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Crystal Blue is a success story for Have A Heart Horse Rescue

Sheila was called by the Booneville Police one evening at the end of July. They arrested a trainer who was caught beating a horse with a baseball bat. He was charged with felony malicious injury to a livestock. That is the night Crystal Blue became part of Have A Heart. She was severely beaten from muzzle to tail and back again. Sheila transported her directly to the vets where she was given IV's and antibiotics. She spent the first 2 nights in our Baldwyn barn where Sheila never left her side. Neither got much sleep. I can only imagine her pain and fear. Once she was able to be transported she was brought to the criticle care barn in Coila. Sheila worked tirelessly with her trying to build up her trust. She charged Sheila on more than one occasion not wanting anypart of anyone coming near her. She would try to bite you if you put your hand out to pet her. With persistance and love Sheila was able to put Crystal Blue's fears to rest. In the span of 3 months she brought her to the point where she could be shod, bathed, and even more remarkably…ridden. She was the star attraction at the Canton Horse Fair that Have A Heart was part of the first weekend in Nov. This is where Crystal Blue met her possible new family. They are coming tomorrow to visit her in Coila to see if they are a good fit.

Today, the Grand Jury held over the case against the man who did this to Crystal Blue. More evidence will be gathered for when they convien at the beginning of next year. We are hopeful that justice will come for Crystal Blue. No matter what she is a success at Have A Heart.

Kym Sargent
Trinity, AL

Lewey's Story

I found Lewey through Petfinder from Foxwoods Animal Shelter in Independence, MO in April 2008. It had been about 2 months since we lost our dog Blue to cancer, which left me devastated where I vowed to never get a dog again! Days and weeks went by and I was still out of sorts and I realized having a dog was a part of my daily routine and need to have in my life! I would casually browse Petfinder and came across this adorable pup....I eventually inquired with his foster and met him at an adoption event. I was so nervous that I would not be able to take him home...low and behold, we were a perfect match! He's such a lovey and is a joy to have and brings a lot of free entertainment 24/7! What a great successor to our old boy Blue!

Kara Cantrell
Kearney, MO

Tobi, the unexpected calico

I was heading home for lunch one cold winter day when I opened the office building door and this thin, beautiful cat was trying to get into the building. I shooed her out, but she followed me to the car. I picked her up and she licked my face. It was that moment I knew I had to take her home. Our first night together, she crept up into my bed and fell asleep on my chest. She slept like it was the first time she'd felt safe in a long time, and she's been our prissy princess since. Keep loving the strays, they need your help!

Taylors, SC

Petfinder + Frequent Flier Miles = Happy Ending

I saw Apollo's photo on Petfinder.com and knew I had to adopt him. The only problem was that I live in New York City and he was in a Georgia shelter! I contacted them and told his foster mom that I wanted the cat. I had frequent flier miles that I could use to so we came up with a plan.

I booked a morning flight from New York to Atlanta with a return an hour later. I took my own empty carrier. The foster mom brought Apollo to the baggage claim area. I met them between flights. We had previously agreed that if he didn't warm up to me and vice versa, I would get back on the plane to New York without him and no hard feelings.

We found a bench and she opened her carrier. Apollo came out and sat in my lap and purred. I signed the papers, gave her the adoption fee and took him on the return flight to New York. He was doll going through security and on the plane under the seat.

It has been almost a year and I never regret my adoption adventure. He is still a doll and so grateful to have a nice home! He sleeps draped over me. It cost me a day of air travel and $300 in fees for a lifetime of love.

New York, NY


We adopted Snow from a shelter in 1995 at age 1 - he had been previously adopted 4 times and returned for various reasons. I believe he was waiting for us.

After a slightly rocky start and with patience and love, Snow was a wonderful member of our family and gave us so much love. He was our protector, our funny, loving dog for 14 years. He left us in March, 2009 as his body suddenly grew weary and was giving out on him.

Our hearts are still broken but we have so many wonderful memories and pictures of him. We did adopt another dog after 3 months because the house just seemed so lonely and quiet with out our Snow. I know in my heart that Snow would approve of us rescuing another dog (Tucker) and I know he is now out of pain and waiting for us at the end of the Rainbow Bridge.

Myrtle Beach, SC

Tia One happy kitty

I adopted Tia back in October. She was part of an 18 or so cat colony living at a local high school. I had recently adopted 3 other kats from the colony, after they had been given shots, and socialized. 2 of those kats, sophie and teddy appear to be the mom and uncle of tia, the other kat magic is simply one of the colony. They have formed thier own clic within my kat colony, which used to be my home. Anyway, Tia is all over the place, constantly leaving the rugs in disarray and my books and or remotes on the floor. She gets along with all the other kats, but hasnt warmed up to me yet, but that may only be for a short time more. She hasnt done anything out of the ordinary as of yet, but given time im sure she will. She just loves being in a home and gets to go on the terrace and watch seagulls and sleep in the sun when its out.

long beach, NY

Turbo formerly known as Turn-up

Adopted Turbo about 4 years ago with another kitty named Buddy. They were not siblings, and the rescue service said they were not able to place them so I took them both. Turbo had been placed prior but had run away and been recaptured, so his name at the time was Turn-up because they never knew where they would find him. Turbo as he was renamed has found his forever home. He is like the bouncer at a bar, he is big but loving to all of the kats but Kirbo. Turbo likes to make like he is a toughie but he took another rescue of mine named rascal as his little buddy and sleeps with him and nurtures him like its his son. Turbo is a meower when it comes time for feeding, and he gets a special treat of boiled shrimp about 4 times a week. I toss them to him and he tries to catch them, but more often than not he drops them and rascal tries to steal them. Turbo only comes to me at feeding time, but thats not a problem, he is about 20 lbs. of male cat that likes his space except when the gang of cats decide its time to roam around the house, than he is the 2nd in charge to Eby, who is the mayor of the kats.

long beach, NY

Rusty's Tail

Rusty had been adopted and returned twice to the foster who rescued him from Houston Animal Control. My best friend knew I wanted a companion for Sheba, my Border Collie mix, and found his picture on www.petfinder.com. He was described as sweet and affectionate, but with serious trust issues – a dog who couldn’t be around children and needed diligent monitoring around strangers . Although Rusty was wary of people, he liked dogs. I wasn't interested in a "problem child" but my friend kept forwarding his picture to me until I took notice. There was just something about that face! A meeting was arranged. Yes, love at first sight exists! Rusty found his forever home. His tail never stops wagging. The love in his eyes is impossible to miss. I’m not sure who is luckier…Rusty, Sheba, or me!

Toni McFarland
Houston, TX

Cowboy Eddie

We found our Chihuahua, Eddie at Beaks & Noses in MA. He was there longer then any of the other pups due to his deteriorating health. Now he is happy & healthy reigning as boss in his VT forever home.

Rutland, VT

My Dylan

In December 2007 I was milling through our local Humane Society page and found Dylan (previously Charley). I read his story about how his owner had given him up because his buddy had died. My first thought was that poor baby, his buddy dies and then his owner gives him up!! I knew then I had to have him. When at the Humane Society Dylan was very timid and stayed to the back of the cage. I knew then to that his life wasnt the best either. I took him home that day and he has never been the same. He has come out of his shell quite a bit but I knew that day when I seen him he was meant to be my baby and has been and will be until he is no longer with us. I think we rescued each other that day.

Sioux Falls, SD
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