As a Member of Passion 4 Paws, I pledge to abide by and satisfy all of the following conditions:
§ To communicate truthfully and with integrity, both within and outside the organization.
§ To not discriminate against or refuse professional help to anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.
§ To cultivate an attitude of humility in our work, as we are dedicating our work to something greater than ourselves.
§ To neither malign nor disrespect colleagues or other professionals and to always behave professionally and cordially when representing Passion 4 Paws and when talking to or about other Passion 4 Paws members.
Respect the integrity of the dogs you work with:
§ To treat dogs with the utmost respect, patience, and kindness, ensuring the safety and well-being of the dogs takes place.
§ Reward positive behavior rather than scolding or punishing.
§ To never put the animal in a position to fail (i.e., volatile positions where aggression is promoted or environment that neglects the safety of the animal.
§ Dogs should never be off their leash outside of a fenced-in area.
Serve as ambassadors for dog adoption:
§ To promote responsible pet ownership and to consider adoption as the first option. If a certain breed is desired, breed specific rescues should be considered before buying a dog from a reputable breeder.
§ To inform those looking for an animal companion about the benefits of pet adoption. To inform adopters and animal-related community members about existing animal care & control shelter facilities and local rescue groups from which they can adopt.
§ To challenge the status quo without becoming a polarizing voice in the no-kill animal movement.
§ To share information regarding rescue fund-raising opportunities in their area.
Work responsibly and respectfully with animal rescues and shelters:
§ To respect the decisions and requirements of animal control and shelter facilities.
§ To abide by all written contracts and/or verbal agreements entered into with a shelter and/or rescue.
§ To respond to requests from shelters/rescues promptly. If unable to return calls promptly, to make alternative provisions to have calls handled by another member.