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Kailer Hansen, 3, snuggles a kitten on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2017 at the South Utah Valley Animal Shelter in Spanish Fork. Hansen's family has previously adopted two cats from the shelter in the past year.

Instead of going to pet shops or breeders, try visiting your local animal shelters first when searching for your next furry friend.

You can find animals available for adoption in Utah County at the following locations (plus keep an eye out for adoptable pets of the week printed in every Daily Herald Sunday paper):