Dos and Donts

  • Some dogs are shy and may not be used to children.
  • Never approach or touch a strange dog until an adult has told you it is safe to do so.  Then, do not make any sudden movements, but gently hold your hand out for the dog to sniff.
  • If you have a cat or a dog make sure you know how to take care of them.
  • Learn how to give them water, how much food they need and how to keep them happy.
  • Always wash your hands carefully with soap and water after stroking an animal.
  • Never leave a dog or cat in a parked car because it may die. Cars become very hot when left out in the sun and a dog or cat will have no way of keeping themselves cool.
  • Dog and cat poo is smelly and is bad for us.
  • Never touch animal droppings and avoid playing in areas where you can see that animals have been to the toilet.
  • Always pick up after your dog. If your dog does a poo while out for a walk ask the grown up who is with you to safely pick up the poo in a bag and dispose of it in the bin.
  • All animals have feelings just like you. They feel pain and can become frightened.
  • Never tease or act cruelly to any animal.
  • Do not pull its fur or tail, hit or throw things at an animal.
  • Remember that animals need us to be their friends and to look after them.
  • Always tell a grown up if a dog or cat scratches or bites you so that they can check you are ok.
  • If you see an animal who looks like they are in pain or hungry tell an adult and suggest they contact us to see if we can help.
  • Never give an animal as a present. It may seem like a lovely gift, but having a pet is a big responsibility and the person receiving the gift may not be able to look after a pet.