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Bubba and Bella

My family and I had just put down our long time feline family member Freddy because he suffered from an incurable form of cancer. He was a huge part of our lives and we were all extremely devasted but also had a kitten that we adopted a few months before we found out about his illness named Henry to keep us busy, however he is very active and Freddy always hated to play with him because of his age and declining health so neither one of them were very happy with the situation. After a couple months since his passing we felt we were ready to find a playmate for Henry and we found a cat online at the local SPCA who looked exactly like Freddy. We just had to meet him and luckily he was the same age as Henry. We all fell in love at first sight with this huge cat with giant paws that looked like our old boy but there was a catch, in order to adopt him we had to take his sister home too. We slept on it and the next day Bubba(one of Freddy's old nicknames) and Bella were ours so now we have three playful, sweet, and very entertaining cats. I suggest to anyone to adopt from their local shelter and save a life... or two.

Roseville, CA

Little Miss Miracle

Muffit is 14 years old and had been turned in to my vet as a 3 month old stray when I found her. A year and a half ago she suddenly lost 2 lbs! My vet took an x-ray and said she had cancer and gave her 2 to 3 months to live! He said there was nothing to be done but to take her home and make her comfortable. Muffit is still alive, and well and pretty playful for her age. She seems to be just fine! Each night, we have a ritual. I get in bed with a good book, and she sits on my chest and gives me lots of kisses, then curls up next to me and falls asleep. .I have every hope that she will continue to live a long and happy life.

Pixie Fontechia
Cadiz, KY

Heart of a Giant

The sad 23 pound puppy we found was eight weeks old, the vet said. We just couldn't keep him since we had 3 other big dogs. An out-of-control Rottweiler approached us, snarling and snapping, as he dragged his owner along. The brave young puppy stood up from between my husband's legs, bristled, and stepped forward to meet the challenge. After the clinic staff got the other dog outside, I said to my husband, "he just offered his life for you. We're keeping him." No argument there. Now four years old, Kodiak has been the most gentle, fun-loving clown. I just don't know where his "baby" self found so much courage.

El Paso, TX

Sophie's Story

When I went to the Edmonton Humane Society to adopt a friendly lap cat, I hadn't counted on falling for the skinny little frightened one year old hiding in her litterbox. She let me take her out and hold her and under the dusty fur she was nothing but skin and bone. I just couldn't leave her there - according to her information she'd been there a month already. I decided that by letting me take her out and hold her, she'd made a choice to trust me - Sophie's choice. It took a long time to get know each other, but Sophie has taught me a great deal about love and patience. She's been my good companion for a dozen years now, and I've valued her company. Out of gratitude for what they've brought to our lives, I've volunteered for the EHS for several years now. Helping people find loving companions for their own families has been a good way to say thank you. Sophie still has a thing for relaxing in boxes, so I make sure she always has a selection!

Michelle D
Edmonton, AB, Canada

Hopelessly Devoted

Hero, our 14-year-old dog died on Sunday morning and on Monday evening, our town's animal control officer asked us to take a dog that she had seized because of neglect (the other dog in house had died of heat) as the local shelter was full. The dog needed a small surgery to repair her cut leg (trying to escape through a window) and was treated for a flea infestation. We had no plans to find another dog to fill Hero's place at our house and this dog was only going to spend the time it took to find her a new home, but she ended up staying here after we weren't able to find the right someone to take her. I decided I couldn't give her up.She gets along great with Jane our pug and Beattie our Australian cattle dog. She has separation anxiety issues, which we are working through, but is a sweet dog. I called her Ollie, short for Olivia, because when she came to our house, she was "hopelessly devoted" to me.

Huntington, VT

Free At Last

When I heard that Christian had been in the shelter for ten years (70 in dog years), I thought it was time for him to be free – he was 15. I visited the shelter and was taken to his cage – he crashed against the wire wall snarling. The keeper said he just did that to protect his long term home. Somewhat nervously we took Christian home. Christian was perfect for us seniors after only a day or two of adjusting to his new home. I didn’t even have to put him on a leash for walks. It was great seeing his joy racing and romping free in the fields and he turned out to be a lovable character and great fun. Seniors should seriously consider adopting a senior shelter dog.

Nick Percival
Ridgefield, CT

The Lovely Sabia

Sabia was found on the side of a road when she was about 3 weeks old - She had been mistreated and was in bad shape but in excellent spirits - her joy and love for life saved her and has added immeasurabley to our lives - She is now 10 years old and enjoys island life with another stray, Mambo and a bichon, Burton. People say Sabia is very lucky - but we know we are the lucky ones!

Doris Pacitto
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

She Just Wanted a Home.

Sandy never took her eyes off us as we walked around the large holding area at the Dallas shelter. We checked out all the available dogs, but kept coming back to her. My husband said, "Let's take this one" and all our lives changed. She had already been to at least two shelters, but the only information they could give us was that she had recently been spayed and micro-chipped and they thought she was about two years old. She was still swollen from nursing a litter of pups, but no one could tell us about their fate. When we got her home, she immediately bonded with our other dog and two cats. We have had several rescues, all wonderful dogs, but Sandy is the most loving, most devoted and just wants to please. We never have to look for her, she is always by our sides. She just wanted a forever home and now she has one and our lives are enriched because of her.

Michelle Osborne
Dallas, TX

Our Little Girl

Mimi was in a home with three kids that didn't know how to treat a pet.When we got her she was a nervous wreck and fearful. Now she is in her forever home with all the love she can handle---and she never has to worry about being mistreated again.

Mary Cappiello
Las Vegas, NV

The shy guy needing a home

One look at his face on petfinder and my heart melted, and after reading about him (a shy guy looking for someone to help him come out of his shell) I knew I had to bring him home. He has turned out to be the sweetest, funniest fellow you'd ever know.

Julia Tate
Bensalem, PA
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