Is an animal abandoned?

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Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
75
No
6
9
Dollyfied
A kangaroo is left to die on the side of a road.
YouTube • 2023 Report
Yes
34
No
0
5
Coffeey1412
Zeno the cat is "abandoned" after it's owner dies a mysterious death. The lore about it is a emotional, but it happened in the past and offscreen.
Video Game Report
Yes
28
No
0
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
25
No
1
2
Pixiedusted
The main dog is driven hours away from home and dumped
Video Game Report
Yes
23
No
2
2
takitime
You can encounter an adoptable owlbear cub who’s mother has been killed.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
21
No
0
0
gr8gabs
(Some spoilers below)

The movie revolves very heavily around animals, specifically horses. In life-or-death situations, human characters tend to try and save themselves, sometimes leaving the horses behind. Some horses are heavily implied to have died afterwards, though whether it was because of their abandonment is debatable. It is worth noting that the plot is driven because the protagonist is seeking out the source of the horses' disappearances, and he often puts himself into harm's way to try and save/take care of the horses.

The protagonist is forced to sell horses to a major character with the intention of buying them back later. The major character is later revealed to be using the horses as live bait. Once the protagonist realizes this, he goes out of his way to rescue what horses he can.

While he is not specifically abandoned, one major scene depicts a chimpanzee being shot to death, likely out of fear or self-defense, while he is docilely interacting with another character. This takes place directly after the same chimpanzee brutalized some other characters.
Movie • 1997 Report
Yes
17
No
1
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
15
No
4
1
Glowfrog
There is a cat who appeared in the past who should hypothetically be there in the present day, but is not. No clear explanation is given for what happened to the cat or whether or not it was abandoned.
TV Show • 2010 Report
Yes
14
No
2
0
S6
 E6
They are in an abandoned pet store and there are locked cages with dogs inside who are long dead
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
13
No
7
7
Boots
The owner of the cat is killed, but the killer notices the cat sitting by the food bowl and gives him food & head scratches before leaving him safely.
TV Show • 2011 Report
Yes
13
No
1
2
dandyCur
S1
 E1
Arya is forced to abandon her pet wolf.
Video Game • 2009 Report
Yes
13
No
0
3
jaycutfilms
You’re able to abandon animals you’ve tamed. Common ways are making them sit & then leaving, or becoming separated by a large distance — usually from teleporting away or dying far from your respawn point while they’re with you.
This is avoidable, but is a pretty common mistake. You can go back and get them but that depends on being able to find your way back.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
13
No
0
1
Alder
There’s a pound full of hellhounds that were presumably abandonded
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
12
No
4
2
wompwoomp
there’s multiple villages where all the people died and only their pets are left
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
10
No
2
1
4thcoming
Horses are let loose into the wild.
Movie • 1981 Report
Yes
10
No
0
0
HPXX
The widow drops off the fox she raised as a pup in the forest and drives away. Makes me cry every time.
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
10
No
3
Movie • 1991 Report
Yes
9
No
4
3
Unhinged.but.handsome
The cat. But it's not intentional
Yes
9
No
0
4
Pantalones
Perrito was abandoned (and almost killed by) his human owners.
TV Show • 1997 Report
Yes
9
No
0
1
Not sure about any other instances, but in the episode "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride", he has an animal sanctuary specifically for gay animals that had been abandoned by people.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
9
No
6
Movie • 2024 Report
Yes
8
No
0
1
At one point the main character has to leave her cat behind but she gets him back later
Movie • 2001 Report
Yes
8
No
0
0
SiRenfield
Donkey is abandoned by his owner who turns him into the anti-fairy tale creature authorities
Yes
8
No
1
3
FatherIsCynophobic
It’s implied (or assumed) that another character is the new guardian.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
8
No
0
Movie • 2020 Report
Yes
7
No
1
2
Noot
Kind of, a dog is let outside during a storm and dies
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
7
No
0
0
LiamMahan
S1
 E1
Gypsy Rose "frees" her guinea pigs after leaving the Blanchard home for good
Movie • 2015 Report
Yes
7
No
0
0
ruffboi
Off-screen, a dog had been abandoned to die, but is taken in by Edith. The dog previously belonged to one of the wives who had been murdered prior to the movie. This is the dog that is later killed.
Video Game • 2018 Report
Yes
7
No
0
0
dragonsphere
You can either abandon or sacrifice your dog party member
Anime • 1999 Report
Yes
7
No
1
0
calzones
Chouchou (dog) and Laboon (whale) can be seen as examples of this. Chouchou’s caretaker dies. Laboon was given promises to be returned to by a pirate crew but all but one of them died. Laboon makes a new promise with the main character to meet again, and we find out that the sole survivor of the crew wishes to meet him again.