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Stray dogs are dogs too.

Bailey was found at 4 and 1/2 months old wandering the streets of texas. She was only 13lbs and so skinny and tiny we could see all her ribs and she just looked so unhappy and unhealthy. Now, at 7 months old, she is healthy and doing great. When we got her in september, she had heart worms, tape worms and a mite that was giving her a skin disease. her skin isnt perfect yet, but she is so healthy that she has gone through 3 collars since september! We love Bailey so much and we are so happy we were able to find her and take her off the streets and give her a loving home and a healthy life. I wish that there was a way to make everyone aware of these amazing animals that dont have homes that could be given homes if more people would go to shelters instead of puppy stores. It was one of the best decisions we have made to adopt bailey from the streets and i would encourage everyone to find their perfect pet at a shelter rather than a store

Colorado Springs, CO

Mystery - Living All Nine Lives

We had lost our beloved Chloe, a marmalade tabby, the day after the vet had given her a poor prognosis. While I was at the vet's I had noticed a forlorn gray cat in a large cage where they generously kept animals while trying to find homes for them. I told my husband about her and suggested that, although she couldn't replace Chloe, we now had an empty space in our home and hearts for a cat in need.

We discovered the gray cat had been in that cage, awaiting a home, for 18 months. Not only that, it was the second time she had been returned to the vet, as she had urinary problems and was prone to accidents. She came home with us nevertheless and promptly took up residence under our bed for about 10 days, hence her name, Mystery, because we couldn't get to know her.

She finally emerged from hiding and from her shell to fully join our rescue family (4 dogs and 4 cats). On cold nights she burrows under my husband's pillow while he sleeps and she has learned to play, which keeps us entertained as we see a now 10-year-old cat acting like a kitten. As you will see from the photo, she is also known as "The Bag Lady".

It goes to show that "rejects" are as capable of bringing joy to a household as the "best of breeds".

Margaret Eaton
Cadiz, KY

Our Road to Rocky

After many months of being without a dog we decided to visit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. There were so many lovey dogs that day but only Rocky (then Banjo) kept our attention. He was rescued from a kill shelter before being brought to HSTB. In our interview he gently kissed our 5 month old daughter on the cheek and sat on command, we knew he'd be perfect for our home. We weighed the pros and cons of bringing a new dog home with our young baby by giving it thought overnight. We have no doubt that returning the next day and taking him home was meant to be. He's such a joy in our lives. He loves his tennis balls and soft baby kisses!

Diana U
Tampa, FL

My baby

After our first dog was put down because of bone cancer, my family began looking for a new dog. I had known our first dog my whole life, so it was strange not to have a dog. We found plenty of good dogs at our SPCA, but they all were adopted before we could adopt. Then one day my mom and brother found a dog. I went with my mom a few days later to pick her up. She was by far one of the strangest looking dogs I had seen, but somehow also the cutest. Daisy has made life so much fun at home and I love her so much. She loves our whole family and is very protective of us all. She is my baby.

Rachel Gentzler
Thomasville, PA


I had just had to put down my elderly cat of 19 years that had been with me since I was in 2nd grade. I had recently gotten married a year before and with all the new transitions it was hard to lose my lifelong friend. It was about a month later that I noticed this gray and white cat wandering around our apartment complex. His back was full of sores and the hair on his back was very thin. I didn't know what might be wrong with him. My husband and I didn't have any extra money for vet expenses, but after about a week I just had to take him in. It turned out he has a skin allergy problem. With some financial help from my parents we are treating him and helping him get well. I know he is a gift from God, to help me in the loss of my previous cat. During the winter, because he doesn't have all his fur, he gets cold easily and ALWAYS wants to cuddle on our laps. He's so sweet and I'm so glad we chose to take him in!

Emily Williams
Columbus, OH

Sweet Licki

Licki was part of a litter of 5 five week old kittens that were found in a trash bag in a ditch. I got the call to arrange a pick up 90 miles away. After a 2 1/2 hour trip they made it to my house where they devoured several cans of fancy feast and got baths. The first two were adopted together and the next two were adopted a couple weeks later. That left Licki which we had already been calling "the little old man kitty" because he had crossed eyes and a face that looked like a grandpa. His favorite buddy was his sister Zoe who was the last to get adopted and Licki was very shy and didn't want to play with anyone else. After 3 weeks Zoe got returned because the boyfriend was "allergic to cats" and Licki could not stop following her around giving her welcoming kisses. We ended up keeping Licki and Zoe and they are the best pets you could imagine. Licki has always licked everything. He licks all the furniture, the toys, us and anything else that looks tasty to him. His eyes can't be fixed but he sees just fine. He is as soft as a chinchila and the sweetest kitty ever. Anyone who has the money, the space and love for cats should consider rescuing them. The joy that you get from it is unimaginable.

Susan Thibault
League City, TX

Returned Like A Boomerang

Arriving at our gate one morning was a shaggy dog that resembled a sheep dog. Thinking he must belong to someone, we tried to return him to the area where he'd been seen by our neighbors. Fortunately for us, he kept coming back to our gate like a boomerang. That's why we call him Boomer. Once we took that shaggy dog to the groomer, he turned out to be a very handsome labradoodle. What a lovable addition to our family! We're grateful he sought us out.

Mike Olberding
West Plains, MO

Adopting Ginger

I've become a daily visitor here, reading the stories of animals that have been given another chance thanks to the compassion and generosity of animal lovers! I have a similar story of my own...well of Ginger and my family!

Ginger who is 5, was a rescue adoption who came to our family after her previous owner reluctantly had to place her due to changing family situations. Ginger is a Airedale! She joins Samantha (our first Airedale) in our family, who we have had since she was a puppy of 8 weeks. We wanted to give a needing dog a forever home and yard to live out the rest of their days with us.

She has turned out to be such a joy in our lives. She is very intelligent and always brings smiles and laughter in to our home. She greets us with her odd little smile and lots of kisses!

We often talk about how we truly feel blessed to have had her join us! Did we rescue her...or did she rescue us?

Lakeland, TN

From a Feral Colony

A vet clinic provided food for a feral cat colony in their back yard. One day one of the toms came up on their deck with torn ears and chewed hocks. They opened the door to the clinic and he walked in. Then it took them three days to catch him. The generous clinic treated his injuries and infections, and put him up for adoption. I was the only one who raised my hand. He was named after butterscotch candies, and we call him Scottie. When we first started to touch him, he would bite and scratch after a few seconds but he has gradually come to enjoy petting, as long as it is on his terms. I'm the only one who will pick him up. The debate continues on whether he was actually a feral cat or just a stray, but either way he is in a safer and healthier situation now.

Goshen, NY

The Luckiest Cat Ever

Lucky was just a skinny sick looking cat that would eat off our porch at night. If he saw you looking he would run away so fast you weren't sure if you imagined the whole thing. One evening, as my husband, who was leaving to attend his own employee going away party, was getting into his truck during a bad rain storm and he saw the cat jump up into the drive train. He crawled under the truck and grabbed the cat and I stuffed him into a cat carrier. My husband left and I took the kitty into the bathroom to bath all the dirt off him. I put him in our rescue room and gave him food and water. It turned out that this kitty was 4 years old, weighed 6 lbs, was in renal failure, had stomatitis, had rotting teeth and the list goes on. But he was FIV and FeLV negative so we decided to try to save him. After a few years, several surgeries and about $8000 of our own money he is a happy 12 lb cat that is very sweet and loving. He is best buddies with another of our rescues and spends most of his day cuddling up to him. We will never forget how grateful an animal can be when you save him. They become the best pet and family member ever.

Susan Thibault
League City, TX
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