my boyfriend and i are both 19 and college students. we recently found an apartment in new york city (where we both go to school) and are going to be living there. we decided that we want a pet (probably a cat, since a dog might not be happy in a small apartment), and we want to adopt from a shelter. how old do you have to be to adopt an animal? i vaguely remember it being 21. is that true? if so, what should we do?