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Petey, Hurley, Lewis

Our three "boys" are always having a good time. Their lives did not start out very good, but they are enjoying themselves these days. Petey (red Pit Bull/Lab mix), Hurley (Australian Shepherd mix), and Lewis (Lab mix) were rescued from three different sources. Along with these three are three rescued cats, Spaz, Precious, and Rumple. We enjoy every day with these crazy guys!!

Terri and Mike Scutt
Chandler, AZ

The beagle from Taiwan

I wanted a beagle and looked on Pet Finder for beagles available to rescue in my area. I found a rescue group that had contact with a veterinarian in Taiwan who had found a stray beagle there. They were looking for someone to foster her and would fly her to Washington if they could. I contacted them and arranged a foster-adopt. We had a small farm and wanted to make sure she was good with kids and animals and wouldn't kill the chickens. She was just perfect for us. She was great with our foster children and with all of the animals. She is a typical friendly, happy little beagle. She has several scars and a nick in one ear indicating that she had been injured in the past. She also had a propensity for getting into garbage which was probably her main source of nutrition when she was on the streets of Taiwan.

We have since sold the farm and moved into a motorhome. She loves to travel with us and see new places and people. When we decided to rescue a beagle we didn't expect to get one from half way around the world but she has been a wonderful addition to our family.

Janet Black
Hattiesburg, MS

Our Gentle Giant

We found Boswell on an online rescue site, and he stole our hearts. Originally billed as a boxer, he was actually the world's first Bolama - a boxer, lab, bull mastiff. He topped out at 120 pounds, with soft green eyes and a coat like Elsie the Cow. Boswell loved everyone and everything that he met, and was the most gentle of dogs. He helped to raise his best buddy, a Chihuahua, who nipped at his heels and snuggled with him at night. When Bozzie left us, we received flowers, cards and calls from people in the neighborhood who loved seeing him amble down the street greeting everyone.

Veronica and Tom
Rockville Centre, NY

Frankenstein the sweetheart

Around Valentine's Day one of my boyfriend's customers at work told us about a Siberian Husky that was dropped off for grooming, he was never picked up and the original owners had gave the wrong information to the groomers. He went and took a look at him and said he had to come to our house at least until we can find him a good home.

He got along with our first husky Rocco (on the left) so we decided he will have a permanent home with us, my Valentine's Day gift. My boyfriend decided to name him Frankenstein or we like to call him Franky (on the right). He was afraid of loud noises and for everything he would drop to the floor with his tail between his legs and ears slicked back. All we did was show him love, regular walks and food. He turned out to be a great dog for us and a great buddy for Rocco. Who would leave such a sweetheart? He doesn't have to worry about being left anywhere now that he has a forever home with us.

Miko
El Paso, TX

My girl, Lucy

Lucy was dropped off a few miles from my home. She is a red-nose pit. It took two months of feeding her daily, to gain her trust. She finally came home with me on October 2, 2008. I took her to our local animal hospital, Gateway Animal Hospital in Statesboro, Georgia. Dr. Edwards and his staff were great. They gave her a thorough check-up. She was given her shots and had some blood work was done. She also was treated for heartworms by Dr. Lynn of Reidsville Veterinary Clinic. She had some problems, but received a clean bill of health around January 2009. She has been with me now for almost 2 years, she is healthy and happy. Lucy is a great friend and my walking buddy. I thank God for bringing her into my heart and home. Please consider rescuing animals in your area.They all deserve a loving home.

Debbie Morris
Claxton, GA

Love At First Sight

The story of Kitty is not the same type of rescue as is normally posted here so I've hesitated to share it.

Back in 1993, I visited a friend who was moving out of state. I knew she had 2 Himalayans so when this gorgeous dilute calico met me at the door I instantly blurted out "Whose cat is that? Can I have her?" Not a normal thing to say as a greeting!!! Something in me said THIS CAT BELONGS WITH ME!!

The friend's answer was, "As a matter of fact, she's not mine. My sister-in-law moved and can no longer have a cat so I've been keeping her temporarily. But we weren't planning on taking her with us when we move."

The real rescue is that Kitty HATES all other cats and she had a rough time living with 2 others. She was so happy to move to a one cat home. We call her Velcro Kitty because she's always Velcroed to a lap. She's my girl and I'm hers. This truly was love at first sight.

Anne
N YARMOUTH, ME

Huey and Diva

This is Huey (left) and Diva (right)-husband and wife/mommie and daddy; they've had two litters. We adopted them about two years ago; the Vet thought there were both about 7. These poor babies were stuck out in a huge fenced yard away from the house and the only human contact they got was when feed. Now these spoiled babies live inside and it's hard to even get them to get off the porch to do their business. They both developed storm anxiety and we got tired of coming home to chocolate labs and having to bath them (because they were covered in mud trying to get out of the backyard). This use to be my chair, but they've decided it's theirs and that's ok. I've own 4 labs and these are the sweetness I've ever seen. I've told my husband they're making up for lost time getting scratched and petted.

Sandy
Houston, TX

Carpe Diem

Meet Charlie. Though he was billed as a simple, unassuming terrier mix at my local shelter, I knew, at first glance , he was so much more. I'm convinced he is the happiest- go- luckiest , all terrain hikingiest ( even faces of waterfalls) , carpe diemiest pup I've ever met. After exchanging words with Charlie ( he talks to everyone he meets), people ask me what kind of dog he is. I tell them he is a teacup golden retriever to be designer friendly. :) As the commercial about shelter dogs state " Shelter dogs are not broken. " Indeed they are not......... Adopt today !

Maggie Williams
Davie, FL

Our little Four Leaf Clover

We adopted Clover 2 years ago after I saw her on Petfinder. We had just lost our 13 year old Jack Russell to cancer a couple of months prior and our house was so empty. We knew we wanted a rescue and we knew we wanted a Jack Russell, but Clover is more human than anything else. After reading her story of how she was found in a dumpster with her brother after spending days in freezing temperatures and being brought back to health really touched our hearts. We knew she was a tough little girl. The minute we brought her home, we knew she was special. She loves her toys, she dances on her hind legs when she wants something or gets excited and she loves to snuggle. She loves to run and play with her friends at her daycare Gypsy Paws. We are so blessed to have such a loving creature in our home, she deserves all the love in the world.

Ashleigh
Gainesville, GA

Romeo's story

After our cat Gizmo, died, I went online looking for another cat. The cat we would adopt had to be good with kids because Gizzie had loved them and she was especially missed by our granddaughters.

We visited the animal shelter in Warwick, RI, and as I looked around, I saw one of the volunteers taking a handsome tabby from his cage. I asked if I could hold him. She said he's a big boy, but he climbed right into my arms and curled up immediately. We had brought my 1½ year old granddaughter with us. When I lowered the cat down to meet Zoe in her stroller, she reached out to pat him and he reached right back and gently patted her. That's how we knew this was the right cat for us. "Tiger" was 9 months old and had been returned to the shelter twice for unknown reasons. The vet called him "one big muscle" because of his size and strength, but he is so gentle and loving.

Before we got home we had renamed him Romeo. He is such a lover. Our grandchildren adore him and he is patient with the new grandbabies too. He charms all of our friends and company so that that they always look for him when they come to visit. We have had him for 8 years and he couldn't be a better companion or more loved.

Sandy Pichette
South Grafton, MA
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