I want to save a life by adopting a pet, but which pet do I choose?

I want to save a life by adopting a pet, but which pet do I choose?
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How do you know which pet is right for you and your family? There are so many different pets to choose from at the Nebraska Humane Society that it can get overwhelming. There are a few questions to ask yourself before you even walk out your front door.

The first question is in regards to your living situation. Are you allowed to have a pet over 30 pounds where you live? Many apartment complexes have a limit on how much a pet living there can weigh. That fact may limit your choices from the beginning. You may be able to look at only smaller pets. Still, there are many of them from which to choose: cats or kittens, rabbits, rats, mice, birds, reptiles, and small dogs. Each of these pets can have a lot of love to give and comes with its own special requirements of time, dedication, and money. (www.examiner.com/x-41138-Omaha-Pet-Grooming-Examiner~y2010m4d19-Benefits-of-adopting-a-small-pet-from-an-animal-shelter). Do you own or rent a home with a fenced yard where a dog can run and do its business if needed or will you have the time to walk a dog so she can exercise and relieve herself?

Does your family include small children or a resident pet or two? Some of the animals at the shelter have to be an only pet or are unable to live peacefully with a certain species. Some dogs have a high prey drive and small pets would not be safe around them. Some cats do not like other cats. Some of the animals at the shelter are found to be too nervous or high strung to live comfortably with small children. These facts, if known, are included on the animal's paperwork at NHS.

Are you an active person who wants a running or Frisbee partner or do you want a pet to curl up at your feet as you watch television? Do you want to take time to brush your pet or will you have the funds to take her to the grooming salon every six to eight weeks? And remember, as much as your children tell you they will feed, clean, and walk a new pet, you are ultimately responsible for her well being. (www.examiner.com/x-41138-Omaha-Pet-Grooming-Examiner~y2010m4d6-What-You-Need-to-Know-When-Adopting-a-Pet-from-the-Nebraska-Humane-Society).

Most of all, when you come to the shelter, give yourself time to meet a number of different potential pets. Saving a life by adopting a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have so browse around and enjoy yourself. And as you're trying to decide, you may just be surprised when your new pet picks you!

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