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Two Awesome Puppies!

Five months ago my mom found a starving, pregnant American bulldog lying in the middle of the road fighting to stay alive. My mom took her in, she had the worse case of mange we have ever seen. She took her to the vet, got her doctored up, and named her Susie. Three days later Susie had 12 puppies! Sadly only 4 survived. They all had the mange which developed fast. My mom then took the puppies to the vet and got them started on medication. My boyfriend and I were looking for an English bulldog and almost considered spending the money on a registered puppy. When we got the call from my Mom about the puppies, we flew down to Florida from Indiana on Thanksgiving to bring them home. It's been quite an experience getting them on the road to good health. We've invested a lot of time and money in Milhouse and T-bone but they are the coolest dogs ever and the best entertainment! My mom is keeping Susie and in the process of finding great homes for the other two puppies. I have the most respect for what she did for these animals and hurt that someone let Susie get into that condition. People should not get pets if they aren't willing to spend the money on taking care of them!

Amanda
Indianapolis, IN

Diego, the "Fabulous" Pup!

This is the 2nd puppy we have adopted from North Shore Animal League. We adopted Diego after our beloved dog of nine years passed away suddenly from heart disease on November 7, 2009. He has been a pleasure. We absolutely adore him. Diego has such a great temperment that we've nick-named him, "Fabulous." He's very intelligent and loves affection! I think the funniest thing about Diego is that he loves for my daughter to pick him up and he is a big boy!

Daisy
New York, NY

Mickey Ray Rescued Me

After loosing my beloved feline of 19 years, I decided that having another pet would not be in my best interest because the pain of loss was just too much. However, with a genetic heart of compassion for all animals, I eventually found myself empty and lost without their reliable comfort and unconditional love. It was through a wonderful dog rescue organization that I had the privilege of adopting a 6 week old puppy who had been abandoned along with his mother and siblings (imagine being abandoned in the dead of winter under subzero temperatures). Sadly enough, he and his sister were the only ones to survive. Just knowing that this precious little one was left to die, yet fought so hard to live, was all it took to melt my heart. Mickey Ray has become my pride, my joy and my devoted companion who is always at my side. He has filled my life with expectation and new adventures! As a writer, Mickey Ray continueously fills my heart with words of inspiration and a strong determination to fight for the causes involving animal abuse, animal cruelty and unneccessary animal killing. Mickey Ray's wonderful disposition and his love for life has captured the hearts of so many people. But best of all he has captured and rescued mine!

Rhonda
Fargo, ND

Hannah Belle

I never expected to have a little dog. Hannah, a full Maltese, came to us by way of my son's former girlfriend. Her mother had allowed her to get a dog then a short time later told her she could not keep it. My son asked if Hannah could stay at our house for a few months. Seven and a half years later she is still here and definitely an important member of our family. Hannah is very smart and extremely funny. I never imagined a little dog could be so much fun! She the leader of our '3- dog pack'. Her favorite way to pass the time is to watch TV (we leave it on for her when we go out). Hannah has found her forever home - Pets are not disposable.

Carmela Dato Galas
McHenry, IL

Tigger

My husband was coming in the house one night in Sept 2002, when he saw a kitty playing with his keys, he asked the kitty to come in. I saw this starved kitty and fell in love.That night we had to give him tuna due to kitty food. Next day I got the kitty supplies at Walmart. He doesn't need store bought toys, he makes his own. Almost 8yrs later he is the king of the house and king of our hearts. We love him very much! To us he is our son!

Katrin Alyss Rosinski
Roseville, MI

Attracted to the helpless!

My mother's Lab had puppies, and one day when they were only 5 weeks old, she found Oti and Tucker struggling to move around on the floor. She took them to the vet and found out they had coccidia! Oti was already losing his muscle control and almost lay lifeless in her arms! They went ahead with a blood transfusion and waited to see their recovery. Our vet's Boxer kept our babies alive and healthy, as he gave the donation for their transfusion! My mother kept Tucker because there was no way she could give him up! Now, Oti is my AMAZING 10 month old sweetheart because I couldn't resist such a helpless teddy bear!

Courtney
Knoxville, TN

Sweet rescue kitty..

This is Jezi Cleocatra.

She was born to a litter of kittens in the apartment complex I lived in two years ago. My shelter kitty, Lily Aphrodite, and I invited her in to visit one day. She was immediately part of our family. The two of them clicked, and have been "sisters" ever since.

A typical rescue kitty, she is still skittish and scared around strangers, a little jumpy at times. As her human, I have the honor of being the one she knows she can trust, and she is very affectionate. Like her sister, she sometimes stands on her hind paws when I reach to pet her so she can nuzzle my hand, and she also greets me at the door.

She seems to know my schedule and will sometimes tap my nose with her paw as if to say "wake up mommy, we need breakfast" if I sleep in too late on weekends. If I am away for a couple days she will play hard to get when I first get back, letting me know she is upset with me. It never lasts long, she quickly goes back to being her sweet cuddly self.

Jen Vann
Odessa, TX

A Happy Mothers Day

Already having 4 cats, I was surprised when my son called from a local department store on Mother's Day to say there were kittens being given away from the trunk of a car. When I discovered they had one female calico kitten, I begged him to bring her home to me.

Kiki has developed into a beautiful and independent, but loving little princess. She has brought spunk back into our older cats and loves to help us with everything from taking a shower to working on the computer!

Spoiled rotten and queen of the house, I don't know how we could have gotten along without her!

Jean Wilson
Petoskey, MI

Loving my shelter kitty...

This is Lily Aphrodite.

She adopted me when I visited the Bexar County Humane Society. In the two years since I became her human, she has shown such love and devotion. She will greet me at the door, come to me when I call for her, and when I reach down to pet her she usually stands up on her hind paws to meet my hand, then puts her paws on my hand so she can nuzzle it. If I have to be away for a couple days, she will snuggle close to me and follow me around when I get back, letting me know she missed me. When I brought in another cat, she adopted her like her own, watching over her "little sister" and protecting her. Such a sweetie.

Jen Vann
Odessa, TX

Gracie was in a tree and about to be dinner for Magpies

Several years ago I was nannying four children and we were in the backyard most of the afternoon. During our outside time, I had heard some kitty meows off and on and about the time we were going inside, the meows got more frequent so I investigated and found this tiny white kitten at the very top of a huge cottonwood tree surround by about 6 magpies.

It took about an 45 minutes to love that kitten down inch by inch, but she did it! She followed me with nonstop meows and taking her home that night she didn't stop talking until after midnight when I said say goodnight Gracie after the Burns/Allen show. I also named her Gracie as there is no doubt in my mind that she was under grace to be saved. She a most delightful part of our family and the most loving and vocal!

Cheryl L
Littleton, CO
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