|Pets: From the Mentors
When I was growing up, I always wanted a kitten. My mom and dad always said no, that they were "too much responsibility." So I lowered my standards and asked for a guinea pig, bird, rat-each time getting smaller. Finally my parents let me have a pet, but it wasn't the expected feline. They brought me to a store and bought me a beetle. His name was Fred, and I couldn't cuddle with him, but he was fun to talk about (even now!). He wasn't hard to take care of -- all he ate was water off of a piece of wood! When I entered ninth grade, we found a kitten at the humane society. My mom named her Bella, and she was part of our family until March of this year when we had to put her down. Until you actually experience the loss of a pet, I don't think most people understand what important companions animals can be. You can't get in fights with them, and they supply unconditional love. Even after horrible days at school or fights with my parents, Bella would still come into my room and cuddle when I needed her to.
In my opinion, the first place you should look for a pet is the humane Society. Not only are they cheaper than animals from a breeder, but you get a chance to give a lost animal a home. Always spay or neuter your pets; countless kittens and puppies are born and donét have homes to go to. However, older animals have an even harder time finding a place to live. Most people want a young animal, but adopting older pets can be just as rewarding!