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Buster Loves Chelsea

Our existing dog Buster , a blue heeler, was bored just hanging out with our 3 rescue cats. As a working dog, he didn't have much work and the cats didn't want to play with him as roughly as he likes to play. Chelsea was found running down a highway very scared with not much meat on her bones. She was trapped at a gas station . Starving and scared, she ended up at the shelter. When we met her it was love at first sight. Now Buster and Chelsea are inseparable and play all day long. She loves playing chase and tug o war with her new brother. She was the best thing for our family and now she has a forever home. Shelter dogs rock!

Laura Quiroz
Georgetown, TX

Our shy girl...

One day I was at work and my daughter texted me, "Mom, can we have another cat?" A neighbor had found her cold, wet, and meowing under a bush in the snow. He knew we loved cats. She was sick and looked like she only had one eye because she had a bad cold and her eye was swollen shut. We already had one, Oreo (a black and white), that had been part of our family for about 9 years at the time. When I came home and saw those huge sad eyes, I was lost. She has been part of our family for almost 3 years now and Oreo treats her like family. She's afraid of thunderstorms (she hides under the covers with one of us) and is a "big sister" to our two foster kittens. She's very shy around strangers but she sleeps with either my daughter or me every night.

Amy
Ledyard, CT

A "Heeler" of Hearts

After our dog Jedi was hit by a car, we thought his sister would die from a broken heart -- and we felt pretty much the same. We decided to honor Jedi by adopting "Jake", a young heeler cross, whom we found on Petfinder. Jake was scheduled to be euthanized, but now his loving, joyful nature is helping all of us to heal. What a GREAT dog -- please adopt today!

Susan Kauffmann
Redding, CA

cat abandoned to cat spoiled ^_^

this is just one of many animals i have rescued from the elements and the cruelty of the world today..but to see her now , you would never know she was neglected, abused and abandoned..dont ya agree..?? her name is Brat as in 'spoiled Brat!" lol I also have another little tiger kitty named Gideon I found and he is another blessing and purrfect addition to our fam... he and four brother and sister kitties abandned at age 5 days old...all now have homes...plus i rescued several cockatiels from homes that were neglecting them and they have been with me 14 years now....amongst hundreds of others i have found homes for over the years...so give to your local SPCA and help these beautiful animals to have good homes full of love and caring..they deserve it!! Darlene from Baltimore ^_^

darlene
baltimore, MD

MR. EXUBERANT

We had recently lost our three Golden Retrievers to old age, and I found Thatcher on Petfinders. He was currently living at the MSPCA in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard after being sent to 2 different shelters, and having been "returned" twice for being too "exuberant". At the time he was 14 months old. I told them if they had a 14 month old male Lab/German Shorthair that was caged, he probably just needed to RUN!! They said he had no training, except for housebroken. We went to see him, he was underweight, and had ENERGY. We fell in love with him and ferried him across the ocean to our home in Cape Cod, MA. He rode the whole way with a smile on his face, feeling the ocean breeze in his face. In one week, he was hand signal trained, I swear he understands human conversation. He is absolutely the BEST most obedient dog I have EVER had. A few months later we also adopted a female Jack Russell, and she is the "boss". They are best of friends. Only problem we ever had was the second day we had him, we put him out in our luxurious kennel with doghouse, lean to, and carpeted platform when we left for work....and he CRIED and cried until I finally left him inside. I think he was afraid we had come to get him, he was happy and then we were taking him back to that "awful" place. He looks at us with love in his face and never stops smiling. He now loves to go out in the kennel because he knows we always come back to him. Please please consider adopting an older shelter dog...they will give back love tenfold!!!

Sherri Andrews, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Sherri Andrews
East Falmouth, MA

Gators New Beginning

This past Sunday while I was walking my dog a black longhaired cat strolled up to us. He made it very clear that he wanted nothing to do with the dog, but would not leave me alone. I took him into the emergency vet and he was sent to the shelter for a holding period.

I made some phone calls and found Gator a foster home until he's ready for adoption! Why name the cat Gator? Good question, Gator was shot by a BB gun, the BB was embedded in his skin and caused little damage. It is also suggested that he may have fallen off of one of the balconies of the many apartment complexes surrounding the University of Florida (Mascott: Florida Gator). I am amazed at his ability to so quickly forgive people and in the few hours I've met him over the past week he is one of the friendliest cats I have ever met!

Crystal.Nicole
Gainesville, FL

Miller

I had to put my dog of 11 years down the week before my birthday and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. My husband thought visiting the shelter dogs would be good "therapy" for me. We both fell in love with Miller - 7 weeks old & 10lbs of fluff. He got his name from the shelter because he was drunk when they got him (at 3 weeks old); he smelled like a brewery and they were concerned he wouldn't make it. Well, he made it, is now 4 years old, a healthy 80lbs and, as you can see, very handsome. He's a wonderful dog and I highly recommend adopting from your local shelter.

Lori S
St. Augustine, FL

Dexter

The story starts with Angel an older, yellow lab. She was a cast off from a puppy mill, but everyone who saw her loved her. She spent way too long at Midland Animal Control and was often passed up for adoption. She was given the dreaded "48-hour notice", which is the time an animal has before being put down. The HS of Midland County volunteers couldn't stand the thought of her being destroyed-she was placed in foster care. Some had noticed she was getting bigger. Weeks later, Angel had puppies-lots. They were all black, a few died and many had birth defects because of Angel's age. Dexter was the runt, & the calmest of the three pups that were left when Sommer family went to look for a new family member, seeking a puppy to join their family of 4 young sons, one who has special needs. Dexter's disposition seemed perfect for the boys! It didn't take long to realize that Dexter had vision problems. A trip to vet revealed that Dexter had cataracts & retinal issues. Surgery could not repair the damage, Dexter was blind. After discussions with the boys, it was decided that Dexter was still the perfect dog despite his limitations. As he's grown, he's learned to maneuver in a house w/ lots of stairs, and like any dog, he stands at the door to greet visitors. He can fetch tennis balls scented & enjoys playing tug of war. Dexter can catch treats off of the end of his nose. Dexter loves walks, hugs & lounging with the boys. He adores the boys and they love him. He's a happy go lucky dog with some wonderful fans -- six of them. Amazingly, Dexter handles all of the spontaneity of a house full of boys without a problem.

Tracie
Midland, MI

Our Shelter Angel

Meet Sasha. She is an American Bulldog mix. I found her on PetFinder. She had been in a shelter for 8 months after being found as a stray. Several people told me to expect many behavioral problems because of the lenghtly stay at the shelter. From the second she came home, she has been an exceptional dog. I had raised puppies before and was very happy to have an adult, socialized (to other dogs and people), housebroken, crate trained and less hyper dog. She is the perfect example of why people should consider a shelter dog. She has so much love to give and we can't imagine life without her. Here she is on the day we brought her home. As you can see, it didn't take her long to make herself to home.

Donna
Cobleskill, NY

Our Girl Gypsy

Gypsy came to us quite accidentally. We were not looking to add a dog to our house. My husbands cousin came by one day and said that she knew of an older boxer girl that needed a home. We decided to go meet her. When we saw her and heard her story we knew we couldn't leave without her, so she came home to occupy our couch and our hearts. She was 8 years old at the time and had been used as a puppy mill. Her previous owners had been jailed and she was living with a vet tech. Gypsy came right up to me when we met but her eyes were on my husband. From the moment she walked over to him and gently kissed him, he was hopelessly in love! She filled our hearts and home with quiet love. Sadly, we were only blessed with her for a little over two years. She crossed the bridge this past August due to cancer. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't mourn the loss of her sweet soul.

Mary Halberstadt
Racine, WI
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