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Noel the Christmas Kitty.

When me and my family went into PetsMart on December 8, 2007 we weren't really looking for a cat. But being the animal lover I am, I went over and looked at the cats that were up for adoption. While my parents shopped I spent my time with a long-haired torte. My parents came and got me and I pointed out the kitten, she was about 6 months at the time of adoption. My mom instantly fell in love with her, just as I had. My dad said we weren't going to adopt her and turned to leave. Me and my mom practically burst out in tears. So we ended up adopting her. She is now 2 years old and the most loving cat I could have ever asked for. We ended up naming her Noel, and her nickname is Nolly. And you can't really tell in the picture, but her eyes are a bright yellowish/green.

Dawn Synakowski
Chesapeake, VA

Here's our General Beauregard

In February of 2006, we lost our amazing 18 year old orange tabby, Newton. He was the love of our lives. The house was just so quiet without him that we went out and adopted 2 more "boys". Jasper and Charlie. They didn't really bond to my husband. So a week later, we went back for a girl. Lizbeth. She became his little "feline mistress". Unfortunately, we only had the boys 2 1/2 years. They both had to be put down in Fall 2008 due to cancer. Then, Lizbeth went suddenly of some kind of seizure or stroke 8 months after that. That was almost a year ago and we were devastated and missing our furbabies. But we went to a pet event last weekend and met this boy. He'd been trapped as a stray and thought to be feral and wild but no...he's the biggest lover you've ever met. He'll stay in your arms and cuddle, he loves to be petted and tummy rubbed and he'll rub his head against you while you're in bed. He's the prettiest light orange tabby with almond-shaped light orange eyes. He's only been with us a week but he's settled right in. We call him General Beauregard because he commands the house and is such an old fashioned "southern style" gentleman. Buddy Beau for short. He's loving, talkative, laid back but still feisty when it's "play time". He loves feathered toys and hiding under the bed and "attacking" the toy as it goes by. He's also a bit mischievous at 3am. He likes to attack the barrette I wear in my hair at night and wake me up. Please adopt. You'll never regret it. The love you get back from a "saved" animal is more precious than can ever be explained.

Long Beach, CA

Ellie Rae

I brought Ellie home from my local shelter when the foster coordinator said that they had a puppy that wasn't going to survive the weekend. They'd started calling her "dead puppy" so I took her home to prove them wrong. She is completely recovered and has paid our family back for saving her with all the puppy love she can muster.

Salt Lake City, UT

Buddy helped me survive Cancer.

We adopted Buddy from the Humane Society...he ran away from his owner. I'm so glad Buddy's in my life because with his love I've beaten Cancer.

Melanie Zysk
Palm City, FL

Golf Course Boy

Benny was about 9 months old when he was rescued, quite starved, from a golf course by a shelter volunteer in Cottonwood AZ. My husband and I were looking for a cat, and although we saw so many, this skinny little orange and white guy caught our eye. We asked to see him and when the attendant went to open his cage door which also held his food bowl, he pulled it back....he wasn't done eating!! That spunky move won our hearts and now our chatty Benny is still ever so much the character....loves food, hugs and showing off.....and we wouldn't have him any other way.

Green Valley, AZ

Our Sweet Minnie

We heard about Minnie from a friend of a friend who had to give her up. We went to see her at the Burlington County Animal Alliance and we had an instant connection! She has been the most wonderful addition to our family! Always full of love and looking for her next belly rub!

Alyson Merget
Cinnmaminson, NJ

Bosco's Story

Bosco is my favorite dog at the Humane Society of Sullivan County. He is very loving and just wants to be with you. He rides in the front seat with me to Subway for lunch and comes over for sleepovers at my house with my "kids". He came in as a stray but was never claimed. He has been in our shelter for months and was adopted to a family once and brought back because he was too big for thier small children. He was happy to see us all at the shelter, but confused because he didn't understand why he was back. We had a horrible outbreak of K9 distemper at our facility and we lost all but five dogs. Bosco survived. After many failed adoption events and potential interested adopters we had given up hope. Bosco need to go to a rescue to go into foster care and try to get a new home. We had to preform a heartworm test and Bosco was positive. We didn't know what to do, but the NEXT DAY, a group of second grade students came for a field trip and brought us a check for over $500 they had raised having penny wars! Because of thier graciuos act of kindness, Bosco could have the life-saving treatment he deserved. The next day, Bosco was adopted by a nice young single man looking for a best friend. We couldn't have been happier. And as I watched Bosco ride off into the sun, hanging out the window of the Jeep looking towards a fabulous life with his new best friend...I thought to my self...God is good and on days like this, I know why I do what I do.

Miranda Hay
Sullivan, IN

Bodie - The Love of My Life

I had recently had to put down my 16-1/2 year old yellow lab and I was devastated. My husband tried to find another dog for me right away, but I wasn't ready. One weekend, while traveling to a race, my husband saw a blue freeway sign saying SPCA. He asked me if I wanted to stop and take a look. I couldn't say no. When we entered, I asked the woman at the front desk to show me the dogs who were next on the list to be euthanized. As this was a very rural shelter, she showed me 10 dogs. There were 4 pitbulls, 3 chihuahuas, a really old poodle mix, a young lab mix, and Bodie. Skinny, matted, smelling like he'd recently fought with skunks, and horribly frightened, he walked right up to the front of the cage. He somehow knew I was there to rescue him. My husband, who really thought we would be getting a larger dog, looked at me and said, "That one? The little skinny smelly one?" I said, "Absolutely."

It's been 2 years since that awesome day, and I am forever grateful to my husband for making us stop, as well as to whoever tossed Bodie out like garbage into the world to fend for himself. In my opinion, you truly missed out on the most loving, most beautiful dog in the entire world. He is a true delight and makes me laugh multiple times every day. As everyone asks me what breed he is, I recently ran his DNA and found out he is 1/2 miniature pincher and 1/2 golden retriever. A truly original blend. I call him my "Mini Golden," my best friend, and the love of my life.

Morgan Hill, CA

Sir Chance-A-Lot

In August 2009, I had to put down my 13 year old Golden Retriever, Missie. She'd been with me since I was 14 and she was a puppy, and we'd basically grown up together. I was devastated.

After a month, my Mother suggested that I look into adopting another dog...a "dog person" just cannot be dog-less. :) I began looking on shelter websites and rescue sites, and then one day, I came across a photo of a little dog with the biggest ears I'd ever seen- a Chiweenie named Sir Chance-a-Lot.

Chance is a true rescue story. He was found completely by "chance," only about 2 months old, in a box next to a dumpster. He had Parvo and was nearly dead, and he was covered head to toe in ants. A girl named Laura just happened to be walking to her car one day and had a gut feeling she should look into the box. She also just happened to be a veterinary technician and runs a canine rescue outside of Fort Worth. She took him him and nursed him back to health. He went home and to the veterinarian's office with her every day, so he could be constantly monitored. The Parvo was advanced and the ants had eaten him raw. Over the next few months, he recovered and Laura named him Sir Chance-a-Lot, in order of the unlikely set of chances that led to his survival.

When I saw Chance's big ears and heard his story, I fell head over heels. When I went to see him in person, Laura put him down on the floor and he ran straight to me and jumped into my arms, where he's been ever since. :) I call him my little Miracle Puppy, and he really is!

Erin Maher
Southlake, TX

Geno look alike

I just wanted to comment on the story about Geno. We rescued a dog from another shelter that was on the streets and abused but looks just like Geno. She's a girl named Bailey and she is the smartest and most loving/protective/sweetest dog I have ever had. I have always had full breeds until Bailey and I will never ever get any dog that is a full breed or is not a rescue. She has made us so happy. We are in L.A. so if the owner of Geno is close or wants to be in touch please look me up on facebook. Ashley Miller Greene

los angeles, CA
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