If you’re looking for a more unusual pet companion then you can find a variety of exotic pets that you can legally own. From animals imported from overseas to native animals that are rarely considered as pets there are a variety of potential exotic pets to choose from. Exotic pets are harder to find compared to normal domestic pets though, so here are some suggestions on where to begin looking for your new fancy animal friend.
There are a range of exotic pets which are legal to own in the United States and other countries, but as this can vary from state to state it’s a good idea to check with your local government to see if the exotic pet you want is allowed and what conditions may be imposed on keeping them. For some highly social animals you may be legally obligated to keep a minimum number to insure they have a member of their own species to interact with, and in the case of more dangerous pets you may have a maximum number you can keep on your property for safety reasons. Some exotic pets may also require a license or permit to own. If you get your exotic pet from a pet dealer or shelter then they can help you with information on whether you will be allowed to keep the pet in your area and what the legal requirements are.
If you are trying to be a responsible pet owner then the first place to look for an exotic pet is at an animal shelter or rescue facility. You can find a variety of animals at these facilities with many having been abandoned by owners who had second thoughts about keeping them. Many of the animals will be older which means that you miss out on the brief period where they are in their young and playful stage, but you also don’t have to deal with many of the training issues for a younger animal. Getting your exotic pet from a shelter means that you will be giving a home to an animal who badly needs one, so it is well worth considering if you are a caring person. Most of these facilities need to be registered with local authorities so check with your local and state government to get a list of reputable shelters.
You can also get many exotic pets from exotic animal breeders. If you browse classifieds and groups on social media sites such as Facebook then you will find many breeders listed. These breeders will also usually need to be registered so inquiring at your local government offices is a good place to start looking for them. You should avoid ‘puppy mill’ style breeders as these breeders often provide inhumane conditions for the animals. Look for exotic pet breeders who place a focus on the health and well-being of the animals in their care and who are not reluctant to have you check out their facilities. They should also have a good understanding of any special needs for the exotic animals that they are breeding, so do some research and talk to them to see if they have the specialist knowledge that may be required.
Owning any pet is a responsibility and exotic pets may have unusual requirements that you will need to be aware of. Do your research before you start looking for a particular pet to ensure that both you and the animal are a good fit for each other and that you are ready for what is involved with taking care of them. The last thing you want is to find yourself adding a new addition to the collection of abandoned and unwanted pets at pet shelters because you failed to consider the realities involved in owning an exotic pet.
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