Becky Hardin, University of Arizona Global Campus
This friend to felines everywhere learned on the job at an animal shelter before becoming an expert.
Angelica Rovinski, Arcadia University
Hamsters are among the most popular pet rodents, but they’re unexpectedly needier and less cuddly than these furry friends.
Beth Nipper, University of Iowa
Undomesticated animals like foxes and tigers have gained popularity as pets on social media, but these creatures are ultimately better suited to life in the wild.
Here’s a guide to picking your next four-legged pal.
Lauren Sung, University of Georgia
This saltwater aquarium staple has long since invaded the American coastline. Here’s how it happened, why it’s a problem, and what people are doing to try and fix it.
Beth Jordan, Aquinas College
Just because these aquatic pals need less attention than a cat or dog does not mean they are easy to take care of. Get ready to do some hefty research and set up a proper living space.
Samantha Havela, University of Michigan
These pups are blowing up on social media for their apparent abilities to communicate with their owners.
Hannah Reynoso, University of Iowa
From a robotic dog to a miniature WALL-E lookalike, these cute devices will keep you company while you’re getting your work done.
Make sure you have a fitting home for your new aquatic friend.
Bradford Smith, Louisiana State University
It’s a big responsibility, so don’t let your furry (or scaly) friend down.
Janani Mangai Srinivasan, Wake Forest University
The adrenaline rush of breaking rules is fun, just remember to stay safe.
Janella Tibbetts, Framingham State University
Exactly what is it about them that makes us love them so much?
Cameron Rapata, Columbia College Chicago
There’s nothing wrong with adopting dogs, but now is not the time.
Lauren Prestia, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Your next furry companion will thank you.
Jillian Morris, Chapman University
Petlessness can be difficult for any animal-lover, but you can overcome.
Maya Butler, Baylor University
It’s Tinder — for pets!
Kaitlyn Quinn, Seton Hall University
Good boys and good girls across the world have the internet to thank for soaring pet-adoption rates.
Ellyot Chen, Pasadena City College
After losing her cat in a car accident, Blythe Serrano hopes to prevent others experiencing such a loss by creating a light-up collar for dogs and cats.
Brittany Sodic, University of North Texas
Especially when the stresses of school seem all-consuming, having a pet can help some students stay grounded.
Nicole Fryer, University of Pittsburgh
If you’re in the market for an untraditional pet that’s still dorm-sized, here’s everything you need to know about bunny maintenance.
Shannon Mondesir, Brooklyn College
Studies have shown that children raised with animals in their homes are healthier, both physically and emotionally.
D'Ariel Myrick, University of Georgia
Through fostering Captain, a dog with swimmer-puppy syndrome, Vickers has been inspired to help other disadvantaged pups.
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