If you’re looking for a new furry friend, skip foxes by considering adopting a cat or dog from your local animal shelter.
Although foxes look like our canine friends, they’re wild animals who are not suited to living in human homes. Read on for exactly why foxes are not pets.
1. Foxes are wild animals with complex needs
Unlike the pup who may live in your home, foxes are wild animals whose needs are not compatible with living amongst humans but rather are only met by life in a wild habitat. For example, in their wild habitats, foxes love to forage, hunt, and catch their own food.
On top of that, foxes are incredibly active animals because they are crepuscular (most active during twilight hours).
2. Foxes can spread disease
Foxes are wild animals who can carry diseases found in the wild—diseases particularly dangerous for humans and animals living in human homes. Examples include roundworm, mange, leptospirosis, and rabies.
Remember: wild animals like foxes (and also turtles, snakes, and birds) are not pets and do not belong in human homes. Fight for foxes and other wild animals by taking our Wildlife. Not Pets pledge to protect wildlife and never purchase a wild animal.