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5 stories that prove adoption isn't just for humans

5 stories that prove adoption isn't just for humans

Posted 11 August 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: cute, adoption

Did you know that humans aren't the only ones who adopt? Animals do too. And what's more, sometimes they look after babies that aren't even the same species as they are :) Here's 5 of my personal favourite interspecies adoption stories:

Cat adopts ducklings

Shortly after giving birth to three of her own kittens, Della cuddled up to three orphaned ducklings like they were her own :) (Can you see the little kittens curled up under the fluffy ducklings? So cute!)

Source: BBC

Sperm whales adopt deformed dolphin

A bottlenose dolphin born with a spinal deformity was seen nuzzling against a family of large sperm whales in the North Atlantic. Researchers were surprised to see that the young dolphin seemed to have been accepted into the pod.

Source: Alexander Wilson (YouTube)

Lioness adopts baby antelope

Now this one is really bizarre -- a lioness in Kenya, named Kamunyak, took in a baby oryx and protected her from other predators for as long as she could. Experts were dumbfounded as to why Kamunyak had decided to adopt the calf but said she treated the baby as if she were her own cub.

Source: tigerprides (YouTube)

Dog adopts chicks

These ten tiny chicks wandered into Bailey's yard one day and found themselves a brand new mumma. (Sadly their birth mother was nowhere to be found.)

Source: BaileyJack JackBailey (Youtube)

Human adopts dog

This is my colleague Lisa and her rescue dog Nellie. Lisa adopted this special munchkin a little over a year ago. Nellie lived the first five years of her life in a puppy factory, kept purely to breed pups :( But don't worry, she's catching up on her love quota from Lisa and all of us here in the office :) (I even helped her make her own Instagram page so she can share her adventure stories.)


Have you got an amazing animal adoption story of your own? Do you know of a guinea pig who adopted a bear cub? (That's something I'd like to see!)

Maybe you've been a hero and adopted an animal from a shelter yourself? Giving an animal in need a loving home is one of the kindest things you can do.


Share your animal adoption story in the comments below. Can't wait to hear it :)

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Adoption competition winner!

Adoption competition winner!

Posted 12 July 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: competition, winner, giveaway, adoption

Congratulations to Sol for being the lucky winner of last month’s adoption competition. (Well, Sol’s chooks are the lucky ones really.)

We asked for your stories of adopted animals. And we could not go past Sol's story of rescuing three chickens from living in terrible cramped conditions just weeks before they would’ve been slaughtered.

“They now enjoy dust bathing, roaming free and climbing up fruit trees and eating our peaches! They each have their own personalities. Gingernut is very greedy. Miss Pepperpot likes to hide her eggs and change her hiding spot every few days! And Popcorn loves to jump, run and pop to her food! They can finally stretch their wings properly and love to run (especially when they see me with the food bucket!) They are very cheeky and smart and cunning. It’s nice to see finally that these chickens are loved for who they are and not valued for what they can produce. In fact I love chickens so much I’m going to rescue some more in the near future.”

That last part in bold brought a tear to my eye. Imagine if all animals could live like this. What an amazing world that would be ...

It's clear that the Unleashed community is full of people with inspiring stories of rescued animals. So picking just one winner was tough! I’d like to give a shout out to Tammie2 who rescued two rabbits from filthy conditions and helped them to become happy, healthy bunnies.

Credit to LouiseL as well, who took in a mother and her five pups who had nowhere to go, and found loving homes for all of them. No easy feat cleaning up after five puppies, I’m sure.

And last special mention goes to Steffy T who adopted a cat with possibly the best name ever – Ninja! (Awesome.) Does anyone have a dog named Pirate? Then we could finally answer the age old question ... pirate vs. ninja  - who would win?*

Thanks also to Steffy for summing up my thoughts on adoption to a tee: "Adoption really is the kindest thing you could do for an animal and everyone who adopts is a HERO!"

200-Unlikely-friendships.jpg So a big high five to all the heroes out there. And a high ten to Sol for winning the adorable Unlikely Friendships book. I’m sure it will make a great bedtime story for Miss Pepperpot, Gingernut and Popcorn.

Thanks again to everyone for entering. If you missed out this time, never fear. We will have a new competition up and running very soon! In the meantime, why not be a hero and make the pledge to always adopt.

*Animals Australia does not condone animal fighting of any kind. (Unless maybe Ninja cat and Pirate dog were in suitably fitted sumo wrestling suits and their safety was guaranteed.)

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Adoption is a WINNER! And you could be too :)

Adoption is a WINNER! And you could be too :)

Posted 30 May 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 16 Comments

Tags: adoption, ad, win, competition, giveaway

Have you seen the new PetRescue ad on telly? TOTES ADORBS! (Sorry, for a second there I thought I was a Kardashian.) It is adorable though. Check it out:
(Keep an eye out for the brief cameo appearance of a big droplet of doggy drool).

I love this ad. Making the choice to adopt an animal instead of buying is such a great way to save a life. (Head to the bottom of this blog to share your stories of a rescued animal and go in the running to WIN the most adorable book EVER.)

I have fostered dogs while they're waiting to find a forever home and loved it! Not only do they already come with a name (which is great for indecisive people like me), they also (usually) know how to not wee in the house. Bonus!

The little treasure pictured below, is a dog I fostered, named Cassius. As you can see, he needed a bit of extra love before he was ready for adoption. When he first came to Maggie's Rescue (escaping euthanasia at the pound by mere minutes) he was more than 15 kilos underweight and so weak that he couldn't even stand up on his own legs. :( We don't know for sure but we think he was raised to be a hunting dog. He had scratches on his face and bald patches on his bottom, probably from being kept outside on the cold concrete.


With plenty of hugs (and a good bath :-/ ), Cassius quickly came into his true character as a goofy, loveable boy, who wanted to sit on everyone's lap! He also became the poster boy for Maggie's Rescue. Then everybody wanted to adopt him. Let's be honest, nobody can resist a dog in a scarf!

Cassius was abandoned and came so close to being put down. But thanks to the people who adopted him he got a second chance, and is now a much-loved part of the family!


Anyway, enough of my love story for Cassius. I want to hear about the special animals in your life! Post your story below about an animal you've adopted, or who you've seen get a second chance to find their forever family.

One lucky person will win this super cute Unlikely Friendships book (OMG A MONKEY AND A DOVE AWWWWWWW). We'll judge the winner by funnelling our tears into a beaker. Whichever story creates the biggest fountain of joy will take the awesome prize. Can't wait to read the entries!

Good luck!

Fine print: Entries must be less than 200 words and the competition closes Sunday 30 June.


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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Posted 10 February 2013   by Anthony         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: ducks, hunting, sharks, shark fin soup, cats, adoption

The Chinese New Year has arrived with a bang! It's now the Year of the Snake, and next year will be Year of the Horse. But what about all the animals who don't get their own "year"? Here's three suggestions for other animals who totally deserve to have their own "year" too. See if your fave made the grade!


Somehow, cats don't already have their own year! Try explaining THAT to this cat who acts as a guide to a blind dog in Wales!

Blind dog and guide cat

You can show some love for cats by taking the pledge to always adopt, rather than buy when you're looking to welcome a cat into your family. With tens of thousands of cats killed in Australia every year because there just aren't enough homes for them - your personal pledge is a promise to save a life.


Duck Next week will see duck hunting season start in South Australia. The blood will also flow in this cruel "sport" in Tasmania and Victoria starting in March. (WA, Qld and NSW - you're cool, duck hunting is banned in your states.) You can stick up for ducks in two powerful ways. Firstly, you can send a message to state pollies letting them know you're against duck hunting. And secondly, if you're in Victoria, you can join other volunteers from the Coalition Against Duck Shooting on a duck rescue team. With your help, hopefully soon we'll have a Year of the Duck, and not a Year of Duck Hunting!


I've heard of Shark Week - but when are we going to get a Shark Year?! These majestic sea animals have been around since dinosaurs were stomping about, but now some species are at risk of total extinction. One of the major reasons for this alarming fact is the practice of shark-finning. The photo here is of 18,000 (!!) shark fins drying on a roof top in Hong Kong.

Shark fins on roof

The need to do something about this has already been recognised in some countries. For example, Costa Rica has totally banned the mutilation in its waters. You can raise awareness of shark-finning amongst your buds by getting active on Facebook and Twitter. Sharks have been around for millions of years - don't let them die out on our watch!

Why not make 2013 the Year of Animals in general? Celebrate them every day by choosing not to eat them! Find out how easy it is here - and prepare to have the best year of your life!

Which animals do you think deserve their own year??

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