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To accept, appropriate, choose, or select, as to adopt a child. To consent to and put into effect, as to adopt a constitution or a law.

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v. 1) to take on the relationship of parent to child of another person, particularly (but not necessarily) a minor, by official legal action. 2) to accept or make use of, such as to adopt another defendant's argument in a lawsuit. (See: adoption)

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Educating customers on your products and helping them identify the ones that are best for their pets is another way to increase sales when you have adoptable animals on-site.
The adoptable dogs have space set aside at the registration desk, on the roof, third floor and in certain employee areas.
Below - art and design students Peter Jackson and Megan McCullow showcase their badge-making skills to the customers of Topshop, Metro Centre Left - Megan McCullow and Laura Must with the Adoptable Animals which were sold at Folio in Church Square, Hartlepool and also in Topshop, Metro Centre, Gateshead
"Four million healthy adoptable companion pets are being killed every year in our shelters due to overcrowding.
But officials today said to bring them up to adoptable standard, they would need new drains, lighting, road surfaces, kerbs and footpaths.
Cochairs Karen Neilinger and Shelley Binion led this year's adoptable dogs and their chaperones on a parade weaving through the shoe and handbag departments; Cary and Koni Findlay (with Max and Gulliver) couldn't have been more convincing pirates; and Charlie Syprett and pet Bella dressed exactly alike in retro '50s attire.
To further support the Animal Guardian Ribbon campaign, Janes has designed and produced an original work titled "Awaiting a Guardian," which depicts an adoptable dog donning the orange ribbon on his collar.
The Liberal Democrat MP for Yard-ley claimed child protection teams rothers and father have achieved.referred to children as 'adoptable commodities'.
The Second Chance at Life: Inmates and Greyhounds Prison Partnership combines the efforts of the DOC and the National Greyhound Foundation to provide loving foster homes and bonding that will help make retired greyhound racing dogs more adoptable. The program also provides job training and companionship for inmates.
Agency policy requires that access by the mother must end for the children to be considered adoptable. The children, speaking through their lawyer, want the current arrangement to remain in place, which would keep the children in foster homes and allow continued access to their mother and their aunt.
Finally, we comment on how instructors and students at many universities can develop collaborative partnerships with animal shelters, allowing students the opportunity to learn important principles while helping make shelter pets more readily adoptable., an online searchable directory of adoptable pets, has signed an agreement with Equinix Inc (Nasdaq:EQIX), a provider of network-neutral data centres and Internet exchange services.