80 Adorable Photos of Recently Adopted Pets That Might Melt Your Heart (December Edition)

With another month just over, it’s time to pay tribute to those who have sheltered or given stray critters a chance at a happy life. Welcome to the December edition of Board Panda’s Cute Pets of the Month.

By choosing not to ‘store adopt,’ these individuals have provided forever homes to animals of all types and ages, and judging by the photos, they seem to be adjusting just fine. Scroll down to find their photos in the list below and get ready for some awww-dorable content. But be careful, you might start considering adopting one yourself.

Trying to learn more about what to expect when bringing the latest addition to the family home, Bored Panda Contacted by an award-winning author and animal behavior expert, Zazie Todd, who was kind enough to answer a few of our questions. You will find his thoughts in the text below.

“Adopting a good shelter or rescue is a great way to find a new pet. Many pets end up in shelters through no fault of their own and they can be wonderful pets,” Animal Behaviorist Zazie Todd told Bored Panda in a recent interview, adding that good shelters and rescues offer, and can take, behavioral counseling when needed. If for some reason things don’t work out, take the pet back.

“Adopting also means you’re not supporting puppy or kitten mills, whose conditions are sometimes very poor. Research shows that puppies born from puppy mills They are more likely to have behavioral problems if they come from a responsible breeder,” he added.

“If you decide to get a puppy from a breeder, look at them very carefully and try to see the puppy with the mother so you know they are being raised in good conditions. A good breeder will do much better than you. will ask questions to make sure you’re a good fit for one of their pets, and they’ll also tell you what they’re doing to socialize their puppy or kitten. If it seems like there’s always a good supply of puppies of various breeds that call themselves rescues, ask yourself if they really are rescues.

The expert points out that when bringing home a new adult dog, don’t think they are house trained, so it’s best to have them in an area where it’s easy to clean up messes.

“The way to house train them is to take them outside often so they do all their toileting outside, and reward them with treats and praise when they pee or poop outside. If they go indoors, don’t tell them. Just clean it using an enzyme cleaner, and make a note to take them out more often in the future,” she advises.

Whether it’s an adult dog, a small kitten, or another pet entirely, bringing them into a new home is a big adjustment, which is why it can take a while for a new pet to settle in. home, but they don’t know yet — it takes time,” Todd pointed out.

“Since this is a stressful time for any new pet, it helps to make things as low-key as possible. Don’t invite family and friends over to meet the new pet until That they don’t have any time to settle in. For cats, it’s important to have a room set up with everything they need, and to get them settled and comfortable in that room before giving them access to the rest of the house. Wait until it happens.”

I am planning to adopt this absolute cutie from a shelter. He is very gentle and loving dog I love him very much. I showed pictures of him to my family and friends and everyone said he was so ugly and crippled that I should adopt a “normal” dog. Call me a snowflake but it makes me so sad that I cry how can people be like this… He’s two years old, and one ear is a little bigger than the other, so it always hangs down. . Others are always kept happy. I can’t agree with them that he is ugly… In my eyes, he is the cutest and cutest dog I have ever seen. (Of course, all dogs are as cute as her in my eyes).

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When it comes to cats, setting up a forever home from a cat’s perspective gives them more opportunities to engage in normal cat behavior and be themselves. “If the home environment is not right, they can become bored and stressed, and this can lead to behavioral problems,” points out the author of several books on animal behavior.

“Cats love hiding places and high places in their home where they can perch. They need strong, tall (or tall) scratching posts. They also need you to consider what you can do with them. where to put the cat’s resources, such as the litter box and their food, and that’s especially important if you have more than one cat because cats don’t really like to share.”

According to the expert, other factors that can significantly affect the behavior of cats in their new home are their personality and the way you interact with them as the owner.

“Every cat has its own individual personality. Some cats are bold and friendly, while others are more shy. It’s important to know your cat’s personality,” Zazi Todd told Bored Panda. “If they’re shy, give them space and help them feel safe. If they’re a cat that likes lap time, make sure they have opportunities to sit on your lap. Some cats Instead she likes to be close to you but not huggable and that’s okay too.

“The way you interact with your cat also affects their behavior. Give your cat choices whenever possible, such as choosing whether or not to be petted, and your Whether or not the cat should come out of the condo to meet a new person in the house.

“Play is important to cats, too, so if you engage in interactive play with them every day with a stick toy, it helps them engage in normal cat behavior—in this case, hunting.” behavior when they chase the toy—and it’s a lot of fun. As well as being nice to them.”

However, it’s important to note that for cat owners, not everything about the newest addition to the family depends on the environment or the owner’s personal input. This is because many of a cat’s character traits depend on their early experiences as kittens, as they have a critical period of socialization between two and seven weeks of age.

“If kittens have positive experiences with a variety of people during this time, they grow up to be friendlier with different people and more confident with adults,” explained Todd.

“Genetics also play a role, of course. But later experiences also help shape your cat’s character. For example, if stressful things happen, they may become nervous or fearful. So try to protect them from stressful events if possible,” he added.

People who have never owned a feline before may be surprised by some of their behavior. Their ability to sleep in the most awkward positions, for example, or an inexplicable draw to cardboard boxes. Some of this has to do with the fact that cats are both predator and prey. “That’s why cats like to have a safe place where they can hide, sleep, or just chill. Cardboard boxes are often the perfect size for a cat to feel safe,” Todd explained.

“Cats also like to stay warm and that explains some of the other places they choose, such as in a laundry basket or in a cozy pile of laundry in a clothes closet,” she added. “Some cats are also very curious and exploratory and they just like to see what’s out there, so they’ll look in all the nooks and crannies of your house.”


I will adopt my dog’s mother! I am so excited to have two bulldogs at home! Can’t wait to bring this mama home, first chin is our new girl, second is our first puppy we got from her♥️

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“Learn everything you can about cat behavior so you can better understand your cat,” an animal behaviorist advises anyone considering bringing a cat into the family. “Take a look around your home and see what you can do to make it even better for your kitty (for example, make a hiding place in every room, get good scratching posts (e.g., cleaning up the litter at least once a day).And think about giving your cat positive experiences, such as playtime and companionship with you.

“Ensuring your cat’s best life isn’t just about providing a minimum of food and water and a roof over their head, it’s also about making sure they have enough positive experiences and normal cat activities. A chance to work.”

Whether it’s a cat, a dog, or any other animal you want to adopt, it’s important to keep in mind that a pet is a responsibility that requires commitment. But if you’re willing to make that kind of commitment, we can’t wait to see a photo of your beloved critter on one of our Pet of the Month lists in the future. (As for the previous lists, you can find some of them. Here, HereAnd Here.)

Kate adopted me at Waffle House.

Went to Waffle House like 6 in the morning, got out of the car and this guy came up to us. He was very thin, pale, and someone took out his eye 🙁 Instead of eating there, he took our food but now later, he is a very happy boy :))

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Advice for the Newly Adopted Heeler Pup

My fiancé has always wanted a dog, and we live in the mountains so I need a dog that is smart and can’t run away. I adopted a 4 month old heeler puppy for her. They love each other. They instantly became best friends. But she’s a little troublemaker. We taught him a few commands like sit. But the problem we have is with my cats. She wants to play with them so bad. We ask her to sit and she sits but her eyes are fixed on them. My cats love him but he’s a puppy so he’s tough! Does anyone know how to control his fixation with my cats? Or at least show him some leniency?

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