Where to Get a Pet

There are many places you can go to get your new pet. Each source has its advantages and disadvantages.

  • Shelters
    • Adopting a shelter animal is rescuing an animal in need
    • Usually¬†inexpensive, especially considering the medical expenses the shelter takes on for each animal (vaccines, microchipping, spay/neutering, etc.)
    • Might not find your perfect companion right away
      • If you have your heart set on a specific breed, look for a breed specific rescue
  • Pet stores
    • Usually inexpensive, but may need more up-front medical care or socialization than an animal from another source
    • Pet store animals may come from dubious sources, such as puppy mills.
  • Breeders
    • Cost depends on the animal, but can be quite expensive
    • Be sure to do your research and make sure you are buying from a reputable breeder
      • Reputable breeders work hard to produce healthy animals and raise them into good companion
  • Local veterinarians may have suggestions of the best places to search in town to find a healthy pet that suits your lifestyle!