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Pet prep

For families, a bit of research, training before adopting cat, dog can lead to long, happy union

Posted: June 18, 2014 at 2:02 a.m.

Huntley, 3, (left), Max, 4, and Morgan McGeorge, 9, get to know Jude at Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals.Adoption monitors watch children interact during such visits; if parents don’t correct mistreatment, CARE denies the adoption.

Parents considering adding a pet to the family may have a vision of Rover romping through the park with little Jimmy and Suzie -- a loyal, trusted friend and playmate like Old Yeller. Before the rabies.

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