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The act of permanently assuming responsibility for a pet from the original owner(s).

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New cat stressed

Hi I adopted a cat from the spca today who was abandoned. When we first picked him up he was super loving and was taking as much pets as he could. We placed him in a room and he was meowing and ...
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Advice for adopting a retired breeder dog

We have never had a dog in our family. One of the breeders of Australian labradoodles is trying to find a home for a 5 year old female. The fact that it’s a more mature dog and it is already house ...
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How can I ask my middle-aged cat if she'd accept another in the house?

Hazel is now around 12; middle-aged for a cat. She lived with her sibling Harry until we lost him, but she's had me to herself for several years now. It isn't clear whether Harry was a special case ...
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How long should it take my 7 year old adopted cat to seek affection and stop hiding all day

I have recently adopted a 7 year old cat who was (at his old home) been an incredibly affectionate Lap cat. He has been in our house for 1 week now and we let him out of his safe room on day 4. since ...
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Cat REALLY wants to leave his "safe" room after 1 day at our house

We got a Birman cat a day ago and he just sits at the door of his safe room at meows a majority of the time I'm sitting in his room. He will also come to me and wait for me to notice him and then walk ...
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How much is mobility problems a concern in declawed cats?

We are looking to adopt a cat, and a cat we may have the opportunity to adopt is actually already declawed. I'm of course against declawing cats, but I'm willing to consider taking in a declawed cat ...
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What to think about, if I want to adopt a second cat from a shelter?

I was thinking of new cat's adoption, but a bit afraid that my cat won't accept a new one. I don't want my cat to be jealous of a potential newcomer and take out aggression on him/her. How to ...
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New Cat! How can I help her become my friend? [duplicate]

I recently adopted a 2.5 year old cat from a rescue. What we did in preparation: Got her a litter box Arranged a bed for her to sleep on A separate space where she could be comfortable The rescue guy ...
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Help with a rescue

We got our rescue three days ago. We met him on summer, spent a week together, he was stray. He was rescued and a shelter/rescue agreed to keep him for us until we solved our living arrangements to ...
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Shy dog won't walk on leash

In short: What are some "tricks" to get an extremely timid dog, that is impounded, to walk on a leash and go outside? In long: At the dog pound that I volunteer at we have a dog (Dakota) ...
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Info i should collect before giving the cat to new owner

I just found a kitty in the road and brought it home i already have a cat so my parents forbade me to keep this one, i found this guy who is my friend's friend and he is ready to adopt this kitten,...
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Entropion with a possible adopted dog

I am new to dog ownership and we're looking for an adult dog to adopt. We found a 6-year-old Chow Collie with a clean bill of health and that we are seriously considering. He has one eye with an ...
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I’ve taken in a neglected cat; should I take the cat when I’m moving out in a month? [closed]

I’ve lived in a flat for almost 12 months now and I met this cat the day I viewed the property, since that day he has spent every day and night at mine, and we are so in love. The issue is that for a ...
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What would be a good breed of dog for a first time owner?

My wife and I just bought a new house and we're interested in getting a dog companion. Problem is that neither of us has had a dog before and we're a bit uncertain what would be a good choice. The ...
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Do shelters allow you to adopt cats temporarily until someone agrees to take them permanently?

If there isn't enough space in the shelter, this seems like a solution, doesn't it? What is this practice called, if it exists?
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What causes my dog to regularly "meet" me coming up the stairs, walk past me going down and then circle back and follow me up

What causes my dog to regularly "meet" me coming up the stairs, walk past me going down and then circle back and follow me back up. And the same thing when I go downstairs. If she is already ...
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How do I identify a good site/app for pet adoption?

How do I identify a good site/app for pet adoption? Are there any examples for good sites/apps? Either for finding a pet to adopt, or for putting up a pet for adoption.
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Attachment Issues in Adopted Dog

I'm a dog trainer, and I have been working with a family that adopted a 2-year-old dog from a shelter not too long ago. The dog is very well-behaved and is responding well to training, but the family ...
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Where is the best place to search for recommendations on reputable dog breeders?

We are not interested in adopting. Places we have tried: Petfinder (little success), Yelp (little success), Nextdoor (little success). Respectful, helpful, reputable breeder-focused recommendations ...
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How to stop adopted stray/feral cat from scratching trees?

I'm in New Zealand. The cat (probably female), has been with us for 5 years, but my parents are sick of her killing our trees with her claws. We think she was abandoned by her previous owners and ...
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Is it a responsible action to adopt a starving kitten when I live in a very small place?

Recently, I expressed to a friend my reservations in adopting one of the starving kittens badly needing someone to take care of them, due to my worries that it will ultimatly be miserable living in my ...
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Should we try to adopt wild kittens?

Background About 3-4 months ago, a wild cat gave birth to four kittens, likely somewhere near to our house. We first noticed them meowing and then managed to spy them playing in the overgrown bamboo ...
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How do I know if the dogs are playing too rough

I have American Staffy female rescue from the pound 5 months a go friendly with other dogs love the play yesterday got rescue Staffy shorter breed both same age he's a male he's very friendly as well ...
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Stray cat and indoor cat [duplicate]

Six months ago I moved to North Carolina. In august I noticed a beautiful stray with two colored eyes. At first I’d have to throw chicken into the woods for him because he would not come close. Over ...
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I rehomed my dog’s puppy and I’ve been emotional

After I release two of my dog’s puppy I became too emotional that I really feel depressed. I always thought that they might feel alone and look for their mother and siblings and also our family became ...
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My adopted dog of 3 weeks moves my shoes around

A few weeks ago we adopted a beautiful 2-3 year old puppy: an equal mix-breed of collie and Shepherd, named Wishbone. The shelter said they got him from another shelter out of state. All they knew was ...
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Foster Agency Not Taking Back Dog

I have kept a ~50 lb Husky/GSD named George for several months now. He was originally kept by an animal hoarder with 50 other dogs. Although he was initially very timid, he became moderately reactive ...
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Seeking advice on managing and adopting a stray cat

I live with 2 cats in a quiet residential area in Tokyo. For the past few months, a stray cat keeps coming to our house and I've been feeding him everyday. He spends most of a day in our backyard ...
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Newly adopted dog shows aggression

I just adopted a terrier mix about a week ago. When I brought him home he was calm probably due to him being neutered the day before. A couple days passed and he was calm and allowed me to touch him ...
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HELP my very newly adopted cat hasn’t eaten, drinkin and pooped in the first 12 hours [duplicate]

My new adopted cat Luna hasn’t done any of the three things listed above she’s hiding under my bed and growls and hisses whenever she sees me or my feet if she doesn’t eat within 24 hours should I be ...
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Should I adopt a stray kitten even if it's too much responsibility?

I have been feeding a group of stray cats for a while, particularly an orphan kitten because she is very skinny. I don't have the heart to part with her. She does not come forward to eat along with ...
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Integrating a kitten - meowing back

We've recently gotten a (10 week old) kitten and we're trying to integrate her into the household. There is already an adult cat in the house, but we haven't arrived at the point of introducing them ...
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Is this normal first day home behavior for my kitten, or should I be concerned?

My girlfriend and I received a kitten last night from a neighbor whose cat had a litter. It's my first cat (first interactive pet), but she's had experience in the past. According to our neighbor, our ...
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How to take care of community dog?

Scenario I live in a college campus, where stray animals are not hurt as compared to outside so even peacocks can be friendly. So there's no question of the dog biting me (I also pet only interested ...
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Is black cat hard to get adopted?

I watched YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK9s67TsICs At 5:59 He said black cat is hard to get adopted. Is black cat ugly or something? Actually, where I live, some people do not like ...
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Accommodations for a dog that is missing teeth

I'm looking at adopting a dog. A shelter had removed most or all of the teeth from the dog's lower jaw (there may be a couple of teeth left). Some teeth may be missing from the upper jaw as well. ...
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Is it ok to adopt a kitten if you have a murderous cat?

So my sister wants to adopt a little kitten that is roughly 3 weeks old. My fear is, our cat is somewhat of a murderer. He just kills for fun and not eating. You may see him hunt a rat, slash the ...
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Recently adopted 4 month old pomeranian puppy, I am concerned about his behavior

He is a 4 month unneutered male pomernanian. He seems to have a lot of energy and wants to socialize and play all the time. He isn't trained the way he should've been. I have had him for a week now. ...
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Adopted a brother and sister cat. The sister won't stop squeaking and meowing at night

Little bit of background. I just adopted a pair of 11-month old cats, brother and sister. Up until they moved in with me, they were living in a foster home along with their mother. Upon arriving at ...
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Homes needed in June [closed]

My "abandoned kitty" of poss under 12 months ,moved in and now has 3 adorable kittens. So what do I do. Mum trusts me and now I adore her. Help. Need to home the 3 in Orihuela Costa Spain. They will ...
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How to take proper care of a Javanese Jungle Scorpion?

My local pet store has recently brought an adult Javanese Jungle Scorpion. It is very beautiful and I am planning to buy it. Please advice me on how to set up proper environment and properly take care ...
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How to convince people not to buy, but adopt

I live in India where there are significant numbers of local dogs in need of adoption into loving homes. However many of the people looking to get a dog are instead more focused on purchasing ...
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Protective Dog or Aggressive Dog

We rehomed an abandoned bitch (Labrador/Staff X) around 6 months ago. She has always been very protective of my fiancee (female) and children (2/4). This has gotten to the point that if I play even ...
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How do I make an untamed kitten friendly with humans?

An untamed cat along with 2 kittens started coming to our house often. After a month or so the cat and a kitten left but another kitten started staying in our place. I used to offer milk and some ...
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How do I adopt a family of kittens when their feral mother is aggressive?

Some pet cat, who lives outside independently, gave birth at my stairs. I tried to get close but the mother cat got very aggressive. So I want to know or learn how to get close to these kind of cats ...
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How do I get ready for my first dog?

A good friend of mine is getting very sick (kidney disease. :( ) and is having to give up his dogs, including a 1 year old Cheweenie mix named Titan that I'm adopting, initially out of guilt but he's ...
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First time owning a cat

This is the first time I have a cat in my life. She is almost 10 months. She came home yesterday and she was wandering around the house, which has a litter box, food, and water. This morning, I ...
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My kitten licks me constantly, should I be worried?

I got a 12 week old kitten about two weeks ago, he seems like he's settled in nicely. (He's always sitting around me, when I'm home), but he's constantly licking me every time he's near me, like every-...
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Is it OK to adopt unknown breeds?

I thank you all in advance for your answers. I am a dog-lover and I'm going to adopt my first dog in a few weeks (I couldn't do so before because of lack of time and space) Now I'm wondering if is it ...
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My cat claws my face when snuggling and keeps waking me up

About 2 months ago I agreed to foster a feline leukemia positive cat because I love cats, own none (feline leukemia is highly contagious between cats so I was the perfect candidate for fostering since ...