pet-Caring Community" Attributes

Does your community show concern about the welfare of companion animals? Because 63% of homes have pets nationwide, probably many people in your community do care deeply about the health and welfare of pets.

What would an ideal "Pet-Caring Community" offer to residents and visitors?

Here's the Sunbear Squad list of recommended attributes:

Protective Laws

  • State laws with felony provisions for animal neglect and abuse
  • Ordinances require pet dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered
  • Ordinances require dog and cat breeders to be licensed
  • Ordinances set minimum shelter, shade, collar/chain/kennel characteristics, food, water, and health standards for backyard dogs

Pet-centric Businesses

  • Motel or hotel that allows guests to lodge with dogs and cats (a modest deposit is fine) located within the community boundary
  • Pet food and pet care products are available for sale
  • Kenneling and/or dog daycare services are available
  • Dog training services are available nearby
  • Pet grooming services are available
  • Pet sitter services are available
  • Dog walking services are available

Activities with Pets

  • A park that allows dogs or cats on leashes located within the community boundary
  • Community events focused on pets
  • Clubs focused on retrieving, flyball, disc dog (frisbee), agility, obedience, and other sports

Health and Welfare

  • Veterinary clinic serving large and small animals located within 10 miles
  • Humane society or animal shelter located within 25 miles
  • Wildlife sanctuary located within 50 miles
  • Animal control officer is employed
  • Schools and churches host speakers who educate on pet care and training

Download a Free Wallet Card

The Sunbear Squad Wallet Card helps you keep important phone numbers handy, so you can act quickly if you find an animal in distress. Fill it out and make copies for friends and family too.

Bill of Rights for Pets

Read our Bill of Rights for Pets for a thoughtful look at the principles, rights, and actions affecting the status of pets. This is an all-original work. If you share it, please credit Sunbear Squad Inc.