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Spoiled Silly

Well I have 7 cats now and each is special to me, but my 3 boys( Louie, Panda and Rocky) hold a very special place. We took their mother, Leia in when she was 10 months old and pregnant. We knew at such a young age, Leia would need the help, we just never imagined we would end up saving her life and all 5 of her boys! Rocky was stuck trying to come into this world. After about 30 minutes, we rushed Leia to the vet and they had to help her deliver those little monkeys! Once all 5 were OK we brought them home and 1 week later, Leia got very sick and almost died. So we hand raised these 5 babies from 1 week of age on. We developed such a bond with all 5 boys over the weeks and letting them go was so hard. We gave one to a good friend and one to my mother. We kept the 3 boys and Leia. I could not imagine my life without them. About 1 year later, we took in Leia's "sister" from outside, and Thumper was a perfect fit with my crew. Although, my oldest wasn't happy with any of the new arrivals, he is OK now. We just took our 7th, a month ago. Sundae is scared of the others and we are working on making her feel safe but she is the biggest love. Needless to say my babies are spoiled silly everyday! They wouldn't have it any other way and neither would I!! :-)

Deerfield Beach, FL

Tyler moved right in, to our hearts!

I volunteer at a local shelter with dogs a few times a week. A friend who worked in the cattery said there is a kitten (approx 9 mos old) that is such a charmer & I just HAD to meet him. His name is Tyler & when you open his cage door he jumps right on your shoulder and stays there. So I asked "How is it possible that this cutie has been here 6 months & has not been adopted?" Well, Tyler has feline leukemia and because it is incurable & he cannot be around other cats that don't already have it, it makes him rather unadoptable. I have a 153 lb pit-weiler & I've never had a cat in the home with him, so would Dozer accept Tyler? I wasn't sure. But I couldn't leave without him, so at first I agreed to foster him, try the two pets together & was determined to learn all I could about FeLV+ cats. They can live very long lives without ever getting sick, so on Xmas Eve (2009) I brought Tyler home & introduced him to Dozer. I never even had to separate them, not even for 5 minutes. They are best buds, brothers, they play together & sleep together. Tyler's nickname around my house is "The Shadow" becuase he follows Dozer everywhere he goes. As of March 22 (2010), Tyler was officially adopted into my home. The only issue...I get even less of my bed now then before!

Barbara Blackman
Voorhees, NJ

Our Murphy

I was raised in a family that loves and appreciates adopting, rescuing and caring for animals that need homes. So when Murphy found me in 1995, there was no question about me taking him in. My husband and I think he was 6 months to a year old at that time. It didn't take long for him to take over our home and hearts.

He is 16 now and though he moves a little slower and sleeps a lot more, he still looks forward to his afternoon walks.

There is nothing like rescuing or adopting a pet. They show their love and gratitude in so many ways.

Buffi Wilder
Bend, OR

My Marigold

I didn't really find Marigold, she found me. I had been volunteering at a veterinary hospital that also takes in strays or rescues. I was getting ready to go home when our veterinarian told me about a mixed breed that had been abandoned and was in the back whining when I came in. I asked if I could see her and right when she opened the door Marigold ran towards me. I had to adopt her then and there! She's so loving! That was four years ago and still one of the best decisions I've ever made :)

Raleigh, NC

Mr. O'Malley

One day I made a stop at our local fish/pet store to purchase some fish. Well I always have to go and see the puppies and kittens they have for adoption and I fell in love with O'Malley. He was a shelter dog who was rescued by the petstore. We have two other dogs and they have all bonded very well. He's a very playful puppy which my biggest dog loves because he is partly the same breed (German Shepherd) and both love to play tug 'o war with their toys. He's such a sweetheart! I think rescue dogs are the best!

Sonya Morgan
Knoxville, TN

Make room for Garfield!

Here he is, exhausted after pawing and punching his way out of a paper sack. Garfield (aka Garfy, aka Bigfatredcat) loves to hide out in paper bags and wait for an unsuspecting kitty to pass...

But Garfy wasn't always so comfy and happy. When his owner lost her home to foreclosure and had to move in with relatives, he and his companion kitty were forced to live shut in a closet all day while she was at work. It seems the home owners' dogs wanted to have the kitties for lunch! Garfy's cat companion was adopted out, but no one wanted him because he was eight years old. Imagine spending eight or ten hours a day alone in a closet!

When I heard of his plight through an artist friend and fellow cat lover/rescuer, I just had to offer him a home with wide open spaces. I already had eight cats (all rescues and foundlings) but I figured I could make room. I just couldn't let a handsome red tabby like Garfy go on living in limbo.

He adjusted quickly and soon began begging to go out the cat door and onto my 43 acres with the other kitties. He's been so active that the "fat" part of his nickname no longer applies! But every evening he can be found on my lap or right next to me on the couch.

He's a delight. I hope everyone will consider an "older" cat and always adopt an animal in need rather than breed or purchase one.

Patrice Young
Toccoa, GA

Dainty Dewey Decimal -- the Triple D finds a retirement home

I first made Dewey's acquaintance 5 years ago when I was walking through my neighborhood one night. She cried at me and it soon

became clear that she was hungry. I brought her some dry food and

after that, we were friends. More than food, she needed love. I would drop by her house and call her name and she'd come out to rub all over me. Dewey turned out to be 15 years old. She had been declawed and living outdoors most of those years. This year the owner saw that it was true love and agreed to let me adopt Dewey and give her an indoor home. Now Dewey has her own room with a view and my affection in her old age. My other 3 cats (Mercury, Artemus, and Molly, all rescued cats) are adjusting. There's nothing like the love of a rescued cat.

Carolyn Wolfe
Boise, ID

Scout on the lookout!

Scout is our third rescue dog we have adopted. He came to us after loosing our 16 year old beagle Buddy. Scout was adopted from our Metro Animal Services and joined our 3 yr old rescue border collie mix Brailey.. He was a "clearance puppy" - he had been born at the shelter and was 7 months old when we found him.We knew we might be his last chance. Once we saw him and saw how he jumped for joy as he played with our two boys, we knew he was ours. That was 4th of July weekend 2009 - nearly a month to the day, our area had sudden mass flooding and the kennels at Metro Services were hit hard. Several dogs and cats lost their lives before help to get to them. It breaks my heart to think Scout could have been in the middle of that disaster. We are forever grateful for our "clearance puppy" and love having him as part of our family. Please adopt from a shelter or rescue agency! You will never regret it!

Louisville, KY

The Three Amigos!

I have never had 3 cats that have gotten along better than these 3. They each have their very own personalities. Ollie (orange-white) is a chatter box and a love, Candie is a sweetheart, and Tobey (black) is a momma's boy and like to sleep under the covers at my feet. I find myself so happy they each "found" me they have added so much to my life and my family. I don't know what I would do without them!

Julie Tremble
Midland, VA

The Truth about Pitties...

Having grown up in a house with dogs, pit bulls in particular, I knew once I became an adult I would have dogs of my own. So, when it came time for my husband and I to get our first dog, we adopted Sienna, a tan & white pit, from the local shelter. We found her on and it was love at first sight, and it's been love ever since. A year later, after moving into our first home we decided to adopt another dog so that she would have a playmate. We adopted Boo from a local shelter as well. We choose him because we knew black dogs, especially larger breeds, are harder to adopt. And he's been a wonderful addition to the family. Now, Sienna and Boo are two peas in a pod, spoiled rotten ones at that! Their sweet and funny personalities make us laugh and smile each day. We've made the lifetime vow to adopt all of our future pit bulls from shelters because they are so often overlooked and misunderstood. Once you meet and get to know a pit bull you'll understand that they are a truly wonderful breed; smart, loyal, funny and affectionate.

Sally & Mike
Southern, NJ
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