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Our mission, rescue practices, & community outreach support these core principles.

5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare.

The 5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare

1.  Freedom from Hunger & Thirst

Ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor; includes protection from overfeeding.

2.  Freedom from Discomfort

Providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area; includes protection from cold and heat and adequate space.

3.  Freedom from Pain, Injury & Disease

Prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.

4.  Freedom to Express Normal (species specific) Behavior

Providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of animal’s own kind.  

This is why enrichment is not an "extra" at Wags.  All of our dogs get to have friends and stimulation through puzzle feeders, scents, different playmates, play yards and visitors.

5.  Freedom from Fear & Distress


Ensuring conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering. When animals are in a constant state of stress or fear, they hurt themselves, get sick, stop eating and stop behaving normally. This one is so important but it is one of the freedoms most often overlooked.  Sanctuary, rescue and shelter should mean that an animal is safe.  It should mean they no longer have to look over their shoulder.  It means that they can heal and look forward to a new, safe, loving life.  

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