Truth is, there are few things cuter or sweeter than a baby animal. Kittens, puppies, ducks, colts, calves -- even chickens are cute when they are "babies." But consider adopting an older or a "special needs" animal.
"Special needs" does not mean you must spend hundreds of dollars on vet costs. It may be the pet has lost a limb, or an eye. Perhaps this is a pet that had a wonderful home, but for some reason their family gave up on them -- moving, allergies, illness in the family. Animals who are deaf, blind, or missing a limb are just as loving (if not more so), and an animal who has trust issues truly needs someone.
All of these animals have been spayed or neutered, are up to date on shots, most are microchipped (or can be for a low cost), and all of them are healthy and happy. They just need one thing: a family to love them forever.
Please mention this article when inquiring about these animals. ADOPT, DON'T SHOP!
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