The Five Fundamental Freedoms
The cornerstone of our mission is based upon the 5 fundamental freedoms that every animal deserves. We believe happiness can truly only occur once all physical and mental needs are met. Our shelters do a good job at providing Freedoms 1 and 2; however, there is need for improvement on Freedoms 3, 4 and 5 where our Healthy Hearts and Just Play! Programs assist by decreasing barriers to adoption.
1. FREEDOM FROM HUNGER AND THIRST:
All animals need ready access to fresh water and a diet that allows them to maintain full health and vigor.
2. FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT
All animals need an appropriate living environment, including protection from the elements, and a clean, safe, and comfortable resting area.
3. FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY OR DISEASE
All animals must be afforded care that prevents illness and injury, and that assures rapid diagnosis and treatment if illness/injury should occur.
4. FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOR
All animals need sufficient space and proper facilities to allow them to move freely and fully, and to engage in the same types of activities as other animals of their species.
5. FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS
All animals need both a general environment and handling that allows them to avoid mental suffering and stress.
Source: The Humane Society of the United States: www.animalsheltering.org