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This past summer (2008) a beautiful feral mother cat wandered up to the house bringing her tiny feral kittens with her. Once she saw that I was taking care of them she wandered off one night never to be seen again, which was a sad day for me. With the help of a local feline group, I got the little ones spayed and neutered. Even though they only allow me to pet them at certain moments, they love me and I love them. They make me smile everytime I go out to feed them. I cry "Where are my babies?" and they come running from wherever they have decided to play that day. Feral cats are just as important as non-feral...the proof is in the picture.

Kelly T
Harrisburg, NC

Miles and Tigger

Miles, our shepherd mix, joined me on my run one cold morning about eight years ago. He had no collar or tags, and needed a home so much that he followed me for nearly 10 miles! How could I not reward such determination? I gave him some dry cat food and water. I checked around the neighborhood and read all the lost-dog notices, but I was already hooked. To my relief no one claimed him, and he became my daily running buddy. About six months later Miles and I were on our morning run. He suddenly stopped by a patch of woods, ears in the alert position. In a moment I heard what he had first noticed: the meowing of a kitten. The little cat was up a small pine tree, but he came down and, fearlessly, approached me and my 70-pound escort. Miles, no great friend of cats, seemed fascinated. Later that morning I brought the kitten some food and water, and came back the next day with a cat carrier. We adopted Tigger, and he and Miles became best buddies, often hanging out together on our back porch.

Eddie Bass
Julian, NC

How he earned the name Brutis!

When we moved into a rental house in the rural TN mountains, I found a small (15 lbs) but loveable dog that had been abused and left behind. I named him Buddy and put food out for him. I already had a large dog and tried to find the new one a home. After a few weeks and no luck, it got cold and I brought him on the porch and made him a house. I was outside about a week later and was attacked by 2 very large mountain goats. I am a very small woman. Buddy ran around the goats biting at them until I could get away and then ran to the door where we both went inside. After that, we named him Brutis. Now he lives with us in the house and I can't imagine life without him! My other dog fell in love with him too! Now both dogs play together like puppies and Brutis is very happy and healthy. Brutis was my savior and he will always be a part of our family!

Kimberly & Daniel
Spring City, TN

My Girls

Lacey (oldest) was rescued from a back yard breeder at 6 weeks...she grew into a show perfect little mini doxie. Sadie was rescued from a shelter where she had been placed by a family that purchased her as a play toy for their 5 children and then decided she was too rowdy for the kids. The two have completely different personalities, but both are my precious babies.

Susanna Roberts
Grand Prairie, TX

Our baby girl

Six years ago my husband's son found this little 6 month old puppy on the side of a busy highway just wandering around. He couldn't keep her, so I took her in despite my 3 cats who didn't like having a dog around. Within a month, she made her home with us and them...and became a cat at heart herself. She is the happiest dog I've ever been around. She wins the heart of everyone she meets. The saying around my house is "Everybody loves the Mooch".I can't imagine my life without my her.

Kelly
Harrisburg, NC

Rescue Stories

We found BJ on PetFinders. A couple dropped him at the SPCA - underweight, with no hair on his ears or tail. They neglected to mention he was blind. His picture haunted me for days. I knew I had to bring him home. He's now a healthy toy poodle. People who first meet him don't even realize he's blind.

Terri Dougal
Monroeton, PA

Lucy found her forever home

After a bad stormy day, a tiny gray kitten found us. She went under our backyard fence and walked right up to my husband. She kept meowing at him and following him around the yard. She would not give up. It was if as she was saying that I want this to be my new home. That was 2 years ago that Lucy became part of the family. She now enjoys a loving and safe home with her big fuzzy brothers Max and Zachary.

Michele Leftwich
Dallas, TX

Millie Saved Two Hearts

My best friend, Gracie (a rescue dog made up of much mixed heritage just like me!), died on March 3, 2008, 5 days shy of her 12th birthday. When she was 3, we rescued a 5 week old mixed breed little boy dog we named Dutch. When Gracie left us, Dutch was understandably very depressed as she had become his mother, sister, best friend, etc. I was not emotionally ready for another dog, but Dutchie was going downhill too quickly so I immediately looked online at the shelters in our area. I saw Millie's picture and loved her right away. My daughter wanted to join me to get a dog and she wanted to go to another shelter closer to her work. I agreed, even though I wanted Mille. On the way to meet my daughter, I said out loud, "Gracie, I know you will lead me to the right dog." When we reached the last cage at the very end of the last row in the shelter, there was Millie! She had been transferred to this shelter as no one would adopt her from the other because she needed to be spayed, had heartworm and was extremely timid as she had been badly abused. One week to the day that Gracie died, she led me to Millie (whom they had named Isis at the shelter)! She is now heartworm-free after treatment and has saved two hearts: Dutchie's and mine. I hope we've done at least as much for Millie. Thank you, Gracie.

Lisa Ericson
Chesapeake, VA

Sylvester The Seal Rescued On New Year's Eve

Our animal welfare group, the NWSPCA, was just about to finish a very busy year when one final call came in...an abandoned seal on a near-by beach. We dispatched a volunteer inspector and located the seal after a short search. A small group of beach walkers had waited with the seal until our help arrived.

The seal pup was surprisingly energetic despite its ordeal. It is common for seals to leave their pups on beaches while they search for food, eventually the pup will learn to hunt for food itself. However while on the beach if the pup has any human interaction, this can cause the mother to abandon the pup, leaving it unable to fend for itself.

The NWSPCA has great support from the local community and following some quick calls, the Irish Coastguard and the local Lifeboat (RNLI) group dispatched their officers to assist in the transportation of the seal pup to the local lifeboat station. From here the regional officer of Ireland's National Seal Sanctuary arrived to bring the pup to their facilities.

Following their great work, the seal was rehabilitated and prepared to be released back into our community. Their seals are released back from the same beach they are found.

So at the end of February, we were able to contact all our members to let them know Sylvester was coming home. A large crowd of people, from kids to senior citizens, had turned up for the special event. Those in attendance formed a human passage way to the sea, ensuring Sylvester will be directed the right way. After a countdown, Sylvester's container was opened, and he emergered, following a quick look around, he pushed himself down to the sea. And with one last look back, he swam away starting his new life...Success!!

Colin Webb
North Wexford, Ireland

A Striped Tigress and Mutual Salvation

My mother cares for many animals. While I was visiting her, she said, "There's a soft grey kitten around here who I've been feeding." Sure enough, there was a lovely, tiny kitten, living under my mother's outdoor shed, afraid to come out or interact with people.

I spent lots of time sitting near her and talking to her, and eventually she came out and played and let me touch her gently whilst she sipped milk and nibbled her kitten kibble.

When I left to go home, Bridget climbed into my hand and came right along. She has been with me for more than a year now. She entered my life when I was having a sad, difficult time, and she helped to dry my tears.

She has since been my companion and playmate, guardian and caretaker, and when she's sleeping, curled up next to one of her favourite toys, an example to me of life's beauty.

I am not sure who rescued who. I think it was a case of mutual salvation.

Pamela
San Antonio, TX
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