Animal Scene - - THE 411 -

• Never go to a pet fair alone with your pet if you’re also bring­ing a child― or chil­dren. You can’t keep an eye on both of them, and even if you coach your kids on how to ap­proach other peo­ple’s pets, ac­ci­dents may hap­pen. Be sure there is some­one to be with your kid or kids as well.

• Fe­male pets should not be in heat; if they are, don’t bring them to a pet fair as they will ex­cite and up­set other pets.

• Re­sist the urge to buy ev­ery­thing or to adopt on im­pulse. If you’re go­ing to a pet fair, be clear about why you’re there so that you don’t get side­tracked. Of course, im­pulse pur­chases do hap­pen, but it is not rec­om­mended that you adopt or buy an an­i­mal on im­pulse. Know why you want the dog or cat, and be pre­pared for the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that go with be­ing a pet owner.

• Most im­por­tantly, Karla Kangleon urges, you and your pet must have fun!

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