When a pet store's customers met their new pets, they had no idea they'd come from shelters.

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    May 10, 2015 2:58 PM GMT
    We think we get something better by paying more for it. But not this time.

    Turns out it's about the emotional connection, not the pedigree.

    A video from Associação Quatro Patinhas tells the story of an animal-loving pet store in Brazil. The store decided to see if they could get some shelter animals adopted by presenting them to customers as if they were animals for sale. They wondered if it might make them seem more desirable.

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    http://www.upworthy.com/when-a-pet-stores-customers-met-their-new-pets-they-had-no-idea-theyd-come-from-shelters

    "Better than buying a life is saving one."
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    May 10, 2015 7:37 PM GMT
    Cool post. I'm going to be in the market for a pair of cats soon and plan to check all the local shelters first.

    A friend of mine who's a natural w/ animals - he should have been a vet, but ended up running a beauty salon! - said the best way to find a compatible shelter cat is to squat and get down on their level, and then see which, if any, come to you on their own w/o prompting. His cats have always been winners. Anyone else have any tips for getting a cool cat?
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    May 10, 2015 7:56 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidCool post. I'm going to be in the market for a pair of cats soon and plan to check all the local shelters first.

    A friend of mine who's a natural w/ animals - he should have been a vet, but ended up running a beauty salon! - said the best way to find a compatible shelter cat is to squat and get down on their level, and then see which, if any, come to you on their own w/o prompting. His cats have always been winners. Anyone else have any tips for getting a cool cat?

    Let it lick your face.
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    May 10, 2015 9:00 PM GMT
    I have two cats, and always get them middle-aged from the shelter. When I pick one out, I usually go twice, on different days, and try to interact with the cats. If a cat is interested in me both days, I'm pretty sure I have a winner. After all it's know that cats pick their humans, and not the other way around.
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    May 11, 2015 12:48 AM GMT
    Whipmagic saidI have two cats, and always get them middle-aged from the shelter. When I pick one out, I usually go twice, on different days, and try to interact with the cats. If a cat is interested in me both days, I'm pretty sure I have a winner. After all it's know that cats pick their humans, and not the other way around.


    Good idea - hadn't thought of that, but it makes perfect sense. As for the face licking, I've been known to lick right back! Which reminds me, any preference for male v. female cats? Spaying/neutering's a given and these will be house cats. I like Bengals, Abbys, Occicats, and kick-ass Tabbys!
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    May 11, 2015 12:55 AM GMT
    Love this thread. It kills me that people still go to pet shops to buy dogs and cats when so many are being euthanised.

    "Lives should be saved....not purchased."
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    May 11, 2015 2:13 AM GMT
    Big Box Stores Petco and PetSmart have been partnering with local shelters and frequently have rescued cats for adoption in their stores.
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    May 11, 2015 3:46 AM GMT
    mx5guynj saidBig Box Stores Petco and PetSmart have been partnering with local shelters and frequently have rescued cats for adoption in their stores.

    In my area, these stores have rescued dogs and cats for adoption, but they come from rescue organizations with foster homes and not shelters.
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    MGINSD saidCool post. I'm going to be in the market for a pair of cats soon and plan to check all the local shelters first.

    A friend of mine who's a natural w/ animals - he should have been a vet, but ended up running a beauty salon! - said the best way to find a compatible shelter cat is to squat and get down on their level, and then see which, if any, come to you on their own w/o prompting. His cats have always been winners. Anyone else have any tips for getting a cool cat?


    I have two cats that are brother and sister, and my sister left them here and doesn't take good care of them. They basically have no life but they're affectionate and have personality. They're not kittens but they're under 10 years old.

    She doesn't get them adopted or find people to take them so they live in the basement. We have two male cats upstairs, and one of them is the father. He would fight with them so we brought him upstairs to separate them.
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    May 11, 2015 2:39 PM GMT
    Excellent post, it shows much.... glad you shared!
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    May 11, 2015 3:30 PM GMT
    I've never had the luxury of going to looking for a cat they find me.

    I currently have the first kitten I have ever had in my life. The vet in town is a friend and knew I was a soft touch and called me (5 months ago) saying a kitten (16 weeks) was dropped on her. A very young couple (teenage parents) in town were going to be evicted if they didn't get rid of the kitten. She came home w/me. She's adorable. Where ever I am there she is and her markings make her look like she is wearing a tuxedo. Her functional name is PUNK! as she is into everything but technically her name is Mar short for Marlena (Dietrich).

    A lot of pets and particularly cats get dropped here at the ranch. They usually don't last long and get hit up on the road or picked off by coyotes. I have salvaged quite a few but unfortunately in my experience a pet someone is willing to drop has been poorly treated and isn't easily befriended and salvageable. I keep trying. Have had several excellent success stories though.

    In rural areas and with the old time ethic of the working ranch families pets didn"t come inside (cow dogs and barn cats) and were a tool or working asset but disposable/easily replaceable at the same time.

    I have had 2 tom cats w/o issue but know of several friends who had Toms who sprayed in the house. Ask your vet but I think if you de-nut them way young they wont develop that behavior(?).
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    May 11, 2015 3:48 PM GMT
    Kev1962 saidI've never had the luxury of going to looking for a cat they find me.

    I currently have the first kitten I have ever had in my life. The vet in town is a friend and knew I was a soft touch and called me (5 months ago) saying a kitten (16 weeks) was dropped on her. A very young couple (teenage parents) in town were going to be evicted if they didn't get rid of the kitten. She came home w/me. She's adorable. Where ever I am there she is and her markings make her look like she is wearing a tuxedo. Her functional name is PUNK! as she is into everything but technically her name is Mar short for Marlena (Dietrich).

    A lot of pets and particularly cats get dropped here at the ranch. They usually don't last long and get hit up on the road or picked off by coyotes. I have salvaged quite a few but unfortunately in my experience a pet someone is willing to drop has been poorly treated and isn't easily befriended and salvageable. I keep trying. Have had several excellent success stories though.

    In rural areas and with the old time ethic of the working ranch families pets didn"t come inside (cow dogs and barn cats) and were a tool or working asset but disposable/easily replaceable at the same time.

    I have had 2 tom cats w/o issue but know of several friends who had Toms who sprayed in the house. Ask your vet but I think if you de-nut them way young they wont develop that behavior(?).


    It doesn't matter if you get them from a shelter or find them on the street.....you're still rescuing them from certain death.
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    May 11, 2015 3:53 PM GMT
    I came across this information for anyone interested in actively supporting getting shelter dogs adopted:

    http://bestfriends.org/uploadedFiles/Content/Resources/Resources_for_Rescuers(1)/Adoption/Individual_Resources/adoptionpromo.pdf