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This is not my rescue story - although all my many pets are rescues :-) This is a heartfelt Thank You to all the wonderful people that rescue animals and share their stories!!!!! Every day when I click, I look forward to reading the rescue stories and wish I could tell each person "thank you, you are an angel!"

So the kudos go out to all of you! We all know the joy and love that a rescued pet gives us every moment of their lives.

Lisa Valero
MIami, FL

"Stay-Out-Of-Trouble" (or SOOT for short)

Five years ago, I came home to my still-new apartment at the end of a long week. It was Halloween and I was just going to get something to eat and head back out for a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat activity. However, when I turned the corner to the front of my apartment, there on my doorstep was a little black kitten, looking at me with an expression that seemed to clearly be saying, "What took you so long to get here?" Because it was Halloween and she was all black, I didn't want her to run into mischief, so I brought her inside, put her in my dog's pet carrier and hit the grocery store for some basic supplies on my way to the activity. That weekend and early the next week I made an effort to find out if anyone nearby had missed a black kitten (she had a flea collar on, so I thought it was a possibility).

Long story short, no one claimed her and the thought of taking her to a shelter just didn't make sense when she had already found a home with me. So she joined the family of myself, my dog and my bird (I was a living Looney Tunes cartoon). She got her name when I caught myself routinely telling her to "stay out of trouble" as I left in the morning, then realized that S.O.O.T suited her coloring as well as her personality.

We just celebrated our fifth anniversary/Halloween together and although she gets whiny if she can't get to my lap, and she still likes to push things off the counter or eat my papers, when she snuggles on my lap and gets her purr going, there's nowhere else I want her to be.

Lafayette, IN

Our Patrick

We adopted Patrick a few months ago - he was 10 years old and had lost his 90 year old owner. He's the perfect dog for us... perfectly housebroken and just knew all the rules without any training on our part. He's the most loving dog I've ever known and my girls adore him and sometimes fight over who gets to sleep with him at night. I don't know why so many people go to breeders to get a puppy because they have no idea of the puppy's temperament until it gets older. More people should rescue an older dog who will be forever grateful!

Vonne Emery
Tualatin, OR

An unwanted cat

Three years before adopting our cat we searched the web for just the right kind to adopt. We looked at exotic breeds, but most came with inherited problems we didn’t want to deal with. We then decided a domestic breed would be best and so began our search that ended up at a shelter close to home. We saw a Calico that we thought would be the right one for us, but found out that she had some problems that we, as an older couple, could not deal with. As we started to leave the lady in charge of the shelter said “Oh, there is one you might like” then placed Nellie in the wife’s arms. It was love at first sight and so we chose her, a tabby. Once we were able to take her home with us we then found out why she had been there for a year, I won’t go into detail, but we decided we would make her a good home and show her that everyone is an abuser. She had been adopted out before and brought back. It has been eight years since we brought her home, she is spoiled rotten, and we wouldn’t take a million dollars for her. Nellie is and always will be our baby, here she is in her hammock, yes that is a leash on her, she does not go outside with out it on.

William Ray
Cuyahoga Falls, OH


We wanted a companion for our Russian Black cat, Buddy. Searching for a female at the Humane Society, our attention was grabbed by a most precocious kitten - a male who kept pushing his brother aside to get ALL of EVERYONE'S attention! After spending a few minutes in a private room with him we were in love. I've had one or more cats for most of my 50+ years, but Whiskers finally granted my long-time wish for a cat who cuddles and sleeps with me. Or should I say he allows me the space to sleep with him!

Tina Frantzman
Surprise, AZ

It's a Small World

What are the chances that you find a dog through Petfinder who is being fostered by a foster mom of another of your pets? It happened to me in 2010, when I responded to a Petfinder posting for Honey, and learned that Honey was actally living with the former foster mom of Ruby, a Belgian Tervuren who I'd adopted in 2001! Honey is now living with me in Conn. I renamed her Amber, since she has turned out to be another gem, like Ruby was!

Lisa Giugno
Cheshire, CT

My Mona

Fourteen years ago, my neighbor had a small iguana in a very small wire cage with only iceberg lettuce to eat. It was very skinny and obviously void of nutrition. She wanted to sell the iguana for the price of $20. We bought the iguana happily, doing extensive research about the proper care for iguanas. We named her Mona and quickly rehabilitated her into a happy and healthy pet. She definitely has a personality and loves to walk outside in the summer and sunbathe. She has been a very expensive and time consuming addition, but worth the effort. I caution others to never get an iguana as a pet, especially from a pet store, without fully researching their needs to be happy and healthy.

Elizabeth Cherry
Auburn, OH

My Little Found Friend

This is Little Bit, he was found as a stray in my neighborhood. I saw him running a couple of times but he would never stop. One morning I saw him running towards rush hour traffic, that's when I made the decision to do everything possible to get him safe. He wanted to play but would not come to me. I couldn't catch him, we had been playing for over an hour, so off to work I was going. I got up in my truck and he did to, he wanted to go for a ride in the truck. That's when he became the third member of my pack. He has some issues that need to be work on and we will do just that. He has brought so much excitement into my home. At first I thought, I can't handle three dogs at one time, now I know different. I'm glad I made that RESCUE decision!!!! PLEASE RESCUE & ADOPT, THERE ARE SO MANY NEEDY FURBABIES OUT THERE THAT NEED OUR HELP.

Trenton, NJ

His Name is Mudd

After nine wonderful years together, we had to say goodbye to our loyal and loving dog, Java. After a few weeks of mourning, we started looking online for another dog to rescue. We missed having a dog in our family and wanted to love another rescue pooch.

I took one look at this face and fell in love. We drove two hours to meet Mudd and his foster mom and brought him home with us. He is the sweetest, happiest dog you could ask for. We don't know his story, but he appears to be around 2 years old. He must have had a loving family before because he came to us trained and full of affection. We feel so lucky to have found him. He has brought love and joy into our house. We are all blessed!

Atlanta, GA

The Tale of Two Tails

They could have been mom and daughter but they came from two different states; Alabama and Indiana.

Grace, a Collie/Pyrenean mix, was a day away from inevitable euthanasia in a kill shelter and Zoe's mom, a papillon, was abandoned to a shelter because she was pregnant.

Now they are a happy family! Zoe has regained a mom and playmate and Grace has found her nurturing instincts and a new zest for play.

The human side of the family have been blessed with endless joy, seeing them interact and grow closer every day.

Beverley B.
St. Charles, IL
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