These rescue pets are all named after food, and you should adopt them immediately

We trawled Petfinder in search of the best food-related pet monikers.

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Welcome to This Month In Very Good Edible Pet Names, in which we explore the depths of Petfinder to uncover adoptable pets with nose-wrinklingly cute food-inspired names. Got an adoptable pet with a tasty name? Send your Marshmallows, Gingers, and Sausages to lstone@thetakeout.com.


I have two hobbies: trawling Zillow for exorbitantly expensive countryside real estate and trawling Petfinder for animals with cute names. The latter has taught me one inalienable truth: when it comes to adoptable pets, food names are the cutest names. I’ve also met my fair share of tasty-sounding pets; a yellow lab named Lemon Drop lives on my street, and a college boyfriend’s stepmother owned an incredibly rotund cat named Sir Peanut. My dog’s name is Archie, but I call him Corn Chip for reasons that will seem obvious to experienced dog owners.

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With this in mind, I’ve decided to turn my casual hobby into content, as media’s machinations demand. To you, readers, I plan to present a regular roundup of the very best food-related pet names. To determine which pets make the cut, I will employ strenuous criteria. First, the accuracy of the pet name. (Does Tootsie Roll look like a Tootsie Roll? Does Chicken Wing have some sort of funny little arm deserving of the moniker?) Second, I plan to explore general pet aesthetics to bring you a roundup of cool cats, dopey-looking dogs, and other weirdo pets, all adoptable. Without further ado, this month’s findings.


Tangerine: Female bearded dragon; Vista, California

Tangerine is a stunning orange lady described as “feisty, carefree, engaging, adaptive, and cheerful with lots of energy.” This gal is, indeed, the color of a tangerine, and she’s sure to make a fabulous pet for an experienced bearded dragon handler. California’s Small Breed Rescue also describes her as a “great eater,” which is a huge plus for all of us here at The Takeout.

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Maple Stirrup: Female pony; Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Here we have what may be the greatest food-related pet name I’ve seen in my extensive research. Sweet Maple Stirrup was rescued from a kill pen in 2018; since then, this fluffy teenager has gained a few healthy pounds and, per the shelter, is seeking a role as a “companion horse,” which I assume involves playing cards and accompanying her owner on beer runs.

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Noni Spumoni: Female poodle mix; Los Angeles, California

Spumone (plural spumoni) is a molded gelato that usually contains candied fruits and nuts. Noni Spumoni, on the other hand, is a geriatric poodle who is apparently “not overly demonstrative” with her affection. Same.

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Butter Bean: Male pig; Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Allow me to present a king among pigs: Butter Bean, also known simply as “Bean.” Per Petfinder, Bean is a “very friendly indoor pig” weighing in at a whopping 300 pounds. “This big boy gets along with dogs and children and would love to come be a member of your family,” his shelter writes, noting that Bean needs a home on the first floor as he is simply too portly to climb stairs.

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Tofu: Duckling of indeterminate sex; Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Meet Tofu, a weeks-old duckling who was rescued after an animal attack. This special critter is a yellow-and-black Muscovy duckling who has reportedly bonded with a stuffed hippo. Rooting for you, Tofu!

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Miss Pancakes: Female mixed-breed dog; Los Angeles, California

There’s not a lot of information on Miss Pancakes’ Petfinder profile, but I’m giving her extra points for a great name and an even greater smile.

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Cayenne and Spaghetti: Bonded male kittens; Chicago, Illinois

Cayenne and Spaghetti are 14-week-old brother kitties who are only available for adoption as a pair. Based solely on their photos, I’d say their adopter is in for a wild and wacky time.

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Finally, we have Bitsy, who is not named after food but did make me laugh a lot. Okay, see you next time!