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I'd recommend getting a rescue if you can, maybe a dog. You'll feel great for doing it. Most people are inclined to go for kittens/puppies, but older animals need a loving home too. Definitely visit your local rescue shelters if you can and avoid buying from pet shops, which in many cases, do not comply with health regulations for animals and keep them in enclosures that are too small. This is especially the case with animals like hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.