Having a pet like a dog or a cat can be a great thing. Not only do you have a best friend for life, having a pet can provide mental, physical and emotional help and stability, enhance your social skills and can even decrease your chances of a heart attack.
So when it comes time to adopt a dog or cat, use the PetFinder site. Not only will you be adopting the newest member of your family, you'll also be rescuing an animal in need and saving a life.
All you need to do is enter your location (whether that's your ZIP code or city and state) and what type of pet you are looking for. If you're not sure what you're looking for or what breed is right for you and your family, you can do all of that research from within the PetFinder site under the "Dog Care" or "Cat Care" or "All Pet Care" tabs.
On top of thousands of dogs and cats, you can also look for rabbits and other furry little critters, horses, birds, fish, and some types of barnyard animals.
From here, you'll see thousands of results, and the hardest part might be choosing just one. Click on a pet to learn more information and find out the next steps.
Or, if you're not sure if you're ready to commit yourself to owning a dog yet, you can also look into fostering a dog or cat or two for a while under the "Shelters & Rescues" tab.
PetFinder also offers lots of great resources about caring for your pets, how you can help your local animal shelter, and other articles any pet owner will find interesting.
What are you waiting for? Your new best friend is waiting!