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When we lost our little rescued Sussex Spaniel to a blood disease I was devastated. I had just lost my daughter a month before. Sassi was my comfort in her loss, then she suddenly became ill. I immediately went on line to pet finder.com and looked for the ugliest dog I could find, knowing nobody else would want them. I found a little Shih Tzu named Rascal. We drove 110 miles one direction to get him and found him being fostered in a little trailer in the country with no air conditioning and two other very large dogs. It was the middle of July and very hot. He was left abandoned and abused before he was fostered. I immediately fell in love with him (he was not ugly at all) and we drove back home not knowing if he would even like us. He is perfect. So smart and fit right in. My husband calls he Bo so he became Bo Rascal. Bo Precious is more like it! I can't imagine life without him!
We lost one of our two schnauzers to Cushings in 2008. It was so painful that we decided not to get another dog. After many months our remaining schnauzer was proving to be very lonely so we looked on the rescue websites for our area. This little Bichon mix 1 year old had been abandoned in a house. Her picture stuck in our minds for a few days when we proceeded to check her out. She is absolutely the most wonderful, loving dog and a huge addition to our family. She just makes us smile and laugh all day! Rescue dogs are the best!!!
My springer spaniel and I were out on our usual morning walk when we heard something crying very loudly - about a block away. We walked the block to discover a black kitten, starving and filthy, sitting on the street screaming. When my pup ran up to her - this tiny starving kitten sat on her haunches & actually batted at her! I scooped her up & took her home to clean, feed and love. I quickly discovered she wasn't black at all - complete with white toes and a white blaze. She rarely speaks and is the sweetest!
50 dogs were brought from New Orleans after Katrina, but nobody wanted to foster Gator. He had also been abused and was snappish, but he didn't look so tough to me. It took a while to get him to understand he is safe now, but he's been to school and has a degree.
Brutus came to us as a foster with his three siblings when they were 2 weeks old. He had a huge abscess on his back and then, at 4 weeks, he broke a leg while playing with his siblings. He wiggled his way into our hearts with all his kisses and cuddles. So, when his siblings were adopted to their 4ever homes, he stayed and became our big baby. He loves to play with our other rescue kitties and dog. Brutus is one of 55 high risk bottle babies that we have loved back to health so they could go to their 4ever homes.
Joey is a toy poodle who was at death's door on death row in a California kill shelter. at 4 lb, he was elderly, weak, sadly neglected and had been nearly consumed by fleas.
He was pulled by a rescue volunteer the day before he would have been euthanized, and not expected to survive long. I took him to foster for however long he had. Nearly two years later, at 5.5 lb, he is the joy of our household and more than holds his own with three larger dogs and larger cat. He is so funny, he brings daily laughter into our lives.
Rosie is a "second hand" rescue. We got Rosie from a friend that rescued Rosie from her previous owner, who was going to shoot her because he couldn't find a stud in her breed (BMD). The previous owner had kept her in a "pet porter" for the first 2 years of her life. He was going to make a puppy mill out of her. ALWAYS get your dog or cat from a rescuer. They will be eternally grateful to you. Oh, and yes she loves our baby goats too
Manny was rescued as a kitten, and later it was discovered that he had an anal prolapse, caused by a spinal deformity, common to Manx cats. Thanks to the Homeless Cat Network of the San Francisco Peninsula, who helped him get the proper medical care, Manny, now 10 months old, is a happy indoor cat, sharing our home with our two older cats. His health problem is manageable, and this shows that even cats with special needs can find a loving home and live a happy life.
My little guy Popeye was one of the many cats that were outside the jail where I work. Popeye was different from all the rest because he wouldn't shy away from people and he would even let you pet him. My friend and I picked him up and we put him in a box to take home. My intention wa to give him to a friend, but once he was sleeping in my arms, I couldn't bear to let him go. Every time I go out I look forward to him running to the door to greet me.
A former friend of mine had some kittens that were only about 8 weeks old. Two of them were born with only one eye. My fiancé and I saw her son take one of the two kittens and he threw it up against the wall - it died. He was ready to pick up the one I have and throw him because he said they were "ugly looking retards," and in his words, "they didn't deserve to live". So we grabbed my little Frodo, and took him home. He sees better than I do, and I wear glasses. He is a great cat, very energetic. When I'm not felling well he is by my side every minute. I am so glad we saved him.