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Paying it backwards

I want to thank you, an unknown stranger, for your especially responsible

actions when you brought Simone to the Humane Society. It must have been difficult for you to give her up because she's a loving, sweet kitty. Good people don't do this easily. Kitty Simone was 6 years old on the day we adopted her and she's brought much joy to our hearts for the past 7 years. As you can see, she likes to help in the office!

If you've worried even once about your difficult decision, please know that by caring, you did the right thing. Thank you for doing that, from us and especially from our loving Simone.

Karen K
Santa Rosa, CA

Our Shelter Children

We found our precious boy on Petfinders.com at a shelter close to our home. He was first come, so on the day he became available we camped out in 20 degree weather for 4 hours, in front of the City Hall, where we paid to adopt him. He is a wonderful Golden Collie mix . He had some fear issues, as many shelter dogs do, and we loved him and trained him through those issues. When he was a year old we started looking for a playmate for him and found a beautiful Sheltie Mix at the same shelter. We took him to meet her and they have been best friends every since.

They have changed our lives. We are older, empty nesters, and I highly recommend going to your local shelter and bringing more joy than you can imagine, into your home by adopting a pet. They go every where with us. We love to camp in our RV and so do our dogs. We could not imagine our lives without these two 4 legged children. We are so Blessed to have found them.

These two have kept us young and healthy in our Senior years. We walk every day with them. Seeing the joy in their eyes on our walks is priceless. They are so full of life and always ready for a game of tug, chase, football, hide and go seek, you name it. It's Game On!

Our boy is 3 1/2 now and our little girl is 2 1/2.

Please adopt a shelter pet. It will change your life!!

Sherry Lynn
Richardson, TX

My Clydie Dog

I was at work & my student came in carrying something & asked if he could leave early. I agreed but asked what he was carrying, he had a 3lb chihuahua. He was on his way to put the dog down because his sister no longer wanted him. I opened the cage & we both fell in love. Clyde had fleas & an eye infection, but the worst was yet to come! I came home from work one pm & Clyde met me at the door, he was shaking. I looked into his face, I knew something was wrong. My gut told me to go to ER. The doctor said it would be easier to show me rather than tell me. I went to the back, they opened hismouth, he bit a TV cord while I was gone. The doc said he was suprised he did not self combust! His mouth was charcol & when the doc rubbed his thumb in his mouth, ashes fell off in his hand. The had to remove some of his tongue. He has a tube thru the nose & into his stomach, I feed him liquid, antibiotics, & pain meds every 20 mins. I took off work & for 1 wk Clyde sat on my chest. Clyde has a perm. hole in the roof of his mouth we have to watch because food gets up in there & he cant get it out. His tonge is slick & partially gone, often you find him with his tongue hanging out the side of his mouth because he cannot feel it. His smile is crooked one one side because his face was burned, he just has an Elvis smile now. Clyde is recovered, loved & a very happy dog! He is my best boyfriend to date.

Debbie Czarkowski
Redlands, CA

Meet Bear

We lost our Best Friend Harley to Lymphoma in July of 2008 and the devistation was so deep for me that I had decided (in all my selfishnish) "no more pets" for me. Well....my husbad did not feel that way and immediately (without my knowing) went looking at all the local shelters for a new friend. He found our Bear at the local Animal Services Shelter, 8 weeks old, full of fleas and adorable. Bear is now 2 1/2 years old and he is such a joy in our lives. Never be selfish when it comes to the many "furry babies" that need forever homes. ADOPT! There are so many to choose from. This is a picture of Bear and my beautiful grandaughter.

Ceil
Seffner, FL

Sir Lancelot

Sir Lancelot, or Lance as he is called at home, is one of six recued and adopted exotic birds in our family. We also have 2 rescued cats and two rescued Greyhounds. Sadly, many exotic birds are purchased by people because of their beauty and later neglected or abused by their owners because they did not know how difficult they can be to care for. Lance was not abused in his first home but his adopted brothers and sisters were not so lucky. With the proper training, love and attention, these wonderful creatures have so much love to offer the right family.

Don't Breed - Don't Buy - ADOPT YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND - PLEASE !

J. Zarate
Newman, CA

A Friend for Yoda

We decided that our dog, Yoda, needed a friend. We drove to our local shelter in search of a mature female playmate for Yoda. There she was! Calmly sitting in her kennel, wagging her tail and following us with those gorgeous soft eyes. We brought her home to Yoda and it was immediate friendship. They're both so happy now.

Jane Plough
Elizabeth City, NC

my addiction,my pups

I started rescuing huskies approx. 9 yrs ago when my fiance and decided we wanted a dog but couldn't really decide what type. I didn't want a small dog she didnt want a large dog. I went to the aspca on valentines day to get her a dog, as soon as I walked in and went to the first cage, the first dog, I knew he was the one.

Eight years later and dozens of rescues later we couldn't be happier. My mom even adopted one of our rescues. There is no greater joy in life then helping those who cant help themselves. The love they give in return is priceless. That is my addiction, their love.

Matt L.
brooklyn, NY

Heroes and Heroines

They come in all different sizes, heroes and heroines. Most important of all is the size of their hearts.

One year ago, on the day that Richard came to Dogwood Animal Shelter to foster Lilly, a nine year old terrier mix, he became one of our greatest heroes. Terminally ill with only a few months to live, Lilly has a tumor that will cut off her breathing. Richard took Lilly home so she could die in a loving home, as opposed to a shelter. Sadly, Richard had an accident which put him in the nursing home, and Lilly back to the shelter.

Though heavily discouraged by family and friends, Sandra stepped forward and offered to give Lilly a home. With a number of birds and other large dogs to care for, it didn't make sense to take in an elderly dog with health problems. But, unable to get Lilly out of her mind, Sandra put aside logic and followed her heart. Healthier and happier than could be expected, the tumor near Lilly's heart stopped growing. So, Sandra, too, is very special, though she believes that Lilly is the true heroine.

Lilly sleeps on the living room sofa near the fireplace. One night, she woke Sandra with incessant barking. Following Lilly to the living room, Sandra found that a burning log had broken through the glass on the fireplace door. "Sparks were flying everywhere. I don't know what would have happened if Lilly hadn't woken me."

Sandra says no one should dismiss shelter animals because of age or health; they are not "damaged goods". Rather, they should be cherished for their love, for as long, or as short, as they live.

Barb Bender
Osage Beach, MO

Home on the Range

We adopted Pete from a shelter where he had lingered for almost a year. No one wanted such a high energy, high intensity dog with behavior problems. We hoped we could provide the right situation for him on our ranch. Two years later he's fully employed and has become a well adjusted, much loved, member of our family. I cannot stress enough the importance of a job to herding breeds. Without real work, many do end up in shelters and many don't luck out as Pete did. Of course, we think we got pretty lucky too.

Patti Hudson
Long Creek, OR

Springtime Tails (pun!) from a Morning Feeder

Here is one tail I was so lucky to experience the first week in April during my morning feeding.

This story begins with introductions:

Sabine is a beautiful horse whose stall is next to Magdie & Nunzi’s- a pair of rescued pink pot bellied pigs. Sabine has problems with her feet and has to be coaxed outside of her stall. The more she exercises her feet, the better they feel.

All winter Magdie and Nunzi come into Sabine’s stall to help her eat her hay. They are buddies, you see, and Sabine is so kind to share her hay with them.

Now that warmer weather is here, we take the hay outside and place it in several areas in the pasture in order to get Sabine to move around. Well, Sabine ate her ‘bucket food’ and then laid down in her stall instead of heading outside to eat her hay.

I started sweeping and happened to look into Sabine’s stall only to find Magdie dragging all of Sabine's hay, which I had set out in the pasture, into her stall and placing it right by Sabine's face as if to say “Please eat this, it will make you feel better.” Within a half hour, Sabine was surrounded by all of her hay.

Now, Magdie could have just devoured the hay outside or dragged the hay into her and Nunzi’s stall, but, no, she decided to take care of her friend. I feel so lucky to have experienced one animal clearly caring for another. Both animals rescued from neglect and abuse are now best friends living out their lives in peace, love and contentment at the sanctuary.

Volunteering at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary feeds your soul.

We are located in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, a place called Mehoopany.

Carol Gerzarowski
Tunkhannock, PA
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