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Adopt a Virtual Pet Online for Free

Updated on February 7, 2016
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You can adopt all kinds of virtual pets.

Some are very realistic and look just like a dog or a horse. Others are fantastical creatures that could only live in an imaginary world, but a world that you can share with other people.

Here are ten of the best, realistic and imaginary virtual pets that can be found online for free

Moshi Monsters

Moshi monsters hasn't been around as long as some virtual per sites but it is growing fast. It lets you adopt a pet 'monster' and look after it while it grows up. There are a lot of games to play and other players to chat with.

The moshi monsters are a lot smarter than other online pets. For one thing, they understand how well you look after them. If you let them down, they can start behaving very badly. They scream, they fight and it needs a lot of care to get them back to being happy and playful again.

So remember, If you want to take your monster from a z-level baby to a fully grown up, A-level MonSTAR, you need to pay careful attention.

Moshi monsters has over 1.5 million online players. The video above gives an idea of why it is so popular.

Neopets world map.
Neopets world map.

Neopets


Neopets was the first of the big online virtual pet sites and is almost ten years old. It was made for college students but nowadays many children use the site. The whole thing is free and you get three pets to adopt and play with.

The site is massive and the range of things you can do is enormous. There are clubs and guilds to join. Regular new competitions appear. You can team with friends to take part in quests. A popular club is the astronomy club.This gives you a telescope to look for the constellations of stars in the sky. If you find them all, you get a prize.

There are many other things to do. You can set up a shop to earn neopoints (nps) or you can play games to get rich. Once you have enough points you can ‘buy’ things for your neopet home. Some players like to train their pets to fight in battles. Some like to spend their time dressing up pets or building a home.

Neopets is one of the best sites if you like to play with friends, make teams to compete in cups and quests or like regular and unusual challenges.

neopets.com

Neopets jr.
Neopets jr.

Note to Parents

There are adults, as well as children, on the Neopets site so care should be exercised. Access to messenging is restricted for participants under the age of 13.

Neopets Jr

This a simpler version of Neopets for younger kids with more controls over chat.

Some of the virtual pets at adoptme
Some of the virtual pets at adoptme

Adoptme.com

While many pet sites have cute monsters to adopt, Adoptme.com offer virtual pets like dogs and horses which are beautifully drawn and friendly in a Disney way.

You give your pet a name and choose whether it is a boy or a girl. Then you are given some money everyday to look after it.


Some of the fun things to do with your virtual pet:

  • You can chat with it.
  • You can enter it in pet shows and win prizes.
  • If you have a myspace or facebook page or any kind of blog or website you can show it off to other people.
  • There are many games to play like tic tac toe, tennis or checkers.
  • You can dress up your pet
  • If you think your pet needs to be a bit more serious you can find it a job where it can earn money to spend in the shop.

adoptme.com

SQUIRILLA ONYX
SQUIRILLA ONYX | Source

Pet Adoptables


This is one of the newest sites and looks like a friendly place to get a free virtual pet. There are only about 2500 members so far but the forums are busy with people talking about their pets and their lives. You start with an egg and nurture it carefully.

Favorite animals seem to be cats and dogs and there are endangered animals which need special care in our world. I liked the look of the owl!

petadoptables.com/

Guffins

This is one of the more recent virtual pet sites. There are several cute animals to choose from (again no monsters). You need to download a small file that will put the game into your browser tool bar. This makes the pet world easy to keep up with but might annoy some people.

You will probably want avoid setting Guffins as your homepage on install.

The site is well integrated with Facebook and sharing is easy.

There are simple activities needed to keep your pet in top condition like feeding and cleaning.

guffins.com/index.jhtml

Scary Caves on Marapets
Scary Caves on Marapets

Mara pets

You are allowed up to 12 pets in Mara. You can adopt one or trade with other players for money won in Mara’s many games.

Once you have a pet, you need to take good care of it. There are many games to play including dress up and celebrity dress up. If you like to fight virtual battles the battle arena is for you.

Some Place Places to Visit in Mara


The Biala Icecaves:

This is a place that you need to careful about visiting. There are magical things to be found in the caves and these can get you a lot of Mara money. If don't keep your eyes open though your pet can get lost and it might not be so easy again. It is still the place to get the best health and, if you are lucky, magic stats.

Job Center:

If you need more money to spend in all the great Mara stores, you need to get your pet a job from the job center.

Jobs include actress, doctor,astronaut vet and even thief- though I'm sure that a thief really does too much work.

Be careful though you will lose all that lovely money if you forget to look after your pet and he doesn't show up for work when he is supposed to.

Battle Arena:

Fearsome combat with pet against pet happens in the battle arena. You need to teach your pet well if you want him to win!


Mara drag and drop doll dress up.
Mara drag and drop doll dress up.

Shops

The shops have clothes to buy and things for your Mara pet home. If you look around it is amazing just how much choice there is- and of course you can always open your own shop. Maybe you will get Mara rich!

Games

There are dozens of free online games at Mara including- strategy games, dress up, cards, flash games and puzzle games.

There are also plenty of quests to take part in and prizes to be won.

http://www.marapets.com/

bearsville
bearsville

Buildabearville

This not strictly an adopt-a-pet site. It is more of a build-a-bear-friend site. It deserves a mention for its great graphics. It is especially girl friendly.

You can make your own bear in the bear workshop and explore the virtual world of bearville. One place to visit is the fabulous fashion district where you can get the makeover of a lifetime.

Games include:

Underwater adventures where you and your bear friend face many hazards but also see many wonderful things.

A pie eating contest. How many pies can can one small bear eat?

http://www.buildabearville.com/gettingStarted.aspx

All of the Games Above Are Completely Free

There are more and more places to adopt a virtual pet online- and the pets are more cute and lovable all the time. So why not adopt one today. It won't cost you anything!

Kids and grownups alike love to have an online companion to look after. Some of these creatures live in big online worlds that you can explore and where there are other players to meet. There are all kinds of games to play and activities to get involved with. A warning- sometimes these worlds can be too tempting and you just don't want to come back!.

One of the great things about these virtual pet worlds is that they appeal equally to girls and boys. Some of the activities involve dress up, some involve fierce fights with other player's pets. Often, the graphics are so good that you feel as if you have wandered into a Disney Movie- except that here you can move around, chat, build things, start clubs and do stuff no movie maker ever thought of.

Webkinz
Webkinz

WebKinz

The first thing to say is that Webkinz is free to play BUT before you can get on the site you need a special code. You can only get the code if buy a Webkinz stuffed toy. These range in price from a few dollars to fifteen or twenty dollars. They are especially inexpensive if you buy on Amazon.

Once you have access, you get to go on one of the most fun to play, online pet worlds around.

Foopets yorkie.
Foopets yorkie.

Foopets:the most realistic virtual pets online

There is no massive online world here but the fabulous, lifelike graphics deserve a special mention. Great for the virtual pet lover who dosen’t want to spend too much time in other worlds.

http://www.foopets.com

UPDATE: sadly Foopets is no longer free. Expect around $5 to open an account. Many thanks to Helen for that information.

Virtual Pet Freaks Forum

This forum is the place to talk about all the various virtual pets you can find online.

http://virtualpetfreaks.forumotion.com/

For parents

It is worth checking the privacy policies of each of the sites and also how much control there is over chat between the players. You might need to choose the approbriate settings for your child.

Eyepet on the PS3
Eyepet on the PS3

Best Virtual Companions on other Platforms?

This page has been all about personal computer pets. There are plenty of other way to enjoy having a virtual pet, though.

My personal favorite is Eyepet. This you can be found on PS3 Move. You need the PS3 console and the Move camera to play this but there is a lot of fun that everyone in the family can get involved in.

Move games are great for parties, too.

Wonderful, Foopet-like, dogs and cats can be found on Ninendogs. To play this you will have to own the Nintendo 3DS.

A few of the puppies that you can start with are shown in the picture below.

Nintendog puppies
Nintendog puppies | Source

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      kilye 4 years ago

      i like webkinz

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      mia 4 years ago

      im sad that foo pets is not free they are soooo cute im going to get a puppy dog soon.

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      sierra 4 years ago

      i DO NOT LIKE THESE GAMES BECOSE I HAVE TRIDE FOOPETS MY MOM WILL NOT LET ME PLAY ITS NOT FREE PLESE MAKE FOOPETS FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      rocker 5 years ago

      i have been tring to make a foo pet for an hour it is so stupied that you have to bay money for a pet :(grrrrrrrrgr lol/

      this is stupied

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      mia 5 years ago

      moshie monsters is so cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool it is amasing

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      Saya 5 years ago

      I use to play on foopets constantly. Until the owners got greedily and made it so you have to pay to play a driving virtual game. It was the best suite I knew.

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      taylin 5 years ago

      we need a nee kind of website like this but for free this sucks you people should know by now that other people these days don't like to pay get smart nd get wit it already use ur breans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i should run this thang!!! like yeee ahahaha!!!!!

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      Peige 5 years ago

      I remember when foopets was actually free... it sucks now that you have to pay to play an ONLINE GAME

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      marissa 5 years ago

      heller everyony i hate foo pets now i use to love them they waste all your money.omg now u know me.lol

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      summer 5 years ago

      i love jls thay are a fave band i love marvin

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      ellie 5 years ago

      im just going on neopets.com

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      lauren 5 years ago

      adorable and we love it

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      don't know 5 years ago

      i love mm

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      wasup 5 years ago

      moshimonsters is so cool!!

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      Hi 5 years ago

      What up

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      monae 5 years ago

      i love webkinz. i have 6 webkinz. But i wish i could sign up for foo pets but i know if i do ill have to pay to adopt a pet. man i wish they didn't make people haft to pay. i would ask my mom to but she would say no and i would but im only 13.

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      tamera 5 years ago

      i have had an account on foopets for nine yrs. and now they say i have to pay that is rediculous i think they should have something where whoever was on before they made you pay can keep their account without paying!

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      Lexi101112m13 5 years ago

      Foopest only makes you pay because the site hased to be paid for to be up and running

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      pug rocks 5 years ago

      The only good websites on there is moshimaonsters and adoptapet.And i agree with everyone foo pets stinkes why should u have to pay 4.99 for a stupied account online?And i have like 25 acounts for moshi monsters.One of my usernames are step447

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      Whatever 5 years ago

      Foo pets, neopets, and adopt me are so dumb!!!

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      Superstar1050 5 years ago

      I would get into foopet but i didn't want to spend my money once i been robed so yeah

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      cece 5 years ago

      plz plz plz find more websites! i jave been looking for some but they are boring!plz find an animal game! I want to play pets adoptables but im only nine!

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      kenyatta 5 years ago

      we always got to pay for something

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      jen 5 years ago

      I know it might be bad for some of you, but Foopets is a good replacement for a dog. I'm not allowed to have dogs, so a virtual pet like Foopets is great. I'm okay with paying

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      Crystal 5 years ago

      I miss the old Foopets. I used to play that game all the time. I had 30+ pets from breeding and never selling. I was actually "lucky" to get a glitch litter of 13. I love how realistic it is but I refuse to pay for a dog or cat on a screen. It was a great site until ClubFoo came. Us regular users had a limited access to things. Then this happened. Can't find another game like it. Doubt I ever will.

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      .......... 5 years ago

      power pets rocks 4get foopets people and do power pets

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      chace 5 years ago

      i wish foopet,s wos for free omg is a ripe off the money

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      monkeybooboo8363 5 years ago

      The only good website on here is moshi monsters its the best i have 11 accounts

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      petkid 5 years ago

      hey i think these peaple are wite foopet should be free

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      RalphGreene 5 years ago

      Very entertaining hub. I guess I could have different pets online. This is kinda fun!

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      Not Telling! 5 years ago

      FooPets looks great! but you have to pay! I rather get a REAL pet, it's not fair that you have to pay for it I'm I kid myself and I know my parents will NEVER pay for it for me to actually log in!

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      amy 5 years ago

      i forgot 2 say this earlier, but i tried to get a free trial on pet adoptables so i tried it and it needed a credit crad number.... i don't get it anyway, please tell me if being a member on pet adoptables is free. btw, i'm 10 so i hope its free and age apropriate.

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      amy 5 years ago

      is petadoptables free?

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      rids 5 years ago

      i will start now

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      no name 5 years ago

      FOOPETS STINK!!!!!!!!!!!!

      my moshimonster username is Avril1054

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      Will Apse 5 years ago

      Isis, that is a very reasonable request, I can't really give you more pages but I can go on a hunt for some more virtual pets.

      In fact, I will start now.

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      Isis 5 years ago

      I kindly ask for more pages

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      Victoria boo 5 years ago

      I want a pet now real one get me one now

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      mary 5 years ago

      dar moshi mohsters i am mary grace williamf

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      gurleen 5 years ago

      foopets stink! they should make it free.it is just a virtual pet! and again i say FOOPETS STINK!!!!!!!!!!!

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      milly-rose 5 years ago

      haha why is the no free or none downloands ? come on when u get more free things send me a email ps.my email address is beth-tindle @hotmail.co.uk no spaces or captil letters

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      nat 5 years ago

      can u try to find something like foopets but free?

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      bethtindle 5 years ago

      why is there no good games on

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      catvanhorse 5 years ago

      i really want a foo pet why cant it be free why do you pay for VIRATUAL pets

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      kennychesneylover236 5 years ago

      you people are talking to much about foo pets, try marapets. i tried it, and it wasn`t half bad.

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      netny 5 years ago

      foopets is a great game put it should be free!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Smileyface 5 years ago

      I hate it how mu wouldn't pay for foopets. i so wanted one but she didn't pay just 5 bucks for it!!

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      Kelsey 6 years ago

      i want something real looking any dumb cartoon stuff like Neo pets and theres onley 1 thing that i can think of its foo pets i'll be broke in about three months

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      Will Apse 6 years ago

      When I was a kid my Mother never let me have a dog. As soon as I left home, she got one. It was my replacement.

      Life ain't fair!

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      ita 6 years ago

      im looking for virtual pets like foopets that are free....any ideas? I don't wawnt anything that doesn't move or anything boring and odd...plus im only 10 so the site has to be age-appropriate...im still looking!

      please help cause im not allowed to get a REAL LIVE pet of my own, wah!

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      Will Apse 6 years ago

      I reckon you enjoy immersive experiences, all round Laura. The best virtual pet sites can certainly offer that!

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      Laura Ginn 6 years ago from UK

      I used to be on Neopets but it would take over your life if you let it. There is soooooooooo much to do on that site and new things are always being added.

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      NicoleSmith 6 years ago

      This is good for children.

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      Jojo 6 years ago

      Yea, you can buy a REAL dog for cheaper than a foopet. i was on there for a year and i loved it but i refuse to pay them a cent!

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      Elvie 6 years ago

      I agree it was a nice game but it`s a shame that evry things depended on money...

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      Will Apse 6 years ago

      Sorry to hear that, Elvie. Foopets are beautiful but that site really does want your money!

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      Elvie 6 years ago

      I`v played foopets for 1 year and 9 months i adopted 13 pets (4 cats 9 dogs)I breed some pets and had over 500 FD and i had about 600.000 FG and i still had 2 LL but becouse i didn`t pay for CLUBFOO they kicked me out..Its unfair...

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      lola 6 years ago

      i love my foopet

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      lisa  6 years ago

      only good game is moshi monsters!

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      Coolgirl9 6 years ago

      Hey guys I agree with u foopets and every game is dumb except moshi monsters I have 2 accounts I signed up so before.

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      taryn 6 years ago

      foopet is really great so what if you $4.99 its not a lot and what u expect about foopets u do have to pick up the animals leaves but its to help u in real life to get a foopet u can send a message to comeplain about the price to make it lower and they will and if u don't have 4.99 dollars that's pretty sad i agree WEBKINZ SUCKZ

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      katie baucom 6 years ago

      I'm soooo glad I logged into foopets along time ago. Foopets is my favorite website!!!

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      Will Apse 6 years ago

      That is sad, name. And I am sad that I can't help. Perhaps you could try one of the other pets.

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      name 6 years ago

      im 10 yrs. old and have wanted a foo pet for my entire life and finally i got my mom to pay. i was more excited then i have ever been..... until i found out that you had to pay if you wanted to do anything!! (besides just sit there and scoop your cats leavings) i was really sad because i didn't know that.

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      dont read this 6 years ago

      why don't they just let u adopt a pet on foopets for cryin out loud!!! i mean...instead of "adopt a pet by joining clubfoopets (which you have to pay for) or earning a free pet by completing the daily goals", why doesn't it be "adopt a pet for FREEEEEEE!!!!" plus it closes for like 10 and a half hours

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      6 years ago

      hey!!! ilove those games

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      Me 6 years ago

      FooPets is really fun! You can either work at the adoption center for a month and get a free pet or either buy council to join right away! I'm a FooPets expert....

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      llllll 6 years ago

      yes i whent on the foo pets site you have to pay just for addopting a pet its not fair for kids who want to play but their parents wont pay !!!!!

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      iris 6 years ago

      BOO FOO PETS THEY WONT LET ME ADOPTET

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      bordercollieloveLOL 6 years ago

      only if you joined like 6 months ago you would have been able to have an open account for free ! luckily I joined about a year ago also foo pets ROCKS it is the best site ever ...........

      and I HATE moshie monsters

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      samiyah 6 years ago

      moshi monsters rock!!!

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      MADDIE 6 years ago

      I CANT BELIEVE THIS I ALWAYS WANTED TO ADOPT A PET HAHA YAY

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      meatails  7 years ago

      I want 2 cats in foopets i already have 1 i need more money to get a male cat to breed with my female O_o

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      Helen 7 years ago

      FOOPETS is no longer free. You must pay $4.99 in order to open an account.

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      Joyce 7 years ago

      No kidding. They just have an adoption center open for 30 min. You can name the dog or cat but you have to pay to be able to adopt it so someone else can have it.

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      Amanda 7 years ago

      I agree why should u have to pay money just for a virtual pet.

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      BINTOU 7 years ago

      YEAH FOO PETS IS DUMB THEY DON'T LET ME ADOPT A PET AND JUST CLOSES

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      Will Apse 7 years ago

      We would all like free, smile :)!

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      Smile:) 7 years ago

      I like foo pets. but why can't it be free. It is

      just a ONLINE VIRTUAL pet ,after all

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      It's not only kids that love them but the parents do too.

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      valeria 7 years ago

      im pretty pretty ugly haha my name is valeria i have a lot of friends they are cool nice fun playful

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      jillian 7 years ago

      foopets is stupid,dumb,it sucks!

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