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Drake the Bundle of Joy

Driving home from the grocery store I saw a small head peak out of a bush right pass a creek bridge. As soon as I had locked eyes on his I could hear him ask for help. When I pulled over he ran right up to the car. He had spots of missing hair and was just a bag of bones with ticks. I took him home washed him down and took him for a once over the next day. He has become my shadow, he is the sweetest puppy ever. He loves the kids and gets along most of the time with my previously rescued beagle. I am not always paying attention to the bushes on the way home but that day I'm glad I was he makes me laugh everyday.

Vanceboro, NC

He picked us!

My husband was volunteering at the local humane society and this big red dog would get so excited when my husband showed up. He was shot with pellets and left there. He would go lean on my husband, lay on him, smile at him. The hubby came home one day and said, "Uh Dear?" So, now we have Rhip. Short for Rhipicephalus sanguineus (scientific name for a male brown tick-my husband is a veterinary technician-don't ask me! haha). The shelter was awesome in getting his leg fixed and Rhip is the happiest, loviest dog I know!

Grand Junction, CO

I just wanted to volunteer...

This picture was taken by my boyfriend, when I was still just a volunteer at the animal shelter in town. Of course, I loved many of the dogs I spent time with, but Bear was special. I knew he had little chance of getting adopted (rottweiler/german shepherd, adult, no training, un-neutered, black, male). He showed a lot of potential, and of course, I thought he was adorable. I told my boyfriend he "just had to see this dog" that I talked about all the time. Soon, he moved so we could adopt him. He has been the best thing that has happened to me. I am now a rescue coordinator for the animal welfare group in town for my part-time job. I get to save so many others, and I feel its all thanks to my great rescue experience.

Emporia, KS

Miss White Tip

This is our sweet little Pitty-Pat, a gray tabby with a perfectly striped tail with a bright white tip at the very end of it. Not a spec of white fur on her cute little body except for "the white tip!" We rescued her from a vet's office when the mother of young boy had dropped her off after learning her son was allergic to cat hair. How lucky we were! She makes us laugh every day with her "little bitty kitty brain" and stuborness. She's a lap-kitty through and through and loves to purr for hours. At sixteen she's slowing down a bit but graces our lives with laughter and love -- and help with my jigsaw puzzles -- very day!

Annapolis, MD

Our Character Miss Scarlett

We rescued Miss Scarlett as a kitten from an animal shelter in Birmingham, AL when we lived there in the 90's. Of the dozens and dozens of kittens there she was the one who crawled up my leg and into my heart in a matter of seconds. Given that she was born a Southern girl she needed a good Southern name, so Scarlett it was. She lives up to her "Gone with the Wind" namesake in every way as she's beautiful, smart, playful, feisty, talkative, and always the center of attention! Even at sixteen she still loves to play, especially in this pile of issue paper dubbed "the rainbow."

Annapolis, MD

You Made Me Love You

We adopted Gracie (ears up) and a couple of years later adopted Jack (ears down). Gracie was slow to warm up to a then 7-month-old big 'ole puppy, but no matter how many times she gave him the doggie brush off (teeth slightly bared, low growl) he'd come right back at her with all his charms! As you can see from the pic, she's let him into her heart and now they are inseparable. Of course, he had us at our first look at that sweet face on Petfinder!

Clarke County, VA


In 2005, we went to the Humane Society in town in search of a pet, and found an adorable long haired Chihuahua awaiting adoption. The woman at the HS was unable to find any paperwork on the dog when we asked about adopting him, and we stood by as a frantic search went on for his information sheets. It took more than 20 minutes for them to find his paperwork had been filed for euthanasia two weeks before. By some chance he had been passed over and was still alive and ready 12 days after his termination date. We filed adoption papers immediately, and even came back to visit him every day for the next four days before his surgery and release.

Chili's story doesn't end with his adoption, however, as he served as a companion for my mother through the last stages of her battle with Alzheimer's Disease. This amazing little dog became the center of her life through two difficult years, and he never left her side through the very end. My own relationship with him really began in 2007, and I have never in my life met an animal more grounded and eager to please (and content just to relax quietly when the time is right). Through my own grieving and reconnecting with my life, Chili has been a wonderful companion who has pulled me through a tough moment or two.

It wasn't my intention to adopt a pet for my mother, who at the time was barely capable of taking care of her own daily needs, but what happened at the Humane Society convinced me that this adoption was meant to be. At 7, Chili is healthy and happy and we have just passed the five year anniversary of his adoption.

Timothy O'Connor
Amarillo, TX

Danny Boy

One day I was looking at a rescue site and before I knew it Danny Boy was in the truck coming to his forever home. He was quite chunky, his fur out of control and came with a few fleas to boot. Danny was also a grummy gus for quite a while not knowing what his background was. He became the dominant dog of my trio. He was a couch potato. After about 6 months he gave me kisses (which he never did) and that day I knew he was "home". He's so smart and loving. After losing weight, getting his coat in order and exercising, he's a pretty boy. He's attends all the volunteer activities I do with the Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue and shines.

Marie B
Chicagoland, IL

Mellow and ice cream

I am a "foster failure"! Mellow is our third foster dog and came to us as a 3-1/2 month old puppy after her 90 year old owner had died. The Humane Society of the Nature Coast where I volunteer only has about 17 kennels, so we are almost always full. I took one look, fell in love, and offered to foster her. After meeting our other 2 dogs and 2 cats - all shelter rescues, she had found her forever home - all in 15 minutes. Please look first at an animal shelter for your next pet.

Bonnie Kauffman
Spring Hill, FL


My husband was on his way to help photograph a wedding at a church when he saw a tiny cat on the side of a busy road. A homeless man almost stood on her which prompted Rob to leap out of the passenger seat and scoop up the kitten. There was nowhere to put her in the church, and she was meowing loudly, so I was called in the middle of shopping for a graduation dress with my mother to come and pick her up. She was so tiny, dirty and flea-ridden but confident and hungry! I fed and bathed her and she has been with us ever since, despite the no pet rule in our apartment, even the chairperson was subdued by her spunky personality. We named her Church, but she is really quite naughty and a menace to the vet! She loves having her ears stroked and she will not leave you alone if you are eating fish paste!

Kim Keith
Cape Town, South Africa
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