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New pet parent (or still thinking about fostering or adopting a pet)? Get all the advice you need: how to find the right pet for you, how to introduce them to other pets and kids, and how to bond with your new family member.

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A report shows that man has a new best friend

Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry star in John Wick with two German Shepherd dogs.

Even if you do want to live that Elle Woods life...


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The truth is breed labels are often wrong

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You’ve chosen to adopt a dog, congratulations! But with dogs in need both here and abroad, which route should you take?

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People with distinctive features step forwards, you’re needed to train the next generation of seeing eye dogs. Here’s what’s involved...

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So-called ‘milestones’ are shifting these days. Is getting a dog the new getting hitched?

Tabby cat trying to open with her head window in order to enter the house.

TikTok thinks the universe just provides you a cat – is that really a thing?

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If you’re struggling with pet care costs, you are far from alone and there’s no shame seeking help. Here’s a few places to start

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You’re in love, but is it irresponsible to add four paws to the mix?

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At so many points in those first hours, weeks, months, I screamed, internally: what have we done? 

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A new study scores dogs on behaviours such as how they responded when unfamiliar people visited or if they were jealous when their owner gave affection to another animal

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I adopted a couple of seniors because cats, like wine, only get better with age

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Here’s why bonded kitties, senior cats and felines with FIV make just as amazing pets as any other

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Here’s how to help your rescue kitty feel at home

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Feels high stakes because it kind of is

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A vet breaks down everything you need to know when you bring home a new kitten

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Cat behaviourist Kristiina Wilson on the importance of socialising cats

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Some besties are inseparable, and that’s not always a bad thing

A dog running with a woman on a pier.

Find out which dog breed is right for your lifestyle

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From where to begin looking to how to prepare your home for the new arrival

tripod dog / dog with three legs

Why you shouldn’t rule out senior dogs, special-needs pups, bully breeds or tripods

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A cat behaviourist’s 10 steps for keeping your cat out of trouble

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Sound advice from seasoned dog and cat parents who have been there

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They’ll always remember their first childhood pet – this intro is just the beginning

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7 tips for acing your inspection and bringing your new pup home

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Hundreds of dogs are rescued from hoarding situations every year. Here’s what their adopters should know, according to animal welfare experts

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There’s a lot more to it than sniffing each other’s butts