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I love looking at other animals at my local shelter's website. My shelter is really big and only list five pages at a time on petfinder of their featured animals, but I love looking at the website. I usually look at cats, since I know those are the animals I'd be most likely to adopt, since I've had a lot of cats before and right now I only have one at my house. It makes me so sad sometimes, though, reading their stories, seeing their personalities in pictures and descriptions. Like people that bring them back to the shelter because they didn't get along with other cats. I've had so many cats at one time, and none of them have liked each other right away. Cats have attitude, and sometimes it can take months before they begin to get along and stop fighting. One cat, in particular, is so adorable and looks so scared in her pictures. She cowers in her litter box with her eyes wide in all of them. Her description says that when her past owners adopted kids, the cat didn't adapt well to the change. That makes me so upset that she'd be pushed out by a new adoption, I think they should've worked better with the cat and the children than to just throw her in the pound. She isn't described as vicious or anything, so my guess is she was probably just scared to encounter new kids out of nowhere in her home and just didn't adjust yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
Another cat, a stray, was shot with an arrow and is now recuperating. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> That makes me so sad that people could do that, but by pictures and descriptions on his page, he seems like such a happy cat, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Anyways, I was wondering if anyone else does this? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I love reading the animals stories and seeing their individual personalities, but I wish I could just adopt them all! If I visited the shelter in person to see them, I don't know how I could walk out without adopting one.
 

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I do! All the time.
 

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Shooting a cat with an arrow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> why would anyone do that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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No I don't. I can't. I'm still thinking about the cats I did see both online and at the shelter when I was looking for my cats. I wonder (and worry) about them and hope they got good homes. I'll always wonder about my two kitties male litter mates also.<br><br>
For me it's too heartbreaking. I know I'm not the only one. Once at our PAWS thrift, one of the volunteers at the store said "this is as close as I can get or I can't take it"
 

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I do it all the time. I want to adopt dogs as soon as I move into my own place (a good three years away at least) and at first I was researching dog rescues locally to volunteer at, and then I kept checking the ones I wasn't volunteering at to get an idea of what type of dogs wind up in rescue centres - ages, breeds, tempermants, backgrounds, etc. Now I just keep checking, part habit, part fantasy because I can't wait to adopt a dog, I guess.
 

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I do it all the time. I want to adopt dogs as soon as I move into my own place (a good three years away at least) and at first I was researching dog rescues locally to volunteer at, and then I kept checking the ones I wasn't volunteering at to get an idea of what type of dogs wind up in rescue centres - ages, breeds, tempermants, backgrounds, etc. Now I just keep checking, part habit, part fantasy because I can't wait to adopt a dog, I guess.</div>
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I have wanted to adopt a dog for a while and I do the same. I checked the Battersea website yesterday in fact.
 

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If there was any chance for me to adopt anything else than a cat or a dog - then yes, I would do it.
 

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The minute I get my own house I can't wait to adopt a dog. I don't think I could choose though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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no, it's too hard breaking. i read all these stories and know that at the moment i can't have another pet, so i think how these poor animals will probably be in the shelter for years
 

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Shooting a cat with an arrow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> why would anyone do that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></div>
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Kris, I have bad news for you. People can be total smeg heads at times, and this was one of those times.<br><br>
To the OP, no, I don't. We have a cat and 3 dogs. We don't need any more pandemonium in our house.
 

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I look at the shelter website, and especially greyhound and azawakh rescues. I don't look at organizations that put graphic commericals on the tele because it doesn't encourage adoptions, just makes some people feel like shelter animals are sick or abused. Those that show happy healthy companions make people think they are giving a second chance to a needing pet, one they will bring home to become a member of the family and love for many years to come. People respond well to the positive and I am no different.<br><br>
I have a 5 year old black cat now that I care for deeply. She lived with a relative while I was in the process of moving, and hated being with other felines. She has preferred to be an only cat simce her buddy passed away in 2007. She also used to dislike dogs and does good with them. Goes to show how we all change. When I finish my degree, I will adopt a greyhound or azawakh then, but right now its a matter of being responsible and knowing my lifestyle isn't right for another 4 legged family member. So, the short is yes, but shelters should be clean, well kept, using volunteers, fosters and the rescue railroad.
 

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I look almost every day, even though we have three dogs and are not looking to add to the family. I have a habit of pointing out animals to my friends, family, and coworkers, and have even fascilitated some adoptions! Matchmaking!
 

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Not as a rule. I don't want to torture myself. At the moment, I only have 1 cat (if you're not counting the fish); she's about 16 years old and I'm (successfully) battling fleas right now. I'm not in the market for another adoptee at the moment, but I think I'd like to get into fostering with the local cat and rabbit shelters in my area someday.
 
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