Finding the Perfect Pet

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"What's wrong with Charlie?" Claire asked as she held out her tiny hands with a motionless gold fish in her palm. "I was just playing with Charlie yesterday, but today he won't play." Claire's parents failed to realize that when their child begged them to buy her a pet, that she knew nothing of how to take care of a simple gold fish. She didn't understand that fish are not pets to be held or caressed like you would a kitten. This situation occurs more often than most people think. Whether it is a result of an impulsive purchase, emotion, or even a stray animal that you came across, many people do not take into consideration what owning a pet may entail. There is a huge variety of species available, from tarantulas to genetically altered…show more content…
Even if every bad situation cannot be avoided, there are many ways to prevent most. Lastly, after you have chosen the companion that best suits you, make sure you select a healthy pet. Taking in stray animals, buying from Craigslist, or a private seller can be troublesome because you may not know the animal's background. Even if the person selling the pet to you says it is healthy, it may carry a disease, genetic defect or the seller may just be lying. You want to avoid that situation to help guarantee an enjoyable experience for both you and your new companion and not take on more problems you aren't prepared for. If you decide you want to purchase your new friend from a breeder or pet shop, you can check to see if they are reputable by looking up customer reviews and experiences on the internet. This will help you to avoid promoting and buying from puppy mills or breeders who do not take care of the animals. The safest option for both you and the animals is adopting from a shelter or rescue. They generally take good care of the animals temporarily housed there and may provide insight to the personality of the pet you are considering. Adopting is a great option as not only are you giving a homeless creature a better future, but most rescues and shelters are strict with adoption policies to
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