This question didn't have a tag for buying a pet; I've made an edit suggestion to add . It seems relevant in this case, but adoption to me has the connotation of transferring ownership from one family to another, or perhaps adopting a rescue or a pet from a shelter.

Is there a better word we could use for buying pets from a young age, or is adoption suitable in all cases?


I think is fine for all acquisitions, whether free, nominal cost (shelters), or purchases.

The issue of age is orthogonal; people both buy and otherwise adopt adult animals too, not just young ones.

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    It's been pointed out in chat that while this makes sense for assorted furry pets, people don't tend to think of "adopting" fish, lizards, crawfish, and the like. – Monica Cellio Oct 11 '13 at 1:34

There is no wiki for , but personally, I wonder if adoption should be more about the adoption process and not actually bringing a new pet home.

Maybe a new tag for new pets regardless of how the arrive like

  • This makes a lot of sense to me. If we have questions specifically about adoption then they're likely to end up tagged something like "ferals" or "animal-shelters" or the like, right? – Monica Cellio Oct 11 '13 at 1:32
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    new-pets could be the synonym and adoption could be a tag – user87 Oct 11 '13 at 3:05

I think is good for, well, adopting from a shelter or a rescue or from another family, etc, but if the pet is coming from a pet store or breeder, you could also consider , perhaps?

I know a lot of people, myself included, don't always like the connotation of a pet being bought - the idea of an animal you are going to consider a companion being something you buy just like you buy toilet paper or dish soap or what have you is kind of awkward.

That said, I think the actual word will come down to personal preference, but having both and might not be a bad thing, I don't think, as they can have two different connotations in people's minds like I mention in my first paragraph.

  • In what cases would you want to separate these? When would somebody be interested in finding questions about only one type of pet acquisition? – Monica Cellio Oct 11 '13 at 0:46

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