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When adopting a pet, puppy dog eyes can sometimes cloud your judgment.
Jody Murray from the Animal Shelter Society stresses that picking out a pet is a huge commitment and it is important to think about every aspect involved in owning an animal. He suggests looking 5, 10 even 15 years into your future to see if your lifestyle and finances can accommodate the potential addition to your family. Murray also explains that research is a very important part of the adoption process.
"One of the most important things is to research the breed, that you're looking at, or that you're thinking about. Obviously some dogs are high energy, need places to run and play. Other dogs are small dogs that don't need a lot of area."
It is also important to make sure that your new furry friend gets along with all members of your family, including your kids and other pets.
"We have play areas here, where you can pick out a god or cat, take them into a room and have your family come in. Particularly if you have children. You want to make sure that, that potential animal your adopting gets along with kids, that your kids get along with it."
The animal shelter society will help potential adopters through the adoption process and answer any questions that they may have.
If you would like yo help out the animal shelter society you can attend their 1st Annual Paws and Claws Summer Jam and Cornhole Tournament on Aug. 30, 10a.m. to 5p.m. at Zane Landing Park.