OAR 414-350-0190
Animals in the Certified Family Child Care Home


Any animal at the certified family child care home must be in good health and show no evidence of carrying a disease.


Dogs and cats must be vaccinated according to a licensed veterinarian’s recommendations. Proof of current compliance with immunizations shall be kept on file in the home.


Animals shall be cared for as recommended by a veterinarian. The provider shall have and follow written procedures for the care and maintenance of the animals.


Potentially aggressive animals must not be in the same physical space as the children.


Reptiles (e.g., lizards, turtles, snakes, iguanas), frogs, monkeys, hook-beaked birds, baby chicks, and ferrets are prohibited, unless they are housed in and remain in a tank or other container which precludes any direct contact by children. Educational programs that include prohibited animals and are run by zoos, museums and other professional animal handlers are permitted.


Any animals other than cats and dogs shall be kept in an approved cage for the type of animal. Cages shall have removable bottoms and shall be kept clean and sanitary.


All animals shall be kept away from food preparation surfaces. If animals have access to food preparation surfaces, the surfaces shall be cleaned and sanitized prior to meal preparation.


Litter boxes shall not be located in any part of the home used by children or for food storage, preparation, or eating.


Caregivers must be physically present when children are interacting with animals.


Handwashing, as specified in OAR 414-350-0160 (Sanitation)(2), shall be practiced.


Parents must be made aware of the presence of any animals in the child care home.

Source: Rule 414-350-0190 — Animals in the Certified Family Child Care Home, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=414-350-0190.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 414-350-0190’s source at or​.us