Let's get a cat, no let's get a dog!

The Verde Valley Humane Society “Pet of the Week” is “Digit” a gorgeous male pointer mix. Digit is a little on the thin side but will fill in nicely once he’s in a good home with someone to give him extra love and attention. He’s very friendly and gets along well with others. Could you be the one to give him those extra scratches on his belly? The neuter portion of Digit’s adoption fee has been discounted by $20 thanks to a generous grant from Pedigree.

The Verde Valley Humane Society “Pet of the Week” is “Digit” a gorgeous male pointer mix. Digit is a little on the thin side but will fill in nicely once he’s in a good home with someone to give him extra love and attention. He’s very friendly and gets along well with others. Could you be the one to give him those extra scratches on his belly? The neuter portion of Digit’s adoption fee has been discounted by $20 thanks to a generous grant from Pedigree.

Are there times that your heart feels like it has an empty space that needs filling? Do you ever feel like there is just something missing in your life?

If you answered yes to either question, would you be willing to consider a new family member that can fill your heart with tons of unconditional love?

The Verde Valley Humane Society has tons of little "love buckets" that can steal your heart in the wink of an eye. All we ask is that you think this through entirely.

You really will need to make some huge decisions. Let's see if this is a commitment that you really want to make.

Often people forget the costs related to having pets. These are our four-legged children and they will need some of the same things as our two-legged children.

Routine vet visits are essential just as shots and other preventative measures. You may want to check with a vets' office and find out the yearly costs of having a pet.

Another important question to ask yourself once you have made your decision is would you prefer to adopt a cat or a dog.

The decision can't be taken lightly. Research both options and make a very informed decision. The question is which animal fits your lifestyle.

Research states that your personality type may reflect your pet choice. Let's see how this plays out for you.

What's your personality assessment? Are you exuberant, full of life and energy and just maybe an extrovert?

Do you spend your time outdoors enjoying the Arizona beauty? How about hiking, camping and traveling, is that how you like to spend your free time?

On the other hand are you quiet, somewhat aloof and like your lifestyle on the quiet side with things under control?

Is your time off used for relaxing around the house? Maybe reading a book while enjoying the warm spring days? Do you enjoy your quiet times more than active busy times?

I find it very interesting that is said poets, writers and artists have a history of being cat people.

It makes a lot of sense doesn't it? These very interesting people are deep in thought much of the time, much like cats appear to be.

So naturally it doesn't surprise me that research states that movie celebrities, singers and other very outgoing people choose dogs. This also makes sense; they are always on the go and headed somewhere.

If you feel as if you are a combination of both types of people your decision may be a little more difficult. In that case, how about adopting one of each?

Selecting your new pet should be a family venture with everyone's needs, health issues, fears and concerns being addressed.

Who will be responsible for the care of the new family member? Often children promise they will help with feeding and other care but often have a difficult time holding to their promise. Are you ready to take on more of the care or to enforce the promises?

I personally ask every single day if my son has fed and watered the animals and also I also need to direct "yard duty."

To me it would just be easier if I didn't have to give the reminder, that Nick calls nagging and he just did it. Somehow that's just not the way it works at my house.

If you need help, this should be a consideration. Many children are very excited at first but in most cases the enthusiasm rapidly dissipates.

Have a family meeting and go over some questions before you make your decision. Remember a cat or dog can live a long life, sometimes into their twenties.

Let's go over some pros and cons of each species that you are considering.

Cat pros:

Cats are easy to maintain, but can't be neglected.

Cats are independent; you can leave them safely while you are working.

Cats are fastidious, the only smell you may have is if you don't clean the litter box.

Cats use litter boxes for eliminating, you don't have to walk them.

Cats are sleepers; they spend an average of 12-16 hours a day.

Cats can be very happy just lounging around on their owner's lap.

Cats require little space and can live comfortably in a small apartment.

Cat cons:

Cats can claw your furniture, declawing is not an option.

Cats aren't as easy to train as a canine friend.

Cats don't normally care for traveling; they are normally calm in their own home.

Cat dander may cause severe allergies to some people.

Cats can't go hiking with you if you are an outdoors type of person.

Dog pros:

Dogs are normally outgoing and very social; guest are normally very inviting to them.

Dogs want to please their owners; he will work hard to do what you request.

Dogs provide entertainment for the family, they love sharing their tricks with you.

Dogs help keep their owners healthy by needing exercise; they love fresh air and walks.

Dogs are dedicated to their owners, providing unconditional love in abundance.

Dog cons:

Dogs want to chew throughout most of their lives, training is essential.

Dogs require training and maintenance, obedience classes and hygiene is crucial.

Dogs need exercise no matter how you are feeling, running around and fresh air is a must.

Dogs normally need much more space than a cat, choose your breed wisely.

Dogs will require yard maintenance, better known as "poop patrol."

Those are just a few pros and cons of cats and dogs. Many can be disputed between dog owners and cat owners.

When you make your decision, please adopt your furry new friend from a Humane Society, shelter or a Rescue.

Millions of unwanted pets are put to death each year. Give an abandoned animal a fair chance at life. Shelters everywhere experience pet overpopulation each and every day.

Please be one of the people in the community that helps the animals instead of one that adds to the death statistics.

Are you aware that a pet can soothe a human when nothing else can? Did you realize that a pet can give a person the will to live? Do you also know that a pet has health benefits for all of us?

Even a sick person will get up from bed to care for their pet as long as they possibly can.

Pets provide companionship to even the loneliest person. At times there is no one to talk to but your beloved cat or dog.

Think about this. Who else in this world loves you unconditionally the way your pet does? He doesn't care if you take a bath, brush your hair or even brush your teeth.

Now that's what I call loyalty. Even though he loves you no matter what, please do those things anyways. The people in your life will appreciate it.

When you get your new pet, be a responsible pet owner and spay or neuter your new friend. You owe it to him. Adopt from us, the procedure will already be completed.

If you are financially challenged at this time please stop in the shelter located at 1502 W. Mingus and fill in a Spay/Neuter Application. It will only take a few minutes of your time.

The assistance can be used at the vet of your choice or at one of our Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics.

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