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Changing the Way We Think and Act by Codifying Guardianship in Their Communities

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Dr. Kurt Arnold, Veterinarian: "We have seen the worst of what people have done to their pets. One dog's 'owner' set him on fire last month."

Tom Carroll, Wanaque Borough Administrator: "They are responsible for [the puppies] through their entire life, and they are their guardians."

Do You Live in a Guardian Community?

gc logoEvery day in your city, veterinarians, animal shelter staff, humane society officers and police officers see overwhelming evidence of animal abandonment, neglect, and physical abuse.

To honor these dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of animals, some cities now recognize them as animal guardians.

Guardian cities also appropriately recognize citizens who are animal caretakers by using the term “guardian” on animal tags, public park signs, veterinary forms, adoption forms, kennel forms, and on all animal companion-related publications. They also ask residents to do their part by adopting and spay/neutering their animals and by reporting abuse to the local humane society or police station.

Currently, 6,028,503 Americans and Canadians are officially recognized as "Animal Guardians."

The following named city codes, county ordinances, and state legislation are now updated to offer the designation of citizens and professionals as "animal guardians." Would you like to add the term "animal guardian" to your city's animal-related ordinances? Email us with "Guardian City" in the message subject.

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Richmond, California (July 10th, 2012)

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Parma, Ohio (July 5th, 2011)

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Beverly Hills, California (December, 2008)

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San Jose, Calif. (June 19, 2007)

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Imperial Beach, California (July 19, 2006)
Santa Clara County, California (April 25, 2006)

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Bloomington, Indiana (December 21, 2005)

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St. Louis, Missouri (August 9, 2004)
Albany, California (June 7, 2004)
Windsor, Ontario Canada (May 10, 2004)
Wanaque, New Jersey (May 10, 2004)

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Sebastopol, California (December, 2003)
Marin County, California (All 28 Cities) (December, 2003)
San Francisco, California (January 13, 2003)
Woodstock, NY

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Amherst, Massachusetts (April 24, 2002)
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (March 11, 2002)

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Sherwood, Arkansas (September 24, 2001)
Rhode Island (statewide) (July 5, 2001)
West Hollywood, California (February 19, 2001)
Berkeley, California (February 27, 2001)

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Boulder, Colo. (July 12, 2000)

Special thanks to the government representatives, community leaders, animal welfare and protection organizations, teachers and student groups who have worked to recognize their community members as guardians of animals.

Read the Guardian Campaign Mission Statement & Goals