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Danny and Ginger

We adopted Danny(right) from a local shelter this past Easter,after losing our dear Samson the prior Fall.We never thought we could love another dog like we did him,but Danny changed our minds,he has been a blessing,sent from Heaven and his girlfriend Ginger that lives across the street,thinks he's pretty special too.

sandy ward and julie perkins
anderson, IN

Keno Wander's No More

I was sitting on my porch reading the paper one morning when this big beautiful boy wandered up. After doing everything possible to find his original owner's, it became apparent that he had been dumped.

We couldn't keep him, so I contacted Heartland Lab Rescue in Oklahoma City. We fostered him for a few more weeks, then took him to a vet that the Rescue had designated for his neuter and vaccinations. We knew we would never see him again, but also knew he would be well taken care of.

From there, he went to another loving foster home where he was house trained and waited for his new forever home. He was recently adopted by a family who had lost their dog in June to cancer. They were looking for a very special kind of dog for their son who has autism. Keno fit his new people perfectly, and now he gets to live a long, pampered life!

Jill Cook
Mulvane, KS

Pound Kitty No More!

After having two dogs and two cats, all of whom lived very long and happy lives, I lived alone for a couple of years before I found myself ready for a new love in my life...and as hard as it is to go to the Animal Shelter, my boyfriend and I went to the shelter with my good friend Mike, in search of my next companion. I knew one thing; I wanted an adult male kitty and I wanted a hugger. My sweet kitty Ollie, who lived to be 18, was such a cozy cat, loved nothing more than to be carried around and I really adored that. When I told the volunteer at the shelter that I was looking for a cat like this she said, "oh well then you have to see this guy" and she showed me a quiet one-and-a-half year-old black and white cat. As soon as she took him out of his cage, I held him against my shoulder and he literally melted against me, and I felt my eyes well up. This kitty had been at the shelter for more than 50 days! His spirit was practically broken. The volunteer said that black & white cats weren't popular at the time. Needless to say, he came home with me and after a couple of weeks adjusting, Ninja emerged! This is a very happy cat now indeed! I often wonder what happened that he ended up in the shelter, but I know that he was meant to be in my home, where he is the center of attention and completely spoiled! Ninja definitely rules the roost, and even though he's oftentimes rowdy and playful, he still never objects to being held and hugged and is happy to cuddle anytime!

Los Angeles, CA

Angels in fur coats

Cougar, the orange kitty, is going to be sixteen-years-old in February, and Liddy, the tortoiseshell-and-white, turned twelve last month. They’ve lived with me now for almost ten years since I adopted them from a girl who was about to give them up to the SPCA in the town where I used to live. I can honestly say that they are the two best-behaved kitties in the world, and the two sweetest angels in fur coats.

Unfortunately, my little Liddy developed kidney disease when she was only three, but we had a good veterinarian who gave me a lot of excellent advice, and Liddy is still alive and functioning pretty well. I was also administering Sub-Q fluids intravenously a few months back, but she was in for blood work a little while ago and the vet said she doesn’t really need that at present. Yes, Liddy is doing fine for a kitty that’s fought kidney disease for nine years.

As for old Cougar, she still plays like a kitten.

Summerland, AB, Canada

Sandwich thief steals our hearts

May 2009, my husband was at a public park playing with riding steam trains when he found a large starved, matted, long haired dog who was stealing sandwiches. Over the weekend, I convinced him to bring the dog home, but by the time we got to the park on Monday morning the county maintenance men had trapped the dog and called the local pound. The dog looked so bad he would have been put on "death row" when he reached the pound. We cancelled the call and headed home with our first "rescue dog" now called "Steamer" who barked for the hour ride home.

It took the vet. 3 hours to shave and bathe him. Steamer bounded from the vet's, hairless, but with a smile on his face and new loving caring family. Regular feedings increased his weight from 48 lb. to a healthy 79 lb. Professional training taught us how to manage such a large dog, DNA testing identified him as a Kerry Blue Terrier mix. Now, Steamer gives and receives love from every one he meets and is a well behaved member of the family.

Spring, TX

Cat adopts woman

Five years ago, Marmalady was a neighborhood stray who ate on my front porch for months but wouldn't let me touch her. Shortly after I finally gained her trust, she showed up on a night that was forecast to be a frigid 20 degrees and I brought her inside for good. She's the best little present I ever found on my doorstep!

Dena McClung
Aurora, CO

Saving Serena

Our precious little Serena followed my mother home during a walk. After a couple nights under our house, we were able to coax her inside. She has been my little white fur ball ever since. She sleeps in the crook of my arm every night, and greets me every day when I arrive home. Before Serena it never crossed my mind to have a cat. Now I cannot understand why not.

The shelters are full of these loving creatures. Do not think twice about adopting one today. You will be rewarded ten-fold with more love than you can handle.

Christine Cowan
Avon, NC

My Angel

Someone trapped a few kittens and 2 adult cats and dropped them off at the back door of an animal hospital I worked at one night. As soon as I saw the little calico kitten, I knew she had to come home with me! She was very scared and fought us when we tried to get her out of the trap, but we got her and the others out safely. That was 7 years ago and Angel now rules our house with her fiesty attitude! Even though she still runs from most people, she's very cuddly with me and always wants to be in my lap. She's even learned to tolerate our toddler being near her. She's my baby and I can't imagine my life without her.

Shannon Barksdale
Tallahassee, FL

Sasha's Story

We saw Sasha in Feb. 2008, she was about a year old, at a local animal shelter adoption booth and fell in love with her. We had just found out we were pregnant with our first child and wanted them to grow up together. It's been almost two years and she has been such a blessing and joy. She's full of energy and love and is very gentle with our son. We think she's enjoying her life now and we're looking forward to having her in our family for many, many years to come.

Shannon Barksdale
Tallahassee, FL

Two Happy Mature Ladies

I had been dog-less for 4 years when it seemed time to share my life with a mellow, senior pet who might need a friend and a little help. This little 11-year-old girl was waiting for me to find her at the local shelter. It was just by chance that I looked at the shelter's website that day and I made arrangements to meet her the next day. While getting something out of my car at the shelter, she jumped in the open door and laid down as if it was her car all along. She had no interest in getting out again and stared straight ahead as if to say it was time to go home. We humans went back inside to fill out adoption papers and then she came home with me. Bonding with Blondie happened instantly. Blondie is mellow enough, but more full of happy energy than I expected. She is a joy and the perfect pretty pooch; I'm very glad she found me at just the right time. I encourage everyone to adopt at least one senior pet. This is my second and there are no wiser, better, furry friends so happy to have a second chance home.

Sheri C
Bailey, CO
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