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Early in human history, mankind has established relationships with animals. Over the past twelve thousand years, people have learned to domesticate certain animals, for food, work, and companionship. The domestication of animals involves changing the behaviors and nature of animals in ways that are beneficial to human beings.

It is believed that dogs were the first animals to be domesticated, perhaps as early as 30,000 B.C. or before. Cats were far behind, at about 8,500 B.C.

Although dogs have, and do serve other purposes, both dogs and cats are primarily kept as pets, or companion animals. Pets are kept primarily to provide company for their owner, as opposed to working animals, sport animals, livestock, and laboratory animals, which are kept for performance.

Pets provide emotional and physical benefits for their owners, and are often elevated almost to the level of family within the household. Cats and dogs are the most popular pets, but other animals that may be kept as pets are rabbits, ferrets, gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, rats, mice, and guinea pigs. Reptiles, such as turtles, lizards, and snakes may also be kept as pets, along with a variety of aquatic and avian species, or even tarantulas and hermit crabs.

In recent years, barnyard animals, such as horses and pigs, are increasingly maintained as pets rather than for work or food. Although illegal under most circumstances, people have also been known to tame certain wild animals, such as foxes, raccoons, and even bears.

Livestock are domesticated animals which are raised in agricultural settings, usually for food, but often for such commodities as fiber and labor. Livestock has its origins in cultures that have transitioned from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to a settled agricultural way of life. Wild animals are domesticated through the control of breeding and living conditions, as well as through interaction with people. Over time, the collective behavior of such animals may change radically, to a point where most domesticated animals are n o longer suited to life in the wild.

Poultry are domesticated birds that are kept for eggs, meat, or feathers, although poultry are sometimes also kept as pets. Chickens, geese, and turkeys are the most common types of poultry, although quail are also kept.

Wildlife refers to animals that have not been domesticated. Most forms of wildlife inhabit the forests, deserts, plains, grasslands, and other areas, which may also include suburban environments.

While not domesticated, human beings are increasingly managing wildlife for purposes of conservation, biodiversity concerns, hunting, and tourism.

For the purposes of categorization, any web directory whose focus is on animals, domesticated or non-domesticated, may be listed in this category. Subcategories may be created if the number of listed sites suggests a need.

  • A Pet Directory

    A Pet Directory

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    A Pet Directory lists sites on topics related to pets and pet products, including dog bowls, cat vitamins, dog toys, pet shampoo, pet gates, and others. The cost for a listing is $9.95 per year, which includes a listing in one other directory related to pets and three other relevant websites. Two other options are also available.
  • All Animal Websites

    All Animal Websites

    Animal and Pet Directory

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    Established in 2012, the directory is focused on animals and pets, sorting its topics through the following upper-level categories: Arts and Crafts, Bird, Boarding, Care and Health, Cat, Clubs/Societies, Dog, Fish and Aquaria, Miscellaneous, Other Pet Pages, Pet Services, Pet Shops, Reptiles, Small Pet, and Worldwide Pet Sites.
  • Best Animal Sites Pet Directory

    Best Animal Sites Pet Directory

    Animal & Pet Directory

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    Arranged by animal or topic, Best Animal Sites Pet Directory first appeared in the Internet Archive on August 11, 2008. The payment of a fee or a reciprocal link are required for submission to the directory. With a one-time payment of $4.95, no link-back is required. A featured listing costs $9.99 per quarter, or $34.99 per year, offering placement on the directory's home page, and on top of other sites within the category. Featured sites that are not renewed will remain in the directory, without requirement of a reciprocal link, but will no longer be given preferential treatment.
  • Best Reptile Sites

    Best Reptile Sites

    Reptile & Amphibian Directory

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    Focusing on listing sites whose topics relate to reptiles or amphibians, the directory has been online since 2008. Sites may be added to the directory in return for either a reciprocal link or the payment of a fee.
  • Bird Sites

    Bird Sites

    Bird Directory

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    New to the web directory industry, Bird Sites first appears in the Internet Archive on March 22, 2013, with a focus on listing sites relating to birds and bird care. Submissions to the directory require either a reciprocal link or the payment of a fee.
  • Cats Directory

    Cats Directory

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    Cats Directory features cat-related websites, sorting its content into a variety of categories. Submissions may be made through payment of a reciprocal link or, in lieu of a return link, a one-time payment of $4.99. Featured links are $9.99 for ninety days or $34.99 a year, offering home page visibility, as well as at the top of the site's category.
  • Click Animal

    Click Animal

    Animal Web Directory, Pet Information

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    Online since 2008, Click Animal categorizes and lists sites relating to animals and pets, wildlife, animal health, rescue organizations and shelters, zoos and zoology, animal supplies, and advice on a variety of animal issues. Listings in the directory require the payment of an annual fee, each option including listings in other directories and websites.
  • Directory Pet

    Directory Pet

    Pets directory, provides links to all pets

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    Directory Pet lists sites whose topics relate to dogs, cats, birds, fish, and small animals like guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and hamsters, farm animals, reptiles, hermit crabs, lizards, snakes, and other creatures that have found a place in the homes and barns of people throughout the world.
  • Directory Pets

    Directory Pets

    Comprehensive Pet Directory

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    Established in 2005, Directory Pets first appears in the Internet Archive on August 31, 2006. The online directory features links to pet businesses, such as pet shops, veterinarians, cat and dog breeders, boarding kennels, equestrian businesses, and organizations.
  • Dog Directory

    Dog Directory

    Everything about Dogs

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    Dog Directory first appears in the Internet Archive on March 5, 2007, featuring links to sites whose topics cover a number of topics related to dogs. Payment of either a fee, or a reciprocal link, is required in order to submit a site.