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Layla our doggie soul-mate

We rescued Layla from a Hollywood shelter after seeing an alert on the ESRA site in 2003. She is our second Springer rescue. She was found on the streets . She was a sad depressed skinny doggie with bold spots on her back. We took a chance that the Springer will come out and boy did we get lucky.

We bathed her took her to the vet and showed her the dogie door which she was familiar with, and gave her lots of love. Within a week she came up to me on the couch licked my hand, I petted her and she shyly climbed on the couch gave me another dogie kiss and curled up on my shoulder and went to sleep. We knew than that we had a good one.

This dogie is all heart and is a love machine. Every morning she welcomes us with lots of love and snuggles . We are very lucky to share our life with her. She is a credit to the English Springer Spaniels.

George E.T.
Venice, CA

Bubba- A Cockatoo Success Story

In 2004, I was a volunteer at a local Bird Rescue. On this day, I noticed a NEW cockatoo. This cockatoo was the LARGEST umbrella I had ever seen, and pure snow white. He was sitting in his cage, chewing on a piece of paper. As I am fearless of all cockatoos, I opened the door and took him out. While cleaning, another volunteer asked me which bird I had out. I didn’t know, as the piece of paper he was eating had his name on it. It was at this point that I noticed the abject horror on her face! She screamed aloud: “You have Bubba out! Get him away from me!” Bubba was sitting gently on my arm, with no intention of going anywhere. He gave me that innocent cockatoo look, saying with his eyes, “Who me?”

I learned that this sweet, innocent, and loving creature was actually the devil in disguise! He had previously broken out of his cage, and terrorized the other birds in the rescue. Partially due to everyone’s reaction, and partially due to my heart, I asked if I could adopt Bubba.

Bubba was a destructive, aggressive and adorable twenty-something umbrella cockatoo. Not anymore! His aggressiveness has melted away, and he has become as sweet as sugar.

Needless to say, Bubba has owned me for over five years now. When I come home from work, he gives me the eye, saying, “Please mommy, let me out!” I cannot ignore that silent plea to release him from his cage. Is this what I signed up for when adopted him? YES! I cannot imagine life without Bubba. I hope that when the time comes, and we pass to the next plane of existence, we will be in a world where we communicate in the same language.

Kathryn Green
Island Lake, IL

Laddie The Wonder Cat

Laddie was found wandering the streets of Harlem, alone, hungry and sick. A kind person took him in and asked around the foster network for someone willing to foster a cat with ringworm. We expected to keep him only until he was ringworm free, but this kitty stole our hearts with his charisma, quirky ways and loud purring. Everyone who meets him says he's the most handsome boy around, and we are so smitten and happy we took a chance on him.

Please foster animals, especially older ones. You will be glad you did!

Jennifer Mintzer
New York, NY

Friends for Life

Previously we had been cat owners, when we lost our last beautil cat, my children begged me for a dog. I had always had dogs growing up and wanted my girls to have the same experience, but my husband had never owned a dog so he was hesitant. While on Petfinder.com I saw Bailey, she was so sweet. I decided to adopt her. My daughters and I drove to Ohio to pick her up. She was so tiny and timid, she had been rescued from a puppy mill. We brought her home and now she brings so much joy. She has stolen my husbands heart and they are best friends, So glad I took the chance. I can't imagine not having her in our lives. I have always had rescue pets and encourage everyone to consider giving one of these pets in need a home.

Pittsburgh, PA

Lucy's Story Was So Sad

Lucy was 8 years old and had been adopted but then returned to the shelter for "litter box problems." A sign over the cage said, "Give her a chance!" She sat upright, beautiful, demure yet aloof. I couldn't stand it! Well, once she felt loved and secure she had no litter box issues at all. That was 5 years ago, and the big purr from her small, silky body in my lap still tells me she loves me.

Northfield, IL


I found Amy in a local shelter 12 years ago. She's a Basset/Black Lab mix and just as cute as can be with her droopy eyes and little short legs. She had been there quite awhile, nobody wanted to adopt her and they were getting ready to put her down. I connected with her right away and brought her home to surprise my husband. She helped us heal after we lost our other dog to cancer. Amy is now 14 and has been a joy to us all these years. Shelter dogs are special, it's like they know you've rescued them and they give back so much in return.

Katie Cicenia
Jupiter, FL

Proud to be a Duck Dog!!

Our Nicky Rose was a dumped non-producing female from a puppy mill found on the street near death. After 4-1/2 mos with a foster angel, she was ready for adoption. Nicky Rose now spends many of her days visiting her many friends at area nursing homes and attending church on Sunday, with nearly 300 visits under her collar. She is a Certified Therapy Dog and a Service Dog, and we can't imagine our lives without her.

Annette Smith
Walden, NY

Razzie was Lucky #7 for us!

We had six cats when a friend of mine asked about getting a kitten for her son. Having volunteered at the local rescue, I called them first. We ended up finding out about a 4-year-old tux at another rescue in a nearby city. I have a fondness for tuxedo cats so I really wanted to meet this one.

My friend decided they didn't want a cat after all, so I went and picked Razzie up, sight unseen. He's now my constant companion! He always sits on the sofa with his head on my lap when I'm using the computer and sleeps between me and my husband every night. He's very patient with our daughters and has never even hissed at them. We love Razzie and can't imagine life without him!

Hymera, IN

Tucker, the Water Dog

Tucker came into my life when he was just a puppy and we bonded immediately. He followed me around everywhere and became my constant companion. He was the worlds best off road dog and hiking friend. When I sat down for a break, he would lean against my back and watch to the rear so nothing could sneak up on us. He was a serious water dog. If there was stream or even just a puddle, he was in it walking around or even laying down in it. He would lay down in streams so only his head was sticking out and then just smile at the world. He had more common sense than most people. After falling off of the boat one day and almost drowning, he decided that he would always wear his life jacket when we went boating. If I called him to get in the boat, he would run around and bark at me until I showed him his life jacket. Then he would only get in the boat after I strapped it onto him. He discovered pretty quickly that he could just float and relax when he was wearing it. He "approved of" my future wife and enriched both of our lives until he passed away in 2004. I'll always have dogs but there'll never be another one like him. I miss him so very much. I'm sure he found a stream somewhere in Heaven.

Pat McGraw
Tucson, AZ

Our Kids: Zeke & Rocky

A few years ago, my boyfriend & I decided to get "our" first dog. We knew we wanted to save one, so we went to our local SPCA and fell in love with an adorable tan brindle pit bull, Zeke. By the time we got there, there were only 2 left from the accidental litter so we adopted the runt of the group who was hiding in the corner. The following year, we went to the SPCA for a benefit event & my boyfriend did the mistake of looking at the dogs - needless to say he saw another adorable pit bull. As soon as I saw the black brindle, Rocky, I couldn't help but fall in love. I knew from his story that I had to save him. He was found in the city abandoned & tied to a loading dock with no food or water. I felt so horrible that I knew I had to adopt him and give him a great home. It was the best thing ever. These 2 get along great and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. I know pit bulls have a bad name, but it's all in how they are raised. Our kids are so sweet and lovable. The worst thing they'd ever do is jump & it's only because they want to give a hello kiss. They truly are a wonderful breed and I would encourage others to take a closer look at them. Shelters are overwhelmed with pits and they need a home just as much as any other breed. I love my snugly, sweetheart pits!

Mandy Keller
Spring Grove, PA
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