How To Find Your Next Pet
So You Decided You Want A Pet
So you and your family have decided to get a pet, or maybe another pet. Hmmm. What's the best way to do that? I can't speak for everyone, but here, I will try and explain the best ways to find your next pet. I can't guarantee that you'll find something you absolutely love, but at least you'll be informed about your choices.
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My first choice on where to go to find a new pet, is to dip into the rescue sector. There are so many pets just waiting for homes. Of course, you're more likely to end up with an older pet with this choice, because young ones generally go pretty fast.
Your local animal shelter, or Humane Society are good places to start. Just make sure you visit a few of them. For about $150 you can get a great pet from one of these places. They've all had their vaccinations, and they've been health checked. You might not find your "perfect pet" at the first stop, but that's no reason to give up. I visited all the shelters in my area when I found my cat.
The other choice for the rescue sector is a breed specific rescue association such as Pit Bull Rescue, Greyhound Rescue, etc. These places will probably do a background check on your previous pet ownership, and charge you fees, but it's well worth it to save some wonderful animal.
What About A Pet Shop?
You can also get your next pet at a Pet Shop. Make sure you do your research on the shop first though. You don't want to find yourself buying an animal from a Pet Shop that uses "puppy mills" to get their animals from. These animals are generally full of health problems, and in the long run, will probably run you thousands of dollars in Veterinary bills.
Any reputable pet shop also makes sure that the animals are vaccinated and healthy before they sell them. You can even ask for proof. If they're reluctant to give it, go somewhere else.
What If I Want A Purebred?
Okay, so maybe you're one of those people that has a liking for one certain breed. That's okay too. There are reputable breeders everywhere. Remember, though, ultimately, you're going to spend hundreds of dollars just to purchase the pet, not to mention all the medical care they're going to need, and the paperwork fees to register it and such.
Just like with a pet shop, do your research! There are disreputable breeders out there as well as reputable ones. The AKC, or the Cat Fancier's Association can give you a list of reputable breeders in your area. Word-of-mouth can work too, if you know that the animals coming from that breeder are healthy.
Here's some links you can use to get more information, or even to find your next pet.
- Pet adoption: Want a dog or cat? Adopt a pet on Petfinder
Pet adoption: adopt a homeless pet (dog or cat) or pets from animal shelters. Petfinder has helped with 12 million pet adoptions since 1995.
- ASPCA: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Visit the ASPCA website to learn how to fight animal cruelty, read expert pet care advice, and view dogs and cats available for adoption.
- American Kennel Club - akc.org
American Kennel Club
- The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA)
An informative insight into the world of pedigreed cats - with breeder search, breed profiles, top cat photos, cat show schedule, health articles
Which Route Would You Choose?
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