Let's Talk About ABKA
Let’s Talk About ABKA
your pet care provider believes that your pet deserves the most attentive, knowledgeable and conscientious care possible and
that your pet care facility should be an ethical, professional business, he or she has joined with other pet care providers
across the country who share that belief through ABKA membership.
What is ABKA?
is the nonprofit trade association for pet care professionals. Founded in 1977 by a group of concerned individuals within
the boarding kennel industry, ABKA now unites almost 3,000 individuals and businesses providing a variety of pet care services
throughout the United States and around the globe.
What does ABKA do?
dedicated to upgrading the pet care industry and educating the public about proper pet care. All ABKA members must affirm
their commitment to quality pet care, comply with all applicable laws and ordinances, and subscribe to the ABKA Code of Ethics,
which establishes standards of conduct in all aspects of their professional lives.
How does ABKA
help upgrade the pet care industry?
First, ABKA produces and distributes monthly publications that help your
pet care provider keep abreast of the latest developments in pet care and facility management. ABKA also produces and
distributes informational pamphlets and brochures and conducts seminars that help educate the public about proper pet care.
ABKA’s state-of-the-art Web site offers a wealth of information and resources including pet health tips, industry suppliers,
contacts with whom you can discuss pet issues, and more.
Second, ABKA maintains a complete network of national,
regional, and area representatives that provide the pet care provider access to the combined experience of experts throughout
Third, ABKA conducts national and regional meetings for the pet care industry, drawing speakers and
exhibitors from throughout the country. Attendees not only network with each other at these meetings, but also hear
from veterinarians, suppliers, and the most respected experts in the pet care industry on the most current topics and latest
products to improve pet care service.
ABKA sponsors a variety of professional programs that enable pet care facility operators and their staffs to increase their
knowledge and professional competence. ABKA’s three-level education program covers a breadth of subjects from
animal behavior and anatomy, to animal diseases and first aid, to personnel and business management, providing the opportunity
to achieve the designations of Certified Pet Care Technician, Certified Advanced Pet Care Technician and Certified Kennel
Operator. The Voluntary Facilities Accreditation Program requires applicant facilities to meet or exceed over 200 standards
of compliance in 17 areas of facility operations. This extensive and exhaustive evaluation process distinguishes participating
facilities as having met the highest industry standards.
What does all this mean to me and
To you, your pet care provider’s membership in ABKA means that you are dealing with a business
that is committed to professionalism and a high level of ethical conduct. Through membership in ABKA, your pet care provider
demonstrates a commitment to continued service improvement through support of the association’s educational programs
and eagerness to be measured by ABKA’s Code of Ethics. If you should ever feel that your member facility has fallen
short of this standard, your pet care provider encourages you to contact ABKA for assistance. You do not have the security
of this type of public commitment unless your pet care facility is an ABKA member.
To your pet, an ABKA facility means clean, friendly accommodations, exercise, a chance to see other pets vacationing
from their owners, and yet enough maintenance of the pet’s routine to be comfortable and relaxed during a visit.
Most ABKA member facilities also offer a variety of other quality services, such as grooming, training, and pet supplies.
Look for the ABKA membership certificate and Code of Ethics proudly displayed in your pet care facility’s
office. It’s your assurance of professional care by people who love pets as much as you do, and who stand behind the
ABKA Code of Ethics.
ABKA Code of Ethics
All ABKA member kennels subscribe to and are
governed by the following Code of Ethics. The ABKA Ethics Committee enforces this code and encourages inquiries should
these standards not be met by a member kennel.
As a member of ABKA, I recognize that, in order to fulfill my obligations to the animals in my care, to my customers, to
the pet care services industry, and to my community, both my business and personal life must be governed by honorable standards.
Therefore, I solemnly pledge:
- To provide conscientious care for the animals entrusted to me,
being constantly attentive to their security, safety, and well being, and to place their welfare above all other business
- To take every
opportunity to learn more about my profession and to improve my services.
- To deal honestly and fairly with the public, and to avoid misrepresentation of my services.
- To respect the confidence of every customer
- To place service to my
customers and to the pet care services industry above personal gain.
- To avoid unfair competitive practices, any slander or defamation of my competitors, and actions or
business practices that would result in dishonor upon or distrust of my competitors or of the pet care services industry in
- To support my association,
its policies and programs, and to participate as fully as possible in its activities.
- To be respectful of, and to cooperate with the other professions and trades which operate within
the pet industry, in every way consistent with my other responsibilities.
- To obey all applicable federal, state, and local laws governing animal care and business practices.
- To operate my business in such
a manner as to reflect honor upon the pet care services industry within my local community.
- To encourage responsible pet ownership, and to promote, especially
through the charitable programs of ABKA, an increased public awareness and acceptance of humane and noble animal programs.