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Little Mew

In August of 2007, we experienced heavy rains and flooding in our area of Illinois. I often choose to sit on our screened in porch in the evenings and I kept hearing a kitten mewling outside. My oldest son, Nik had heard the kitten too, and went outside to investigate as we had feral cats in the area. The kitten was barely weaned, looked half-starved, had a runny nose and eyes and was crying piteously. We put the kitten in our porch area and waited till the morning to take her to the vet. Mew (she got her name for sound of her crying) turned out to be 6 - 8 weeks old and weaned, with fleas, ear mites, and a respiratory infection. The vet treated her infestation and gave us the necessary medications to get her infection cleared up. Mew has lived with us and our 4 other cats since that day. She is a treasure.

Shellie Dunn
Somonauk, IL

Fratton, the Shar-Pei/Chow X. (Shar-Pow!)

I moved into a duplex, and when I realized that the people next door had a dog, I decided that I should have a look at the Burnaby SPCA website.

Well, I took one look at Fratton (then known as Okie), and I knew that unless he bite me when I went to see him, that I'd be bringing him home. He was somewhere between 3 and 4 years old at the time.

He had been an unclaimed stray from another area, and he'd even spent some time in a pet food store that would display SPCA dogs. Neither of those options worked out, so he ended up with the SPCA that I found him at. Fortunately, one of the ladies there gave him a lot of special treatment, so his spirit was still good.

When I went to meet him, he was sitting patiently in his area, even while all the other dogs were barking away like mad. We went for a short 'test' walk, but I knew he'd be coming home. When the paperwork was complete and it was time to go, he jumped up into the car and over into the backseat just like he owned it.

Whoever had owned him before had done a good job, as he is well behaved and well trained. He loves having his tummy rubbed and his back scratched, and would gladly suffer either one for any length of time. He gets along great with other dogs, but he's more of a people dog. He's very affectionate, and loves to give kisses.

He's been with me for just over 3 years now, and he means the world to me. I wish he could tell me about his past, I'd love to know why his old owners didn't find him.

Geoffrey Holland
Burnaby, BC, Canada

Emma Hitches A Ride Home

My husband was driving along a road at our farm one cold November night in 2008 and saw a small black figure on the edge of the road. He stopped the truck to investigate. When he stepped from the truck, a small black kitten ran to him. He brought her home and we put her in his office for the night until we could find her a home. Well, we found her a home…with us. A year later, she is a sweet and sassy cat who likes to play, have her belly rubbed and naps with her favorite stuffed animal, Rover, during the day and likes having her “daddy” tuck her into her room every night.

Dixie Francis
Hartselle, AL

Thunder's Story

Thunder was orphaned shortly after birth. His mother had been bitten by a rattlesnake. When I found Thunder and 2 siblings their eyes were just barely open and they fit in the palm of my hand. I nursed them with cats milk until they were old enough for food. I found good homes for the 2 siblings and kept Thunder. I just could not part with him. He had adopted me as his mother and captured my heart. Thunder is now 14 years strong and still momma's boy.

Lamar, CO


Muffin's favorite thing ever is to play with children, and that is how we found her. She was at our daughter's elementary school at the end of the day trying to get the children to play with her. When she ran under a bus I picked her up and took her home. She was covered with fleas and was in heat. We were looking for a good home for her, but decided to keep her when she made friends with our other dogs very quickly. Muffin was an honorary member of our daughter's girl scout troop and is a champion fetcher. We have had her for 11 years and love her to pieces.

Beth Otto
Albuquerque, NM


Yo-Yo was dropped off at the local pound with a broken front leg and a broken tail. A local rescue group took him and paid for the surgery he needed to fix his leg. We adopted him to keep Ziggy, another dog we had adopted from this rescue, company. They are best buds now and sleep and play together. Their puppy playfulness adds lots of fun to our lives and the lives of our older pack members.

Beth Otto
Albuquerque, NM


A local rescue group bought Ziggy from a back yard breeder who was selling a 3 week old litter on the side of the road. We got Zig from this rescue for our 19 year old daughter who missed our poodle who had died 9 years ago as an old dog. Ziggy is a speedy and playful dog who brings lots of laughter and fun to our home. We can't imagine life without him and his antics.

Beth Otto
Albuquerque, NM

Liam, A sick pup gets the surgery he needs and a forever home

Liam was found walking down a road in our town. A kind soul picked him up and took him to the vet. We adopted him from the vet and fell in love right away. After we had him for a week he went into a coma and we found that he had a congenital liver circulatory deformity. Fortunately he could be cured with surgery. He had the surgery 9 years ago and has lived with us ever since. He is a rascal and a loving member of our family.

Beth Otto
Albuquerque, NM

Amy Schwartz, Queen of the Desert

When Amy walked into our yard one day she was dirty, and covered with burrs. Her coat was bleached by the sun. When we got her groomed we could not believe how beautiful she was. Our vet said that she had been living wild in the desert for a long time. We tried to find her owners, but were unsuccessful. We have had her for 5 years now and she is the alpha female of our pack. Every day she is more loving and tame--she enjoys being a family dog instead of being wild and all alone.

Beth Otto
Albuquerque, NM

Solo - A Dumped Dog Finds a Home

We found Solo walking down our street one day. People dump their dogs out where we live at the edge of town. We took him in and tried to find his home, but weren't able to. We decided to keep him, and he is now our pack's male alpha. He keeps the rescued puppies in line and plays with them to help them burn off energy. He is a very loving, playful, and happy dog; and we are fortunate to have him.

Beth Otto
Albuquerque, NM
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