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My Little Cats

These are just a couple of strays that wondered on my place as they were half grown kittens. They couldn't resist shoelaces drug across the grass and I entised them inside and fed them. "Chunky" "Skinny" (twins) and "Junior" have finally decided that this was a safe and comfortable place to take up permant residence. They have also adjusted to the newest addition, a shitzupoo. (Gizmo)

They do make life interesting and unpredictable.

Omer Knoll
Palco, KS

My Gita

Gita was a Rescue Dog I adopted as my Mothers' Day gift to me in 2007. She was to be "euthanized in 48 hrs. if not adopted. She was 8 years old when we brought her home with us. I drove from PA to the NY/NJ border to meet with her Rescuers and bring her home. Her first night as a "City Slicker" turned "Country Bumpkin" dog was amazing. She was mesmerized by all the sounds of birds, etc.! Our 7 cats adored her and we referred to them as her Harem! Neighbors called her "Bat Dog" due to her huge ears! She loved everyone and any creature who came into our yard. Sadly my Gita had an Undiagnosed Heart Condition and we had to put her down only 16 mos. later. I wish that everyone could experience the love and loyalty of a pet. They give you unconditional love and so much more. And age has no bearing on the love they give you. So do not pass by the "Ol' Timers". Give them a chance. You won't be sorry.................................. I know I'm not!

Roseann Breindel
Kersey, PA

Simba and Nala

I adopted Simba and Nala, a brother and sister pair, 5 years ago from the Golden Retriever Resue of Los Angeles. They spent their first two years of life having their basic needs taken care of, but not cared for and loved the way they so deserve. They lived outdoors, and didn't even know how to climb a set of stairs. In the last 5 years I have done my best to make up for their first two. They are loved and spoiled rotten, and now sail up the stairs inside, scaring the cat mind you, and enjoy all the comforts of home...indoors, where family should be! This picture was taken by their vet, who just couldn't get over how cute these two looked waiting for me to pick them up after their visit!

Megan Sommers
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Pepe collects garbage

I was doing yard work at dusk just 2 night's ago when suddenly had an strong urge to go for a quick burger. As I drove along our street next to the creek I saw trash in the road and then it moved. I slammed on breaks and got out to see a little black and white critter with a jar over it's head. I scooped it up and dashed home to get help and a neighbor cut the plastic off. As soon as the kitten got good air he tried to get away but I held on. He is wild and I had to crate him so a picture was not easy. The white down his back earned him the name Pepe. I swear the kittens angel came to get me just in time.

Gabi Barnt
Kerrville, TX

MAINE COON MANIA

I lost my second Maine Coon, Tiger, to cancer several months ago. I had him for 13 years, and my first Maine Coon for 14. I think Maine Coons are 90% cat and 10% dog. I just couldn't live without one. Toby was at the Animal Control Shelter in Howard County. He is the sweetest big boy. He was given up by an older woman who could no longer take care of him. I know it must have broken her heart. Toby is helping to heal mine.

Marian Ervin
Baltimore, MD

Best buddies

We rescued Cleo from the pound in Port hardy on Vancouver Island. We were a little worried about our old cat Midnight that we had rescued from our frozen doorstep in Alberta 16yrs ago. He seemed very frail and we thought Cleo might frighten him. She is a little boisterous sometimes but they curl up together in the little cat bed we bought for him. She has brought so much happiness to our household and Midnight has a new puppy friend. We lost both our other dogs after 12 and 14yrs and he missed them dreadfully. Please consider a rescue animal and give them a new forever home. We did.

Hillary and David
Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Our little Lola

In early March I decided to adopt a dog from my local SPCA. On April 6,2010 I went to the Sacramento SPCA I told them I was looking for a small dog so they told me to go back and take a look. I was there for 2 hours when I heard a bark behind me and there she was our little Lola. I took the paper that was on her kennel up front and they told me that Lola's previous owners had put her in a box outside the shelter and left a note saying they couldnt keep her. She was out there for 3 days with no food and no water. She went into the shelter on March 28 and I adopted her April 6th she has seperation issues and she hates being alone she loves me and my son she sticks by my side all day long. She is very loyal and shows it everyday. I couldnt have asked for a better dog.

Rene
Sacramento, CA

Milo - a feral cat turned lovable house cat

Milo is living proof that feral cats can be saved. Milo first started coming around our house in October of 2009. It took 9 months of feeding, love and patience to earn his trust and convince him that humans were safe and worthwhile. Now Milo is a happy and well adjusted house cat. He is the most gentle and mild mannered little guy. He is finally getting loads of love and has the good home that he deserves.

Mike Martin

Mike Martin
Berwyn, IL

Our good little travelers

Peppy (left) and Dexter, are two of our rescue dogs that we couldn't imagine our lives without now. Peppy has a skin disease that his previous owner didn't want to be burdened with and Dexter is a little too anxious sometimes for his own good and couldn't be trained to be the guard dog that he was intended to be by his previous owner. They travel with us everywhere we go, and after several years and lots of trips, are now great travelers and don't even mind wearing their seat-belts during the drive! We now have three dogs and talk frequently about what our next rescue dog may be. Until we move into a bigger home and live in a more pet-friendly area, we aren't allowing ourselves into any shelters or humane societies as we know we won't be able to come home without adopting another!

Jamie
Jacksonville, FL

A Heart of Gold

When we lost our sixteen year dog we didn't know if we would ever be ready for a new dog. The tears shed for her were beyond what we ever could imagine. A year after she passed, I happened upon a pet adoption site and found Echo. There was something in his eyes that made me melt; I knew I had to meet him. The shelter filled us in on Echo's past (abused and surrendered) and his medical problems (a heart condition and a critical case of kennel cough) but when he leaned into my arms and slowly wagged his tail, there was no question that I had found my new best friend. This shy, sickly little boy has turned out to be the most wonderful dog in the world. We renamed him "Tanner" because he loves to lay on his back in the sun. With a lot of encouragement and a lot of patience, he has left behind his shy, unsure self and has become quite the lethal tail wagger. Once afraid of every little noise and new sight, he now holds his head and tail high. Everyone who meets him can't help falling for him (he a very handsome and gregarious fellow!) We are head over heels for this gentle boy and could never imagine life without him. We are so grateful to the no kill shelter that gave him refuge and probably saved him from getting put down at the shelter where he was originally surrendered. Whenever people mention getting a pet, I do my best to convince them to explore the animal shelter route.

Jeanne Piquet
Summerfield, NC
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