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Pepper and Blue

The animal pound here in our town had euthinzied over 300 animals because of a "virus' which supposedly wasn't Parvo, They closed down to clean the kennels. I was upset over all the animals that were put down. We had just just lost our Tigger, and I really needed a companion because my husband works off shore and I am home alone much of the time. After the pound re-opened, I went to adopt a small, lap dog. There was only 5 dogs in the shelter, and they were bigger than i could get at the time, except for our Pepper, she was a baby, only bout 8 weeks old, so I took her home.

About 2 weeks later, some one dumped the cutest, sweetest little guy off on our road. He was scared, sick and not very sociable, but we took him to the vet and treated him for all the puppy sicknesses. Within that same week, Pepper came down violently ill ,I took her to the vet and it was full blown parvo, poor baby was so sick, and we really thought we were gonna lose her. But thanks to our Vet, and tender loving care at home, she survived, Blue also got better. Now they are the best of buds, and the center of my husband and I's world.

While what we spent in vet care, we could have 2 "Pure-Bred" dogs, I wouldn't trade them for no pedigree papers, they go everywhere with us, sleep in our room, and sometimes the only ones i have to talk to during the day. They are truly part of our family.

I believe with all my heart, the only way to add a family member, is to adopt one that needs a home. Its a win-win situation.!!

Debbie DePhillips
Independence, LA

Finding Tippy

We lost our puppy and wanted another dog. We went to a local pet rescue adoption place and Sally took us to see 3 dogs. The first two were beautiful but one was so jumpy we figured our older dog, Zeke, would scare her to death since he still thinks he's a puppy. The second one was much too heavy and neither of us had the time or good health to help her lose the weight. The third one was behind a fence and snarled and growled like she wanted to kill us. That was the one my husband wanted. She was left tied to a post outside the animal shelter in an ice storm. Needless to say, she was not crazy about people. Long story short, we took her home, and she loves her Mommy and Daddy and brother, Zeke. I'm so glad my husband decided she was the right one. Boy was he right!!! She's part of the family now and we don't know what we'd do without her.

Carolyn Matson
Abilene, KS

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.

carol
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.

Bridgette
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.

Anika
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.

Mari
Morgan Hill, CA
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