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Adopting Pets
Adopting Pets

Count and Non-Count Nouns

Date: Jun 28 2011

Themes: Pets

Grammar: Count and Noncount Nouns

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A furry friend can bring a lot of joy into your life. Or it can bring a lot of chaos. It all depends on what kind of animal you end up with.

So how can you make sure that you’ll end up with a perfect pup or kitten? Some people prefer to purchase a pet from a pet store or breeder, so they can have more control over the type of animal and where it comes from. But there are a lot of great dogs and cats in need of homes in animal shelters. And adopting a pet from a shelter often means saving its life. Plus, the price is right. It’s free! Hear Amy and Jason talk about adopting pets.

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Jason

Jason

Amy

Amy

Jason:  So, I’m generally really in favor of adopting animals from shelters as opposed to, you know, from a puppy mill or a pet store.

Amy:  Right.

Jason:  Because there’s just so many pets. There’s thousands of stray cats in every city, so it’s like, if you can cut into that number a little bit, it seems like a good thing to do.

Amy:  It’s so true, although, I have met people with animals that they adopted that turned out to have really horrible problems.

Jason:  Well exactly, yeah, that’s what I was going to say. In theory it’s a really good idea, but sometimes people adopt pets that are difficult to control, because you don’t get the pet from early on, so you have to deal with whatever they’ve learned in the first part of their life.

Amy:  And those first few weeks, from what I understand, are so important. I mean, that’s when animals really learn a lot of the behaviors that stay with them for life. So…I don’t know. I never thought that I would get a dog from a breeder or anything like that, but I actually did recently, and I have to say, she is the most perfect dog!

Jason:  Oh my gosh. I think you just have to be really picky if you’re gonna go to the shelter.

Amy:  It’s true. You have to be patient and wait until the perfect dog comes along.

 

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Jason supports adopting a pet from a shelter because there are so many animals out there that need of a good home. Amy agrees, even though she got her dog from a breeder.

Amy says that when you adopt a pet from a shelter, you might not know what kind of animal you’re going to get. Your pet could end up with health or behavior problems. So it’s important to be picky and wait for the perfect pet to come along.

Have you ever adopted a pet? Do you think it’s better to adopt a pet or buy one from a pet store?

 

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Staisy

Staisy

Russian Federation

Our curious   and lovely cat was adopted  three years ago, and before it  he lived in the  basement  of our house and was very  weak. He is ok now, but always hide, when the   front  door   in  the flat  is opened ,  maybe  becouse he is afraid  to be homeless again. 


It is good that  Jason is not  highbrow for adopting a pat  from a shelter. I wish there were more people like him around. 

02:50 PM Jul 13 2014 |

sara1998

sara1998

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I do love pets!I had a cat but not any more and now i missed it!


now i’d rather to have a dog instead of a cat cause i think dogs are affectionate and good-natured and also devoted!

01:46 PM Feb 03 2014 |

DominikLi

DominikLi

China

I remember that with I was very youg,I used to adopt a pet bird.It was an usual bird which you can find in almost every place in China.At first I put her in a cage and give her enough food,naively hoped she can live a happy life.It was a mistake,when I finally realized that she was lack of freedom,I let the bird flew away without hesitate.Some animals can never leave you if you adopt it for a long time,but some not,animals are different.For the ones like my bird,I suggest people to think of their feeligs before pet them:)

08:32 AM Jan 21 2013 |

Olya1106

Olya1106

Ukraine

I have never adopted a pet from a shelter or bought in the store. But I like animals. To my mind it’s not so important where did you find your pet. 

08:01 AM Jul 14 2011 |

sofree

sofree

China

Never, I think those little things deserve same treatment no matter they are in street or a pet store. But human are selfish, if you adopt for fun, pick the best one at a store; if you do this for caring, pick the worst one in street, because probably no one else wants it.

06:20 AM Jul 08 2011 |

emaildo

emaildo

China

long times ago , i adopt a dog. after three years later,we becme good friends.every day,he together with me go to school,after i wave to he,he will go back to home . and he always waitting me at my home door. but one day, my father sent it to a far place because of some superstitions reson . i am very angry and disappointed,after that i have never adopt any pet. and now i can not accept any animal staying at home

01:45 AM Jul 03 2011 |

Samuiyoru

Samuiyoru

Brazil

Similar to azizaezy – My father found my cat stray in the streets. He was not badly injured but many bites marks on him, patches of fur fell off from fleas, missing teeth, stratch from others cat or dogs. Maybe nobody wanted him because he is very old, and most would like a playful kitten rather than the elder cat. I did feel sorry for him. Now he is part of our family, and is extremely calm and affectionate. My brother normally hates animals, but even he loves the cat very much, and me too!

01:38 PM Jul 01 2011 |

azizaezy

Malaysia

I have a cat at my home where my brother found it from somewhere at the streets. I never thought that I would like a cat after I saw it’s so adorable and cheerful.

10:51 PM Jun 30 2011 |

anitalove

anitalove

Peru

I think it´s a good idea to adopt pets, actually  I have adopted  one; it´s a doggy  his name is marley and  I  feel   very glad and happy for having him

12:17 AM Jun 30 2011 |

abdulrhman Abdu

Yemen

no I havn’t , bt it’s good idea to adopt a pet ?and if I get one I’ll try to deal with it by a good way. and if I want to adopt a pet I’ll adopt dog. u know why guys , coz the dog  is so faithful.Smile

11:03 PM Jun 28 2011 |

stefrocco

Italy

the idea is to RESCUE a creature, not to get for free a ..gadget!  so..if the dog is not well..it is even more important to take THAT one and cure him/her!if the dog has a strong personality1- he/she might well have a reason for that2- you certainly can soothe him/her and educate him/herwhy not??!i cooperate with associations of volunteering for dogs and cats rescue…i feel so sad and disgusted reading some clichès in here… come on!!! i’d say there’s a lot of ingnorance about…if one doesn’t care for pets..well..nobody obliges you to adopt one..! but if you do..you are responsible for this life- STATE OF HEALTH  and he’s indeed a member of the family and deserves RESPECT ..a pet is NOT Surpriseda toy!

07:33 PM Jun 28 2011 |

postaav

postaav

Egypt

it is very good to adopt a pet or buy one from a pet store , but we must take into consider that animal has the right to take care of it. also we must remember the life of any animal isnot value like the life of human being. many people offer fine and quality of foods to pets and lots of people canot find bread to eat.

06:36 PM Jun 28 2011 |

ekieen

ekieen

Malaysia

I don’t have any pet because I don’t have time to take care of it. My kids need attention from me. http://englishday2day.com/

04:59 PM Jun 28 2011 |

miss316

China

My kitty was adopted from a shelter almost one year before. We were really patient to wait until he came along. he just perfect, very smart, healthy, energetic, talktive. i love him very much. acturelly, that is not really free to adopt animals from shelter, because they like cats, dogs, rabits would take certain surgery for birth control, and you need to pay for that as well as medicines and liences. But it worthes that. If nobody adopt them after certain time they will be put down by euthanasia. So help the animal, help your lives. 

03:35 PM Jun 28 2011 |

nelson27

nelson27

Colombia

well, if i get a pet for free in a shelter , i will take one , but the problem is to deal with that new pet , because i don’t know where it used to live and maybe  its behavior might be not good .

02:26 PM Jun 28 2011 |

alessa_20

alessa_20

Peru

Actually I have a cat his name is “YU” but my sisters and I call  him with others names Laughing . Before I had two really nice dogs. well I didn´t buy any of my pets from a pet store or something like that, they were a gift from my friends.  

01:32 PM Jun 28 2011 |

fhquyh

China

I love my cat it’s name ‘QIN QIN’ it’s a beautiful! my wife mitgift,oh! it’s ten old, we are Lovely daughter!

12:43 PM Jun 28 2011 |

fhquyh

China

I love my cat it’s name ‘QIN QIN’ it’s a beautiful! my wife mitgift,oh! it’s ten old, we are Lovely daughter!

12:43 PM Jun 28 2011 |

abdulrhman Abdu

Yemen

wow awesome hhhhhhhSmile

11:21 AM Jun 28 2011 |

wwongsapun

wwongsapun

Thailand

Yes, I have two dogs, I bought them from breeder.So it’s important to be selective a dog that you want kind of dog. If you bring pet from shelter you don’t know about this. Sure! And when you have it,please take care with true love Becouse It love you.

09:54 AM Jun 28 2011 |

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