Pets are great friends. They're never too busy for you, will comfort you after a hard day, and provide protection and companionship. For all they give to humans, it shouldn't be too much to ask for humans to give them basic care in return.
Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way, so states have enacted various anticruelty laws. They vary between municipalities, but they generally require that owners provide adequate food, clean water, protective shelter and any necessary medical treatment. In some places, it's also against the law to leave your animal in a motor vehicle for an extended period of time in extreme weather. Injuring, killing or showing deliberate cruelty to an animal is also illegal. These laws also aren't just for dogs or cats. They can include horses, livestock, pigs, birds or any animal that you can keep as a pet.
Traveling with your pet can be a lot of fun if you make a few extra preparations before you leave town. Start by checking out the links on the next page.