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Q: How did you pick your special pet?

October 9, 2008 | By Cindy | 36 answers | Expired: 2246 days ago

Cindy

Was it the eyes? The attitude? Something indescribable? How did you decide whether to adopt or buy from a breeder?

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Amanda R.
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Oct 17, 2008

I would absolutely NEVER buy from a breeder. I'm a volunteer at a local shelter and have been to many, and there are millions of dogs without homes and are killed EVERYDAY in this world. I've rescued 6 animals--5 dogs and 1 fish--and I've always been strong on the saying that you don't choose the right animal for you, THEY choose you. I am a firm believer that, just like people, when you see/find that special one, you just know. I've also taken into consideration their history (like if they've had a bad life & you know you can give them better), how long they've been at the shelter (you want to give a home to one that's been homeless for a while) and also which personality/attitude will be best for your other pets. Do the right thing and adopt and spay and neuter!

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Laura A.
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Oct 13, 2008

I had always wanted to adopt my first dog because I wanted to give one a home that really needed it. So I spent over a year on petfinder.com looking for a black and white male Siberian Husky. I met a few possibles before I found the perfect pup. He was adorable, in a high kill shelter and in need of a home fast. I sent out an email request for him right then and there. But then I was told another shelter was taking them and was going to foster them. Once I found the new shelter I discovered that they were doing adoptions only five minutes from my parents house. I took it as a sign. The next sign came when out of the seven pups, only one male black and white and two all white females made it. (They were almost three months, weighted 6 pounds, had worms and some of the other puppies in the litter died.) It took three more weeks for him to get healthy enough to go home with me and the snow storms to pass so I could drive up there. But the instant I saw him I felt a connection and knew that that was my puppy.

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Shorehousechic
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Oct 13, 2008

I *definitely* agree...Maggie picked me! I went to the shelter to drop off donations -- which I had done several times before without incident -- and made eye contact with this one dog. Every single dog in the shelter was barking but her. She was looking me right in the eyes with a furrowed brow, and when I got closer she raised her paw to give me a sort-of "high five." I looked at the little card attached to her cage and she had just been found...on my birthday!! Guess who got the best birthday gift EVER last year? :-) We didn't go in to the decision lightly, though. We both work, live in an apartment – there were many things we took into consideration to be sure we were doing the right thing for us and the dog. I’m glad we thought everything into consideration, and happy how everything worked out for all of us.

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tania b.
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Oct 12, 2008

i think pets pick thier adopters. I run a horse rescue and after talking to a potentail adopter i can usually pick their horse before they ever arrive. adopting is not for everyone, most rescues retain ownership and some people don't like that..they prefer to own thier pet but others like the idea of adoption because if for some reason they can no longer keep thier pet it has a safe place to return to people who care about it and already know it.

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Chris M.
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Oct 12, 2008

I decided to adopt from a shelter because I wanted to help an animal and didn't want to assist the retail pet market. The shelters usually have people who personally know their animals and help you find the best match for you. Also, the shelters usually spay/neuter, and vaccinate the animals, so you're saving money. The donation will always be less than the cost of those things at a vet!

As for how to pick...my cat picked me. It's funny because I wanted a black kitten, and picked up almost every one at the shelter, but didn't "connect" with any. When I talked to the adoption counselor, she brought me to a cage of one I skipped because he was a little bit homely. Wouldn't you know, he's the one I took home 10 years ago! And he turned into a big beauty. He had me convinced in less than a minute.

Good luck! And please let me know how you do.

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Sarah B.
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Oct 12, 2008

All our pets except 1 picked us. They were strays needing love. Our Miniature Schnauzer ran out in front of our vehicle & nobody ever claimed her. Some were thrown into the highway in front of us (our two cats). I would say if you adopt definately chose a shelter animal. They are in need of love & not all shelters are no-kill if you know what I mean. Best of luck in your search for your perfect pet!

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Ashley W.
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Oct 12, 2008

I think adopting from a local shelter is the way to go. And for knowing which one was the "special" pet, I think is definately a feeling you get. When I saw Tigger I instantly knew that he was the cat for me. I think if you go through your shelter and you see the pet for you, that you will just know that they belng in your home. Just be careful not to look to hard or you may end up with more then you wanted!

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Michelle S.
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Oct 12, 2008

I have adopted multiple pets.

I adopted Oliver, my kitty, from PAL on my birthday several years back. I was never really fond of black and white, long-haired cats, but he was so cute. He wasn't a small kitten and was already about 6 months old and I fell in love with his personality. He was playful and trying to grab my hair through the kennel. To this day he hasn't stopped purring which is one of the most soothing sounds to me.

I adopted a mustang mare named Nicky from Mustang-Spirit. You could look into her incredibly sweet eyes and just see a horse with a heart of gold. She looked like a horse that I had growing up and I just felt close to her. She took a liking to me too and I think that I made her feel safe. Unfortunately she came with a lot of other baggage and after 4 years of trying to train her and multiple visits to the emergency room I decided to return her in the hopes that a better match would be found. Just last week she found a new forever home with our first trainer who had always loved her.

My most recent adopted kid is my horse, Logan. I had been involved with Mustang-Spirit since I adopted Nicky and joined their email group. They happened to be a pick up location for people who purchased PMU (pregnant mare's urine for Premarin) foals. There were 3 extra babies shipped to make a full truck and Logan happened to be one of them. I met him when I was up helping a friend find a horse, but I ended up falling in love with this little ball of scruffy black and white fur. He wasn't much to look at back then, but he didn't want anything to do with me since he was completely wild. I couldn't even get him to come to me with a carrot. I had raised a young horse before and wanted to see what I could do as far as training with a fresh slate. I left the rescue that day just "thinking" about it, but couldn't get the little bugger out of my head. I ended up adopting him a month later and paid his adoption fee with an incentive award from work. He is now one heck of a horse and I am so glad that I looked beyond the way that his appearance. I guess with him I just wanted to prove that I could be successful training a horse that didn't have any previous issues/emotional scars.

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LolCatz
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Oct 12, 2008

I got my cat, China from the SPCA (NZ version of ASPCA). I really wanted a dog but it wouldn't have been practical. So I insisted on adopting a cat. We got an adult instead of a kitten because they have a harder time getting chosen, plus their personality is already determined! China is extremely sweet and I think she is grateful that we adopted her.

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Melwarner26
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Oct 11, 2008

haha wow, I totally read the question wrong. I thought you were asking for advice on which one to go to! oops.

My cat Tabby was a foster that my parents had that my boyfriend and I just fell in love with!

Riley...when walking through the runs at our local pound he was such a sweety. He wasnt barking and going crazy like the other dogs. He was up on the gate just wagging his tail. Once we took him out into the playroom, we just feel in love! I never thought I would adopt an adult dog (we were looking for a puppy), but he just stole our hearts.

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