Five Freedoms

At the OHS, we believe that all animals deserve to be treated properly throughout their lives. We always want to make sure that we are treating animals right, by meeting their needs and giving them the healthiest life possible. At minimum we all need to make sure they are always given the five freedoms of animal welfare:

1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst

All animals should have access to plenty of fresh water and healthy food.

2. Freedom from Discomfort

All animals should be kept in a sheltered environment that meets their unique needs, and gives them a comfortable resting place.

3. Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease

All animals should be quickly treated when they are sick or hurt. No animal should live in pain – without veterinary care.

4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior

All animals should live with room to express their normal behavior. 

5. Freedom from Fear and Distress

All animals should live in a way that keeps them free from fear and distress.