The Bark ‘n’ Meow: Furry Friends for Students

 Grumpy, black and white cat

Oh tail-tugs! The university students have returned, which means the shelter is going to get busy with young adults looking for new companions.

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small poodleI think that’s great, personally. The students are far from home, away from family and their childhood pets. They’re going to be feeling homesick, and what better way to be comforted than with a soft, loyal friend?

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Grumpy, black and white catYea, but are these kids ready for the responsibility of owning a new pet? Dogs and cats not only require shelter and food, but they need regular exercise and can end up costing more than they expect.

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Valerie, grey catWell, the staff at Butte Humane don’t have soft whiskers when it comes to who they adopt animals to. They love these animals enough to make sure they are going to safe homes and responsible pet owners.

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dog mascotWhat’s more, they send these pets out into the world with a clean bill of health and the inability to breed. I’d say it’s a top-dog decision to commit to a shelter animal rather than find a free kitten or puppy willy-nillly.

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Grumpy, black and white catWell, I suppose you’re right. Those students do keep my job active and they give my friends a better chance at tail-wagging and affection. You know what I think would be great? It would be nice to find sponsors who could pair up with student adopters as mentors to the responsibilities of pet ownership.

…..Well, it was just a thought.

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I’d like to know what our audience thinks? Do YOU have any advice for students looking for a pet companion?

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.By Sarah Brown

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