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Bart had already been in and out of the shelter twice when a friend of our daughter adopted him. He has a little Houdini in him and could escape from fenced in yards and kennels in the blink of an eye. He also suffered from separation anxiety when left alone in the house. Needless to say, he became too much trouble for the owner and he decided to give him up. The shelter had said that if he were returned, he would probably be put down. Even though he had some issues, he was such a gentle soul. We decided to give Bart a chance at our home. We already had three dogs, but what was one more! Bart became fast friends with our Lab mix, Buck. We have a huge fenced in backyard and with a few gate modifications, Bart gave up on trying to escape. We've had him about 3 years now and he has been a wonderful addition to our furry family.
We had lost our cat and so put up flyers around our neighborhood. Soon a neighbor called saying she thought our cat was coming to her home in the evenings for food. We went there that evening and a very skinny cat showed up but not our cat. He was very lovable so we took him home and started feeding him to put some meat back on his bones. That was eight years ago and Dusty has made himself right at home. Now he is a fat cat and seems to still be afraid that today's meal may be the last! He sleeps in various locations even in our granddaughter's "pink fort"! What a love he is!
We adopted Wes a year ago from the county animal shelter, which told us that he was eight weeks old. This turned out not to be the case because he was too young to tolerate solid food and was going downhill. We rushed to the pet store 25 miles away late one night and purchased kitten formula. We bottlefed him for several days until he could handle regular cat food and today he is one of the most lovable, sweetest, cuddly cats we have ever had. He truly owns both of our hearts--and loves his Saturday donuts!
Mary Lou, the cat in the middle, was abandoned in the woods before she could barely walk. Her litter mates were never found. That was 19 years ago. Two years ago, Dolly (left) and Barbie (right) were abandoned in a park before they were weaned. 3 other litter mates were found. After bottle feeding them for weeks, all found good homes. Dolly and Barbie use my male Boxer/Rottweiler mix as their mommy and knead on him regularly.
Tessa wandered onto my dads farm one winter morning about two days from starving to death. She was talkative, warm and friendly. My dad said she'd be wonderful and as I'd just lost a dear cat, she may make me feel better. In 3 minutes I made the choice to go ahead only on his words. We flew first class from Michigan to San Francisco and she hasn't looked back since. She told my dad she needed help and now she tells me when she wants treats, love or play time with the laser. I couldn't imagine life without her and neither could Sophie my other rescue!
Five-year-old terrier mix "Patches" came from a New Mexico shelter so petrified, skinny, matted and filthy with 100 ticks on her and about as many flea bites because she was often left outside. Obviously badly neglected, she was owner-surrendered to the shelter when he was evicted. Patches was transferred to a rescue here in Colorado to be given a chance at being adopted instead of surely being put down at the shelter. When my co-worker, Deanna, sent me her sad story and her equally forlorn picture (in corner of my photo), I immediately wanted to give her a forever home with us! It's been only 3 weeks today and she's a different dog!! She's happy, healthy, more confident, sleeping and eating well, playing, taking long daily walks and learning to trust people and new situations. Here she is in her new leopard bed, which she adores. She reminds us of a gentle little deer. She is a real gift and a sweet addition to our family of pets, Bo (our other terrier mix), Griffin and Ivy (our cats).
Madison was a rescue dog that my son, Jake, and I fostered. She, and 7 of her siblings, were dumped at 4 weeks old without their mother. Jake and I went to the shelter and signed up to foster her. We took her home, gave her a bath, bottle fed her, and wrapped her in a blanket. Between our family and friends, I don't think Madison's feet touched the ground for about two months because everyone wanted to hold her! Our Chocolate Lab, Macey, was very jealous at first because she was used to getting all of our attention. One day, after having her for about 2 months, the shelter called to bring her in to be put up for adoption. Well, of course, we adopted her!
Madison just celebrated her 2nd birthday in April, and she is an amazing dog! She is so loving. I think she knows we saved her life! Now, I don't think Macey would know what to do without her, and I know we wouldn't. It is my hope that her sibilings found as good of a home as Madison did.
We love you, Maddie!
I want to thank you, an unknown stranger, for your especially responsible
actions when you brought Simone to the Humane Society. It must have been difficult for you to give her up because she's a loving, sweet kitty. Good people don't do this easily. Kitty Simone was 6 years old on the day we adopted her and she's brought much joy to our hearts for the past 7 years. As you can see, she likes to help in the office!
If you've worried even once about your difficult decision, please know that by caring, you did the right thing. Thank you for doing that, from us and especially from our loving Simone.
We found our precious boy on Petfinders.com at a shelter close to our home. He was first come, so on the day he became available we camped out in 20 degree weather for 4 hours, in front of the City Hall, where we paid to adopt him. He is a wonderful Golden Collie mix . He had some fear issues, as many shelter dogs do, and we loved him and trained him through those issues. When he was a year old we started looking for a playmate for him and found a beautiful Sheltie Mix at the same shelter. We took him to meet her and they have been best friends every since.
They have changed our lives. We are older, empty nesters, and I highly recommend going to your local shelter and bringing more joy than you can imagine, into your home by adopting a pet. They go every where with us. We love to camp in our RV and so do our dogs. We could not imagine our lives without these two 4 legged children. We are so Blessed to have found them.
These two have kept us young and healthy in our Senior years. We walk every day with them. Seeing the joy in their eyes on our walks is priceless. They are so full of life and always ready for a game of tug, chase, football, hide and go seek, you name it. It's Game On!
Our boy is 3 1/2 now and our little girl is 2 1/2.
Please adopt a shelter pet. It will change your life!!
I was at work & my student came in carrying something & asked if he could leave early. I agreed but asked what he was carrying, he had a 3lb chihuahua. He was on his way to put the dog down because his sister no longer wanted him. I opened the cage & we both fell in love. Clyde had fleas & an eye infection, but the worst was yet to come! I came home from work one pm & Clyde met me at the door, he was shaking. I looked into his face, I knew something was wrong. My gut told me to go to ER. The doctor said it would be easier to show me rather than tell me. I went to the back, they opened hismouth, he bit a TV cord while I was gone. The doc said he was suprised he did not self combust! His mouth was charcol & when the doc rubbed his thumb in his mouth, ashes fell off in his hand. The had to remove some of his tongue. He has a tube thru the nose & into his stomach, I feed him liquid, antibiotics, & pain meds every 20 mins. I took off work & for 1 wk Clyde sat on my chest. Clyde has a perm. hole in the roof of his mouth we have to watch because food gets up in there & he cant get it out. His tonge is slick & partially gone, often you find him with his tongue hanging out the side of his mouth because he cannot feel it. His smile is crooked one one side because his face was burned, he just has an Elvis smile now. Clyde is recovered, loved & a very happy dog! He is my best boyfriend to date.