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Reservation rescue

We adopted/rescued Umlaut (Umy) 5 years ago. At the young age of 2-3 weeks; he was literally thrown from a moving vehicle into an open garage door on the Ute reservation. Suffering from malnutrition, covered with fleas and ticks. Someone inside had the heart to take the puppy to the local animal shelter.

The shelter already at over capacity took him to a veterinarian who went out of the way to de-flea and de-tick his tiny body put him on an IV because he didn’t have the strength to suck from a bottle. He was kept at the vet for just over 2 weeks. The vet then took him to one of the local animal bed and breakfast facility that often took in animals that the shelter had no room for.

I had just lost my other dog and in hopes of finding a replacement visited the B&B who happened to have the funniest looking pup I had ever seen. His body was so very tiny and his head was twice the size of the rest of him. When I first walked in he was all wiggles and totally beside himself. It was love at first site from both of us. I signed all the papers etc. to adopt this funny looking pup. I made him a bed in the house with his own pillow, he slept on his pillow, and he never had an accident inside. After a full year of a special diet of hamburger/oatmeal/liquid vitamins. He finally began to grow into his head. He turned into a lover of everyone, people, cats, and dogs; he is a pure joy to have around.

Susan Pernot
Cortez, CO


Geoff came to us when 2 little neighborhood girls came to our door one summer afternoon. My son went to answer the door and returned, telling us that the girls, whom he knew from the 2nd-grade class room they shared, were asking if he could have a cat. We had just lost my husband's seventeen year old cat and did not want to adopt another one. My husband and I said, almost in harmony "NO!" The kids were persistent and my son stepped into the living room a second time to repeat the question. Again we answered "No!" However, after a moment or two curiosity got the better of me and I went to the door to look at this 'cat'. There in the arms of one of the girls was not a cat but a three-month old kitten. His ears and wide eyes seemed way too big for his head. He looked like an alien cat from another world. An orange tabby - my favorite color - with deformed feet and legs, both front and rear. His back feet looked like that of a snow-shoe hare. The girls told me the sad story of how the kitten followed them, even crossing a busy street just looking for attention. I could tell he was very ill and needed help. My resolve was weakening, but when the kitten literally jumped into my arms purring, I knew further resistance was futile. With a sigh I stepped into the living room and announced to my husband, "Sorry honey, but we just acquired another cat". The vet bill was $400 just to get him healthy enough to neuter him but the love and gratitude we got from Geoff over the next nine years made it worth every penny!

Kathryn Terhune Cotton
Springfield, OR

Marco the Entertainer

I fell in love with Marco and his sister at the local no-kill shelter, ARF. Marco bit his sister to get her off the banister and proceeded to straddle it without realizing the impending discomfort. When he saw mom with the camera, he sucked up the discomfort and gave the facial expression as to say, "I am in great pain, but I must smile for mom because I am her gorgeous and brilliant furry son." Marco is brilliant and loved by all!

Karla Carmichael
Muncie, IN


9th Life Hawaii is Maui’s largest, non-profit, NO KILL all Cat Rescue & Sanctuary. Our 100 pound much-loved Doberman passed over a year ago and we were looking for a dog that would not hurt any of the 275+ cats we shelter at our sanctuary. Meet Gidget a rescue from the local municipal shelter. Gidget had apparently been hit by a car and was brought to them with a broken leg. It is still healing but she is finally walking on all four legs. She was placed in foster care with Cynthia and we thank Cynthia for the wonderful care she received prior to us adopting her. Not only is she smaller than most of our cats, she is a great watchdog and lets us know when strangers approach the sanctuary. And she loves the kittens, always choosing the smallest kitten to mother. She fits in purrfectly. Doesn’t she? The only problem: she likes to sit in our laps while we work in the 9th Life Hawaii office. Makes it a little hard to work on the computer but we love her.

Phyllis Tavares
Makawao, HI

Cyndaquil the Texas Tumbleweed

Cyndaquil is a rescued african pygmy hedgehog. He was a rescue from U.S. Global Exotics in Arlington, Texas. I was able to adopt him in Febuary after the final Judge denied USGE's appeal. The conditions he came from where cruelly confined, severely crowed, and denied basics such as food, water, space, humidity, heat, and veterinary care. He is now living with me in his forever home. He loves sleeping on my lap during the day and running on his wheel at night.

Thanks Peta and The Hedge Hog Welfare Society.

Somers Point, NJ


We went to Rhode Island to attend a funeral. When my sister in law came to the hotel, she told us that she had a little dog in her car that she was keeping until she could get him to the shelter. His previous family had had him for about10 years but their children were mean to him so she took him in. Unfortunately, she was moving to a new apartment and couldn't have pets.

I fell in love with Pookie, but my husband had asked me to PLEASE not bring any more strays home - we already had 3 cats and a dog. I told my sister in law that I couldn't take him. However, that night, we hid Pookie and brought him into our room. Well, when my husband saw Pookie, he said, "He needs to come home with us!"

When we brought Pookie home, he was afraid of everything, trembled constantly and would cower if we stood over him to pick him up. Eventually, he came out of his shell and was the most lovable, adorable dog I'd ever seen. Pookie was my dog from the start. He loved to be on my lap, go everywhere with me and slept right beside me in bed. Pookie's favorite thing was to stand on my lap in the car and lean as far out the window as I would let him. He was my canine soul mate.

Pookie had a heart condition. Four years later, he developed heart failure. Thousands of dollars and multiple trips to the vet over two months later, Pookie passed away. There will always be a spot in my heart left by him. I am so grateful to have had him because he definitely had me!.

Portland, ME

River Girl

My three grown children and their spouses went camping on the Delaware River. After setting up camp they discovered a tiny starveling kitten. After much discussion about what to do about her plight,our daughter Jessie rescued her and brought her to us. It was love at first sight. Our older cat adored her, as did we. She has turned into a gorgeous lively cat! What a great addition to our family!

Dianne Hobden
Canaan, NY

Chip the dog-cat

Chip found us at the Cleveland Animal Shelter 12 years ago. He was 5 weeks old, the runt of the litter, but we fell in love with him on the spot. We had a struggle with him at the beginning, his health was very poor but we kept him wrapped in a towel for warmth and taking him to the vet every day for liquids and nutrition. Chip has grown to 17 pounds and as tall as a beagle dog and growls when someone comes over, he is so protective of us! Chip also 'talks' to us when he cannot find us in the house - 'where are you?" He stole our heart the moment we met.

Linda and Dave
Vermilion, OH

my best friends...

Living in the Dominican Republic since 25 years, found many homeless dogs & cats, still have 17 dogs ( from 4 months to 14 years of age) and 2 cats ( 13 y) over 700 birds.. Here are many street dogs or dogs left behind when people leave again. People just forget they need a home.

I do all I can to help my little friends, not always easy, but I LOVE THEM and they love me!

Snack time is their favorite, then destroy the garden, but they are happy - so am I.

"Bacardi" I found with my daughter Cassandra on Bacardi Island, close to Samana in 2006, she was almost dead, no fur, just bones, my brothers son said: she is the ugliest dog he ever saw...there I knew I have to take her home also cause nobody else would, even I was in a bad financial time. Today Bacardi is a beautiful lady and loves to fetch stones.

Karla, a golden retriever mix, I found on X-mas eve, someone left her in the street for back problems, today she is 14 - we share our back problems since then. She is one of my best dogs.

In Nov. 09 I found 3 female puppies in a tree trunk, in june 2010 a mother with her 3 pups - almost starved to death in an abandoned house. Today they are healthy and happy. My most favorite was Max, 1st. one I saved from being drowned, he later was together with Karla. Max was ALWAYS with me, specially in bad times I had. He had 8 pups with Karla, 6 I kept, 3 are still with me 13 1/2 by now. Max died with 16! God do I miss him...but one day we meet on the Rainbow bridge.

Andrea Thumeyer
Sosua, Dominican Republic


Helping PAWS Pet Rescue, Inc. took in 12 cats and kittens from another rescue organization that had become too overwhelmed by the number of animals in their facility. Among these cats was a beautiful orange female with one eye missing that was in need of surgery to close. The Helping PAWS staff named her Peek-a-boo. During her stay at the shelter, staff members tried to find assistance in funding the repair of Peek-a-boo's lost eye. Despite the fact that the eye had not yet been fixed, she was one of the first 5 to find a new forever home. Her new mom is ever vigilant to protect the eye from further harm and continues to apply for assistance to afford the needed surgery.

Washburn, WI
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