“ My mother and dad were big animal lovers, too. I just don't know how I would have lived without animals around me. I'm fascinated by them - both domestic pets and the wild community. They just are the most interesting things in the world to me, and it's made such a difference in my lifetime. ”

- Betty White

“ I live alone, with cats, books, pictures, fresh vegetables to cook, the garden, the hens to feed. ”

- Jeanette Winterson

“ Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! ”

- Anne Tyler

“ I'm scared to death of being poor. It's like a fat girl who loses 500 pounds but is always fat inside. I grew up poor and will always feel poor inside. It's my pet paranoia. ”

- Cher

“ A move to a different town or school gives us new places to explore, new people to meet a lost pet means we have to organize a careful search baby-sitting requires looking out for dangers a young child can't foresee a car crash or fire demands that we get help immediately. ”

- Jim Murphy

“ Our pets rely on us entirely for their nutrition. So if you're making your own judgments, that could lead to a mistake. At the same time, we have more control over our pet's diet than we do with our children or with ourselves, so your vet can tell you what is appropriate for your dog and you can assign them that. ”

- Alison Sweeney

“ Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it's a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of. ”

- Emmylou Harris

“ I want to be a lawyer, a dancer, an actress, a mother, a wife, a children's author, a distance runner, a poet, a pianist, a pet store owner, an astronaut, an environmental and humanitarian activist, a psychiatrist, a ballet teacher, and the first woman president. ”

- Rachel Corrie

“ People always joke that 'dog' spells 'god' backwards. They should consider that it might be the higher power coming down to see just how well they do, what kind of people they are. The animals are right here, right in front of us. And how we treat these companions is a test. ”

- Linda Blair

“ We write in ways that, we generally hope, reflect real life, or at least look familiar to humans. And in life, recurring themes are a recurring theme. We never quite conquer a pet vice or a relationship pattern or a communication habit. We're haunted by our particular demons. ”

- Sara Zarr

“ I really liked the snake that breaks out of the cage in the beginning of the movie. I saw it in real life, and it was really cool. Really big and fat. The owls are cool as well, but you can't really pet them. ”

- Tom Felton

“ Learning from wolves to interact with pet dogs makes about as much sense as, 'I want to improve my parenting - let's see how the chimps do it!' ”

- Ian Dunbar

“ Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them. ”

- Jim Davis

“ Learning about factory farms and their horrendous treatment of animals is what made me become vegetarian in the first place. I also support the education of the public on adopting pets from animal shelters or saving homeless animals off the street in lieu of buying them from pet shops. ”

- Laura Mennell

“ Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. ”

- Garrison Keillor

“ A dog is a vehicle, you know a dog is a window to Mother Nature, and that's the closest species we have. ”

- Cesar Millan

“ One of the most obvious ways dogs can improve our physical and mental health is via daily walks. ”

- Andrew Weil

“ I love women, but I feel like you can't trust some of them. Some of them are liars, you know? Like I was in the park and I met this girl, she was cute and she had a dog. And I went up to her, we started talking. She told me her dog's name. Then I said, 'Does he bite?' She said, 'No.' And I said, 'Oh yeah? Then how does he eat?' Liar. ”

- Demetri Martin

“ If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. ”

- James Herriot

“ As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind. ”

- Cleveland Amory