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Bubbles the barn cat

We found and bought our home in France 5 years ago and inherited two sad and lonely wild cats who lived in the old barn. After many months of patient coaxing and offering lots of gentle fuss, the two cats became part of our home. Sadly the older cat Mavis passed away after only a few months, however, Bubbles, the younger cat is now well and truly one of the family. Despite having had to really work to earn her trust, she was worth every minute, she brings us joy everyday. We always feel we were meant to find her....perhaps we actually found Bubbles and the house came with her!

Maria Conlan
Masserac, France

Little Spike

We rescued Spike when he was supposed to be a 10 week old puppy. He was actually closer to 5 weeks and not weaned. Then we were told he would only be about 27 lbs. Well, he has grown into a beautiful, sensitive 60 lb. boy that my family loves very much. You may not always know what you get with a rescue dog, but you can be sure you will get much love.

Mary Anstice
Bristow, VA

Meet Suzy

Suzy was adopted from our local SPCA. She was sick, underweight, had been abused and thrown out in the freezing rain which resulted in the loss or her ear tips to frostbite. It has taken years to win her trust. She joined our quiet household with three other cats who subjected her to biting the front of her ears. Presumably because she was an easy target, she didn't fight back and perhaps to show their dominance. To keep her safe she sleeps in her own personal bedroom at night. Not surprisingly she now has a love affair with her food bowl and is extremely attached to my husband. She's a beautiful, loving little girl who loves to cuddle and give kisses. We are so lucky to have her. Please adopt from your local shelter. So many cats need loving homes.

Toronto, ON, Canada

Abby the Flabby Tabby

Abby Tabby was a surprise to me from my partner Kai. His mother had heard of a cat being fed by residents at a block of apartments near her home and went to check it out. Abby's original owners must have loved her once - she was vaccinated and spayed.

Apparently, her original owner's son brought home a very large dog, which killed their other cat. Shortly afterwards, they moved away and simply left Abby to fend for herself. Thank goodness for kind people who fed her and looked out for her until we were destined to meet her.

Her original owners lost out big time when they left her - she is the sweetest, funniest, quirkiest cat ever, and delights us every day. Her favourite game is chasing the water from the garden hose, until she is soaked. She also loves to sit out in the rain, and cram her rather plump frame into any kind of box, bag, container there is. She is wonderfully vocal, and keeps our younger kitten, Marvin (another rescue cat) in line!

Thanks Abs - you brighten every day for us!

Sandra Rees
Brisbane, Australia

Mr. Bohdacious

Brian rescued Bohdi where he worked finding him as a week old abandoned behind the building; he took Bohdi home and well he pretty much has the run of the house now. He's a sweet little guy with a big heart. My friends found a lap dog and I truelly believe he was meant to found by Brian and to be a part of this family. He loves his walks in the ark next door and we watch a movie with Bohdi going from lap to lap to lap where he'll finally settle down for the evening. This boy found his forever home in Santa Cruz, CA. What more could a dog want? =)

Joyse Huber
Santa Cruz, CA

Rescue Miniature Schnauzers

I have had schnauzers since 1973 and I really love the breed! I now live alone and these three are my kids. They came from the same rescue organization in Kansas: Kyoto (black male) is 12, Kobe (white male) is 8 and Kitami (little S&P female) is 4. One of the things I like most about them is NOTHING gets past a schnauzer: not dogs, cats, people, squirrels, bugs, leaves falling...well you get the idea. Love them or hate them, they are very vocal.

They sleep in their crates at night (Kobe & Kitami cuddled together in a larger crate and Kyoto in his own smaller crate. Schnauzers require frequest brushing and grooming; I do both myself. Both the boys are fairly laid back but the girl has a strong prey drive. I hope to get her entered an Earth Dog Trial someday. These dogs must be with me all the time when I am at home, including following me into the bathroom! They leave after checking things out but within minutes, they are back (I suppose to see if I have flushed myself or not.) They will always be the apple of my eye (or orange, mango, kiwi...)

Jim Blaine
Payne Springs, TX

Daddy's Little Girl

I adopted Natty from the Humane Society as a surprise engagement present for my soon-to-be-husband. Needless to say, it was love at first sight.

We found out a couple days later that she had parvo and had to be admitted to the hospital. She was a trooper though and is stronger and healthier than ever.

She loves to play fetch, especially in water, take long naps, cuddle and make friends with all the neighborhood kids. Any new toy she gets, she takes as a personal challange to see how quickly she can destroy it.

She is so full of personality, I can't imagine our lives without our Natty-butt!

Laura Dennis
Sikeston, MO

Our Rescue Baby... Shadow aka Bill

In july 2002 my mom found Bill at the humane society in springfield ohio. Exactly 1 month before I lost my female cocker Daisy and my heart was completely broken and I was devistated. My mom took me to look at him and I immediatley was in tears when I seen him and I just knew I had to have him. He has been a wonderful dog. He is very loving, and he he loves his tummy rubbed. If you stop petting him he will nudge your arm to tell you to pet him more. And if he hasn't seen you in a few hours he will greet you will a little howl and come over to you wanting to be petted. He was around 2 years old when we adopted him and now he is close to 10 years old. I just love him so much. I'm so thankful my mom found him that day at the pound. Life wouldn't be the same without him. We spoil him rotten. He knows he is loved. He was worth every penny. He is part of my family and always will be. Rescue animals make the best pets.

Jodie Ridenour
Dayton, OH

We rescued TWO puppies!

This is a picture of Boscoe (aka Boo Boo, before we adopted him). He was found under a bridge in Georgia by Lee from Nick-of-Time Rescue. Once we saw him, we knew we couldn't let anyone put him down! We also rescued Nola (aka Cutie Pie). We kept Nola and my daughter gladly took Boscoe. If she didn't, we would have kept both of them PLUS the dog we already have. Could you imagine anyone putting 10-12 week old puppies to sleep???!!!

Bloomfield, CT

Send Grover Right Over

We had been talking about phasing in another pure bred dalmatian as ours, Sodapop, is getting older however at the end of the day we knew adopting was the direction we needed to go in. Having visited the humane society every few weeks, we went to LOOK but alas fell in love with a big eyed floppy eared 6 month old Beagle mix.

When Grover arrived he definitely spiced up our lives, Soda became more active, Lucy our cat pretended she didn't like him but we've caught her playing nice and as for us, I tease him that there must have been an invisible adoption clause because about a month later we found out we were expecting our first child - someone out there knew that I wanted my child to be able to grow up with a pup.

As you can see in our pic, we are quite the blended family but we wouldn't have it any other way!

Cecilia Moreno
Eaton, CO
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