Do research. Older pets are often easier to assimilate into a home because they are often already housebroken. Make sure your home is suitable to the pet you want. Be aware of what's considered normal cat and dog behavior, the reasons behind behavioral problems sometimes found in adopted companions and the options available to help you train your pet.
A Pet in Need
Thousands of pets are in need of good homes year-round, but particularly as the holiday season approaches. Just make sure you're the right owner. Two places that rescue and find homes for abandoned cats and dogs are the North Shore Animal League America and the Tigger Foundation. Here is how to contact both organizations:
North Shore Animal League America
25 Davis Ave. Port Washington, NY 11050 Phone: (516) 883-7575 Web site: http://www.nsalamerica.org
Tigger Foundation P.O. Box 172 Madison Square Station New York, NY 10159 Phone: (212) 712-8716 Web site: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/tigger.html e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org