Each breeder-member of the Northwest Fancy Mouse Association agrees to the following Code Of Ethics:

I recognize that, as a breeder, I have a responsibility to protect and preserve fancy mice, and the mouse fancy. I agree to insure the welfare of the animals that I sell, produce, breed, and own. I therefore subscribe to the following code of ethics.

General Ethics:

  • To provide for each animal in my care an environment which meets their physical, emotional, and psychological needs. This includes adequate living conditions, correct nutrition, proper bedding, and needed health care.
  • To promote and encourage responsible pet ownership.
  • To begin and further a study which increases my knowledge of the science of breeding fancy mice.
  • To maintain an interest in all animals which I sell and arrange for the return/placement of an animal of my breeding which is in need or no longer wanted.

Breeding Ethics:

  • To be familiar with and knowledgeable of the standard for those varieties which I choose to breed, including proper coat, color, conformation, and temperament, and to use that standard as a goal in striving to improve the variety with every breeding.
  • To breed only animals which are sexually mature, in good health, and are free from hereditary defects, parasitic infestation, poor temperaments, and communicable disease.
  • To be knowledgeable about the effects and consequences of mycoplasma as a disease, and until such a time as we acquire a method for controlling or eliminating this disease, breeding with the goal of producing an animal which is mycoplasma resistant.
  • To be knowledgeable about the causes of tumor growth in mice and to breed with the aim of producing an animal which is not genetically predisposed to this condition.
  • To discontinue the breeding of animals who consistently produce offspring who have a defect or disorder which is detrimental to the animals’ well-being, or temperaments which make them unsuitable as companion animals.
  • To provide a pregnant doe and the resulting kittens with the housing, nutrition, and care necessary to meet their physical, emotional, and psychological needs.
  • To assure that every animal produced has the necessary temperament to make it a suitable companion animal.

Selling Ethics:

  • To not sell or otherwise place mouse kittens under 5 weeks of age.
  • To consciously seek the best possible homes for animals which I place or sell.
  • To sell only healthy animals who are sound in temperament and free from parasites.
  • To stand behind the condition and quality of all animals as represented at the time of sale.
  • To be sure the buyer is fully informed when selling an animal which has a known defect, health, or other physical condition or serious deviation from the standard.
  • To never knowingly sell a pregnant doe without fully disclosing the fact to the buyer.
  • To take responsibility for any offspring produced by a doe which was unknowingly pregnant when sold.
  • To take back or find a home for any animal whose placement is not successful.
  • To provide to a purchaser full instructions on feeding, housing, and general care.
  • To provide the new owner with ongoing support and assistance with problems that may arise.
  • When selling an animal to a novice breeder or fancier as breeding or show-quality stock, to provide support, advice, education, and guidance to assist them in achieving their goals.

Additional Ethics for those who choose to breed food animals:

  • To assure that any animal which is to be used as food for a herptile or raptor, is humanely euthanized before being fed.
  • To either euthanize the animal oneself, or be fully confident that the purchaser will euthanized it before using it as a food animal.
  • To not knowingly sell an animal for resale as a live food animal.
  • To not knowingly sell any animal for use as a food animal which has bloat, parasites, or other disorders which will cause harm to the animal to which it is fed.