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"Just look at those eyes!"

I had recently lost my dachshund and was reluctant to adopt another dog so soon when a neighbor called to say they had found my Rottweiler mix wandering around a local lake with no collar or ID. She had worms, fleas and had recently given birth. We concluded that after providing her previous owners with a litter of pups, she of no further use to them. Or, that she was too gun-shy to be useful as a hunting dog. So while I knew expensive vet bills and lots of exercise were in our future together, it didn't take me long for me to say YES! when I saw those eyes and her rare beauty for the first time. I named her "Gypsy" in honor of her wandering life before we met and the mysterious origin of those light blue eyes. I am 65, live alone and give thanks every day for her loyal protection, love and companionship on our long walks together. She sure keeps me moving! Everyone who meets Gypsy can't help but say, "Just look at those eyes!"

Sue Chaney
Cincinnati, OH

TROUBLE LOUNGING

Trouble was such a welcome addition to my home after a bad breakup. She made every day a joy. On Friday, February 13, 2009, due to a brain tumor, she joined my first cat, Trash, in heaven. I am sure they are both telling stories about me and laughing as they were my BEST FRIENDS. I miss both of them immensely but am now sharing my life with another rescued cat, Stoney.

Paige Stone
Newport News, VA

Petfinder Pack

We have 5 Siberians and 2 Golden Retrievers; most of them are through Petfinder. They all live in our house and get along marvelously well. They are thoroughly spoiled and have made our lives richer and our laughs longer. Second chance pets are the best investments our love has ever made.

Bobbi
Woodstock, GA

Hank

I adopted Hank, a Catahoula mix, from a rescue shelter. She (yes, Hank is a girl), was the runt of a large litter and tiniest by far. Her big eyes and charming underbite sold me immediately. She has been the highlight of my life for the last 4years now. Making me laugh and bringing me joy every day. She is currently training to become a therapy dog!

Sarah H.
Houston, TX

my champion

Champ was literally skin and bones and wounds and fleas when I first saw him, and I knew I had to bring him home with me. He's now a handsome darling, naughty and sweet, and protector of our home. He even won in the charity dog dash! He's my champion!

Mika Roxas
Manila, Philippines

My two rescue kitties 11 years later!

This is Feather (fury) and Mckenzie (white). They are the most wonderful companions and they love each other so much!! Feather was the last kitten alive after a wild dog attacked her litter. Mckenzie was one of about 50 feral kittens. They are so loving and have been my best friends for their whole lives. They are active and playful! They have traveld with me to 6 diferent homes and now we are all here in our forever home!!

Dyan
Cambridge, MD

Katie Lady

I rescued Katie from an inner city tenement block where some kids had cut half her tail off and thrown her out a 4th story window when she was a kitten. She has permanent nerve damage as a result, shakes alot, and used to ping-pong so bad against the furniture when she first arrived that I was afraid she'd bonk her brains out! As you can see, she's completely adapted now, and really enjoying her New Life in our lovely home. Her crazie antics give me a daily giggle! : )

Linda
Westport, CT

We got lucky with Sadie!

I was searching online for a white pageant dress for my daughter and an ad for a rescued dog, through a rescue shelter, caught my eye. The wonderful foster family who took her in were looking for a permanent home for a sweet little lab-mix girl named Sadie. The foster family said when she was first rescued she was emaciated with dull fur and injured in several places. I wanted her and, as soon as the foster family nursed her back from the injuries, they allowed us to adopt her! At first she was timid and cautious, however, she has opened up so much and has an incredible amount of life in her - she is grateful for the life she has now and she lets it show! Sadie is the most loving, communicative & sweet girl and she even smiles! She loves spending the day with my retired-from-the-Marine Corps husband and follows him wherever he goes & snuggles up with him - she is a definitely a dad's girl but when I get home from work I have my sweet Sadie greeting me with big smiles, showing teeth and all, dancing around in excitement welcoming her mom home! Adopting Sadie is one of the best decisions we have ever made and we cannot imagine our Sadie not being a part of our family! She's had some hard times in her earlier life but she has a new life now without worries - she's happy and she lets it show that her rough past is exactly that - in the past.

Veronica
Sparta, TN

RESCUED BY FELIX

One day, in the year 2000, while at the Vet's Clinic, we saw a little Kitty around 5 months old in a cage. He was waiting for someone to take him home. You see, for 4 months, he had been living outside in the cold wet weather. He had no one to love him or take care of him. Lovingly, he was rescued and brought to our Vet's Clinic where we adopted him. We named him Felix. Since we still were sad over the loss of our first 14 year old cat named Gumdrops, we felt that he was likewise rescuing us! When we are sick, Felix is there. When we want to play, Felix is there. When food falls on the floor, yes, Felix is there. No, Felix is not a dog. But, he sure acts like one! You see, when we brought Felix home, he was introduced to a playmate,...our 8 year old Shitzu dog named Buster. Buster, who sadly died in 2006, taught Felix so much. Felix rolls over for tummy rubs. He will run to the door when the door bell rings. And he also loves, and begs for,... dog biscuits. Although he acts like a dog, he pounces and "play attacks" like a cat. Through the stairwell rails, he waits to prey on his next victim, which is ANYONE or Anything. Although Felix is now 9 years old, he still has lots of energy and love to give. Yes, Felix may feel we rescued him, but truly,

we all feel, we were ....."Rescued By Felix".

The Gayhart Family
Knoxville, TN

Velcro

I went to the humane society not looking for a dog but I when I came to a kennel with a sign that said "I am deaf" my heart sank. His name was Jeckle but the assisant told me that he sticks to you like velcro. I quickly filled out my application and adopted "Velcro". He is the smartest and most sincere dog you have ever met.

Denise
Lincoln, CA
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