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The story of Rudy and Ralph

My husband and I always talked about getting a pet once we got married in 2006. We went to our local shelter were we walked in and we saw this tiny little orange kitten in a cage among with others. He was very loving, outgoing and loved the attention! Before we knew it we had to track down this little orange kitten since everyone wanted to hold him. When we got the paper work finished we got Rudy home and settled in very quickly. It did not take not take him long to learn that he ruled the house. A few months later we went into our local Pet super store and they were having adoption days. Our goal was not to get another cat but before we knew it we were walking out with our very sweet, shy and black and white little kitten. Ralph had a tough time getting settled since he was a rescued from the outdoors. Shy and timid he did not want to be picked up or held. He still is not fond of sudden movement,but now will come up and sit in your lap. What can I say that is a big accomplishment from the first day we had him. I guess he finally knows that he is not going anywhere! Now Rudy and Ralph are very spoiled and have a great life......

Kacy
hinesville, GA

My Sweetie

She was a timid little feral kitty, who I'd been feeding for several years. I rarely saw her face. With help from Dane County (Wisconsin) Friends of Ferals, I trapped her and numerous others, had them neutered and vaccinated and released them. Last fall,when the village where I live started trapping and killing stray and feral cats, I got her first and brought her and one of her offspring, who is crippled, in the house, and relocated most of the others in her colony. Her hair is long now and she has become one of the sweetest lap kitties ever. She jumps on my lap and purrs, and follows me around when I'm doing other things. With a lot of patience and love, some ferals can become great pets, and she is one.

Terry Kunick
Wilton, WI

Chloe - she saved my heart/sanity/live

My life was in ruins - just badly divorced, some of my kids estranged, some mental issues (I'm a disabled vet) and some ogre had just murdered my dog in my front yard!

Then I saw a picture of Chloe on an animal rescue site, and knew that I wanted - no, HAD to have her! After several months of negotiation, emails, phone calls, and waiting for her health to improve enough to be adopted (she was already 10 years old), I drove up to Dallas to get her.

I had to spend the day with her foster-mother, to show that Chloe and I could bond. The first time we saw one another, she jumped up in my arms and didn't get down the rest of the day!

We've been together over 5 years now, and I thank God for her many times a day! She's kept me sane, alive, and happy! I tell people that except for her, I would be dead already (or possibly on a roof with a rifle)!

I had her trained and certified as a Service Dog (for my diabetes), so she goes EVERYWHERE with me, and I would never go anywhere without her. Everyone I meet wants to stop and pet/get to know her, and I always tell them about the joys of adoption and the importance of service animals!

Mark Crampton
Conroe, TX

Meet Lexie

I thought I wanted a silver tabby and when I heard the vet had kittens I went to look. There was this abandoned mother cat and her kittens. Boy was she a sweetheart. Homes had been found for her kittens and not her and I could not resist. So here is "skinny Lexie" today. Do you think she is beautiful? Sshhh she does!!!!

Kathy Eselhorst
Lawrenceville, GA

New home for Christmas

The only thing my granddaughter wanted for Christmas was a guinea pig; a pet that would be hers alone. Mom was on board with the idea, but Dad needed a little convincing. We didn't want to buy a pet from a store, so I went to the Petfinder website to do my search. I was surprised to find a rescue site for just for guinea pigs. That pig traveled 300 hundred miles to her new home & spent several days in Dad's office to "bond" & to hide until Christmas morning. As you can see from the picture, it was a match made in heaven. My grandaughter couldn't be happier & Abby the guinea pig is loving her new home.

Karen Land
Valparaiso, IN

Thursday Is the Best Day

This is Thursday. He showed up in our neighborhood, at our end of the street, very thin and neglected. He was friendly and brave. We hoped some one would want him. He stayed outside at first but then we let him in and the rest is history. He's one of the family now and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Diane McGovern
Newark, DE

Delight of the Gods

The BIG DOG is called "DEVA"... translation from Sanskrit.... Angel. Deva was abandoned at a rest area outside of Palm Springs CA on HWY 10. The vet told us that she suffered from malnutrition as a young dog....as a results she has poor joints, that has resulted in 4 knee operations....yes, you read right.... 2 in each back knee. The picture was taken on a winter's day on Puheke Beach in the Far North of New Zealand...were she now lives. The picture is entitled "Beach Ballet" and captures DEVA's irrepressible spirit and love of life, love of people and love of her best friend Sophie (also rescued, another story)... " I am a dog...isn't it wonderful to be alive....WOOF WOOF".......Little did we know when we named her.....that her name would be so fitting.

Gary Rodrigue
Mangonui, New Zealand

Little Miss Molly

Over a year ago, we adopted Miss Molly from the Canyon County Animal Shelter in Idaho. She was approx. 5 months old at the time. Molly had spent three months of her "puppyhood" in the shelter because her owner had been incarcerated. Out of curiosity we did a DNA test on her. She is lab, Siberian Husky and Welsh Corgi. Who would've guessed? She's a wonderful addition to our four dog family.

Lisa McKnight
Weiser, ID

Three Little Kittens

Our son called one day to say that a friend of his had pulled three kittens from a drain pipe near her workplace. His friend was hoping that we would take them in. Of course we did, with the intent of fostering them until they became less feral. We already had 9 cats and were not planning on adding anymore kitty friends at that time. Three years later they have become members of our kitty herd (we have decided that we make terrible foster parents since we can never give them up). We sometimes wonder if Adelyn, Ferguson James and Sam know how lucky they were that day - they found their forever home. We made 3 new friends.

Pets are not disposable.

Carmela Dato Galas
McHenry, IL

thumper

This is a small 6 month old mini lop named thumper. He was the last one at the pet store. I could'nt resist those big feet and floppy ears. we have become great friends. whenever he wants more food i trained him to push his bowl to the front of the cage. I also have purchased a harness with a leash attached so he can hop around without running away. he must love the change of scenery because he is very interested in everything in my backyard. I always put my dogs inside before i take him out. and if they won't cooperate i just play with thumper on the front porch. i could'nt have asked for a better rabbit. they were going to either give him away to another store or have him out down. i could'nt let that happen so i saved him. he currently live in a outside hutch with a roof all the way across the top and a little box with STRAW in it so he can stay nice warm and dry. he has a beautiful winter coat that keeps him nice and warm. one day i will get him a friend when he is a little older. or when my dad allows me to. he is the best rabbit, and the cutest.

sarah johnston
east greenville, PA
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