Play ball: Photos of animals having fun with balls

Pictures of animals having fun playing with various kinds of balls: basketballs, tennis balls, footballs and more.
By Jennifer Hayes

Need a cure for the Monday blues? Our photo feature is here to help provide a brief diversion from your workday routine with a small dose of squee, wow and awwww. Enjoy!

Looks like the animals at Best Friends are keeping their eyes on the ball — tennis balls, soccer balls, footballs, bowling balls, treibballs and basketballs. And as you can see from the images, they’re enjoying every moment.

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Bonnie Bella the pit bull with an orange ball in her mouth
Orange is the new black.


Sylvester the Boston terrier with a soccer ball
How many times do I have to tell you? It’s football, not soccer.


Cherry the potbellied pig with a bowling ball
You wouldn’t believe my bowling handicap.


Urlacher the dog with a ball in his mouth
I have a lot of balls, but this one is my favorite.


Cupid the goat lounging on a giant soccer ball
The ball is mine — all mine!


Drusilla the dog balancing on a ball
And for my next trick …
Learn more about Drusilla.

Daisy the horse trying to chew a large ball
I’ve come to a conclusion. Balls aren’t very tasty.
Daisy is available for adoption.


HoneyBun the dog with a ripped up ball toy
I have no idea how it happened. One minute my ball was fine and then — poof!


Andrew the cat with a ball in his mouth
Fetch? I don’t think so.


Dooley the dog with a ball in his mouth
Betcha wish you had a ball like mine.


Katie with Isabella doing Parelli horse training
You want me to do what?


Cidro the dog with a ball in his mouth
Ooh, it tastes so good!


Zoey the dog trying to catch a ball with her mouth
I got it. I got it!


Jake the pig in a swimming pool filled with tennis balls
I know there’s an almond in here somewhere.


Celine the dog with a soccer ball in her mouth


Mama Mia the dog holding a ball
They say these balls are indestructible. We’ll see about that.


Curly Sue the horse playing with a giant ball
Watch out David Beckham, here I come.
Curly Sue is available for adoption.


River the dog leaping the catch a ball
I just don’t understand. Why do people catch balls in their hands when they’ve got perfectly good mouths?


Dagwood the pig playing with a big red ball
I’m not sure what sport this ball is for, but I’m the champ.


Dexter the Australian heeler with a basketball
What do you mean my team didn’t make the bracket?


Sterling the dog with a blue ball in the snow
I dare you to try and take it.


Prince the foal with a giant ball
Having fun can be tough when the ball’s as big as me.
Learn more about Prince.


Hickory the dog with a tennis ball in his mouth
You hit these balls with rackets? Why?


Yuma the dog with a ball in her mouth
I’m belle of the ball — hee-hee.
Yuma is available for adoption.

A parrot playing with a ball
You think this ball is looking a little rough? No, I just say well-loved.


Pearl the dog holding a deflated football
Are you ready for some football?


Savvy the dog waiting for a ball to be thrown
Come on, come on, come on. Throw it. Please throw the ball.


Jack the pig playing with a ball
I thought this was supposed to be a treat ball.


Sidney the dog playing with a giant ball
I brought it. Now you throw it.


Hickory the dog holding a tennis ball while another dog tries to get it
Come on, can’t you share, just a little?


Semi the kitten with a jingle ball on his foot
Help, a ball is stuck to my foot.


Stasch the dog trying to get a ball from under a fence


Bruce the dog in a ball pit
Best. Day. Ever!
Bruce is available for adoption.

Photos by Best Friends staff