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Celebrating Animals

Readers submit their best photos to All Animals

All Animals magazine, January/February 2014

Photo submitted by Julia Franet-Thornbeck

When I bought my first ferret from a pet store 13 years ago,  I knew they were the pet for me. But after I discovered that most ferrets come from breeding mills, I began adopting instead. I’ve had about a dozen rescued ferrets over the years and loved every one. They’ve got their own room filled with lounging spots and toys. I’ve even ferret-proofed my house for extra fun time when I’m home.

This is Kaya, who passed away in June. She had the most angelic face. But she also had a little tiger behind that face. She’d do this thing called a ferret war dance, arching her long body and bouncing backwards while clicking and squeaking. She was fearless, too, and would chase my mom’s cat when she was feeling playful.

Not every ferret gives kisses, but Kaya did. When I cuddled her, she would tickle my cheek with her little tongue. She’ll be forever missed by her family. She crawled into our hearts, snuggled in deep, and stole a piece when she left.

—Julia Franet-Thornbeck, Aurora, Colorado

Do you have an inspiring photo of a favorite pet or wild animal?

Submit your inspiring photo to us for possible publication in All Animals or on our website, along with an explanation of 250 words or fewer about why it's meaningful to you.

Submitted photos should be at least 300 dpi at a size of 8" by 10" and at least 2MB. (You may also send hard copy submissions to All Animals, The HSUS, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037. Hard copies cannot be returned.)

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