The goal of pet ownership laws and animal control ordinances should be to raise and maintain the standards of pet ownership from problematic to acceptable. Doing so protects the interests of people with pets, people without pets, and the entire community. 


Effective Policies clearly describe the standards of Responsible Pet Ownership practices expected by the community from all dog owners. They also outline the behaviors that the community will not tolerate from dog owners. Click on the "Effective Policies" link on the right side of the page to learn more. 

Ineffective Policies, such as breed-specific legislation, mandatory spay/neuter, and overly complicated tethering ordinances, have the opposite effect. Click on the "Ineffective Policies" link on the right side of the page to learn about the characteristics of ineffective laws.