October, the spookiest month of the year, is full of frights and chilly weather, so we need to balance things out with some heart-warming, soul-healing photos. Don’t you think? Our animal-loving team here at Bored Panda knows exactly what’s going to do the trick. Prepare to have your hearts melt, Pandas, because it’s time for our monthly feature of the most wholesome, cutest, and most adorable rescue pet pics of the month.

There are, quite literally, millions of companion animals up for adoption around the globe. The United States alone has around 6.5 million new animals enter shelters yearly, around half of which are cats and half are dogs. Roughly 3.2 million animals get adopted each year, which is around half the total. However, the ASPCA notes that, sadly, 27 percent of cats and 20 percent of dogs that enter shelters end up being euthanized. 

Those people who choose to open up their hearts and homes and rescue a pet are worthy of a medal (chocolate or gold, depending on their preference). Scroll down to meet the heroes and the pets they adopted. Upvote the pics that made you smile and let us know which ones you’re planning on sharing with your friends. You’ll find Bored Panda’s recent lists of the cutest rescue animal pics here: September, August, July.

Meanwhile, Bored Panda wanted to learn more about how to tell if our beloved pets are feeling fine and how to help them keep them fit for years and years to come once they've settled in at their new forever homes, so we reached out to the PDSA vet charity, as well as certified cat behavior consultant Ingrid Johnson.

#1

Adopted An Older Kitty Who Had Been Returned To The Shelter A Few Times. I Think We've Bonded!

Adopted An Older Kitty Who Had Been Returned To The Shelter A Few Times. I Think We've Bonded!

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Susan Green
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2 months ago

I can’t understand why this sweetheart was returned to the shelter.

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#2

My Cat Is Absolutely Obsessed With Our New Kitten

My Cat Is Absolutely Obsessed With Our New Kitten

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

I gasped...I was so not expecting this level of bonding!

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#3

We Were Looking To Adopt An Older Cat Who Needed Spoiling. Ended Up With Gerald, An Fiv+ 5 Year Old Who Was Found As A Stray. Spoiling Commenced

We Were Looking To Adopt An Older Cat Who Needed Spoiling. Ended Up With Gerald, An Fiv+ 5 Year Old Who Was Found As A Stray. Spoiling Commenced

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

That is one relaxed kitty boy! His face is sheer ecstasy.

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This time around, we’re delving deep into the world of cats. (Doggos, buddies, we love you, too, but you're usually not as complicated as cattos.) Nina Downing, a vet nurse working with the PDSA, the UK’s leading vet charity, was kind enough to share with Bored Panda how we can recognize if our pets are feeling ill or simply a tad off. In this case, specifically how cats express this through their behavior and body language. Cats hide their weaknesses fairly well, so this is something that is important to keep in mind whether you’re rescuing your first pet or if you’ve been living together with adopted animals all your life.

“Cats are good at hiding when they feel weak, unwell, or have aches and pains, so the illness can be quite well established before we see more obvious signs,” PDSA Vet Nurse Nina warned.

#4

Welcome Home Ollie! I’ve Waited For You For A Very Long Time Kid. We Have The Same Adoption Day, Just 32 Years Apart

Welcome Home Ollie! I’ve Waited For You For A Very Long Time Kid. We Have The Same Adoption Day, Just 32 Years Apart

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Alexia
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2 months ago

"Your life needs some purrrfection, hooman"

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#5

Looking To Adopt A Rescue Was Told Black Dogs Are Overlooked Because People See Them As « Scary »…look At This Terrifying One!

Looking To Adopt A Rescue Was Told Black Dogs Are Overlooked Because People See Them As « Scary »…look At This Terrifying One!

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Pernille Dyre
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2 months ago

We have a black dog... only terrifying about him is that he disappears in dark and behind me 🙈🥰🤣

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#6

Adopt Seniors! We Got This 9 Year Old Gent On Saturday And He's Wonderful

Adopt Seniors! We Got This 9 Year Old Gent On Saturday And He's Wonderful

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Michelle M
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2 months ago

Señor husky. Very distinguished

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As such, owners need to be able to pick up on subtle hints and sneaky clues. And that means, well, it means keeping your eyes and ears open all the time. Your pets aren’t pieces of furniture that blend into the background: they’re our bestest friends who we have to take care of, who we have to constantly check in with.

“Picking up on subtle changes in your cat’s behavior can give you early warning signs that something is troubling your cat. As their owner, you will know your cat’s personality—some are confident, loving, and sociable while others may be nervous.”

#7

This Is Beau, I Adopted Him After He Came Through The Shelter I Work At. I Love His Ears

This Is Beau, I Adopted Him After He Came Through The Shelter I Work At. I Love His Ears

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

I love his ears too!

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#8

Hello!?!? A Friend Rescued Two Kittens From The Road A Few Days Ago

Hello!?!? A Friend Rescued Two Kittens From The Road A Few Days Ago

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Little tiny sweetie-babe...it doesn’t look like it’s even really old enough to have been weaned

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#9

Meet Kiba, A Feral Kitten I Adopted

Meet Kiba, A Feral Kitten I Adopted

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Kayla J
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2 months ago

That is the coolest colorblock I've seen on a cat

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According to vet nurse Nina, owners have to use their knowledge about a cat’s baseline behavior to then figure out if anything’s changed. This is actually why it’s incredibly important to learn as much as you can about a pet before adopting it from a shelter. The more you know, the more info you have access to, the quicker you can figure out if anything’s going wrong.

“If you see a change [in personality], it is important to look at why this might have happened. For example, if your cat suddenly seems less keen to go outside and seems to be staying at home more, this could be an indicator that he or she isn’t feeling 100%,” Nina said.

#10

I’ve Always Been Called A Cat-Person With Three In The Family Right Now, But I Recently Decided To Adopt A Puppy And I Think He’s Pretty Happy About It. Everyone Meet Disco!

I’ve Always Been Called A Cat-Person With Three In The Family Right Now, But I Recently Decided To Adopt A Puppy And I Think He’s Pretty Happy About It. Everyone Meet Disco!

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Kzincat
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2 months ago

Must boop nose.

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#11

Happy To Be Adopted

Happy To Be Adopted

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Kzincat
Community Member
2 months ago

That smile.

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#12

The Tiny Kitten I Saved. He's A Thief, He Stole My Heart And I'm Adopting Him

The Tiny Kitten I Saved. He's A Thief, He Stole My Heart And I'm Adopting Him

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope the two of you have a very, very happy and long life together. Be sure to get that eye taken care of...poor but lucky little dude!

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“When any animal is feeling under the weather, they will feel vulnerable as they’re less able to defend themselves or get themselves out of trouble. Hesitation in jumping up or a change in their favorite sleeping place can also be an indicator that something is amiss. They may have had a fall, or lost their balance and their confidence has been knocked, but equally, they may be feeling pain or discomfort.”

It’s not just sudden shifts in personality that we have to be aware of. Taking a sneak peek at our pets’ eating habits can yield a wealth of information about how they’re feeling. The biggest weapons in any good owner’s arsenal are keen observation (hello, Sherlock) and comparing new insights to past knowledge.

#13

Adopted This Senior Girl Yesterday. My Beautiful Lady

Adopted This Senior Girl Yesterday. My Beautiful Lady

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

Look how much she adores you already...I hope you get many, many happy years together!

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#14

She's *officially* Mine Now. My Twelve Year Old Newly Adopted Lady

She's *officially* Mine Now. My Twelve Year Old Newly Adopted Lady

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

What a little sweetie pie. Is she blind in one eye? I hope you get a lot of time together.

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#15

Just Adopted This 11 Y/O Good Boi

Just Adopted This 11 Y/O Good Boi

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Susan Green
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2 months ago

Thank you for adopting this senior dog.

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“If your cat starts to spill food when they’re usually tidy eaters, this may be because they’re experiencing discomfort when eating. If they’re choosing wet food over crunchy biscuits, this may indicate jaw, tooth, or gum pain,” PDSA vet nurse Nina gave Bored Panda a few examples of what this could mean.

Just like with eating, sleeping habits can also reveal more than you’d think. “Sleeping positions or resting positions can be telling too,” the animal health expert said.

#16

We’ve Adopted Him 3 Days Ago. The Derp Is Strong In This One

We’ve Adopted Him 3 Days Ago. The Derp Is Strong In This One

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like he’s got a fried chicken leg in his mouth...what is that? Also, does he have two different colored eyes or is that a trick of the light?

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#17

My Boyfriend And I Recently Adopted This Big Boy. He’s 2!

My Boyfriend And I Recently Adopted This Big Boy. He’s 2!

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

Congrats on your new big, big boy! He’s a real beauty and I hope all y’all have fantastic lives together. ♥️♥️♥️

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#18

Just Adopted This Little Carbon Copy Of Our Gamora

Just Adopted This Little Carbon Copy Of Our Gamora

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Inga Paškevičiūtė
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2 months ago

Sister from another mister

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“If your cat who usually tucks up like a little teapot starts sleeping in an awkward position, ask yourself why. Could they be sore in their usual position and this is relieving the pain?” Nina said that even sleeping positions can be telling.

“You know your cat and very often owners are able to pick up on health problems in their pets well before physical symptoms present themselves just by noticing subtle changes in their cat’s normal behavior.”

#19

My Partner And I Adopted Emma Today! She Is A 1yr Old Oriental

My Partner And I Adopted Emma Today! She Is A 1yr Old Oriental

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

She’s really, really, really very beautiful. She almost looks like a Serval.

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#20

I Wasn't Planning On Adopting A Kitten, But This One Stole My Hearth. Meet Frida. Her Favorite Toy Is A Shallot And She Farts When She Sleeps. It Smells A Bit Of Cheese

I Wasn't Planning On Adopting A Kitten, But This One Stole My Hearth. Meet Frida. Her Favorite Toy Is A Shallot And She Farts When She Sleeps. It Smells A Bit Of Cheese

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

What a teeny-tiny, itty-bitty beauty! ♥️

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#21

Adopted This Sweet Pea Yesterday

Adopted This Sweet Pea Yesterday

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

She’s so completely adorable that I just burst out laughing at the wonder of it.

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Meanwhile, certified cat behavior consultant Ingrid Johnson, the founder of Fundamentally Feline, gave Bored Panda some insights into how cats age and whether there’s anything that we can do to help them stay fit as kittens as time goes on.

According to Ingrid, we shouldn’t have any illusions that our beloved pets will always stay young. The reality is that we all get older, pet and human alike. “Everyone ages and cats are no exception,” she said that we have to face facts. However, the quality of our pets’ lives and whether they age gracefully is still up for grabs.

#22

I Found This Gorgeous Female Cat Today At Work. I Put Out Lost Animal Adverts But I'm Kind Of Hoping No One Claims Her... Because I Want To Adopt Her!

I Found This Gorgeous Female Cat Today At Work. I Put Out Lost Animal Adverts But I'm Kind Of Hoping No One Claims Her... Because I Want To Adopt Her!

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

Wowie-Zowie...she’s GLORIOUS!!!!

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#23

I’m A Trapper For A Cat Rescue And Sometimes You Just Can’t Say No. World, Meet Ranger

I’m A Trapper For A Cat Rescue And Sometimes You Just Can’t Say No. World, Meet Ranger

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

From the size of Ranger’s paws, you’re going to have a large cat in your house when he’s fully grown.

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#24

Here's My Rescue Dog Named Princess, It May Be Hard To Tell, But Her Ears Are Cut Off

Here's My Rescue Dog Named Princess, It May Be Hard To Tell, But Her Ears Are Cut Off

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Inga Paškevičiūtė
Community Member
2 months ago

Will never understand animal mutilation for some kind of a "look" for them. How about you mutilate yourself for a fad, but keep your hands off animals. Thanks.

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#25

I Adopted A One Eyed Dog, Everyone Said He Must Be A Pirate For Halloween

I Adopted A One Eyed Dog, Everyone Said He Must Be A Pirate For Halloween

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

One-eyed, and in all likelihood a real heart-thief!

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#26

My Rescue Bunny I Adopted This Friday. She’s A Sweetheart

My Rescue Bunny I Adopted This Friday. She’s A Sweetheart

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Lucifer
Community Member
2 months ago

That's not a bunny. It's a cuddly plush toy being posed to look like a bunny.

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#27

Mommy Just Got A New Pup. She Asked Me To Post A Picture On "Feddit" And Ask For Name Suggestions

Mommy Just Got A New Pup. She Asked Me To Post A Picture On "Feddit" And Ask For Name Suggestions

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Kayla J
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2 months ago

name him Feddit obviously.

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The main focus should be on keeping our cats’ “brain stimulated” and helping them be as active as they can, both physically and mentally. This way, “they can stay well-muscled and conditioned to maintain their stealth well into their senior years,” Ingrid said. “Twenty-year-old cats can still really move if they need to!” the cat behavior consultant added. This means that with the right care and attention, any pet that you rescue can keep your heart and your home full of light for many years to come. But it takes a lot of effort and energy on the owners’ part. I think they’d say it’s all very worth it.

#28

I Was Adopted Today. She Hid Under The Stove All Day Till I Gave Her Some Wet Cat Food. It Was Love At First Bite

I Was Adopted Today. She Hid Under The Stove All Day Till I Gave Her Some Wet Cat Food. It Was Love At First Bite

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CatGirl
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2 months ago

Just a big love bug!

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#29

I Adopted A Female Cat With Amputated Tail And Half Ear. She Was Found In A Car's Engine While She Was Probably Looking For Warm Shelter

I Adopted A Female Cat With Amputated Tail And Half Ear. She Was Found In A Car's Engine While She Was Probably Looking For Warm Shelter

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SussySingaporean01
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2 months ago

she's beautiful!!

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#30

Adopted Fizz Today

Adopted Fizz Today

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

Fizz is a complete beauty-babe!

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#31

Help Me Name This Handsome Boi (Currently In The Process Of Adopting Him); So Far I Was Thinking Gandalf [because White And Gray]

Help Me Name This Handsome Boi (Currently In The Process Of Adopting Him); So Far I Was Thinking Gandalf [because White And Gray]

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Dayyyyum, whisker king!!! Gandolf is a fine name

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#32

I Just Adopted This Beautiful Girl - World Meet Sooki

I Just Adopted This Beautiful Girl - World Meet Sooki

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CatGirl
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful eyes and the mouth of a (tidy) tiger!

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#33

This Little Guy Welcomed Himself Into My House The Other Day, I Took Him Back Over To The Neighbors. Well, This Morning He Came Back And I Asked If I Could Buy Him And They Just Gave Him To Me Lol. If Anyone Has An Idea Of The Breed Please Let Me Know

This Little Guy Welcomed Himself Into My House The Other Day, I Took Him Back Over To The Neighbors. Well, This Morning He Came Back And I Asked If I Could Buy Him And They Just Gave Him To Me Lol. If Anyone Has An Idea Of The Breed Please Let Me Know

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Kzincat
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2 months ago

Is cutie a breed?

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Meet Tartuffe! Adopted This "Approx" One Year Old Buddy From A Shelter, He Has Been Abandoned "Apparently Not Mistreated", No Microchip, Past Unknown. He Is Such A Good Boy. They Labelled Him As Pitbull Terrier By The Shelter Vet "Not Mixed". What's Your Opinion? Does He Look Like A Pure Pit?

Meet Tartuffe! Adopted This "Approx" One Year Old Buddy From A Shelter, He Has Been Abandoned "Apparently Not Mistreated", No Microchip, Past Unknown. He Is Such A Good Boy. They Labelled Him As Pitbull Terrier By The Shelter Vet "Not Mixed". What's Your Opinion? Does He Look Like A Pure Pit?

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

The tongue lolling up in the top right photo is THE BEST!

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#35

My Newly Adopted Goober Luna And Her Mini Luna

My Newly Adopted Goober Luna And Her Mini Luna

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Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Mid bunny kick

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#36

I Found This Cat In A Car Engine All By Herself. Any Name Ideas?

I Found This Cat In A Car Engine All By Herself. Any Name Ideas?

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s as if she was meant to be yours by heavenly FIAT

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#37

Somehow Adopted A Stray Kitten

Somehow Adopted A Stray Kitten

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

I’m sorry, but that baby’s too young to be away from its mother...are you certain she wasn’t around somewhere?

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#38

My Boyfriend And I Adopted Our First Pet Together, Today! This Is Goose!

My Boyfriend And I Adopted Our First Pet Together, Today! This Is Goose!

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

I hope the three of you have long lives together! Goose is absolutely Gorgeous.

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#39

Beautiful Stray Cat That Adopted Owners At An Auto Parts Shop Is Employee Of The Month

Beautiful Stray Cat That Adopted Owners At An Auto Parts Shop Is Employee Of The Month

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Mary Rose Kent
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2 months ago

That seems completely as it should be! What’s its name?

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#40

My New Kitten That I Adopted Today. He Fell Asleep Kneading And Purring. My Heart Is Going To Explode. I Love Him So Much

My New Kitten That I Adopted Today. He Fell Asleep Kneading And Purring. My Heart Is Going To Explode. I Love Him So Much

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SussySingaporean01
Community Member
2 months ago

Soo adorabubble

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#41

Brought This Little Girl Home The Other Day. Anyone Have Any Name Ideas?

Brought This Little Girl Home The Other Day. Anyone Have Any Name Ideas?

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

BETSY, as in Heavens to Betsy, she’s adorable!

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#42

Hi Everyone, Im Adopting This Sweet Deaf Girly Tomorrow. I've Never Had A Deaf Cat, Any Advice?

Hi Everyone, Im Adopting This Sweet Deaf Girly Tomorrow. I've Never Had A Deaf Cat, Any Advice?

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Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Associate food with flickering the lights. Since you can't rely on the sound of a food can or crinkle of treat bag.

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#43

Just Adopted This Proud Little Girl But Can't Think Of A Name!

Just Adopted This Proud Little Girl But Can't Think Of A Name!

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago

Start by looking at her and calling out names you think fit her. Whichever one she responds to is the one she’s chosen.

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#44

Two Of Our Cats Died Of Cancer Recently. And We Just Adopted This Cute Boy As A Friend For Our Lonely Cat. What Should We Name Him?

Two Of Our Cats Died Of Cancer Recently. And We Just Adopted This Cute Boy As A Friend For Our Lonely Cat. What Should We Name Him?

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Helen Haley
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2 months ago

He looks concerned about you.

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#45

This Is Frito. Adopted A Week Ago. Still Hiding All Day. Advice Welcome

This Is Frito. Adopted A Week Ago. Still Hiding All Day. Advice Welcome

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Susan Green
Community Member
2 months ago

I have had Guinea Pigs before. Get this sweetie another Guinea Pig to live with, and it will be much happier.

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