The AnRAA Code of Ethics is crucial to our mission as an advocacy organization. We understand it will also be crucial to your decision whether to JOIN AnRAA. We look forward to welcoming you as a member.

1. Animal Bill Of Rights
All animals deserve to be treated with compassion, kindness and respect. At a minimum, they will have access to shelter, food and water and receive regular and professional veterinary care. Crated animals will be let out for exercise, play and bodily functions as appropriate to the species. All lost animals are entitled to be reunited with their guardians.

2. Intake and Adoption Ethics
Before taking in an animal, rescue groups will get the consent of the responsible guardian whenever possible. Potential adopters will be fully informed about the health, behavioral history, temperament and potential risk factors involved in becoming a specific animal’s guardian. Adopters will be screened for personal and situational compatibility as thoroughly as a rescue group’s resources allow.

Rescue groups will sterilize all animals, as appropriate to the species. Similarly, all animals will have permanent identification, e.g., a microchip. If a rescue group’s resources make that impossible, policies will be in place to insure guardian compliance.

Post-adoption, rescue groups will follow up on the well-being of every animal and its guardian family. Without exception, at any time in an animal’s life, for any reason, a rescue group will accept return of an animal. Rescue is for life.

3. Rescue Group Rules of Conduct
Rescue groups will make all attempts possible to be fair, polite and honest both with other rescue groups and related professional organizations. They will respect existing rules, treat others as they’d hope to be treated, consider mediation when attempts at communication fail and, in all their dealings, seek to elevate the reputation of the animal rescue field.

We invite your comments.

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