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Unexpected Addition

We were definitely not looking for another addition to our family the day we went to the pet store. But when I walked by the cage with all the city shelter kitties waiting to be adopted, Darel reached his arm as far out of the cage as it would go, and petted my leg. I turned around and looked at him, and I was sold! Now I can't imagine our family without him.

Lindsay Goins
Elk Grove, CA

It is Sunny and Breezy

After our Annie went to the Rainbow Bridge, I figured it would be a while before I would share my life with a new angel. Sunny had other plans. She was part of a stray family across the street. She came right up to me, nuzzled my tennis shoe, and the day I went to claim her, ran so fast to meet me. And how could I leave her sweet calico sister sitting there ? So Breezy joined us too. Their purrs and fun ways make every day a joy for me. I can't do enough for these precious creatures.

I volunteer at a nearby shelter in Annie's memory but these two sisters are the best kind of daily reminder of how special animals are in our lives. I wish every homeless animal could find the kind of love we share.

Pharr, TX


Jojo was found in a pink cat carrier outside one of the Maryland Humane Societies and rescued and placed in an animal shelter in Pennsylvania. I found him in a room full of other unwanted kitties, sick, scared and huddled in a corner. He is now the light of my life and has blossomed into a beautiful, blue eyed bundle of fun and fur. My only wish is that I could have found homes for all of the others.

Jarrettsville, MD

Our precious Rebel

We had to put our 13 yr. old Lab down so we adopted Rebel from the local animal shelter. He was very sick. After $300 in vet bills & LOTS of love and attention he is doing great! (gained 5lbs. in 5 days!!) We love our Rebel very much!!

Lisa Stires
Newalla, OK

Loving Lucas

Lucas, an Irish ex-working sheepdog, was found blind, abandoned and so thin the vet couldn't believe he was still alive. His wonderful rescuer, Maura, cared for him for six weeks before he was strong enough to travel from Ireland to me. He is the kindest, most gentle and loving old gentleman. My cats adore him and snuggle into his fur to sleep while he washes their ears. Though now deaf as well as blind he loves his walks, adores his food and most of all enjoys being groomed and having his tummy tickled. I cannot imagine life without my beautiful, loving Lucas.

Jackie Short
Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Benji our Buddy

Benji was wondering the desolate roads of Kansas with few farmsteads for miles. My husband picked him up as he thought the dog was a neighbors dog. He wasn't so he brought him home and we named him Benji. We found out later, after about $3,000 damage over the years, that he was a puppy mill dog and we are deeply sadden about his start in life. Mad actually!!! He has been a keeper for ten years and we love him as he cuddles in bed, barks only when chasing a mouse on the farm, loves the lap, and is the most compliant dog we have ever rescued. He is frightened by high pitch noises, which causes the destructive behavior. That is the cause of the damage and even though it has been costly, it is not his fault but those all over the world that breed our pets in puppy mills. All ten of our current cats and five dogs are all rescued and spayed and neutered. They give us more pleasure than words can describe. Priceless!!

Pam Wesch
Oberlin, KS

Springer Love

We adopted Kristy as a puppy from English Springer Rescue America. She had been dumped in a shelter and ESRA rescued her and brought her into a foster home. 9 years later, she lives for summer spending her days diving and swimming. Her unconditional trust and love for us is something we treasure.

Cheryl Winefka
Gilberts, IL

Here's Chance

After having had a Jack Russell Terrier previously, I was excited when a nearby county shelter had Chance listed as a young adult Jack Russell Terrier on the Petfinder.com website. When I got to the shelter, he was still a puppy; but, after looking at his little black and white face--I couldn't not bring him home. Chance loves sleeping with his momma and catching vermint. Here's Chance doing what he loves most to do in the whole world, digging!

S. J. Wyman
Gainesville, FL

Our Sweet Boy

This little boy was left tied to a street sign on a busy street. When he was found, he was thirsty and starving. As soon as I saw that sweet face I knew he would be coming to our home to live. He is now a part of our family and our two Lab girls have accepted him as their little brother. We are as lucky to have such a sweet boy in our family. Please meet Jake.

Connie Welch
Knightdale, NC

Just Friends

My beloved cat Boopie died in 2000. Not a month later I went on Petfinder.com and found a playful 7 month old striped cat that looked very similiar and had the same rough housing attitude that I liked. He was at the Faxon Animal League just down the street from my house. (he is playfully biting my leg!) I named him Joey. 2 months went by and Joey seemed lonely so I decided he needed a friend. Again I went back online and found that the Pawtucket Animal Shelter in Pawtucket, RI had many cats. I found not one but two great 5-6 month old cats that seemed like they would make perfect friends for Joey. We named them Chandler and Ross (the black cat). So now Joey, Chandler and Ross are the best of friends and I don't know what I would to without them!

Laura Simons
Fall River, MA
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