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  • I adopted a declawed cat from the shelter and in my opinion he was clearly abused.
  • for a while. we found this dog on our property, so thin and scared it took us two days to get its confidence. then it seemed ok for a while. but then it began to attack people, mostly children, but also adults, just warning attacks. we knew then that it had problems, so we took it to Animal Welfare. poor old thing.
  • not so much abused, as wild! i adopted two kittens when they were left in my moms garden, they were 3 weeks old, and terrible little things, constantly spitting and hissing!!! but my boyfriend and i hand reared them and they are real little angels now!
  • I am not 100% sure she was abused, but I found my dog in the middle of a road near some railroad tracks. I posted flyers but no one claimed her. I have owned her for over 6 years now and she still cowers and runs if you clap your hands or raise your voice in the least. She is afraid to eat or drink if anyone is close to her... sometimes she chokes on her water because she is so stiff and nervous trying to drink. I have never once raised my hand to her or hit her in any way, so I assume she has some bad experience that has scarred her.
  • Yes, i have a guinea pig that used to be owned by a little girl that never fed or played with it and kept it outside in the freezing cold. She was trying to sell it to me for 100 with a half rotten wood cage. But i convinced her to give me just the guinea pig for free. The guinea pig had a broken back leg and mange mites and his nail have never been cliped. I've had him now for 3 months and he's doing much better. This is Him in the picture, i named him Bubbles.
  • I think my cat molly was, poor little thing. She flinches a lot, lashes out at the slightest thing and is afraid of nearly everything. It seems she was endlessly teased, then when she lashed out to make them stop they would whack her or something. She is particularly scared of men, and her old owner was a 12 year old boy with two brothers and a father. This is a ladies house now, so she's alright most of the time.
  • I haven't owned one but i just wanted to say to all the people on here who have. Thats really awesome, and without you great people all those animals wouldn't be loved!
  • Yes many ... We run a wildlife shelter ... we also take care of badly treated dogs ... horses and donkeys ... Meet Hercules ... very malnourished when he arrived now he opens the kithcen window by himself ... to receive a reward ...
  • My cat Star was abused when he was a kitten. Don't worry we gave him a great home.
  • Yes, both my cat and dog, were abused, but they are much happier now.
  • We own one now. My husband rescued a Sudan plated lizard from some kids that were abusing it. Poor thing, she was in a pitiful condition when he brought her home. She was in such sad condition that I didn't even freak about having a lizard in the house. She is as happy as a lizard can be now. Poor thing.
  • I have two: one 6 year old pit bull, and a 1 year old dachshund.
  • yes i have three that are alive and six that are dead
  • my dad's puppy, we named her novia. she was abandoned in front of my tia's house, and she was terrified of men and newspapers for weeks before she finally got comfortable around us
  • Have I ever. it seems every abused animal in my aea have my address. The are afraid, timid, quick to strick or bit at first, but with love and patience everyone has become managable and lovable. For most we have found good homes that thye are still at and as happy as posible. The other few are still with us and loving the love and attention they receive from the whole family. To think I never wanted animals.
  • Back in the 1970s, I was living out in the country and someone abandoned a little mite of a dog across the street from our house. We took her in and a few weeks later, she had pups; we hadn't known she was pregnant and took her to the vet because she seemed to be having trouble breathing!! We kept her until she died. Besides being callously abandoned (a wee dog would have stood no chance trying to live on her own in the wild, she was small enough for a small fox to have caught easily), she was also terrified of brooms. We assumed that she had been hit with a broom, probably more than once, in her previous 'home.' At the time we had a short-haired St Bernard named Judy, so we named the new addition 'Punch.' They got along really well together, despite their difference in size. The larger dog would try to get the smaller one to play and it was really comical, because Judy would have to get down on the floor to invite the smaller on to play. These days, I provide homes for 'rescued' hamsters. Not all have been abused, but one was abandoned in a cage in a busy bus terminal at a shopping centre; I consider that abuse.
  • No, I don't think so. My sister has a cat though that used to live on a farm, and it is very afraid of people and hides out all the time. I think she was abused.
  • We had a cute little cat named Asia. Whoever had her before took out all of her claws so she can't fight back at all, except with her teeth. My mom said she thinks it sounds like someone tried to break her voice box, because it sounds so difficult for her to meow. We give her lots of love and borderline spoil her. Well, borderline my ass, we do spoil her. Her, our kitten, and all 4 dogs are ridiculously spoiled. haha
  • Yes. The one in my avatar. His name is "Damn Lucky", but we just call him Lucky.
  • Yes, we're pretty sure our cat Mimi was abused and ran away from her previous owners.
  • Years ago. Morris was a german shepard and truely a wonderful, faithful dog yo...
  • No, but I do own a once ferrel cat..It took her 4 months to come up on my deck, another to come over the doorway.She was just a kitten, this was November in NY. We caught her, We had her fixed,and they clipped the top of her ear right off, she looks crappy, but that was 8 months ago. She is afraid of everyone but me, and I can only hold her if I catch her..I have other cats, that are spoiled, but never bothered her. She's Bella.
  • Yes. Brewster was hurt by a two year old boy. People look at me like I'm evil sometimes because he is a pure toy chihuahua, and they think I had him bred specifically for me. What they don't know is that my Mom rescued him from this neglectful lady and her two year old son, and she gave him to me. He was five months old and three pounds when I got him. To this day he is deathly scared of children and really aggressive around them, which can be difficult because he is so cute. Children gravitate towards him and want to pet him all over, but he just won't have it.
  • Yes, I've taken care of a dog, cat, and a horse that came from abused homes.
  • Both of my dogs were abused, my husky was abused at the pet store that we got him from he was either smashed with something or he was smashed to the ground he hemarage behind his left eye and there are certain words i say to him he runs with his ears back and his tail between his legs so sad, and my retriever he was abused by whoever bought him and brought him back he has a fear of being walked he flips out when we try to put his leash on him so he goes in the yard and if you even try to take his collar off him he really goes nuts he tries to bite you.
  • I think so. I had a dog that I got from the shelter and it took her about a week before she could stop shaking, she was so scared.
  • Yes, quite a few, dogs, cats, rabbit, parrots, horses, goat.
  • Not me personally, but I know someone who owns a hen that formerly worked in an egg-laying factory.

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