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This is Spike with Pieknine laying on his back. Spike was rescued from the M13 at Ichanga on a cold, windy day. It was a miracle that he survived as he was covered in fleas, had worms and mange, which made him loose all his hair. Pieknine was rescued from a rubbish dump in Chatsworth.

F. Pretorius
Chatsworth, South Africa


I was feelin' very blue at Christmas 7 yrs. ago, when there was a knock at my door, 2 of my deariest friends were at my doorstep, one in a Santa suit with Robbie in a Christmas sock. They found her at the SPCA. She is almost 8 yrs. old now & the love of my life, she loves the water, our best time has been playing in the sea kelp in the gulf islands. That was the best Christmas for me.

Burnaby, BC, Canada

My Sally Ally

This is Sally Ally, the love of our home!!! 2 years ago she was rescued from a puppy mill along with several other Scotties. She had been there for over 6 years and probably had never seen the outside.

She sat on my lap all he way to the Vet that day. I will never forget, she was shaking, and so scared. I looked into her eyes and knew that after her check-up and getting her her all fixed that she was coming home with me. I told my husband about her when I got home. Sure enough,I adopted her 3 weeks later, she is such a happy little girl and she makes me so happy. She now sleeps in a king bed instead of a cage. She has so much love to give and we have so much love to give her, just look at that beautiful face!!

Liz Fredo
Mansfield, TX

Sisters From The Shelter

Someone had left a whole litter of young dogs at the pound. None of them would come to the gate because they were terrified. Honey and Ella were huddled in the corner, and I adopted them both. They are now almost 10 years old, and have never spent a day apart. They are each other's best friends, and the most polite, well-mannered and loving dogs one could dream of. They are my best friends too, and make my every day an absolute delight.

Kenwood, CA

Jungle Kitty in a Bonsai Tree

Little Shadow was a pound and a half stray when she adopted us eight years ago. When I took her to the vet, he estimated that she was about ten weeks old. She had fleas and an intestinal parasite, and how she had survived until that time, I can only wonder about. At that time, she was small enough to climb in my bonsai tree. She still has that sweet face and rules our house with an iron paw.

Becky Bodnar
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Sierra and Dakota - I couldn't be without them

10 years ago, my family and I decided to take in two rescue pups. We got Dakota, at 8 weeks old from a rescue. Then 3 months later, we got Sierra when she was only 10 days old. Both pups were in dire circumstances needed lots of love and encouragement. 3 yrs after adopting the pups, I lost my family.

The only family I had left were Sierra and Dakota. They traveled the US with me as I tried to find us a home. Through all of my travails and travels, I knew could not bear to lose these two pups. No matter what, the two pups remained steadfast and loving. I made sure my "babies" were always with me, in a safe place and taken care of. If not for them, my life would have become a very desolate place because when I lost my family, I also lost myself. But the 2 pups wouldn't give up on me! Soon I realized, if for no other reason than for them, I had to get my life in order! So I got it together so that we could have a good life together. They saved my very life! Once, sleeping at a rest stop, a man tried to break into my car, until he saw THEM (run chicken little run!) Then, in our new home, I was attacked by a man trying to break in (knife in hand). He didn't see the "pups" until they were almost on top of him. Man, he could run fast! In the end, the pups were literally the real reason I found myself; what they gave me that truly saved my life was their love. This remains true even now. I thank God for them every day. I truly do.

Lincoln, NE

How I saved my dog Dugan.

The Horseheads Animal Shelter found a litter of puppies on the side of the road. All four females had already passed away. Five males were still alive. Two of the males, including Dugan, were almost dead by the time they made it back to the Shelter. Luckily, Dugan and the other dog made it! Two weeks later, my mother and I went to the Shelter and saw the five male puppies. My mom wanted one but he was already on hold. I feel in love with Dugan! My mom's heart was set on the other dog, but Dugan won her over. Dugan has gotten hit by a car and we saved him from that too. It is now four years later and he is wonderful part of my family. He even sleeps with me every night and goes to 4-H with me every week.

Halie Stuart
Elmira, NY

Feral felines become furry friends

A friend's neighbor told her that she had a feral cat and her five kittens living in her shed. We decided to rescue and civilize them, but the mama cat anticipated our actions and moved the kittens to a new hiding place. We finally trapped the mother and two of her kittens when the kittens were three months old, by which time they were completely feral, covered with fleas, and terribly thin. Naively I brought them home with me, thinking that lots of TLC would transform them into pets. However, they were so wild and frightened that it took months before they learned to like me more than fear me.

Seven months later, they are still skittish and distrust most humans. However, they have made incredible progress. They have learned to play, and have discovered the tactile joys of being petted and scratched in just the right place. They also sleep with me on my bed, and spend a lot of time in the kitchen cajoling me into giving them treats. Taking in feral kittens should be done with caution, knowledge, and more patience than I thought I had, but the result can be very rewarding. I am very grateful that Marmalade, Olivia, and Duiker are now a part of my furred family.

Lynne Fullerton
Albuquerque, NM

Our Rocky

Rocky came to us when he was 5 weeks old and very close to dying. He was bug and parasite infested and quite emaciated. Jim rescued him after he crossed the road in front of Jim's vehicle. We named him Rocky as he had a very rocky start and fought hard to survive and survive he did! He turned into the most loving and caring cat. When our Mikey was suffering with cancer Rocky was always there with him and stayed with us and Mikey when Mikey crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Our oldest cat, Amber, is now blind and Rocky is always there with her. At first we thought Rocky was competing with Amber for our attention; then we realized that Rocky was aware that Amber was losing her vision and he was actually protecting her and making certain she was safe. It is rare that they are not in the same room together or on the same bed together. Our other cats just love Rocky and will seek him out for companionship.

Marian & Jim
Gettysburg, PA

Pumpkin Adopted Us

Pumpkin showed up on our back deck one day two years ago around Halloween. We already had two Yorkies and couldn't imagine how we could adopt her. But she took up residence in our backyard and simply wouldn't leave. Each day when we opened our curtains, there she was - curled up on one of our deck chairs. We failed to find her owner, so we took her to our vet, who said she was in good health. When the weather turned brisk, we invited Pumpkin into the house, where she has become a treasured member of our family. She brings all of us so much joy, even my husband, who has never been a "cat person." In fact, Pumpkin prefers to spend most of her day with him, sleeping near his desk in his home office. Our Yorkies, Rocky and Rosy, even share their toys and favorite sleeping spots with Pumpkin. Our family wouldn't be the same without her.

Carol Barbieri
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
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