It can be difficult to decide where to look for a new pet. Various options are available for adopting a pet, such as pet shops, shelters and breeders, but you must make the decision based on type of animal you are looking for and whether you would like to rescue a pet.
Visit local pet stores and view the animals for sale. Many pet stores offer various types of cats, dogs, birds, fish, rodents and reptiles. A pet store can also supply you with any pet needs.
Find breeders in your area if you want a certain breed of animal. Breeders can guarantee minimal genetic health problems. Many people prefer breeders even though they are more expensive than stores. They know that they are purchasing pets that have been well cared for, and the breeders can offer advice on caring for the new animal.
Check the local classified ads. This is a method many people use to find pets at low prices or even free. Pets listed in the classifieds are often older pets or litters of babies who are desperately in need of new homes.
Visit the local animal shelters. Pets in animal shelters have either been dropped off by families who can't care for them or they were strays that were brought in to the shelter. Rescuing a pet from an animal shelter is less expensive than pet stores and breeders. Your rescue may help to save an animal's life if it is in a shelter using euthanasia for overcrowding issues.
Browse websites on the internet to locate a pet in your area. Many new websites are available which offer people a chance to locate a nearby pet for sale, using information such as type and breed of desired animal and your ZIP code. Searches can be further customized to include the desired age, gender, size and whether the animal gets along with children and other pets.
Foster pets in your home if you'd like to test out what it would be like before bringing a pet home. Many shelters allow volunteers to take home the homeless animals and care for them if there are overcrowding issues in the shelter. Oftentimes, volunteers have the option of adopting their foster pet.
- Find out if any of your friends or family know of an animal that needs a home. Adopting a pet of a friend of family member can be helpful as you know the animal's temperament and you can receive advice on what the animal needs or likes.
- When rescuing a pet, make sure that it has been spayed or neutered to decrease the likelihood of ending up with a litter of animals.