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review QUeStionS
1. Are there unwanted animals in your area? What happens to them?
Does a problem exist with unwanted animals? What should be done to
correct the problem?
2. What are the questions one should ask before obtaining a pet?
3. What are four sources from which you can obtain pets? What are the
advantages and disadvantages of each source?
4. What are some of the various lifestyles that people have? What pets
might best fit those lifestyles?
5. What are some other costs of owning a pet besides the initial purchase
price?
6. What lessons can children learn from having a pet? Are there other
lessons not listed in the text?
7. Do animals have personalities? What are some of the personalities you
have observed?
8. What are some animal fads or status animals of recent years, other
than those mentioned in the text?
9. What do we mean by responsible pet ownership?
10. What do we mean by the terms spay and neuter? Should we have our
pets spayed and/or neutered?
11. What are the benefits of pets to the elderly?
12. What are some of the therapeutic uses of pets?
13. What is euthanasia, and why should it be considered by a pet owner?
How would you counsel someone who is dealing with the loss of a pet?

SUGGeSteD aCtivitieS
1. With the approval of the instructor, invite pet shop owners, various pet
breeders, and animal shelter personnel to your class to make presentations.
2. Visit a local animal shelter or Humane Society shelter. What type of
animals do they take in? Are they a "no-kill" shelter? How many animals do they take in during a week, month, or year? What is their success rate on adoptions? How many are euthanized?
3. Visit a veterinarian and discuss the process of euthanasia and how pet
owners facing the loss of a pet are counseled. Report the information
back to the class.
4. Choose one breed from each of the following AKC groups: Sporting,
Toy, and Terrier. Make a chart that compares the following aspects of
each breed: size, grooming needs, exercise needs, health risks associated
with the breed, training ease, and any purpose for which they may be
used. Discuss which would NOT be a good fit for your family and why.
5. Calculate the total number of cats that can populate over a five-year
timeframe beginning with one unspayed female cat. Take into account
that all her kittens are maturing and reproducing along with her. Use the

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