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What Kind of Pet is Right for You?

Before you get your heart set on a particular new “furry family member," it is helpful to consider all of your options and think about what type of pet will best fit your lifestyle and personality. Do you have a busy work schedule or like to travel frequently? Are you an athletic outdoors type or do you prefer to spend your free time reading a good book? Do you get up with the sun and head out for a walk or spend leisurely mornings sipping your second cup of coffee and reading the paper?

Life can be easier with a mature pet: Pets who are grown up might not seem as fun as a kitten or puppy, until you consider that mature pets are typically easier to care for. Mature dogs have probably had some basic obedience training, and adult cats are litter box trained, and they may have less demanding exercise requirements than younger animals. In addition if you are adopting, adoption fees are sometimes lower for older animals. With grown-up pets, you know what you are getting. You can get a good sense of a mature animal’s qualities – including size, temperament and personality. Older pets form deep bonds too, I often hear people say they want a puppy/kitten who will bond more easily than an adult pet. Speaking from my own experience, the most wonderful, loving family dog we every have had is my 7 yr. old Husky, Sedona. She was 4 years old when we got her and had lived in two previous homes. She is my closest friend (next to my husband, of course!!) and a great dog.

Mixed breed or purebred: Even if you have a particular breed or temperament in mind, be sure to check out the mixed-breed animals available for adoption. You might surprise yourself by finding an animal with those qualities. If you have a particular breed in mind, be sure to check breed specific rescue organizations (example: if you are looking for a Golden Retriever, check with Rescue a Golden of Almost all breeds have rescue groups dedicated to placing/adopting their specific breed.

Whether you decide puppy or kitten, adult dog or cat, bunny or bird, fish or ferret . . . . They all require pet parents to be responsible and devoted. They require a lifelong commitment to good care and nutrition.

If I you have any questions regarding what pet may be right for you, talk with a trusted veterinarian or please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to assist you in finding a loving pet to give a “forever home” to enjoy. Website:, call/text (480) 652-4900, or email:

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