Pet care is a big commitment. Talk with a veterinarian and other animal-care specialists to learn about the pet’s needs. Never adopt a pet on impulse. Dogs vary by size and temperament, so consult a vet or pet adoption service for a breed that’s suitable for you. You can also research breeds at the American Kennel Club website (akc.org), dogbreedinfo.com and dogtime.com/matchup.
Learn and obey leash rules, licensing and vaccination laws. Consult Animal Care Services or see Animal Laws at sanantonio.gov/animalcare for information.