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Choosing a Pet

Selecting an appropriate pet and providing for its proper care and training are important activities that keep pets and their owners happy. Veterinarians play a very important role in helping you choose an animal that is just right for you and your family, ensuring the development of a strong, enjoyable human-animal bond.

After choosing the kind of animal appropriate for your family, there are a variety of organizations that can help you select just the right pet:

Adopt from a shelter. By adopting from a shelter, you give a new life to a cat, dog, or rabbit abandoned by or otherwise separated from its previous owners. Most shelters have staff members whose role is to match you with the right animal. These “adoption counselors” will assess your home and your wish list to help you select a shelter animal that meets your needs.

Adopt from a rescue group. If you want a particular breed or species, rescue groups are a good place to start. These organizations provide safe, temporary lodging for homeless animals, typically specializing in specific breeds of dogs or cats, or certain species of mammals, birds, or reptiles. Rescue groups can provide you with information about temperament, housing, feeding, and care requirements. They want to provide all the information necessary to make the best possible adoption match.

Reputable breeders. If you’re looking for a pedigreed and registered pet, consider consulting a reputable breeder. Take the time to inspect the area in which the pet was raised and be sure to ask about the young animal’s health care to date (vaccinations, etc.).