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Cody: The little man of the house

Our daughter had been wanting us to adopt a dog. We went to the local shelter to save a life and just one look at "Ramone", the shelter name for him, was all it took. We adopted him and our daughter renamed him Cody. Fourteen and a half years later, he continues to bring us much joy. He is one of the loves of our life. Please save a life and you'll never regret it.

Knoxville, TN

Boys will be boys...

I adopted Sebastian from a rescue shelter after going through a terrible breakup. I initially was looking for an older cat, but when my friend put this tiny little ball of fur in my arms and the kitten fell asleep, I knew this little ginger boy was the one for me! 11 years and 19 pounds later, Sebastian and his adopted little brother, Tobias, are the highlight of my every day. These boys are quite the handful and a delight to be catering to morning, noon, and night – especially at breakfast and dinner time!

John Paul
San Francisco, CA

Jeter scores a home

In March of this year, I was working the late shift at the hotel I work at, when the security guard informed me that some weird noise was coming from behind the soda machine in the hotel laundry room. I listened and heard faint meows, and saw eyes looking back at me.There was a cat tied to the soda machine. Then I saw a bag wrapped in a rubber band with a note. The note said "need home, got shot, cant mate, I'm not trouble" At first I called animal control , they told me that they can't come until the morning. I decided to put cat in a vacant hotel bathroom with food, and newspapers until the morning.

Throughout the night i would checkup on him and was talking to a close friend who talked me into adopting him. I had wanted a cat before just was bad timing. The next day I brought the cat myself to the Animal Hospital.I expressed that I am interested in adopting this beautiful cat.

During the checkup they found a microchip, and contacted the last owner. The owner said they were going to pick him up. I was infuriated. why would they give this cat back to the previous owners after they abandoned him. I would call the hospital every couple of days to see if he was picked up. By the weeks end I was informed to come in and pick him up, that the previous owner surrendered him. I was ecstatic and picked him up. I named him Jeter after the shortstop of my favorite team- the Yankees.

I am so happy I adopted him.Every morning he welcomes me home from work and plays with me and I kiss him and he kisses me right back.

elizabeth, NJ

Snuggle Buddies

We got Baxter (the white one) from a local shelter seven years ago. Grace (the striped one) was a kitten of a feral cat in our neighborhood. These are two of our four rescued cats. Grace showed up on our door step one day. We took Grace to be fixed and put her back outside. We all missed Grace very much and ended up bringing her back into the house. She now is best friends with all the cats but Baxter is her favorite. With Baxter being the only boy in the house, he likes to rough house with Grace. They get along beautifully!! Adopt a cat today!!!

Birmingham, AL

No more cages

Poor Roxy is only five, but has been in at least six different homes, waiting for her forever home, which is now with us. She's spent most of her life tied up or in a cage. We've had her less than a week, but we can see a glorious dog emerging from a wild and unsocialized beast. We think she's pretty happy too ... just look at that smile!

Lisa Foss
Ely, MN

Our Chrystal Clear Rescue Experience

Two years ago, we found ourselves disheartened after we lost our three elder dogs within a very short period. Because dogs have always been an important part of our family, finding ourselves without these family members left a hole in our lives.

While considering different dog breeds, we took a trip to our local shelter, the Steuben County Humane Shelter. We had always had pure bred dogs in the past and had some concerns about the animals we might find.

We toured the shelter for quite a while, and took several of the dogs out for walks and some one-on-one play time. All the dogs were appreciative, but Chrystal just seemed to connect with us.

Chrystal was a one year old Beagle-Basenji mix. But she had spent 7 months in the shelter. We were told that she had actually been adopted twice and returned both times. (Basenjis apparently don't like cats at all.)

She was cute and playful. But were afraid that she had spent too much time in the shelter to be socialized. We were also concerned that she had been brought back twice before.

Chrystal turned out to be very well behaved and, incredibly, was already house broken. Over the next year, Chrystal's personality developed fully and she has become the most loving, energetic, adoring (especially towards my husband) & Appreciative dog, we've ever owned.

And the other dogs at the shelter have benefited as well. As a result of our experience with Chrystal, we have become supporting members of our shelter, and volunteer with projects to raise money for our Privately Funded shelter.

Thank you for ALL you do for Shelter animals everywhere. I could Never again get an animal anywhere else. There are so many great pets just needing another chance for that perfect Forever Home.

Mary Whiting
Angola, IN

Our Baby Isabella . . .

Isabella is a rescue from Seminole County Humane Society. The day we adopted Her, almost 5 years ago was a day filled with thanks and joy. She was frail, had been abandoned and in shock. It took more than a year for Isabella to become confident that She was now in Her 'forever home' and safe. She brings so much love and happiness into our home and loves everyone, we adore Isabella and are so proud of Her. She stole my heart the moment I laid eyes on Her . . . Dominic C. Longwood, FL

Dominic C.
Longwood, FL

Bruno The Escape Artist

Bruno had 24 hours left at the Manteca, California animal shelter. I viewed him on Pet and fell in love with his sweet face. He could escape any confines so I had a challenge with him. It has been well over a year now and he has fit right in with his 6 sisters, but if the front gates are open and he can manage an escape he will run, only to turn right around and come home. He is a keeper for life with me!

Pati Jean Diridoni

Paradise, California

Pati Jean Diridoni
Paradise, CA

Bacchus found his forever home!!

I recently lost my Pit mix she was a very wonderful dog. It broke my heart when she passed. I went looking for a new companion for our other rescued dog Kurt. He whined everyday after her passing. And would lay in her spot all the time. He would look for her all over. It broke my heart to see him like this. So I decided we should open our home to another shelter dog. Bacchus was one of six puppies someone had dropped off at the pound. All the other puppies seemed fine and happy go lucky. He was the only one that sat in the back of the cage shook and whined. He was so pitiful. He would try to come up to me so I could pet him and the other puppies would push him away. They would not even let him eat. As soon as I saw him I knew with a little TLC and a good home he would be just fine. When they brought him to me as I was signing the adoption papers he would wet on himself because he was so scared. Someone had treated him horribly and it was obvious. After I got him home he started to loosen up. He has made great progress in the short time we have had him. He has found his forever home. There are so many sad and needy animals at the animal shelters I only wish I had room for more. If you are looking for a new dog or puppy, please look at your local animal shelters. These animals will be put down if they do not find homes. This puppy had been treated awful and now is living the good life. Every dog deserves the same chance.

Kingsport, TN

A Tail of Happy Endings For Diggity Dawg and Teddy Bear

I had been watching Petfinders for an American Eskimo. I found one that was a mix, so I grabbed my daughter and we went straight to the shelter. The A.E. had heart worms and I was worried I couldn't cure him. I walked around thinking it over and I found Diggitty, a dalmation retriever mix. He looked at me with one blue eye and one brown eye and I was fascinated. He also has a giant black spot on his backside that looks like a Speedo. We took him out to the yard at the pound, and he just stayed right next to my legs the entire time. Velcro puppy was mine! And Diggitty Dawg is still my gentle giant velcro puppy who makes it clear every day that he is so grateful to have a loving home. Of course the brown eye is the lab half and the blue eye is the Dalmation half. The Lab side will chase any ball or toy and the Dalmation side will pick it up in triumph and then drop it for me to retrieve.

But there is a happy ending for both. My daughter took the A.E., Teddy Bear home to become a brother for her other rescue dog Pooh Bear. He is cured, happy and in love with his new life and his giant husky/lab mix sister.

Kim Hadley
North Richland Hills, TX
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