Words can't describe just how much our pets mean to us.

They're our best friends, close companions, and often (scratch that, always) better listeners than people . A pet can bring so much joy to your life, enriching it for the better.

We'd never pass up the chance to brag about our pets and how cute they are. Here is a picture of this writer's cat. Her name is Emmie, and she deserves to be bragged about all the time. Why? Just look at her. She's precious.

Megan Murphy, Townsquare Media
Megan Murphy, Townsquare Media
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The decision to adopt an animal is a big one. Before visiting your local animal shelter, it's important to truly consider the commitment involved in being a pet parent, whether that concerns time, money, logistics, your stage of life, etc. It's critical to not be impulsive, even though we know it's fun to imagine bringing a four-legged friend into your home.

Anyway, once you have decided on adopting a pet and purchased the necessary supplies, the next step is to find your new friend. Luckily, the Granite State has plenty of animal shelters with an abundance of dogs, cats, and other animals ready for you to meet. Somewhere out there is a good boy or girl who just might wind up becoming your bestie.

We know that there are unfortunately some sketchy, inhumane pet stores out there that shouldn't be supported. So, we reached out to locals to ask about some of the best animal shelters in the state of New Hampshire. Let's take a look at their recommendations.

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