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14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

A silver lining of quarantine is the number of pets finding new homes — and the people whose days are brightened by them. Here are 14 cuties (including a lovable hamster and more big, sappy eyes than we can handle)…

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“A puppy has been such an adventure. His name is Fred. He’s been so great for us to get off our screens and spend new, creative time together.” — Kirstie, Bay Area, California

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“We recently found out that the shelter near us had received kittens for a foster-to-adopt program. With months of work remote ahead, I decided to adopt one! Having check-in emails with the shelter team and receiving updates from other owners has created a sense of community among the isolation.” — Brigette, Morro Bay, California

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“Hello (or bonjour, should I say?). We got a rabbit and two chickens — and now my husband wants a pony and a dog! This confinement has completely changed our perspective on animals. We never had pets before, but they make the home so much more fun and social.” — Raphaelle, Provence

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“This is our quarantine pet, Duke! Bernedoodles like to sit on their owners’ feet. It’s so darn cute, but once he’s on there, we’re stuck in place. He also loves dance parties, attacking us when we’re trying to do quarantine workouts — but most of all, he loves his moms.” — Mollie, Chicago

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“I divorced last year, after an eleven year relationship. This is my first time with many new kinds of loneliness. I purchased my Syrian hamster on my fourth day into quarantine and named him ‘Coronito’ — for my Mexican heritage, and because it means little heart. What could be more fitting? A hamster is the perfect level of commitment and companionship for the facets of my newly solitary life. He has been my saving grace.” — Naomi, St. Louis, Missouri

“Meet Jimmy Dean, in all his ginger mohawk glory! Whenever he wakes up from a snooze, he looks like he was in a wind tunnel or like a crazed Gary Busey. It is THE best. Bonus: I started a new job and dogs seem to be the secret to forging new relationships (even virtually). I show him off every chance I get!” — Meredith, Austin, Texas

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“Our six-month-old lies all over him, and Sully is gentle as can be.” — Maria, Arlington, Virginia

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“Olive is a sweet, smart and feisty gal. We just finished our second week of virtual puppy classes. We’re so glad to have her!” — Jenn, Vancouver, BC

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“Adopting Neko, a tiny ball of orange cat fluff, has been the greatest silver lining of the pandemic. She’s the most beautiful creature I could have ever imagined…not that I am biased.” — Erin, Seattle

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“Meet our quarantine foster bunnies! L.A. Rabbit Foundation said that they’re happier in pairs, so I picked these two beauties. My son and I are still thinking of names (they are girls — we are open to suggestions!). They are so much fun to have around.” — Nicky, Los Angeles

“My husband and I just got a puppy named Boone. We’re both healthcare workers and wanted a sweet companion to relieve some stress at the end of our days. He is the cutest!” —  Michele, Durham, North Carolina

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“The night before London went into lockdown, I finally took my boyfriend’s advice: ‘Life is too short, get your dream cat!’ Bagpuss is my first ever pet, at 40 years old. I’m an only child and my parents are in lockdown in the Philippines; I’m very worried but Bagpuss’s cuddles and joyful spirit have brought me so much peace and joy. I’m so grateful for her.” — Julie, London

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“I live alone in a studio apartment and adopted a dog from a local shelter. The previous owners named my dog Blossom, and I kept the name because the day I adopted her was official ‘peak blossom’ for the cherry blossoms in D.C. Serendipitous! She’s been the best emotional support animal.” — Jessica, Washington, D.C.

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

14 Adorable Quarantine Pets (With Photos!)

“My fiancé and I adopted our wonderful dog, Greta. Our plan was to rescue a dog after May, but with travels postponed, we decided to not wait longer and the stars truly aligned for us.” — Deborah, Los Angeles

How sweet are these little loves?

P.S. An open letter to dogs.

  1. Annie says...

    Dammit. I am getting a hamster. I’ve wanted one since I was 4 but my mom refused to have a rodent in the house. I’m grown! I’m doing it.

  2. Hello, I wonder if anyone will read this comment because it is an older post :) Anyway, I love every single one of these little muffins! Rabbit ears I feel as if I could confide my whole life into. “What comes into these ears stays in these ears”, and, oh, little hamster, I just want to tell you a joke! Jimmy Dean is giving me ideas for new grey hairstyles.
    I submitted a Tiny Love Story to the New York Times about my pup Sunny haven’t heard back and am quite sure I won’t but I loved writing it.
    May I suggest a beautiful memoir: A Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp and, If you are really interested in beautiful memoirs her first one Drinking: A Love Story is wonderful also.
    Sending light to this lovely community, Jane

    • Lucy Osterling says...

      Hi Jane, I hope you do get published in Tiny Love Story, I look out for it! Thanks for the book recommendations, was looking for a new memoir. Stay well, Lucy

    • Thank you Lucy!!! Sending wellness vibes your way.,

  3. Oh my gosh!!! The hamster 🐹 I love this❤️❤️❤️

  4. NN says...

    This post makes me so, so happy. Every single pic touched my heart. Love!

  5. Maggie says...

    I had no idea how much I needed this.

  6. Natasha says...

    Love this! I would also highly recommend fostering to anyway who can’t commit to a pet once life returns to normal! I’ve fostered kittens/cats the past year and my current foster cats are a highlight of my current quarantine life. Rescues supply all food and expenses, as well as paying for all vetting. During covid the rescue I foster has contact-less adoptions processes in place to keep everyone safe. I know so many people are worried about the feelings when their fosters go to new homes but I really love seeing mine find furever homes!

    • Natasha says...

      *anyone

  7. ac says...

    0% surprised that the bernadoodle is in chicago – i’m a vet tech and we’ve been seeing approximately 10 new bernadoodles a week. they’re crazy trendy right now!

  8. jmuhj says...

    Congratulating the adopters of rabbits and hamster and especially CATS! But please know adoption is for life and that they are beloved family members, not ‘pets’ to be kept while in lockdown and betrayed eventually.

    • Lee K says...

      Thank you. That’s my one fear, that some of the trusting pets adopted during the shutdown will be returned to the shelters (or worse, abandoned on the streets) when this all ends. (Easter bunnies and chicks, anyone?)

  9. Maria says...

    This is amazing! I also thought we were getting news on the Goddard-Williams’ pet situation haha – Jo (and anyone still thinking about it), there’s no time like now, I say go for it: you’ll never have quite as much time to adjust to life with a new pet, nor so many hands on deck! And, much like a child, once you get to know your pet any sacrifices that seemed like too much just a few months before will become much easier to make (you just adjust your routine, really), mostly because you’ll love them so much.

    The local animal shelter where I live has suspended all fostering and adoption schemes until the covid-19 emergency is over. Their explanation is that they can’t do the checks they normally would, visiting people’s homes and assessing their availability to look after the animal. It’s a shame, however, as I’ve had many friends and coworkers commenting on how they were just waiting for the perfect time to introduce a pet into their lives, and this seems to be it (no travel, no long office hours, all the time in the world for house training…). All the animals waiting for love as well, really does break my heart…

  10. M says...

    Thank you so much for this post 💗 my spirits were in need of lifting and it absolutely did the trick! I love seeing and hearing about people’s pets.

    My partner and I adopted two cats (siblings) from our local shelter last year and they’ve been a huge comfort through this current crisis. It’s sweet being able to watch them napping while we work from home.

  11. A says...

    I have a question for all the people commenting about “Adopt, don’t shop!” My partner and I are hoping to get a dog soon. Unfortunately, I am quite allergic and need to make sure that any beloved pet we’re bringing into our home won’t make me sick. I’ve never had any problems with allergies around friends’ Doodle mixes, and I also grew up with a Bichon. I would love to adopt a pet rather than go through a breeder but have had a really difficult time finding a shelter dog that is hypoallergenic and our desired size (20-40 pounds). Does anyone have any ideas about where I should look? I live in the Bay Area so ideally I’d love to go through a shelter in California.

    • B says...

      There are breed specific rescues in CA and NV ; and if you are not wed to adopting a puppy I highly recommend Muttville, an older dog rescue organization!

    • Carrie says...

      I commented a bit further down, but my husband is allergic and we had the same problem. And often, his allergies are more dog-specific than breed-specific (struggles with the neighbor’s Doodle, for example, but fine with a friend’s greyhound…he also grew up with Bichons which were generally fine). Even with breed specific rescues for breeds he had been ok with, we felt very strongly that we had to meet the dog before we could commit, just to be sure. Most places can’t accommodate that, and it was a completely frustrating and heartbreaking process. I really do wish you the best of luck, and maybe folks can offer something we hadn’t thought of!

    • Hannah says...

      Underdog, 510 Paws, and Hopalong are all rescues in the Bay Area that frequently get non-shed dogs. I foster for Underdog and we only take non-sheds because my husband is allergic. Most of the time they are closer to 20 pounds and are mixed with a miniature poodle.

    • Meredith says...

      Hi A!

      My sister and her husband found their hypoallergenic pup through Sally’s Rescue. She’s located just outside of LA.

    • Kate says...

      Most greyhounds are fine for allergies. People justify a designer dog with allergies, but really as you say there are so many other factors. Designer doodles can also shed. You should also check out whippets, they are similar to greyhounds but smaller.

    • Kate says...

      and please check out rescues for both breeds!

  12. William Craig Fisher says...

    I’ve always been a Dog Fan an not to much of A cat person. But with my n ew beautiful wife of 20 plus years she has turned me init a cat person to he’s a lil ornery an she’s a lover. The best of both worlds!

  13. Rusty says...

    I’m keeping our gorgeous dawg’s routine The. Same.
    Because, eventually things will change.

    I’ve read too many articles about people walking their dogs too much and causing tendon and other injuries, because they’re usually too busy to walk them at all.
    I’ve also read about people with busy households (kids) not providing a time-out space for their pets to get a little respite from all the people.
    Ive also (yep, there’s more) read about the issues of SEPARATION ANXIETY that will happen for sure, once the dogs are left at home ALONE all day again after getting used to all the attention they’re getting now.

    Begin as you intend to proceed. Please. Think. And plan ahead with compassion.

  14. Kate says...

    Scrolled to the bottom thinking this might be the post where where Toby and Anton introduce a puppy…

    • Sarah says...

      HAHA me too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i wish! :)

  15. Anna says...

    Michelle in Durham- if you’re comfortable, can you share where you got your sweet pup? I live in Chatham county and am always dreaming of adopting s border collie or shepherd- I had to put my 13-year-old BC down last year and miss her companionship outside!

    • Andrea says...

      FWIW, I believe there are breed rescue groups nationwide. The ones I know will also transport a dog to an adoptive family, in many cases.

    • alexandra says...

      Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport FL often gets border collies and border collie mixes. I have gotten two from there. Terrific animals.

    • Michele says...

      Hi Anna! We got Boone from Little Foxx Farms in Mocksville NC. He is the absolute sweetest ☺️

    • Anna says...

      Thanks for the insight, everyone! Michele, looking them up now- thank you! Hope you’re staying well and enjoying your new addition!

  16. Patricia Perez says...

    So many cuties! My fiance and I are thinking about a second vizsla, but with my parents (and their five year old vizsla) moving in on June, our home is full at the moment.

    P.S., Nicky, how about Bonny and Claudia (a riff on Bonnie and Clyde, of course) for the rabbits??

    • DJ says...

      There is nothing better than a vizsla! I have one and would get a second if I had a yard or partner to help.

  17. Margaret Ray says...

    Okay I am terrified of rodents but that hamster is maybe the cutest thing I’ve seen. Coronito! Man oh man.

  18. Andrea says...

    We had a cat in need thrust upon us four months ago. She was nearly dead, dehydrated and covered in mats and fuel oil (she had been kept in our building basement). We’ve worked with her and she’s now vaccinated, gorgeous and sleeping on the radiator as I type.

    One downside to quarantine is that we hadn’t had time to get her spayed before it happened. She was so underweight that it wasn’t safe. We’ve now knuckled through one heat cycle in quarantine and pray we don’t have to endure another before this ends. We think it adds a soupcon of absurdity to an already surreal experience.

  19. Katie says...

    I can’t stop giggling at the rabbit from Provence – his ears are adorable but the coloring makes it look like he’s wearing a pair of bunny ears! So sweet!

    • Liz says...

      Yes, I thought this at first as well!! Too funny

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i thought the same thing! so adorable.

  20. Dina says...

    The diversity really made me smile! I have my two kitties at home and I also fostered a stray during this period of social distancing – he spent two and a half weeks with me recovering from a URI, dehydration and malnutrition and then he was adopted (contactless!) to his forever home!

  21. Courtney says...

    Just a gentle suggestion for the editors: might you consider removing the breed names of the “designer” dogs? It wouldn’t take away from the cuteness of the dogs or the accuracy of the info if it read (for example) “name of dog loves to cuddle” vs “breed of dog like to cuddle”. And by making this change to your piece you wouldn’t be inadvertently promoting the practice of breeding designer dogs which is rife with heartbreaking cruelty. I don’t doubt that the individuals featured here did their research and found more ethical breeders. However by naming the breed with cute photos you’re adding to the cache of these designer pups who end up driving puppy mill “trends” down the line. As we say here in LA (where the sale of dogs, cats, and bunnies is illegal for ethical reasons): Adopt, don’t Shop! Thank you.

    • Heather says...

      Very well said. Thank you.

    • Shayna Rodriguez says...

      Thanks for stating that. I would love to see more adopted doggos and kitties next time!

    • Amy says...

      Thanks for saying this, and saying it with such clarity and kindness.

    • dana says...

      Yes yes yes. Thank you Courtney.

    • Chelsea says...

      Thank you for this comment, Courtney!

    • Michelle says...

      Thank you for saying this better than I could.

    • Hanna says...

      Thank you for saying this!

  22. My daughter named her little gray bunny Freya after the Viking Goddess. Just an idea… Frigg and Freya would be such cute names for those two rabbits in LA.

    • Julia says...

      I love these names, but as both are girls I’d suggest Frey’s and Frances. 🐰 🐰

  23. Christine says...

    I convinced my husband we needed to add a puppy to our household. Perfect timing, as he is working from home at the kitchen table. We adopted Oliver, a 4-month-old mixed breed. I haven’t had much studio time, but I’ll get there. We were a little worried about how Sophia, our 7-year-old pit mix, and Wilbur, my best buddy feline would take to him. Sophia and Oliver are best friends already! It’s been two weeks. Oliver is a little possessive with the food bowl, but we are working it out. Wilbur is not happy. He is such a sweetheart and doesn’t want to be mean to this barking loudmouth in his kitchen, but I fear it won’t be long before Oliver learns not to mess with the cat.
    I love seeing all these happy adopted people and their new owners!

  24. sarah from switzerland says...

    I am never not in the mood to admire someone’s pet. And the stories around them made it more special! Thank you :)

  25. Mollie says...

    So happy to see our Duke featured!!! Thanks Jo💕

  26. Hannah says...

    ok! love this post. would love to know where the virtual puppy classes are – and if Jenn would recommend? Thanks!

    • Jenn says...

      Hi Hannah! We’ve been taking them with a local trainer, but if you’re outside of Vancouver it might still be possible to join them? And I’m sure a lot of local trainers have had to pivot to this style of teaching anyways. :)

      Here’s a link! https://bravodog.ca/virtual-puppy-class/

      It’s done on Zoom and the trainer gives instructions and then we all take turns demonstrating while she gives feedback. She also set up a private Facebook group for us to post our assigned homework for the week. We loved it and it was a huge help in getting training down and having a forum to speak with other puppy owners and ask any questions.

  27. Absolutely love. One of the silver linings of the pandemic has been the amount of people looking to adopt/foster animals right now. Shelters are completely cleared out in so many states!

  28. Megan says...

    I thought for sure there would be a surprise ending with the Goddard-Williams family pet! Are y’all still thinking about a furry friend?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we still are! alex and i were actually chatting about it last night. who knows? :)

  29. BAGPUSS

    • M says...

      BAGPUSS

  30. Diane Reischling says...

    Thank you to everyone who adopted a pet vs purchasing one. xoxo

  31. Amelia Conlen says...

    Hi Brigette! Your kitten is adorable, and it was fun to see a reader from Morro Bay featured! I’m from Los Osos and went to high school in Morro Bay. Hope you’re getting through the quarantine ok and getting some good beach time in.

    Cheers,
    Amelia

    • Brigette says...

      Hi Amelia,
      Thank you she’s a sweet little handful, haha. What are the odds! I went to high school in Cambria and actually lived in Los Osos near 2nd street a few years ago. Let me know if you want a local quarantine pen-pal. Happy to share my email!

  32. Ann says...

    I agree that pets finding homes is a silver lining! But puppies from a breeder are hardly “finding homes” and I’m not sure why we’d want to promote that

    • Kate says...

      yeah exactly, Any breeder who has a puppy available to get you through quarantine isn’t a good breeder. Adopt don’t shop :)

  33. Amie says...

    In case pet lovers are looking for suggestions, one of my favourite quarantine movies to rewatch (so far) has been Best in Show. So, so funny.

  34. Ana says...

    Did any other Aussies see Jenn’s gorgeous pic and wonder if Hamish and Zoe had adopted a pet? I can’t post a photo here but they look a lot like one of Australia’s most loved couples – Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster Blake.

    • Yen says...

      YES!!!!

    • Rusty says...

      YESSSSSS!!!!!
      Exactly what I thought. Doppelganger!!! 🤣

  35. Lynn says...

    It makes me sad you’d feature breeder dogs here, like trendy doodle-whatevers. rarely are those breeds in shelters and even if they are, it’s a better breed-specific rescue group that has a no-kill policy. adopt don’t shop, if you can help yourself.

    • Elle says...

      I agree with you in principle, but purebred dogs can’t help where they came from, and all dogs and cats (and bunnies and hamsters) need loving homes, especially now. Let’s find another way to discourage puppy mills without punishing responsible, small-scale, home-based breeders. Here in Massachusetts, it’s tough to adopt a rescue dog that isn’t a pit bull mix as there’s a shortage. I write this as a cat person who adopts rescues.

  36. Ginny says...

    I need to know about Boone, because I want a pups just like him! Michelle from Durham, what breed/mix is your perfect little guy?

    • Donna says...

      Looks like a Border Collie or some cattle dog/border mix.

    • Michele says...

      Hi Ginny! Boone is a Border Collie! It is our first time with the breed but so far it has been very fun. He is a perfect balance of active and relaxed and we enjoy him so much ☺️

  37. Brigette says...

    So lovely to see everyone else’s pets. We finally decided to call the kitten Ava. Having her has added so much light to our days. Thank you for featuring her foster-to-adopt story!

  38. Allyn says...

    We had to say goodbye to our 13 year old Frenchie, George, in February. I have never not had a pet. My hisband is not a pet person , but he realized I need one and we adopted a 7 year old pit mix three weeks ago named Petunia. She is a sweetheart and gets me out for 3-5 miles of walks a day and is the best therapy.

    • Kat O says...

      Pitties are the best!! And I love that you adopted a senior dog, they deserve so much love. Congrats!

  39. Lily says...

    ….aaaand now I’m looking up how to foster rabbits…

  40. Lily says...

    Shout out to Michele & Boone in Durham – that’s where I live too! Thanks for working here Michele (I work at the hospital in CH) , and congratulations on your new pup!

    • Michele says...

      Thanks so much! And much appreciation for your work as well ☺️

  41. Julia says...

    I hope all of the new oweners will love and keep their pets after quarantine and still can afford enough time and energy for them. In Germany, the animal organization “PETA” has recently registered a new, sad trend: People “borrow” animals from the shelter and bring them back after quarantine. Animals shouldn’t just be seen as a pastime, they are no objects. Please, if you think to bring a new pet to your home, also include the time after this crisis in your considerations. Thank you!

    • Diane Reischling says...

      Ugh, people are so awful. This makes me so sad.

    • Emily L says...

      I’ve been worried about the same thing.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for this thought, and that’s so heartbreaking in germany. fwiw, the people interviewed for this piece seem truly in love with their pets and had been wanting to get a pet for a long time — quarantine just seemed like the perfect time to train/acclimate a new one. i think the pets featured here will have happy long-term homes. xo

    • Jodbug says...

      Yes, this is one of my concerns as well. “Life as usual’ in some sense shall return and most of us will be out of the home for the portion of the day. I genuinely hope all pandemic adopters did due diligence and ran these scenarios for when we return to life outside the home. I at least hope the agencies managing all these adoptions are posing these real-life concerns. I enjoyed this post though and seeing all these precious animals and how loved they are.

  42. maywyn says...

    Bunnies! I like Ethel and Eva for the bunny ladies.
    Adorable much needed cheer up post, thank you!

    • MKW says...

      Ethel and Lucy! After Lucille Ball and friends.

  43. We adopted a rescue greyhound two weeks before Sydney went into lockdown and couldn’t have gotten the timing better! His name is Captain and watching him go from shy ex-racer into hilarious goofball who has no idea how big he is has been the best relief. He’s very into cuddles but will forsake you in a heartbeat if there are scrambled eggs around. If you’re thinking of getting a rescue dog, I could not recommend goofy greyhounds more.

    • ETB says...

      fellow greyhound mom here. they need adopters in the US as the florida tracks are having to close (an end to racing) and rescue groups across the US are flooded with dogs. they are great apartment dogs as they need a bed and lots of naps! just check out #greyhoundsofinstagram :)

    • Amanda says...

      Maddie – people think they are hyper and run around like crazy, when really they just lie around and fart all day! :)

    • Emily L says...

      I follow #greyhoundsincoats hashtag on IG and it makes me so happy.

    • Brittany says...

      Great timing!

      My parents have always had a couple of rescued greyhounds at a time, but were dogless for the past couple of years. A couple weeks before their lockdown began, they adopted two more. They’re so glad to have their new family members to keep them company now.

  44. Katerra says...

    I dont really want a dog but if I came across a Duke, I’d take him in a heartbeat.

  45. Tai says...

    Can I ask where Kirstie got her adorable pup?? I’m in the Bay Area and my husband I have always wanted a sweet goldendoodle!

    • Tai says...

      Thank you, Jenny!

    • Cathy says...

      There are many responsible, reputable breeders out there. It’s not a black and white issue as many people have been expressing in this comment thread. Every family has to make the right decision for themselves regarding if rescuing is the right choice for them. Obviously it’s an excellent option but not a one size fits all solution. Doodles of all kinds are excellent (mixed) breeds for so many reasons. They are incredibly loving, easy to train and great with children. That being said puppy mills should be universally banned, but there are so many breeders that treat their dogs like family members. They are easy to sniff out (no pun intended;) with a good amount of research.

    • Katarzyna says...

      I respectfully disagree. Dog breeding is wrong not just because of health issues, it is a question of overpopulation. Shelters are full of dogs that are ‘pure breed’… Purchased as puppies and then discarded as objects, which is bound to happen when dogs become commodities and are bred for profit. Even the website of a ‘reputable’ breeder shared by the previous commenter calls their operations ‘producing’ dogs with certain ‘qualities’. This is dog eugenics. If we call pets ‘family members’, if we call ourselves their ‘moms’ and ‘dads’ we must take the responsibility for how they come into the world and into our households as well.

  46. Colleen says...

    Thelma and Louise for the bunnies!

  47. Maggie says...

    Loooove all of these sweet pets (especially the cats!!)!!

  48. Suzanne says...

    I’ve taken comfort from your notes of love about your pets. I had to say goodbye to my Ivy on Saturday. She was 15 and her favorite spot to be was under my chin, next to my heart ~ It has been so painful to lose her during this time. I am grateful for the tender care she received at the emergency vet clinic and the peaceful goodbye provided us.

    • Emily says...

      Suzanne, I am so sorry for your loss. I am right there with you and I know how hard it is. Sending you hugs.

    • Sorry for your loss Suzanne. Rest in peace sweet Ivy.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so sorry for your loss. ivy is a beautiful name.

  49. Rose says...

    This might be one of my all time fave CoJ posts. There are just so many cutie patooties out there!

    Thanks for the smiles that this post brought.

  50. Kim says...

    I wish ALL pets could be ADOPTED pets.

    • Dana says...

      Me too!!

    • Anna says...

      YES! Why anyone pays a breeder to keep breeding puppies is just beyond me.

    • Emma says...

      I wish shelters would be more accommodating to applicants. No one warns how how much heartbreak and rejection comes with applying for a rescue animal. A year and a half ago my husband and I adopted our sweet 3 year-old beagle, but I must have applied for a dozen different dogs over two months. Buying a house was easier than getting a dog. I would love to adopt another, but the first time around was so discouraging. I can see why a lot of people would give up and just buy a puppy instead. It’s heartbreaking– there are so many dogs in need of homes, and so many that get euthanized because they don’t find a family. How many dogs could be saved if shelters had fairer expectations?

    • Carrie says...

      Me too, but that unfortunately doesn’t work for every family. My husband is quite allergic to dogs, but there are a handful of breeds that don’t cause him to react (or cause a less-severe, “willing to live with this” type reaction). We tried for over a year to work with various rescues to help us adopt a dog that would work with his allergies, but 1) rescues often can’t confirm a dog’s exact breed, for obvious reasons 2) low shedding dogs are quite popular and can easily go to families without our restrictions and 3) few rescues had the time or resources to allow us to first meet the dog in an environment without other animals so we could make sure my husband wouldn’t react. In the end, we went through a responsible breeder to get a puppy.

      That said, we are hoping to get her a friend. If anyone has successfully navigated the adoption process with allergies, I would LOVE to hear how you did it. We were disheartened the first time, but I’d be willing to try again.

    • Jules says...

      In addition to the difficulty in adopting, shelters can also hide a lot of information and it will burn out potential adoption parents. I adopted a pitty/ boxer mix years ago from our local humane society and he honestly was the best dog Ive ever had. After the adoption I found out his true story and that he was 7 years older than they told us. That’s a huge deal! I will obviously consider adopting again in the future, but if everyone is going to embrace the ‘adopt, dont shop’ policy then shelters should also be held to a higher standard in transparency.

    • Julie says...

      We lost our long time 3 dogs to old age and thought it would be nice to adopt a sibling pair of dogs since we were going to end up getting two anyway and thought they are probably harder to adopt. The adoption shelters made it so complicated and had so many logistics. I swears it’s easier to buy a house. And we have to most ideal property for dogs! They need to make it easier so people don’t just give up and go buy a puppy from Craig’s list!

    • Chelsea says...

      ME TOO! There are so many wonderful animals in shelters/rescue centers waiting for homes.
      I think that some shelters make the process quite difficult to be sure that the animals are being put into loving, forever homes. It would be ideal if every person looking to adopt was trustworthy, kind, and willing to stick with the animal when things get rough (housebreaking, finding out the dog has separation anxiety, etc.). The shelter we adopted our dog from is famous for people adopting pets and bringing them back when they please; whether it is immediately for having an accident in the house, or it is in the future because the family is moving and cannot bring the pet with them. Heartbreaking. The process for adopting a dog from them is literally filling out a 3 page form, paying a fee, and there you go.
      Having a pet is something that needs to be viewed through a lens of bringing in a new family member and with that, an understanding that something as serious a commitment of that will require a more vigorous process. It’s to ensure that the fit with the family is good and that the pet’s interests are being prioritized so that everyone is happy in the end.

    • Emma says...

      I absolutely agree that there should be an application and a process, and that adopting an animal shouldn’t be taken lightly. But I’ve had applications rejected because I’m not a stay-at-home dog mom. I only work four hours per day! Another rejected me because I couldn’t provide vet references for my parents’ cats growing up. There was an article in the Washington Post a few years ago where the head of the ASPCA said even he had been rejected by multiple shelters, because they said he worked too much and didn’t think hiring a dog-sitter was sufficient. It breaks my heart, because I’m seeing the SAME dogs in these shelters that I saw when I was looking for dogs a year and a half ago. The same dogs!!

  51. Sara says...

    My cats (adopted about a year and half ago) make me so happy during quarantine. One of the biggest upsides to this whole ordeal is getting to spend way more time with them.

  52. Emily says...

    This post is super-adorable but very bittersweet for me: my “old man” chihuahua is due to head over the rainbow bridge after many happy and love-filled years together. Quarantining without him is going to be extra lonely and I will miss him so much. I’m sorry to be a downer on such a lovely post, but please, pet owners, give your doggie an extra kiss from me and my Chico <3

    • Ashley says...

      I too had an “old man” chihuahua mix who crossed the rainbow bridge in November. I miss his happy little spirit every. day. Enjoy all your remaining time with your little buddy xoxo

    • Emma says...

      Oh dear Emily, I so feel for you as I am in the same boat with my *old man* Chihuahua here, got him when he was 6 from a horrible place and now at almost 14 he is so sick with heart issues and other things. I miss him already and cherish every second we have together. I wish I could give you a huge hug for you surely deserve it now more then ever. My very best to you and your furbaby always.

    • Mindi says...

      Emily, I’m so sad for you. Dogs are truly too good for this world, aren’t they?

    • Maria says...

      Oh my – we just had to put down our beloved 17 year old pug on Monday. Tumor on his spine. It was heartbreaking to say the least. I started to post a comment and then deleted it as I didn’t want to be a downer either – but it all is about our beloved pets and glad you shared.

      I must say Igby got a better end then a lot of people dying from COVID-19 right now as he was able to die right in my arms with kisses from me and my husband right until the end. Our vet was wonderful in that we sat in the back seat of our car and he brought Igby out to us so he could be with us for the end. As devastated as we were/are, I think of how fortunate we were to have that, and how many families don’t. We won’t get over losing Igby anytime soon, but that one point gives me some small measure of comfort. That, and still getting to come home to our other beloved dog Zack.

      Be well and love up your pup with whatever time he has left. Funny too, I constantly called Igby “my little old man.”

  53. Lydia says...

    Hi- please feel free to delete this comment if you’d like. I understand the need for more ads right now; I want to mention that two of them in the last 5 minutes were for Pregnancy Line, an anti-choice organization that tells women they have options for unwanted pregnancies and then coerces them into carrying the fetus. Not the message I think you guys stand for: you probably aren’t in full control of the ads but this is particularly troublesome. This site is a safe haven for many women and dangerous messages/values such as those espoused by this organization don’t seem in keeping with your ethos.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We will blacklist these right away! Thank you so much for the heads up xoxo

    • Margaret says...

      I have to take issue with your complaint here, even though I’m not familiar with this particular pregnancy organization. Women DO have options for unwanted pregnancies. And a woman who chooses to keep a pregnancy that she initially did not want is no more being “coerced” than a woman who decides to abort. Please, if you’re going to say you’re pro-choice, remember women can make acceptable choices other than abortion.

    • A says...

      Margaret, I think what Lydia is trying to say is that the organization presents themselves as having many options for unwanted pregnancies, but then only provides information on one option (continuing the pregnancy). You are totally right that there are acceptable choices other than abortion! The issue with Pregnancy Line sounds like that they only present ONE choice, while presenting themselves as offering many. This could be very problematic and misleading for women who do want to explore their multiple options.

  54. Michaela says...

    We adopted two kittens this weekend and they are bringing us such joy already! We were lucky that a shelter in our area was doing ‘virtual adoption’ so we zoomed with the cats in foster care (they actually were pretty intrigued by the video, funny enough), and then were able to do a very quick exchange at the shelter all wearing masks. I’m so grateful they’re here.

  55. Jamie says...

    This is our first Spring on our farm and we have so many baby animals! Chicks, Guinea keets, baby turkeys, and we are on high alert for baby goats this weekend! Its such a welcome distraction for both my husband and I and our three kids. There is always work and someone who needs care or attention. Its a good reminder the world is still going around even though we are not living our usual lives.

  56. anne says...

    My dog is the only thing keeping me even slightly sane during this time. She’s been with me for almost 5 years now, and it is generally true that she keeps me sane, but now more than ever I’m glad she’s here.

    Thanks for all the cute pictures!

  57. Carly says...

    I’m so glad these pets are bringing their owners such joy! I may be alone in this but… my dog is bugging the crap out of me and my husband. She’s not used to being around our young, energetic kids all day, and barks at them whenever they come into the room. I feel like she’s used to having the house to herself and is not happy we’re all home all the time :/

    • Adrienne says...

      Solidarity! It took 6 weeks for our cat to adjust to my husband and I being here all the time. Only this week has she started to settle into the new normal. She’s been an absoloute pill up until now! Yeesh!

    • Angela says...

      My dog cannot stand the kids being home. I’m a little afraid of the aggression our dog has shown to my young son. Granted the dog is typically very patient, I honestly think he’s just had enough and I don’t really blame him. My son cannot stand to see the dog sleeping peacefully. He is rough with him and antagonizes him constantly. I think they view each other as brothers, but it’s been a cause for concern. We’ve had one snapping incident and several warning growls. I’ve been trying to make sure the dog and I get plenty of exercise!

    • isabelle says...

      Agreed. I hope the fact that these are short blurbs just means we are missing context and that these owners all thought this through. An animal is not a fun activity because you’re having a stressful time at work – that’s what bubble baths are for. Not to mention that new animals means frequent trips to the vet, buying supplies, etc – all of which require leaving your house. If you are considering adopting a pet please think about what that will mean when you are out of the house all day. I adopted a dog with crazy anxiety who can’t be left alone while I’m at work – it’s super easy now that I’m home all the time but under normal circumstances I spend a lot of money so that he can be at daycare while I’m at the office. I’ve had him for years and he has improved with consistent training, but these issues don’t resolve overnight. I know a lot of people would dump a dog for something like that. (And getting a pet from a breeder, which regular people still do for some reason, doesn’t mean they are going to be free from behavioral or health issues.) Pets can make your life much better, but rarely do they make your life EASIER.

    • danielle says...

      @angela and others with dogs struggling with having their people home ALL THE TIME. Any chance you can set up a respite area for your pup? Like a room or a corner where they can go have just have “me time?” A nice bed, some good toys or a tasty chew, no kiddos or adult humans allowed?

  58. jenny says...

    CORONITO! I feel so much love for that lil critter and his mama.

  59. Laura says...

    We adopted two kittens back in November, and at the time, with a 10 year old dog and three young kids, I thought we were kind of crazy and perhaps taking too much on. But now I am SO grateful for them. They are cuddly and still quite playful, and add an element of entertainment to the endless days at home.

  60. Janey says...

    Love this, they are all adorable! I have a beautiful big old teddy bear of a dog and I honestly don’t know how people are getting through this time without a pet to cuddle up with! Couldn’t be without a dog

  61. Makenzie says...

    Oh, all these lovely pets and their people!

    Our cat is normally the star of the show in our house, but I’m really taking the time to notice all she does for us.

    I lost it with worry for my Mom, and others I love (and don’t know at all!) who are risking so much to take care of their communities. Porcini wrapped her arms around me, didn’t leave my side, and let me know she was there for me in the overwhelm.

    An angel with whiskers!

  62. Connie says...

    This is the best ever! You all have beautiful hearts!! 💕

  63. NAOMI, YOU JUST MADE MY DAY. (In an all-caps kinda way!) Hang in there.

  64. Emily says...

    oh my goodness — Sully and his sweet baby brother are the CUTEST! <3

  65. Amanda says...

    I went for dog food when all this started and came home with a Betta fish! His name is Fauci, and he’s the coolest addition to my apartment.

    • Anna B says...

      Thumbs up for Fauci’s name!

  66. Molly says...

    So fun!! The bunnies should be Frannie and Zoey!

  67. Claire says...

    SO CUTE! I loved looking at all of these smiling faces. My 13.5 year old dog is getting slower, deaf, and more arthritic, but he still makes the effort to climb the stairs to check on everyone in the house. He’s such a sweet little guy. It’s so comforting looking up from my work to see him snoozing on my bed.

  68. Nisha says...

    BEST QUARANTINE POST EVER!! <3 <3 <3

  69. Cheryl says...

    Rabbit name ideas from my seven yet old!
    The black bunny: Luna
    The multicolored bunny: Cloud

    This was a fun post to read together but now she wants another pet (we have 3!)

  70. LMP says...

    “Coronito” does not mean little heart! But “corazoncito” does. :)

    • Azuquita says...

      I said the same thing! Maybe a typo?

    • Emily L says...

      I was thinking it’s a play on “coronavirus” :)

    • I came here to say the same thing! Coronito would mean like little crown if I’m not mistaken.

    • Haylee says...

      Was thinking that too! Even so it would be feminine for little crown, coronita :) I still love the name though

  71. Fiona says...

    Our pupper turns 2 next week (we’ve had him about a year and a half) and while I have always been so glad for him, these quarantine days, he has made all the difference. He has started jumping into my lap like a cat while I work, rearranging himself on my knee and then finally settling in a little donut with his head over my shoulder. I often wonder if he’s doing it for him or for me.

  72. Stephanie says...

    So cute! But I’m surprised shelters are still offering fostering/adoption. Here in the UK most shelters have completely shut those programmes down, to support social distancing, spreading germs, etc. They’re still accepting donations and are continuing their rescue work and call responses to help stranded/abused animals.

    • Kate says...

      Oh, many of these (the dogs, at least) don’t seem to be *adoptions* but instead purchases…sigh.

    • Kat says...

      Yes, I’m in the UK and we were all set to adopt a couple of kittens as soon as our local shelter got some… and then lockdown happened, which would be the perfect time to have them, but the shelters are closed! Whatever needs to be done to keep everyone safe, but just a little sad about the timing!

  73. Sally says...

    That massive rabbit!!!

    For a hot second, I thought it was a rabbit wearing a jokey rabbit ears headband. But no, those are his ACTUAL ears, and I’m OBSESSED.
    LOOK AT THEM.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I thought the same!!!

    • I thought the exact same!

  74. Ann says...

    Coronito looks like a deep thinker. :)
    (This is a great post!)

    • Erin says...

      He’s so cute!!

  75. Andrea says...

    The French rabbit looks exactly like one of our cats, if she put on enormous ears.

    Also: most animals are happier (and less work) having another animal around. They also get into hilarious shenanigans. Why stop at adopting one? Pets need pals!

  76. Jill says...

    This really is fantastic. Love this post.

    However, I actually disagree with adopting during quarantine. I predict the rescue centers will become overrun with those same pets after people go back to work. You don’t adopt a rescue pet because you may feel lonely stuck at home. You adopt a rescue pet because you love animals and want to give them a forever home. I do hope I’m wrong about returns.

    • Kate says...

      I fear this as well. I too hope I’m wrong, but…

      We are ready to foster or adopt about six months down the line, when we anticipate an uptick in shelter drop-offs.

    • Brigette says...

      Hi Jill,

      I think this a concern for many as well. We had been wanting to get a kitten a since the fall and I was originally planning to take a week off to be with her. When shelter at home came into place we decided this was the time. We carefully considered what her life would be like once things returned to “normal”.

  77. STK says...

    This is the best. post. ever. 💓

  78. Jane says...

    Neko’s eyes!! What?! Unreal. So dang beautiful.

  79. Cindy says...

    For the rabbits: how about Anne and Diane after the characters from Anne of Green Gables? Iconic friendship. Despite being so different from one another, they truly loved and supported each other, and (I would argue) their friendship anchored the entire community.

    Great post. We don’t need another pet, we don’t need another pet, we don’t need another pet…

    • Cindy says...

      Sorry, Diana. Spell check, man.

  80. Laura B says...

    LOVED this bright spot in the day! We’ve had our dog for 3 years now and he’s been the BEST companion – pandemic or not! (But please tell me I was not the only one hoping that the end of this post was going to have a photo reveal of Joanna and the family with a puppy of their own!?)

    • Kelsey says...

      I SO thought that was going to happen!!

    • Aliez says...

      me too!

    • Heather says...

      Yes! I quickly scrolled to the end hoping it would be a picture of Joanna, her boys, and a sweet pooch!

  81. Kara says...

    Anyone else scroll to the end to see if it was Jo finally announcing they got a dog?!

    • Michaela says...

      Yes!

    • Vivian says...

      I was hoping so too!

  82. Julie says...

    Love a hamster <3

  83. jrg says...

    i’d SO love to get a dog right now but i’m worried that pup would be all alone all day when life ramps back up to normal. does anyone have any plans for their quarantine pets when they go back to work outside the home, etc.? or is that so far off that it doesn’t even matter, haha.

    • Danielle says...

      I’m sort of cheating, as I was already planning to get a dog in April when the coronatine started. Also I’m a healthcare worker, so still going to work. My Millie is a 4 month old Lab mix puppy who is LOVING having me nearly constantly. I try to leave her alone every day- even just to walk around the block so she doesn’t get too used to constant company. I have several folks who are walking and checking on her when I have to be gone. And she’s going to love doggie daycare once the city-wide stay at home order ends.

    • Mac D says...

      I worry about that too – that people will adopt dogs now, enjoy them for their company during isolation and then drop them at a shelter once they have to return to work. My hope is that they fall so in love with their dogs in the few months of isolation, that they can’t possibly give them up afterwards. But after years of following dog rescue societies on social media, I’ve learned not to underestimate some humans’ ability to be callous towards animals.

  84. K says...

    Oh man. Favorite post ever. Also, just saw this during my work break, where I spent 5 minutes eating and 20 minutes snuggling my cat.

  85. Becky says...

    Oh my heart 💗💗💗💗