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Tell me about some of the animals you have cared for in your life?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Veterinary Assistant interview

Advice
Talk about your affinity for animals. As a vet assistant, you an animal lover experienced with pet sitting and caring for your own pets. Your relationship to the animals in your life tells a vet that you are compassionate. Think about setting up your example like this:

"I adopted my dog from the shelter. He was a rescue with severe anxiety. I spent the first six months training him and spending time to build a bond with him. Even though he had some bad behaviors, like peeing on the floor and destroying the house when I was gone, I learned that time and patience paid off. He is an awesome dog and I am so grateful to have him in my life."

Telling a brief story about a relationship with your pet is a great way to respond to this question. You could also talk about an animal you took care of for someone else. Talk about what you learned from the experience.
Basic answer example
"I adopted my dog from the shelter. He was a rescue with severe anxiety. I spent the first six months training him and spending time to build a bond with him. Even though he had some bad behaviors, like peeing on the floor and destroying the house when I was gone, I learned that time and patience paid off. He is an awesome dog and I am so grateful to have him in my life."

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Tell me about some of the animals you have cared for in your life?
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I have raised hogs my whole life. I also have worked to cattle I am currently the serving as the 2011-2012 Beef Princess in my county. I have also worked with cats, dogs, and ferrets at the vet clinic I worked at throughout high school.
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I helped raise an abandon kitten to adulthood, and currently am helping a friend of mine train her service dog.
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Every dog I have had has been raised from a puppy and I actually had one of my dogs get pregnant she gave birth to 11 puppies I assisted her in the delivery and helped her for 7 weeks weened them and sold them. Kept 1. I teach them the basic commands..
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I have owned/cared for 2 female Main Coons. Brown Classic Tabbies. One lived until 22 and then died of kidney failure. My current cat, Prissy, is 11 and still lively and active. I feed her dry non-soy food and water and change her box. She is pretty playful at times. Other times, she just wants to be left alone.
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Our family had dogs, snakes, fish, ferrets, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, ducks, turtles and so on so we experienced the caretaking needs and wants of a large variety of animals. These animals brought us joy and entertained us, taught us about their physical make-up and needs and taught us to value, appreciate and wonder about nature. Later in life I was involved with wild animals-mostly birds, bats, small mammals like squirrels and some larger animals like possums and raccoons. What I have noticed about any animals is that whether they are in pain or immobilized or lost or suffering in any way, it seems as if they understand that we are there to help them.
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I have cared for many rescued animals, ranging from stray cats and dogs to orphaned squirrels, jack rabbits and birds. I have raised horses, goats, and hope to be apart of rescuing wildlife someday.
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I have raised dogs mostly. I used to help my mom train guide dogs for the blind. Then mom decided to open a business up to help keep kids off drugs and I got to assist and go to schools with her and teach them and do obedience demos. So then I loved doing that and being around animals so I decided after I graduate high school I want to go to a dog training school and I did I became certified and now I want to pursue in the veterinary fiield.
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I have 2 dogs. One my husband bought for me over a year ago and the other we recently adopted a month ago. Needless to say they are my babies and very very sweet boys.
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I have raised cats, dogs, rats and all kinds of farm animals. I feel that once you get an animal you get it for life so I have been with them from the good times to the bad time in witch they die.
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I have had cats for years and small animals like rabbits but recently I have gotten more exotic pets such as sugar gliders lizards and tranturals I have also started being a foster mom for a neurological kitten and a bottle feeder.
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I helped out with the cows on my parents farm since the time I was 12 until 2005. Then I cared for many animals at ... In my 4.5 years there, including hospitalized and boarding cats and dogs. I now volunteer with Animal Aide, where I go almost every sunday to clean cages, feed and water cats and kittens, and some times do some socializing of cats and kittens.
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I grew up on a dairy farm, and started helping out at the age of 12. I milked the cows and also gave needles to sick cows. I cared for many cats and dogs in my time at my last job. I would come in after hours if we had one of our regular diabetic dogs boarding, to take him out to the bathroom. I also saw to the feeding of all hospitalized and boarding animals in our care. I have also volunteered with Animal Aide for the past 2 years.
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Just dogs, birds, cats, lizards, hampsters and gerbils.
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Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, chickens, horses,
15.
I have a few different animals. I've had dogs and cats almost always. My father was a canine officer so even caring for aggressive dogs. I've had a bird and a chinchilla, guinea pigs, a rabbit, and quite a few rats before. And obviously raised a few birds.
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I have two Dogs. The one since I was young and the other we recently adopted from the animal shelter. I have also had cats and fish. Our oldest dog was diagnosed with mast cell tumors about a year ago, I have cared for her after every surgery and administered her medications. Caring for animals is a rewarding experience, but not as rewarding as receiving your animal's care in return.
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I have a domestic short haired solid black cat that I named sneakers. She stopped eating for no reason for about 10 days I had to wrap her in a towel and syringe feed her, on the day that I was taking her into the vet she wolfed down a bowl of dry food, she only had her canine teeth. I went by the advise of my vet that due to her lack of teeth and age to give her only wet which she always had once a day as a snack but apparently she wanted dry.
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Dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs.
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I have always had cats and dogs. In my adult life I have also had a hamster, bird and aquatic turtles as personal pets. When I was a teenager I worked for a company that threw children's parties and I worked with reptiles, small mammals and a variety of other animals.
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Anything from small breeds, to animals on a farm, such as horses, chickens, ducks, and goats. I have cared for a variety of different animals at some point in my life.
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I have always had dogs. I have expience with rabbits, cats, and ginue pigs too.
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I've taken care of my friends dog during their trip to a wedding, and also taken care of my best friends cats because I wasn't allowed to have pets when I was younger.The only animal i've raised is my pet rabbit since I got him in 2009 I care for him in a cage free environment.
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In my lifetime I have had one dog. He recently had an abdominal mass and even though it was a 50 50 chance I talked to my entire family about the surgery and told them why surgery would be our best option. He also has seasonal allergies and I have to wash his ears everyday and give him his medications. I also had a family member that had a dog with diabetes mellitus which on multiple occasions I was the one that had to administer the insulin.
24.
My animal obsession started early. When I was 6 I had two gold fish named Motor and Tilly. I was so proud to keep them alive, since my dad promised me a puppy if I could keep them going for 6 months. They both died when my dad bought the wrong water chemicals, they got a navy burial down the toilet; but I still remember them to this day. My first dog was Coco. He was a border collie pyrenees mix. My dad and mom rehomed him to a family friend with a farm because our 900 sq foot house was too small. Next was Jazzy, a cockapoo Terrier mix that my family had from the time she was 8 weeks old till when I had to have her pts last december (1999-2013). She was an amazing dog that taught me so much about myself, my family, and life. She still owns a piece of my heart.Last but not least is my current pooch, Tessa. Tessa is a 7 month old Lab mix that we got from a farm near town at 8 weeks. She's my first big dog that I'm taking care of myself. She's a handful at times, but I wouldn't trade her for all the money in the world. She's my dog through and through, from the moment we met she was attached to me I've never had a dog look me in the eye and seem to bury herself into my soul like Tess.
25.
Dogs and cats are of course the animals I have cared for the most in my life. I have a family of 8 and have always been the one to have cared for our animals. In my life time I cared for dogs, cats, mice, ferrets, a wild bird, and horses. I have even once had a dog give birth to 10 puppies and assisted in a all night pregnancy. One had complications with breathing and I assisted in bringing that puppy life.
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I have a 13 Year old West Highland Terrier, a 5 year old dwarf rabbit, 2 birds, and about a year ago I had bought a baby Bassett hound. I have all raised and cared for these animals myself.
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Ever since I was a young girl I have had everything from a frog to a bird that fell out of a nest. But as my pets and animals I have fostered I have cared for a Rottweiler with Parvo Virus, Chocolate lab with Parvo, the same Rottweiler that had parvo ate my bird which I was instructed by the vet to put two tables spoons of baking soda down her throat, I've rescued a Beagle who was 7 years old with heart failure and kidney failure, Rescued a 13 year old chow mix from a kill shelter who shared her last few weeks with me and she was put down to a huge mass in her stomach that was causing her to bleed, I have had everything from rabbits, rats, mice, gerbils, lizards, goats, chickens, cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, gerds, and on my free time I like to take a trip to kill shelters in north Carolina to rescue dogs. Ive drove a total of 36 hours rescuing animals.
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My entire life we have always had a lot of animals. Growing up on a farm we've had everything from cats, dogs, horses, chickens, to even ferrets and fish and any other small furries you can think of.
29.
I have cared for and raised dozens of animals in my life. This includes, dogs (both large and small), cats, birds, guinea pigs, hamsters, hedge hogs, and fish.
30.
I have cared for several dogs, both unweened puppies and elderly ones, and even one that had severe fear issues after she had been abused. I have owned and cared for several cats, including a few with health issues. I have been raised around cattle and horses, so I do know how to work safely around them. I have also had, and still do raise tropical fish.
31.
I've raised many animals. 2 dogs from before their eyes were open and 4 cats with their eyes closed and one with its eyes open. I had to bottle feed each. Thats not including the other dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish and birds I have owned.
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From a child my family had cats and dogs. I currently care for two Siberian huskies which can be a handful from time to time but it is always a pleasure. I have never had bad experiences with any animals and I am not afraid of pets that may seem aggressive, I have always been able to handle this well.
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Zorra, her puppies. Hedgehog right now, guinea pig. Raised several birds which fell out of their nests in our roof. I raised 3 bunnies.
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I have had a few dogs, growing up I had a dog named Buffy not really sure what breed of dogs she was but I was attached to the hip to this dog. I have several baby pictures with me just squeezing and hugging her, I have also had a chihuahua and a bull dog during high school we sort of adopted the bull dog from my brother he died of old age unfortunately my chihuahua got attacked by another dog who punctured its lung and had to be put down. Right now I have 2 wonderful poodles named Summer and Bentley they are literally like my children it drives my family crazy sometimes.
35.
I currently have an 11 years old basset hound turning 12 in a month who has had constant ear problems growing up. I am The one responsible to cleaning them and administering ear drops.
36.
I have had many animals in my life, we recently lost our 14 year old Rottweiler that I had since I was 5. Animals have been a constant in my life.
37.
I grew up with pets that included cats, dogs, snakes, lizards and birds. In my professional experience I have worked with Cats, dogs, birds, squirrels and horses.
38.
I have rescued all my animals from incredible rescues across the country. I have my one that is a bit more reactive and we work with that and one that is a cattle dog that loves to herd. They all have their quirks and I am glad that I have the training to work with them.
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Betsy was our first dog, she was abandoned by a industrial bin and had severe mange. She was wonderful but a reL character. Then came Porsche another rescue rottie who was more of a male than female dog. Gunner soon joined the pack. He was attacked at four months old and became dog aggressive but through behaviour work that improved. When I came back to the uk I rescued Lilly and Molly, abuse cases, mother and daughter then recently Marcus and I rescued Kelly a lazy greyhound.
40.
I grew up with cats and dogs of many sizes. They both needed much care such as feeding, fresh water, walks, playtime, toys, love and attention.
41.
I have hand fed and raised a kitten in my life who sadly passed away a few years ago. I have also cared for and raised my dog and 3 cats.
42.
I have had all kinds of animals in my life including dogs, cats, reptiles and horses. All of them have been very special to me and I took pride in taking the best care of them.
43.
I did have 2 dogs when I was younger and then it came to our surprise that my sister was allergic so my cousins became their new owners. My granny had 2 dogs which I adored and went to visit everyday. I also had a friend dog which lived in the house behind me who I would bring over everyday.
44.
Growing up we had all sorts of animals: hamsters, rat, fish, a rabbit, a snake and lizards, cats and dogs. I am very comfortable with all animals. I currently have 2 cats that are like my children.
45.
Considering I have previously worked at a vet, I have cared for many animals. But I do have my own dog that I care for daily.
46.
When I was younger to the age of 16 I cared and raised 8 cats all of which were my moms but I would clean up after them and feed them. Now I have 4 cats of my own as well as a red eared slider and kenyan sand boa.
47.
I have cared for sheep, horses, hamsters, birds, cattle, donkeys and have raised dogs (from 8 wks old) and horses (from 2 year old)
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I use to help my friends family on there house farm, changing shoes and grooming. My dog I have right now, I rescued her from a fighter and the vet told me she wasnt going to recover or live very long and I have had her for 6 years now.
49.
I have cared for a multitude of dogs and cats. I have also owned horses, birds, and fish. I also currently care for a dog, rabbit, and two snakes.
50.
When I was a child, I went to my grandma home everyday, they kept a cat as a pet, at that time, I thought being a cat was so great, because he was lazy, he slept all time, when he was awake, he went out. and I had a turtle before, however, my mum gave to a auntie at the end.
51.
Well, I have had 5 dogs, and 3 cats. When I was 7 My cat broke its leg, and I always cared for him, took him to his food, checked on his leg etc. Whenever my animals were limping I would examine them.
52.
I have cared for domestic cats and dogs my whole life and for the past three years at the central florida zoo been working with about 50 different speciese of small animals monitoring their behavior, handleing them and for a short time working on their diets.
53.
Personally I have cared for several cats and I have a pet tortoise. I have cared for a number of patients and remember a cat being in a road accident with a fractured jaw and nursed him back to health with intensive syringe feeding.
54.
Multiple cats and dogs, deer, farm animals, bunnies, etc. Chinchilla, fish.
55.
I grew up with many pets, dogs, cats, rats, parrots, horses.
56.
I have cared for many animals, ranging from a turtle, to lynxs. I currently have 3 cats and 1 rabbit (did have 2, sadly ond passed away). During my work experience I havd cared for both wild and fadm animals from wolves to pigs.
57.
I have raised a parrot, three lizards, and dozens of fish and aquatic life as my own pets; however I have also cared for a turtle and guinea pig.
58.
My first ever cat was an abandoned feral kitten I found on the street. He was so little, I had to bottle feed him and help him poop. It was a lot of work, but it was really rewarding watching him grow up.
59.
I currently have two boxers who are both 5 years old and before them I had a saint bernard and a bunny and while I was volunteering at the spca I cared for both cats and bunnies.
60.
My dad is a veterinarian so I grew up in stables and I was all my life passionate about animals, very much about dogs and horses, I bred horses in Germany and had always dogs and cats.
61.
I grew up in a zoo, basically, with a diversity of animals and realized how much I enjoyed handling and caring for animals. I started restoration work when I was ten and carried that passion into college, when I entered a wildlife ecology program. Since then, I have helped to recover endangered species and have performed subcutanous injections, parasite control, blood work, etc.
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I have bred and raised multiple litters of puppies. I have had cats and dogs my entire life and over the last 5 years I have been blessed to get into the field of horses.I have helped horses with colic and wounds as well as learned some basic training of horses. I have also been lucky enough to rescue a horse of the auction house.
63.
I have grown up around dogs, cats, snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, birds, rats, hamsters - you name it. When I was in 7th grade I took up horseback riding, and continued that throughout high school - even working at a barn feeding and helping care for the horses. I volunteered at PAWS for a summer to get some experience in the animal medical field and found great fulfillment in that opportunity.
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I have 4 dogs that I have raised since they were puppies. I have trained 3 out of the 4 myself. The 4th I was away at college when we got her. My grandparents have Saint Bernards and I have always helped take care of them also.
65.
The animals I have cared for in my life have been quite a few the normal house hold pets of dogs, cats, hamsters, genie pigs, birds but quite a few odd ones as in an alligator, little Parana.
66.
My parents got me my first kitten when I was about 7 he recently passed away. Now my husband and I have two cats and a dog.
67.
From a young age I have had many pets such as: dogs, cats, rabbits and a horse. I aswell as my family were responsible for making sure that these animals were well kept e. G. Feeding, grooming, walking, Veterinary treatment when needed.
68.
We have had a range of animals throughout the years. We used to breed Wired haired fox terriers which were beautiful! Every year we have a lambing season where I am greatly involved with and enjoy. We have to care for them from the begin when they are covered by the tup and when they are given birth. All different types of caring. Many times we have something go wrong such as a ewe dies or a lamb you have to handle there and then. So no one get upset and stressed ! This is the same for all animals in that situation.
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I have owned dogs my whole life, the very smallest breeds, to large breeds. I have a cat, and a rabbit. I Even have experience caring for iguanas.
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I have a cat of my own, I have had her since I was a kitten. We also had another cat in the house but he passed a few years ago. I used to live with my nan and she has always had animals so I grew up around animals and always helped care for them When I was at college I did work experience at secret world wildlife rescue and cared for a variety of animals there, from foxes and badgers to ducks and chickens. The college also had a variety of domestic and exotic animals which we would all care for as part of the course.
71.
We had a dog named Bella when I was young. I loved her, but I did not have much responsibility for her. When I graduated from high school, my uncle gave me Sonnet, an Irish Spaniel. I have complete responsibility for her. She is a healthy, happy dog.
72.
I have had cats all growing up I also had hamsters and guineas pig that I was responsible for at a young age. I always cleaned their cages once a week because I understood that it could be uncomfortable living in a filthy environment and I did not want that for my pets.
73.
I cared for a shih tzu for 10 years, it lived a long and happy life, I took it for long walks, to dog parks, played fetch with it often. My dog was my family and I treated it with as much love as I could offer.
74.
I have cared for and raised about 30 hamsters so far. Sometimes I owned more than one at a time, which is why the number is so large. This is also between me and my sister, over about a 12 year time span. I have also cared for many fish, as well as a beloved English budgie who passed away about a year ago due to old age.
75.
I currently have a gorgeous long haired german shepherd and a chihuahua maltese I rescued about a year ago. They are wonderful, loyal, happy dogs. Before that I had a couple of cocker spaniels, both died of old age. They were two crazy partners in crime and were very mischievous and cheeky. Before that I had Bart a german shepherd, pitbull mix. He was a gentle giant.
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I have had two dogs growing up as a child and it never worked out because they were too much work. I did always have a cat though. But now that I live on my own I have my own Dutch Shepherd who is my entire world who I have raised since he was 9 weeks old and now he is almost turning three.
77.
I have always had a dog or a cat around when I was growing up. My dog and cat now are like my kids and they both mean the world to me.
78.
I grew up with dogs, cats, hamsters, and fish. I have also owned a hedgehog and been around rabbits. I worked at a dog kennel for 3 years taking care of dogs and cats and have also volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center where I helped care for rabbits, squirrels, racoons, beavers, groundhogs, skunks, and badgers.
79.
I have cared for dogs, cats and rabbits/guinea pigs in the vet practice. All needing different care and attention. I have had a dog, cat, guinea pigs and hamster when I was growing up so I am used to handling a varitey of animals.
80.
I am a zookeeper, therefore I have worked with hundreds of species. I have also cared for my personal pets which include dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, domestic rat, turtles, and a pot-belly pig.
81.
Growing up Ive always had some sort of pet. We had a cockatiel bird when I was little, turtles, a rabbit, guinea pigs, hamsters, I currently own a dog who is now 4 years old, and a hamster.
82.
I have cared and raised a horse at the stables where I had the responsibility to groom, tack up, carry out health checks and exercise the horse.
83.
It has probably been 12 cats and two dogs, a oouple of fish and some frogs.
84.
Iv raised two dogs a Chihuahua named ginger and a daschund named rosie. I played with them fed them took them for walks.
85.
The great thing about working at a rehab centre is that whenever there are orphaned baby animals that come in, especially if they are just a few days or weeks old, you can see their progression and growth throughout time. The raccoons, squirrels, foxes, porcupines get these specific protein/fat formula and you could see their size and weights going up in a fairly decent pace.
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11 dogs, a variety of small animals and I bred from one of my dogs and had to hand rear the puppies.
87.
I have had dogs and cats for my entire life.
88.
I have worked with and raised many animals throughout my life. I have had dogs my entire life. They have come to me at various stages in their life from puppies to seniors. I have worked with horses for half of my life and I have worked on dairy farms caring for calves and heifers.
89.
I have had a lot of different animals to care of over the years. It ranges from bottle feeding a calf buffalo to whelping puppies. My favorite animal to care for is my cat. She is super loving and is always excited to see me.
90.
I have had a few dogs in my life. I take care of my animals like they are my own children.
91.
Honey, Purdy, Jess, Meg. Jess, Ember, Tic. The Geese, chickens, rabbits (charlie), hamsters, guinea pigs, pigs, goats, ducks, cattle.
92.
I had a rabbit and loved taking care of it. 5 years later she died. She had an interesting personality.
93.
I feel like ive never had no less then 5 animals in my house, everything from tadpolls, to chinchillas, and of course cats and dogs. I currently have 2 dogs and 2 cats.
94.
I always had a love for animals, as a child I had a cat that I used to dress up, as I got older I carried that love for animals with me. I cared for them with love and affection.
95.
I adopted a Boxer 1 & 1/2 years old, she unfortunately passed away from T-Cell lymphoma a year later. I currently have 5 cats, all have special needs and require special care.
96.
Ive had dogs and cats all my life and have helped raise them into wonderful dogs. I have even fostered a nursing pup with a bottle until she was old enough to eat on her own then I adopte3d her form the shelter, now I have a baby crow that I saved with a broken leg and hand fed him and now he is healthy and living in my house.
97.
I have cared for cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, rats, fish, snakes, cattle, goats, chickens, and my personal favorite horses.
98.
I had two Red Ear Slider turtles and I fed them their petfood along with some vegetables such a broccoli and carrots. Now I have a Maltese dog.
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I have cared for animals that were in a vet hospital needing treatments, boarding animals and animals that came to the college that needed to be fed, watered and walked or played with for kennel duty. Most of the animals that I have cared for are cats and dogs and I own a cat myself.
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I personally have not have any pets, because they were not allowed din my home. I have taken care of other animals and it was a very enjoyable experience.
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I have cared for many dogs and some cats.

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