Useful Links For Pet Owners

Online Resources

American Veterinary Medical Association

AVMA National
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 74,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession.

American Kennel Club

American Kennel Club
The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC® and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.

American Boarding Kennels Association

American Boarding Kennels Association
ABKA is the non-profit trade association for over 3000 pet care service businesses in the United States and around the world. Only ABKA members commit to the ABKA Code of Ethics and the Pet Owners' Bill of Rights which assure pet owners that their beloved pets will receive professional, loving care. In addition to pet boarding and dog daycare, ABKA members offer a variety of services for your pet including grooming, training, pet transportation, shipping, pet supplies, food sales, etc. ABKA offers information, publications, advertising opportunities, education, facility accreditation, meetings and business networking opportunities.

United Kennel Clubs

United Kennel Clubs
With 300,000 registrations annually, the United Kennel Club is the world’s largest performance dog registry and second oldest all-breed registry in the United States. Founded in 1898, the UKC has supported the "Total Dog" philosophy through its events and programs for over a century. As a departure from registries that place emphasis on a dog’s looks, UKC events are designed for dogs that look and perform equally well.

The mission of UKC is to be the world's best registry of purebred dogs, to offer their customers the most efficient and creative services possible, to use their data to help customers breed the best dogs in the world and to create a wide spectrum of performance and conformation events in which those dogs can prove their instincts and heritage.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The ASPCA is guided today by the same belief on which it was founded in 1866, that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and that this is not to be left to the compassionate impulses of humans, but is an entitlement that must be protected under the law. Many things have changed in the 140 years since the ASPCA was chartered, but the ASPCA believes that society’s obligation toward animals remains. The ASPCA continues its traditional role of preventing cruelty by direct action of law enforcement. In addition, however, the ASPCA recognizes that achieving its vision of humane communities across the United States will require education, advocacy and other forms of intervention that support the beneficial relationship between people and animals.

Traveling With Pets
It's a Pet Crazy Universe out there. So why not explore it with internet's largest pet/travel resource? Check their Lodging Listings for over 25,000 hotels, B&Bs, ski resorts, campgrounds, and beaches that are pet-friendly. Check out Travel Tips section to learn how to take your pet anywhere. Or visit the Info Xchange to find answers from millions of other sophisticated travelers like yourself.

Keep your dog safe while traveling in a vehicle.  Check out the link for safety tips.

Pet Health

American Veterinary Medical Association - Animal Health

AVMA National
This special section of the national American Veterinary Medical Association's website is devoted specifically to animal health topics. There are special areas for Dogs, Cats, and Horses as well as general animal health topics including: BSE: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, Cancer in Animals, Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus, Chronic Wasting Disease, External Parasites, Feline Panleukopenia, Heartworm Disease, Household Hazards, Internal Parasites In Horses, Rabies, Toxoplasmosis, and West Nile virus. Information can be viewed online or printed out for future reference. There is also a special Vaccination FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) area.

In addition the AVMA has another special website Care for Pets with animations geared toward the whole family. Now it's more fun than ever to learn about pets and the people who care for them!

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - Healthy Pets, Healthy People

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Healthy Pets Healthy People
Pets provide many benefits to humans. They comfort us and they give us companionship. However, some animals can also pass diseases to people. These diseases are called zoonoses. Although animals can carry germs, it is important to know that you are more likely to get some of these germs from contaminated food or water than from your pet or another animal you encounter. CDC has created this Web site to provide you with information about the health-related risks of owning and caring for animals. We encourage you to follow the links located throughout this Web site for general information about companion and wild animals and the diseases they can carry.

Many groups encourage people to enjoy the benefits of common household pets. By following CDC's simple tips on the Healthy Pets, Healthy People Web site, you can enjoy your pets while protecting yourself against diseases they carry.

American Animal Hospital Association -

AAHA's Healthy Pet website
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. & Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals adhere to the highest-quality standards available, which helps ensure the best care for your pet. This AAHA sponsored website provides help in finding an animal hospital, a pet care library, vaccination guideslines, general articles and links on animal health care, a "Pet Photo of the Month" page, and much more.

Pet Education Web site
This informative website, owned and operated by practicing veterinarians Drs. Foster and Smith, is a great source for expert pet information with more than 3000 articles written by the Drs. Foster and Smith veterinary and expert staff to help you provide the best care for your pet. Special resources are included for dogs, cats, fish, birds, ferrets, reptiles, and small animals. You'll find information for all types of pets.

Disaster Planning

American Veterinary Medical association - Disaster Preparedness

AVMA - Disaster Preparedness
The educational materials listed on the Disaster Preparedness section of the American Veterinary Medical Association website are provided to assist veterinarians, animal owners, and others interested in the well-being of animals to prepare for animal safety in the event of a disaster. The AVMA Disaster Preparedness and Response Guide is a 500 page, 3-ring binder of disaster resource information designed for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, emergency managers, and others interested in planning for animals in disasters. Saving the Whole Family is a detailed planning resource for both small and large animals in disasters and can help you maintain the safety of the animals you have dedicated your life to helping. Both resources can be viewed and printed online, or ordered from the AVMA website.

American Red Cross

American Red Cross
The information on the American Red Cross website has been prepared by the Humane Society of the United States in cooperation with the American Red Cross and will aid you in preparing for when disaster strikes. Be Prepared with a Disaster Plan - If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives. Different disasters require different responses. But whether the disaster is a hurricane or a hazardous spill, you may have to evacuate your home. In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, is likely to result in their being injured, lost, or worse. The steps listed on the Red Cross site will help you prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Pets and Disasters

The website of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides guidelines in three key areas of Disaster Preparedness. If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own; and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.

Guidelines on the FEMA website include:

  • Information for Pet Owners - How to prepare a plan to care for pets before, during and after a disaster.
  • Information for Livestock Owners - How to prepare a plan to care for large animals before, during and after a disaster.
  • Wildlife in Disasters - How to approach wildlife after a disaster.