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After losing our last cat to old age, we were without animals for quite a while. Well, we retired and decided it was time for a dog. We were looking for a Papillon to rescue (only way to go for us). Female, 1 - 2 years old. We have an RV and thought that would be the perfect dog to fill out our family. I had looked on line for months and most were too far away or would only adopt up to 100 miles away. One morning I was checking out the rescue sites as usual and saw a picture of Chance. I read his story and my heart just broke. You see, he and Tiffany had been together since they were pups and were recently surrendered to SouthPaw Rescue. They were with a family but I won't go into that. Tiffany is 8 and Chance is 6. Well after hearing about them, we couldn't let them be seperated - they would both be devastated and die of a broken heart after losing each other AND their family. So after much discussion with Southpaw Rescue, and lots of arrangements our family of two grew to a family of four in the morning of 9-11-10. It was the best decision we ever made. They are the sweetest, best dogs anyone could want. They travel everywhere with us and love it! Adult dogs are wonderful and need a chance too! I tell everyone that they are "used" just like us and rescued just like they rescued us! They came up to NY from Arkansas and an AWSOME foster Mom on "Last Chance Highway". Thank you all for making this possible!!
My kids and I were in the local Petco looking for a pet. We wandered over to the guinea pig section and were marveling over the cute guinea pigs, when a clerk walked over to us. "Do you want a guinea pig?" she asked. "We have one up for adoption." The guinea pig had been brought in by a family that didn't want him anymore, and he was going to go to the pound in due time. We agreed to see it, and she brought it out. We took to him immediately. He was so cute and sweet with his long hair. We quickly called my husband to ask him if we could get him. After debating back and forth (he is not so keen on animals), he finally consented. We agreed to buy him. We brought him home and he lived with us for three years (he was two when we got him). We all soon loved him, even my husband!
There must have been a guardian angel watching over these three little ferrets, as they were living in the wall of a house slated for demolition. The workmen were there, ready to bulldoze the house to the ground, when one of the men saw something moving during the final walk-through.
He couldn't coax them to come out, so he set a live trap and managed to catch three ferrets. He said he hoped that he got them all.
These ferrets were nothing but skin and bones. The weather had turned cold and wet, and there was danger of a frost. It's amazing the ferrets were still alive, since they had obviously been on their own for a while and the domestic ferret's hunting instincts were largely lost in the domestication process. Ferrets can normally withstand cold better than heat, but only with adequate nutrition. These would not have survived.
It was fortuitous for them that they were found just then. They would have been killed as the house was demolished, or if not, they would have died of starvation shortly.
After they got to the shelter, it was determined that they are two males and a female. The males are barely half the weight they should be, and one of the female's back toenails is damaged.
Luckily, all three survived and are recovering well. The boys still have quite a bit of weight to gain back, and their fur is thin. With good food we hope to fatten them up and adopt them out quickly.
Penni was an owner give up, not once but twice. She was taken to a shelter in east Tennessee. Being extremely over-weight for a min pin and being older, she was passed over time and time again. I rescue for a min pin organization and was asked if I would take her in and foster her. She stole my heart the very first day as she made herself right at home under the covers. After two weeks, I decided I was not going to let this happen to her again. I adopted her and she has done nothing but bring me joy ever since. I couldn't imagine my life without her. I have only had Penni for a few months, but she has since lost some weight and enjoys going for walks now, whereas when she first arrived she was so over-weight just walking down the driveway was difficult for her.
Penni was an owner give up, not once but twice. She was taken to a shelter in east Tennessee. Being extremely over-weight for a min pin and being older, she was passed over time and time again. I rescue for IMPS (Internet Miniature Pinscher Service) and was asked if I would take her in and foster her. She stole my heart the very first day as she made herself right at home under the covers. After two weeks, I decided I was not going to let this happen to her again. I adopted her and she has done nothing but bring me joy ever since. I couldn't imagine my life without her. I have only had Penni for a few months, but she has since lost some weight and enjoys going for walks now, whereas, when she first arrived, she was so over-weight just walking down the driveway was difficult for her.
this little cutey is Jacob. When he was about 3 weeks old he, his mom and all his litter mates were thrown from a car window on the interstate. A young man on his way home from work that morning saw all the kittens in the road. He saw one that was sitting up so he back up and picked up this broken, bloody kitten and wrapped him in his jacket to take him to the vet. He gave the vet all the money he had in is wallet to put the kitten down. That is not what happened. The vet nursed this baby back to health. I heard his story I cried for 2 days! When he was well enough to leave the vet he came to live with us. It has been a challenge to socialize him. He was kicked so many times he has no voice and is terrified of feet but in spite of this he is a very loving kitten. We feel that God watched over this creature and had some reason for him to survive. Jacob has become the spokes kitty for our annual holiday benefit that helps local animal shelters. His story had a happy ending so he is perfect for his new job!
We found Mona at a local shelter. She reached to touch my arm and touched my heart. For 13 years she gave love and support to all she met. Her last act of love was to see me through cancer treatment, rubbing my bald head and checking me for fevers in the middle of the night. When my treatment was over, she gave into the pain she had been suffering with her own. I know she's still watching over me, but my life will never be the same without her.
WE HAVE BEEN A CAT FAMILY FOR 25 YEARS. OUR LAST OF SIX CATS DIED LAST YEAR OF OLD AGE. SO WE WENT TO THE SHELTER FOR A DOG. BISQUIT HAD BEEN BROUGHT IN BY SOME ONE WHO FOUND HIM ON THE STREET. HE HAD BEEN ABUSED AT SOME TIME. BUT HE WAS THE CUTEST AND WANTED TO GO HOME SO HE IS NOW OUR SPOILED LITTLE BABY BOY. THE MOST LOVABLEST DOG EVER. LOVES TO TRAVEL AND TAKE LONG WALKS. WALKS AROUND ON HIS FRONT LEGS IN THE SNOW. HE HAS FOUND HIS FOREVER HOME.
After having to put down my wonderful tuxedo cat at 17 years of age, I vowed "no more cats". Well, after visiting our local shelter and grooming the cats there for a number of months, I noticed a new resident one day and when I picked him up and he looked at me with those beautiful blue eyes, I was hooked. He is mostly ragdoll with a gentle disposition and loves to play with his toy mice, tossing them in the air, retrieving them and then walking around very proudly with one in his mouth. He makes me laugh every day and I'll never figure out how anybody could give up this beautiful boy. Their loss is my gain for sure.
There's a special place in my heart for "Trudy". She is a few spot Appaloosa mare, a permanent resident at our Rescue. "Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund Inc" in Cumming, Georgia. When Trudy was younger, a group of juveniles broke into her farm's barn and stole a tractor. Next, they thought it would be "fun" to wrap Trudy in barbed wire and drag her around the pasture.
Trudy survived, but had to have hundreds of stitches and is terribly afraid of humans. She does not kick or strike even though she can easily get revenge for her horror and pain. All she does is blow very loudly and hard through her nostrils and looks for a way to escape. She needs to be in a corner to halter her or she will run in fear but once haltered, she will lead or load in a horse trailer without a problem. Trudy will also tremble at her shoulders and arch her neck as if to hold all the fear in her neck muscles. It is heartbreaking to be near Trudy and not to get her to understand that we will never hurt her or let her be hurt again. She doesn't believe us, we're humans. Why should she trust us? It breaks your heart when you feel the fear in her heart. It is so unfair but it cannot be taken away, by anyone, just eased a little.
Trudy will spend the remainder of her life here at the rescue. Other than medical or farrier attention, we don't ask anything of her. She will spend her life just being a horse.