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Precious Lily

"She's so precious" that's what most people say the first time they meet Precious Lily. Followed by . . ."What kind of dog is she?" "We don't really know" is our reply "we found her on". What we do know is she is sweet, smart and lovable; she has added an immeasurable amount of joy to our family. Rescue pets are the best!

Suzanne Allen
Snellville, GA

The Triumphs of Paddy

Paddy was thrown from a moving vehicle resulting in her face being peeled back and problems with her back. The Hill Country SPCA took her in and soon realized that she had probably been abused all of her 4 years. Her physical injuries improved but her mental state did not.

She shook with fear at every sound and movement. She did not blink. She did not raise her tail. We had to keep her on a leash at all times because she would run from any and all people. She spent the first 18 months with us in a total state of fear. She would cower down and shake every time we attempted to approach her. She was incapable of understanding our love towards her. Visits to animal therapists were of no use. It seemed that Paddy's previous life had been so traumatic that nothing could help her.

Finally, we gave up "trying" to help her and just let her be herself, no matter what that might be. That was the turning point! She did everything on her terms and at her pace. That might not sound the right thing to do because humans should be in control of their animals, not the other way around. But Paddy's case was, and still is, unique.

I believe she will never be a "normal" dog. However, after being her care givers for over 4 years now, Paddy is finally a happy and healthy dog. We don't need a lap dog, we just need Paddy to be happy and unafraid. She now comes in and out of our house, sleeps under our bed, comes to us to take treats out of our hands and wags her tail on a constant basis. She has given us more joy than we have ever given her.

Pauline Scott
Fredericksburg, TX

Domestic abuse to domestic bliss

JJ(now Guinness)had been taken out of an abusive home after his owner was arrested.He was scared and not socialized and had been at the SPCA for months.We found out he had never been in a house and had been beaten with a 2x4.The group we fostered for asked if we would take him since we did not have little ones at home.

. We could barely get him in the car and he hid in a corner of our bathroom cowering.I sat and read to him and treated him for 2 days before he came to me.Two months later he was ready for a forever home.People were on their way to meet him and he looked right at me and I burst into tears,he was not going anywhere.We took him to a trainer for 10 months to work on his fears and now he is such a joy.He is my constant shadow and the best 110 pound lap dog anyone could want.He loves his two rescued brothers too.

susan hammond
nashville, TN

1 man's trash is MY TREASURE

Merlin and 4 of his brothers were taken to the shelter to BE PUT DOWN BY A SO CALLED BREEDER. They did not meet his definition of a Great Pyrenees. Carolinas Great Pyrenees Rescue stepped in and saved them from their death sentence !!! He is wonderful , very smart and the most loving of my rescues. All 5 pups were adopted. So it is true - 1 man's trash is truly MY TREASURE. Thank you CGPR♥

Kim White
Sophia, NC

Sammy and Fernie

Sammy (left) and Fernie (right) are our rescued Greyhounds.

They have this crazy habit of sleeping in the same position. They are very loving, friendly, sweet, calm dogs. We recommend considering a Greyhound to anyone who is looking for a wonderful companion.

Polly Gehr
Oak View, CA

A Chance Encounter

In November of 1996 I was waiting to move into a new apartment. I stopped at a small store in my town to pick up a few things and as I walked into the store I saw a little grey cat.

I found out later that week when I saw kitty again that the so-called owner shut him outside in the middle of winter because he decided he didn't want him so he figured he would just let it freeze to death outside in the middle of winter. My blood boiled. I also realized this kitty was not grey but cream colored. The grey was dirt.

When moving day came, I jumped into the car to go and get kitty.He had such a distinguished look about him. I named him Thompson.

First stop: the vet. He was estimated as a two year old non altered male with ring worms and a nasty mite infection that had progressed into his canals. So I spent the next couple of weeks squirting him with mite meds and worm stuff. In the midst of all that he developed an upper respiratory infection so antibiotics were added.

All the while I'm trying to get him to use the box (which he wasn't doing) and slowly getting him to trust me.

After all the meds and all the problems, I finally got him neutered. He learned how to use the box, play with his toys and about a year later acquired a sister named Josie.

It's been fourteen years now. Thompson is now 16. He chases 13 year old Josie around the house, bites her head and then they roll into each other a fall asleep. I look at him sometimes remembering all I went through with him. It was worth it. Glad he chose me.

Kim Lake
Becket, MA

Home is where the Heart is

I adopted Tencha from H.O.P.E. Animal Shelter in Ironwood, MI in July 2007. At the time she was only 7 months old and had already spent a good deal of time in the shelter. All I know is she had spent most of her life chained outside with little human contact and then put into the shelter.

As a husky she's now found a pack leader and is as happy and spoiled as can be! She was so happy to be going home that the first car ride home she happily talked to us the entire 1+ drive. She loves my parents and as well as myself, but she's mine completely. I saved her and she's since saved me in many small ways and is my rock in life. I couldn't imagine my life without her!

She is still terribly afraid of strangers, but seems to finally *maybe* be growing out it. She will be with me until it's time for her to go play with Samantha (my first dog, her first "sister") in the afterlife.

Thomas Falk
Lorain, OH

Socks' second... third chance.

My little Socks was just hours from being killed at the local shelter before I adopted her. A friend who worked there told me about her-- said she was a good cat but didn't do well in a shelter situation. Deemed unadoptable, she was slated to be killed. Socks has had a hard life. Surrendered in 2005 with a poorly healed broken back right leg. Picked up as a stray in 2008. Scheduled to be killed 6 months later. Just last month I got new xrays of her leg which showed how bad her break really was, and she has no more cartilage left in her knee; she's going to be 11 in January so pain meds will have to do. She's a good girl and very loved!

Adrienne Rothenberg
Tonawanda, NY

Partly Cloudy

This adorable little man was left behind by our neighbors (@!!#) this August. We couldn't believe what they named him (Big Ass Bitch) so we quickly gave him a new name that suited him. My husband suggested Partly Cloudy because he's gray and bright white. Since he had his claws and was neutered he spent the summer outside and we started feeding him. Whenever we'd pick him up he'd cuddle and hug like he never wanted to let go. Unfortunatly we tried to let him in the house and one of my fur babies chased him out the door so we decided to find another forever home for him. This is the 3rd kitty that has come to me and my husband for help and we are so privlaged to be able to help. Finally, one of my friends thought that PC would make a good friend for her kitty so she came and got him yesterday and he was so happy to be held and loved he was drooling! He knew he was going home :) Thanks to everyone who opens thier homes and thier hearts to animals when others won't or don't.

Amber K
Idaho Falls, ID

My baby Booger, rescued over 14 years ago

I had a cat Pooh, who had to be put down due to Leukemia, so my dad took me to the shelter to find another......I saw Booger and fell in love immediately...But was sealed the deal was the fact that the next day, he would be put down since he hadn't been adopted....I took him home right away!! I have had him since March 6, 1996!! I have no idea how old he is since he was full grown when I got him, but I hope he is with me for many hears to come. He loves to sleep under covers between us and stays on our laps while we are watching TV...We couldn't have asked for a bigger buddy or better friend!!

Angela Trent
Church Hill, TN
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