You’ve moved in and boxes are unpacked- the next thing in order is to share your new adventure with a furry friend. Here are some guidelines and watch-outs to help you find a furbuddy who is healthy, happy, and well-socialized.

If purchasing from a breeder, verify the breeder is USDA-licensed and AKC-approved with no violations. This will ensure that they are held to high standards and oversight.

Check veterinary records to be sure your new friend is inoculated, wormed, and healthy.

Reputable pet stores, breeders, and shelters will microchip pets. The “Best of the Best” will also offer an extended warranty covering the health of your adopted pet.

Look for facilities that have pet counselors who will work with you to find a pet that is a good fit for your family. They can also help with issues such as housebreaking, grooming, nutrition, and creating a smooth transition into your pet’s new home.

Keith Evans has been helping local pet owners choose their perfect companions for over 30 years. He loves helping furry, finned, feathered, and four-legged clients find great homes. You can find Keith at Petland in EastChase helping owners find the right foods for their pets and training his pet counselors to provide excellent service.