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Farm dog.

Me and my partner has been considering adopting a dog for a while but hadn't come to any decision either. So when I get a call from my partner, telling me "we've got a dog" and he's meeting me on the way home from work to lead me to him, I was, confused.

I spotted his van on the country road and pulled over to talk to him. He tells me a very sad story about a neglected farm dog called Frank. His "owners" neglected him because he's a failed sheep dog and was of no use to them. His story fills my heart with sadness so we immediately go to get him.

When we pull up to the farm yard, my heart goes out to this sad border collie chained up to a tiny metal Hut that is so small he has to get onto his belly and crawl into. His fur is filthy and heavily matted, his bowls are already up for sale in the farm auction, he's surrounded by his own feces and his collar is so tight, I can't fit my pinky finger under it and a tongue too big for his mouth, sticking out between his closed lips. His eyes lit up when we came over and showed him some attention. There was no way I was leaving him there.

He was destined for a bullet that weekend, we were sure of it.

So we took him, took him to the vets and gave him a loving home, showed him what life he really deserved. He is the kindest, gentlest, happiest dog I've ever had the pleasure to meet. So with his new life, we gave him a new name; Oscar, my beautiful border collie.

Rachael Carthy
Ribbleton, Preston, United Kingdom

Jungle stray

Playboy was found sick and starving alongside a jungle road in Cancun, Mexico by animal sanctuary Tierra de Animales. After some months of care and rehab there, we met him when we toured the sanctuary while on vacation. So many other dogs there needed homes, but Playboy followed us around the grounds and had this way of putting his nose to our faces to say, "I need a family". Two weeks later, he arrived in his flight gear (crate) in our hometown to a joyous reunion. He has learned to trust people and is the beloved leader of our international mutt pack.

Bobbie Theodore
El Dorado Hills, CA

MUFFY

I FOUND MUFFY IN THE FREEWAY. SHE WAS A TINY KITTEN (3 WEEKS OLD) TRYING TO SURVIVE, SO I STOPPED THE CAR, I PICKED HER UP AND TOOK HER TO THE VET. SHE WAS REALLY HURT, WE DIDN'T THINK SHE WILL SURVIVE.

THE VET TOLD ME THAT HE CAN´T TAKE CARE OF HER AT NIGHT, THAT SHE WILL NEED LOTS OF TREATMENTS AND MEDICATIONS BECAUSE SHE HAD HER PAWS BURNED, INJURES MADE BY A KNIFE, AND THAT SOMEONE HAD BROKEN HER NAILS. I TOOK HER HOME AND HELP HER WITH HER MEDICINES ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT LONG TILL SHE RECOVERED. I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT I THOUGHT I WAS A DOG PERSON BUT SINCE I RESCUED MUFFY I KNOW THAT I LOVE HER AND WE WILL NEVER SEPARATE FROM HER, THAT SHE HAS FOUND HER HOME AND THAT WE WILL LOVE HER FOR ALL HER LIFE..SHE IS A WARRIOR, SHE SURVIVED, NOW SHE IS 10 YEARS OLD AND SHE IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.

THE TRUTH IS THAT I DIDN'T RESCUE HER, SHE HAS RESCUED ME, SHE MAKES MY LIFE SO HAPPY AND LOVED.

MICHELLE
MEXICO, Mexico

Dutches the baby alligator

Today, the story of Dutches, a baby alligator touched my heart. Dutches is a rescue alligator and she cannot eat due to a stone lodged in her tummy. She has not eaten in a long time and without expensive surgery she will not live. Please see and read about Dutches here and help if you can: https://www.gofundme.com/educational-alligator-needs-help

Anonymous
Clarence, NY

Spark Day hits the big time!

In 2010 a holiday was created that was inspired by a rescue dog who had much pluck and stamina. At what was surely to be his end, he was rescued by Wetzel County Animal Shelter in New Martinsville, WV and given the name Sparky because the Spark of Life was still present in him; he had not given up. His endurance and kind, appreciative nature inspired a holiday wherein those celebrating do life affirming things to add more kindness and beauty to the world and their communities. Each year Sparky's person would make up little seed packets of Sparky Marigolds mixed with pollinator supporting mixed wildflowers to send to the people who wanted to share in this holiday. Over the years Spark Day has spread like seeds on the wind and has grown. Last year people in 19 states and three European countries celebrated! It spread so much that the company who carries the Sparky Marigold Mix decided to get involved -- and now they have a special SPARK DAY SEED PACKET available to anyone who wants to join in the celebration and plant beautiful flowers that last and last -- like Sparky! American Meadows has the story of Spark Day on their site and surely this means that the message of Spark Day, animal rescue, and compassionate caring will reach many, many more people this year and in the future. Spark Day has hit the big time! And it was all inspired by a little old down on his luck dog. :)

Michele Krause
Huntington, NY

Marley's Fight for Her Life

Marley is our 2 year old rescue from Mexico. She found us when she was 6 weeks old. She was very sick and alone. The moment we saw her it was love at first sight. We treated all of her issues, brought her back up to Canada and she was a happy healthy pup up until a few weeks ago.

Marley very suddenly lost all strength on the right side of her body and lost the ability to stand or walk. Over the next week with the help of many specialists we tested for everything possible. MRI's and CT scans showed a mass in her upper sinus crossing into her brain cavity, so cancer seemed likely. The swelling was putting too much pressure on her brain which was causing the majority of her symptoms. The CTscan also showed a gap between the sinus and brain that should have been sealed. She underwent emergency surgery to remove what we now know was a giant abscess. It appeared that Marley had been hit quite severely in the head at quite a young age which caused the abnormality in her skull and allowed an infection to cross over into her brain. It breaks my heart to think that this could have been done on purpose (it is not uncommon in this area for people to dispose of a litter).

Finally thinking that we were done, we brought Marley home to heal from her operation and started her on antibiotics to take care of the rest of the infection. Culture samples were sent off to show exactly what started the infection. The results came back 2 days ago and were not what anyone expected. It turns out that she has an uncommon fugal infection. Due to the lack of barrier between her sinus and brain it was able to spread causing an extremely rare central nervous system infection.

Marley needs many different medications as we fight this infection in her brain. She can fight this. But we need help. Her vet bills have reached $16,000 and she still requires more more treatment.

https://www.gofundme.com/eejf9w-marleys-medical-fund

Emily
Calgary, AB, Canada

ROCKY

Sharing the story of Rocky the best Rottweiler in the whole world, he wasn't a rescue but a rescuer he was. I was privileged to have been the owner of his dad and brought Rocky home from his momma when he was six weeks old. He looked just like his daddy. He was the most loving, kindest, and loyal furry friend. He always knew when to give you a kiss, when to play and when to lay his head on your lap for comfort and was the most obedient dog to all his commands. On April 3, 2017 after 12 awesome years I was privileged to sadly;-( take Rocky home again and walked him to the Rainbow Bridge. I miss him greatly.

Lauretta Gutierrez
Denver, CO

Unexpected Furry Friend

I was a dog person. I was in the pet store and would talk to the cats, checking out their names. She was poised with her back up, feet tucked under her and chin down. She looked all black. When I said “Hello Heineken” she scooted to the frame of the cage. I did not realize in that moment that she stole my heart and would be mine. The next thing I knew, I was asking to hold her. I went home and told my girls about the tuxedo cat. They were excited, but one of them had been allergic when she was younger. The pet store closed in 15 minutes. They hopped in the car and went to the store, holding her to assure that an allergy was no longer a concern.

I submitted an application to the Humane Society and was approved. She came home the following weekend. She was 1-1/2 then, and I had 17 precious years with her. I had to say goodbye this past Thanksgiving. She changed me into a cat person, leading to 3 more kitties coming home with me over those years. I thank God for giving me these precious gifts and the privilege of caring for them. They are my furever friends!

I miss you every day Heineken. Half of my heart is with you.

Terri Pierce
Kentwood, MI

My Adoption Story

My story is more of my dog's story. When she and her family were left on the side of the road, a nice family found them and raised them in their house until they were about 1. Then, they were taken to Paws & Hooves Animal Shelter in Oklahoma. Chloe, my dog, was only there for about 10 days. I am glad that we have a dog, especially a shelter dog. I have always liked mutts better anyway! Now every year we celebrate her birthday, April 10(the day she was brought to the shelter)! I hope to be a volunteer at an Animal Shelter when I grow up. I love helping animals like my dog!

Anonymous
51250, IA

Hobbit a dog in cat fur

Hobbit, a polydactyl Maine Coon, was my fourth rescue kitty, so named for the hair between his toes. He was 8 when I found him; as with many rescues, we did not discover the medical issues—colitis, diabetes, upper respiratory and finally a torn ACL that left him with little mobility. He was a bundle of love, cuddling in bed or lying on my feet, always close by. It was funny to see this 17 pound boy being knocked over by an energetic 11 pound tabby when the boys played. But he did love his brother, Jack. Five years flew by. Four months after Jack passed away from renal failure, Hobbit joined his brother. You never forget the ones you love.

Anonymous
Springfield, VA
Paws Kitchen Spatula Collection
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