The house is a little too cold and quiet, the winter holidays are over, Valentine’s Day looms like a horror movie villain. You’re tired of watching CSI by yourself, you need something to love unconditionally and your kids need to learn responsibility.
It’s clearly time to get a pet. Adoption is the most ethical route so you log into Petfinder.com or Adopt-A-Pet.com. And bam – it’s like online dating all over again. Page after page of sweet, side-eyed cats, dogs, chinchillas, pythons, and ferrets stare at you from poorly lit thumbnails, begging you to bring them home. You start clicking on every listing, eyes watering from the threats of execution looming over the little faces. It’s like the worst aspects of Match.com coupled with a search for a gynecologist in your provider network: too many choices, too many bad options, too many chances to do the wrong thing. You close your browser, no closer to bring a furry bundle of life into your dingy abode.