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Callisto and Magellan

My husband and I adopted Magellan (right) through Petfinder shortly after we were married six years ago. My husband had never had a pet and seemed intimidated, so I chose the shelter's smallest kitten, who had been found in a trash can. When we brought him home, he earned his name after exploring the dishwasher and falling asleep in the top rack.

Four years later, I found a tiny, dirty calico kitten crying in the bushes outside our apartment. I brought her inside where she nuzzled Magellan for milk, but seemed overjoyed to find his cat food instead; she ate desperately, shaking. Then she nuzzled with me for a while and went to sleep in a potted plant. We put up found-cat signs but no one claimed her, so we named her after the moon of Jupiter, because when I was little I thought it sounded like calico.

Magellan was afraid of tiny Callisto at first. And although she grew up to be half his size, he is still a little afraid of her. She loves to chase him and starts fights which she always loses. But she grooms him, too, and once in a while they even sit together, like this.

Summer
Webster, TX

Babe

Babe's original family had to give her up because they had lost their home. She is a beautiful, nine year old Border-collie mix. She was in the SPCA for six weeks and everyone loved her. Her age was her problem. She came home with us in August, 2008, and is our darling. She loves people, some dogs, and especially, chasing squirrels. We play ball, every morning; and go on, at least, two walks a day. Her favorite destination is "Miss Dottie's" for a playdate with her dog, Midnight. It is hard to believe Babe is almost ten. She has the energy of a puppy. Retired people should consider rescuing an older dog. Babe has all the pep without the problems.

Jim and Anne Marie
Baltimore, MD

Lili's Story

At nearly 16 years old, this kitty has gone through so much with us. We took her in when she was just a baby, and I was only 6 years old. She has been my best friend ever since, and has recently overcome two mammary tumors and a uterine infection. She is doing better now, but is still recovering from all this painful surgery. We just hope she'll stay with us for many years to come.

Soraia Costa
Vale da Amoreira, Portugal

Sugar

I had recently lost my schnauzer, Molly, after 13 unforgettable years. My husband and I went to the humane society after seeing a photo on their website of a sad, lonely little white dog. We went to see her and she stood up on me with her front paws, asking me to love her and take her home. That was 4 years ago and now she is always smiling.

Rita Salenius
Roswell, GA

Tessa aka Tiny Tee

I adopted Tessa from a woman in my area I found through PetFinder.com. Tessa has FIV or Feline AIDS. You would never know it, to know her. She is just like a kitten. She plays with everything! I know she will not be with us forever but we are relishing the time she is with us.

Kristen Bossert
Deptford, NJ

Little Dog with Big Love

I had just returned a rescued shepherd mix after realizing she just was not the right dog for me and I was feeling very sad. I had grown up with German Shepherd Dogs and had recently lost our shepherd/lab mix. I thought the only dog for me would be a big one. My distant friend happened to call that day and seemed surprised to hear that I had been looking for a dog. She asked if I would be interested in an Italian Greyhound that her sister no longer wanted. She explained because her sister traveled he was boarded quite often and then misbehaved when she would bring him home.

I have had Binky 2 years now and even though he is a toy dog he has TONS of love to share! He adores giving kisses and snuggling up under the covers at night. He follows me around when I am home and hops into my lap as soon as I sit down. Who knew that such a little guy would bring such joy to our household? Now I am convinced that small dogs can be just as perfect a pet as large ones!

Leslie Withoelter
Saint Charles, MO

The Cutest Dog I Ever Saw

I lost my last dog, Jacob to cancer in Sept. 2007. I tried doggie sitting keep me occupied, but it just wasn't the same. I really missed having a dog, so I started searching the Animal Shelters for a hypoallergenic Bichon or a Shitzu. Even though I loved my previous dog, his fur had been an issue with my asthma. I never dreamed I could find a Bichon or a Shitzu at a shelter, but low and behold, a friend told me about a shelter she always gets her dogs at and there he was...a cute little Bichon. I went in that same day and couldn't believe he had been there for 6 weeks. He was matted and yellowed, but still had the cutest little face I've ever seen. He has an underbite, which makes him even more adorable. When I picked him up, he immediately put his little head in the crick of my neck, like he was hugging me and I knew I couldn't leave without him. Brio has since been cleaned up and made his home on my lap most evenings. He's the sweetest, cutest, cuddliest little dog I've ever had. He still loves to give me hugs too.

He really loves people and knows when they're hurting. I have a friend that possibly has cancer and he always snuggles up to her to make her feel special.

Janie
Arvada, CO

Hurley

Hurley had Feline Leukemia when we adopted him from a friend who fosters pregnant cats. For the short time we had him he was the most fun-loving vivacious cat you would ever know. You would never know he was even sick, until the day he became sick. We miss him, but our lives are better because of him.

Kristen Bossert
Deptford, NJ

Railroad puppy

I live next to a rail road line. I was walking one rainy day and hear a strange cry. I enlisted the help of my brother and together we rescued a puppy that had fallen six feet under a railroad trussel, the puppy was unharmed just scared and grateful. He now has a home where he will be taken care of.

Ben D.
Jellico, TN

Mickey Dee

Mickey Dee was half his current weight. and had horrible mange when I found him at a McDonald's parking lot. 11 years later he is the happiest, healthy well-behaved dog I know. All our friends and neighbors love him. We take him everywhere with us. We think he is the best FIND ever!

Kristen Bossert
Deptford, NJ
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