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There's a running joke about me at work. I'm the guy that's known for giving animals away. Partly, because I have a big heart, and I'm an impulse buyer. To date, I've given my fellow employees, two dogs, two cats and a bird of some kind. It's almost like the previous animal owners can see me coming from a mile away.

I remember one year, I was working a live broadcast at an animal college here in Boise. When I walked into the back, I noticed a parrot. We locked eyes, and I went to go pick it up. He jumped onto my arm without hesitation. The people in charge of taking care of it told me he never does that with anyone (yeah right) and I must be "special." $400 later the bird was mine, and I took him home. Except the parrot didn't like me, the thing was the meanest animal I've ever owned. It was less than a week before I gave him to a friend. The point? You should spend time with animals before you bring them home.

Luckily for you, if you're considering a new anmial, but you are not quite sure, the Idaho Humane Society has it's "Meet a Pet" event. It's a good way to learn about what it's like to own a pet without actually owning one.

The event takes place at the Meridian Libary District Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:05 PM and is free to the public.

Meridian Library District
1326 W. Cherry Lane
Meridian, ID 83642