Animals can come into someone's life as a pet, through a chance encounter in the wild, by receiving a bite or injury from a creature or even in dreams. People can also find inner spirit animals by researching which animals have qualities that they want to emulate or invoke in their own character and life. Learning about the animal in world mythology is also valuable.<
Finding an inner spirit animal is a very personal quest that can involve chance encounters with animals and researching various animals. Many people have more than one spirit animal that are used at different times and for different reasons.