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chance

This is our cat name Chance, we rescued her from my mother's house. She is 3 years old now and she was just a kitten when we got her. Chance was so eaten up with fleas and was covered in blood that we didn't know if she would live or not. We got rid of the fleas and clean all the blood off of her and she was a beautiful kitten.We brought her home with us, she rode under the driver's seat all the way home and that was for 4 hours. She was suppose to be my husband's cat but she attached herself to me.. We have rescued 2 more cats since we got chance...

Lisa and Mike Westervelt
Armuchee, GA

A Match Made in Heaven

Living alone and in her, um, "mature years," my mom thought she was too old to get a cat. Then she met Franklin, who at 5, probably thought he was too old to find a new home. It was a perfect match.

Franklin had been a stray when someone brought him into the Progressive Animal Welfare Society in Seattle. Now we're convinced he ran away from home for a new life of pampering and adulation.

Sweet Franklin rides around the house on my mom's walker. He gets brushed several times a day, and is always ready for a warm lap.

Last Christmas, he discovered that the snowy mantle scene was the perfect place for an afternoon nap -- somewhere between the church and the skating rink.

Franklin's new best friend thought he looked quite handsome up there, so he became part of the scenery. Now that's a good life. =^.^=

Kris
Seattle, WA

Andy Boy

We had recently lost our cat of eighteen and a half years to hyper thyroid. My husband

mentioned going to PetSmart to look at the cats. Reluctantly I went & was still feeling

numb inside. Most were kittens, but at the very last cage...there were these beautiful huge copper eyes staring at me, they belonged to a sad Persian. I was told that he was rescued from breeders, he had to be shaved due to neglect of grooming. I knew I had to have him. We adopted him & it was the best two and a half years, he was a silly, little clown, loved to carry his toy mouse around in his mouth. Sadly Andy developed a cancerous tumor on his hind leg (He was only three). Even with amputation & chemotherapy, the cancer was agressive and we lost him. We later rescued another cat (Jericho) & I now volunteer at Lifeline Animal Placement & Protection, not only do I have Jericho, I also get to take care of approx. 135 cats each with their own story.

Some have leukemia, some are FIV, others have amputations, one eye, one ear - all with

lots of love to give. Rescue animals are the best & have so much love & gratitude. I highly recommend adopting one.

Adriane Simmonds-Meeks
Wichita, KS

Janie Marie

We adopted Janie from the Boulder Humane Society when she was about 1 1/2 years old. At that time, we were the fourth adopters of this little girl. Everyone else kept bringing her back. The shelter kept contacting us to see if we were going to keep her. No way we would send her back! She was in her "forever home". We only had her for 4 short years when cancer took her away. She made a big impression on all of us.

Donna
Johnstown, CO

This is Alora

After losing my cat of 13 years to a busted artery in his chest, the grieving process for me and his biological brother was horrendous.None of us had been apart since the day the born, except minus day trips, or work.Never for

more then a couple days at a time.Shortly after he had passed away, in walked a kitten, a very tiny kitten through the doors of my work place and no one saw her do it.She was feral, that I could tell and I had heard there was a litter of kittens across the street under a storage building.Some how she sneaked away from her mother, and managed to cross the busy intersection, and walk right into my store.I kept hearing little cries, but I could not find her. Once I finally did, she would not let me near her.I got a can of cat food from the shelf and opened it trying to coax her out from where she was hiding, and it worked.I snatched her up, took her to my office and fed and watered her. The local vet's office is right beside my work place, I took her over there, and asked if they could hold her.They said they could, but I'd have to get her by closing time. I agreed to foster her until she was old enough to be spayed, and then through web sites, maybe someone would give her a good home. It was not an hour after bringing her home, I realized I could never part with her. I think to this day, it was not I that rescued her, it was her that rescued me. I was still missing Oreo so much,she helped eased that pain. I believe Oreo sent her to me, so I could once be happy.

Saundra White
Mineral Wells, WV

My Moochie Poo

Moochie was a pound puppy. After battling cancer with our basset hound, Pappy for a year, and realizing that surgery was not an option anymore, we decided to let him rest in peace. He was a pound puppy that was neglected and abused, and tied down stairs in the basement and left for dead when the owners moved. He was a great dog. The silence in the house became too much, and I have never gone that long with no dog in my life. I talked my husband into looking the dogs at the local Humane Society. After walking through there repeatedly, and seeing all those dogs, I and them weakened him. In every cage dogs and puppies where bouncing around, wagging their tails, barking, except for Moochie. She just sat there, perfectly still, those big eyes staring at us with frightened interest. I asked if I could walk her outside, so we did. She calmly walked along, not paying us much mind. I told my husband this is the one. He said are you sure, there a lot of cuter puppies in there. I said ,"nope, she's the one!" So...we adopted her. We walked to the car, opened the back door, she hopped in and sat down. Perfectly still. I got in the passenger seat, and looked back at her, then to my husband and said, "what shall we name her?" I looked back at her, she jumped up and started licking me all over the face. We laughed so hard. She knew she had a new home and she was giving me mooches and smooches of gratitude. So...that is how Moochie came to be. She's the best!

Saundra White
Mineral Wells, WV

Our "Lover Boy" Rocky and Little Bella

Rocky came to us by way of a family friend. He was rescued from a local neighborhood where city people frequently drop off unwanted pets. He was an 18 pound one-eyed orange and white tabby with the biggest most lovable heart anyone could imagine. We fell in love with him the moment he came into our home. Our little Bella also came to us from the same friend. She was rescued from a barn close to the shelter. She was malnourished and at one year old she still looked like a kitten. She also had a severe gum infection. Our friend had two other cats who would pick on Bella as she was being fostered there. My mom decided to adopt her as well. They have brought so much love and joy to our house, and seeing Bella healthier, happier and re-cooperating from her gum disease with laser treatment is so rewarding. Though she is costing my mom a few pennies for the treatment it is worth every penny. We also have a black cat named Pierre who was a stray dropped off in our neighbourhood, and he is one crazy kitty! He and Rocky are best friends, they cuddle and play together all the time. All together we have 4 cats (The other is Whiskers, and she is the queen of the house!) and a dog, Sandy, and I prefer animal family members to humans. Non-stop love and appreciation.

I donated all of my birthday money to my local shelter, as the animals need it more than I do.

Adopt a shelter animal, they will give you more love than you will ever know and enrich your life with so much joy and happiness.

Thank you for all you do (Animal Rescue Site, fellow animal lovers and adopters).

Alana DeCoste
Collingwood, ON, Canada

Our Lucky Cat- Maneki Neko (from the Japanese)

My daughter found this little angel under a dumpster, on a cold rainy night. She had large, deep cuts all over her body as if a dog may have tried to kill her. My daughter was crying when she brought Neeko to me for first aid. I did not think she would live, there were so many lacerations. This sweet kitten actually purred while I was treated her wounds! She healed beautifully and the Vet said she must be one tough kitty and a very lucky one to have found us in time. Another night in the cold would have killed her. You cant even find the scars now. She purrs if I even look at her, and she follows me everywhere. She is the sweetest cat I have ever had, and I've rescued many! She is definately one Lucky Cat - Maneki Neko, hence her name Neeko.

lisa olson
temecula, CA

The Dog from France

I was feeling my maternal insticts kicking in and just needed to share the love I have for babies. At 53 you do not want another child, just to hold one and rock it to sleep. Then I decided I should get me a puppy to love and occupy my time. I have never had a dog that was only mine. A friend of a friend had adopted a tiny white furry dog from the Denton Humane Society and decided their family didn't want her any more. The friend asked if I would baby-sit the dog for a few days and if I decided I wanted her, I could keep her. If not, I could return her. Needless to say, I fell in love with her. She had been discarded, abused and did not look healthy. I felt as if I saved her life mentally and physically. She needed the love I have to give her; I needed what she has to offer. She is very loving and precious. Since she is a mix of a poodle, I named her Paris. She is my baby at 5 lbs.

Connie J. Dill
Denton, TX

Jojo

We had lost our dog, Sophie, of nearly 14 years a year before Jojo showed up. He walked into our lives onto our front lawn June of 2008. He's a full bred Miniature Pinscher and weighs about 10 pounds. At first he wasn't too sure about my husband who was trying to coax him over to him and Jojo kept barking at him. When I came out of the house, he started hopping on his hind legs and just jumped into my arms! Over the first month we tried to find his owners by contacting the Houston SPCA, and local veterinarians in the area. We put posters up everywhere, but no one claimed him. We didn't think we would keep him, but as time wore on we fell in love with him. We'd been thinking about getting another dog, and wanted a big dog. However, Jojo has a big personality in a little package. He plays with one of our cats and chases the other around the house! Now he sleeps with us at night -- a mistake, but one we love!

Jamie
Houston, TX
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