5 Freedoms for Animals

The Five Freedoms are internationally accepted standards of care that affirm every living being’s right to humane treatment. These standards were developed by Britain’s Farm Animal Welfare Council in 1965 and adapted by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians for ~companion animals in shelters.  ~Animal Humane Society

  • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.
  • Freedom from Discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  • Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  • Freedom to Express Normal Behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  • Freedom from Fear and Distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.