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If you're looking for a new furry friend to snuggle up to and share your ice cream with, Lubbock has no shortage of pets available for adoption.

I've always thought that a mutt made the very best dog. There's no need to pay a ton of money for some special breed when there are plenty of wonderful dogs and cats that have been waiting for a furrrrrever home for far too long.

Here are a few great places where you can adopt a pet in the Lubbock area:

Lubbock Animal Shelter & Adoption Center: 3323 SE Loop 289

South Plains SPCA: 8901 US-87 Building 119

The Haven Animal Care Shelter: 4501 Farm to Market Rd 1729

Furry Godmother's Orphan Kitten Rescue: 3007 68th Street

If you're reading this article and you find yourself longing for a new friend, take that as a sign to adopt one. My cats are like my children and I can't imagine my life without them. They cheer me up when I'm sad, keep my butt warm at night by sleeping on it, and crack me up with their silly little personalities. Plus, pets are way cooler than people. They don't judge you for wearing your jammies all day long and they are always ready for snack time, even if you just had one 5 minutes ago. Win-win!

Please consider adopting a pet and also please remember that a pet is a lifelong responsibility. They are an addition to your family. They are your family. When times get tough, don't give up on them. They will never give up on you.

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