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Do the Duggars Have Pets? Learn All About the Animals in the ‘Counting On’ Family

A new furry family member! The Duggars are known for having a massive (and always growing) brood, so are there any pets in the Counting On squad?

Animal lovers might be pleased to learn Jill Dillard (née Duggar) and her husband, Derick Dillard, announced they adopted a dog on February 24, 2021. 

“After being cooped up for a while with the big winter storm and school still out for Israel, we decided to go visit some animals at the shelter!” the mom of two shared in a new post via her family blog. “We love animals and always enjoy visiting them in any environment … at pet stores, the zoo, watching videos online and checking out different dog breeds, but we didn’t expect this to happen!” 

The couple’s eldest son, Israel, told his mom and dad that he and brother Samuel would happily train their new pup and help out with any responsibilities. Of course, the kids were overjoyed when Jill and Derick were ready to make it official and take their new pooch home. “Her name was Grindle when we got her, but we will share her new name in the next video!” Jill told one fan on social media, before letting another person know they are already “in love” with their adorable dog!

Fans were just as enthused to learn Jill and Derick rescued a dog instead of going to a local breeder. “You’re setting a great example for your followers,” one wrote. The pair later revealed they named their pup Fenna in a sweet update via their family blog on March 3. 

So, what about the rest of her reality family’s thoughts on having pets? Jim Bob Duggar previously spoke out about the topic in a 2011 interview. “I grew up watching TV, but when [Michelle and I] got married, a doctor friend of ours encouraged us not to have a pet or a TV the first year of marriage,” he explained to HuffPost. “So, we did that. For the first year we lived on love.”

“I would say that is one of the best things we have done for our family,” he added. Still, they have accepted a few furry friends into their home over the years. 

Scroll down to learn more about the Duggars’ history with canines, felines, and the occasional guinea pig.

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