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Lily - Rescue from a Rescue

Lily was surrendered by her owners, who chose to tie her pink leash to the telephone poll outside of an Atlanta, GA animal control shelter. This animal control shelter euthanizes animals within an average of 2 days from their arrival and processing. As a foster mom, I was trolling through the petfinder.com site to find a dog that I could foster until they find their forever home. I came across Lily's picture and went to the shelter that same day.

Being Monday, I walked into the area that the animals are kept in and found deplorable conditions. I can only compare it to what you might see on Animal Planets, Animal Cops. I found out that the county's jail provides inmates to clean and care for the facility but one of the inmates was found with a phone, which is prohibited, on Friday. So the animals were not tended the whole weekend. There were wounded animals needing immediate medical care, feces in many water bowls, most water bowls had no water or filthy contents, and most of the dogs were covered in their own feces and urine.

I found Lily, mostly by following that baying basset hound bark. I got her straight out of there, taking along two other small dogs who were scheduled to be euthanized within the next hour.

Lily is now with her forever family, pampered, fat, and happy. The other two found doting families who can't fathom having almost lost them before they ever met them.

cindy e.
cumming, GA

The Bug

Criket Annie was a surprise birthday present from my parents when I was in college. She was found wandering alone as a 3 month old and needed a good home. I think she had more fun in school than I did! She followed me to class and then found her way home, found out that she loved pizza and made a friend for life (Buddy - a Jack Russel). My bug is now 14 years old and is enjoying the good life of a retiree. Her hearing has become more, we'll call it selective, but she always knows when her family is coming home.

Benji
Austin, TX

Meet Jake

I was volunteering at a local animal shelter when I saw Jake. He only weighed 5 pounds and was so weak and sick he could barely lift his head up. I already had two beautiful cats at home, but I could not resist this poor little guy with his soulful eyes. I brought him home and nursed him back to health. He is now a healthy 11 lbs and is the king of the house with personality plus. Not a day goes by that he doesn't make us laugh. I am a true believer that rescuing a pet is the most rewarding thing you can do.

Terry
Milford, MA

For the Love of Nancy

My daughter-in-law, Nancy, rescued a litter of six kitties who were without a Mom at just three weeks old.

She taught them to eat and drink, and use the litter box, as well as giving them flea baths. Most of all, she spent countless hours loving and cuddling each and every one. At five months, Lucy, TJ, Bella, Bobby, Nick and Jimmy are happy, healthy, loving kitties thanks to Nancy’s big heart.

Ann D.
West Hills, CA

A Christmas Story

I was shopping for a Christmas tree near my Manhattan apartment four years ago and noticed a sweet little beagle shivering in the icy wind. 'Why doesn't he have a coat?' I scolded the young man with him. 'He won't wear one but he's not my dog', he replied. 'His owner boarded him in our pet store around the corner and never picked him up, we're looking for a new home for him'. By now Buddy (I knew right away that was the name for him) and I were hugging and grinning at each other and I heard myself saying 'I'm interested but I need to talk to my husband.' Looking about eight years old his excited response to my description of Buddy was 'Can we get him?' The very next day we did and our beloved, cuddly couch potato came home - with the proper papers from his ex-owner - to stay. He is the joy of my husband's life and the best Christmas present I ever got. And, no, he won't wear a coat, not even on the coldest winter day.

Ruth Gruen
New York City, NY

Ginger Snap Is A Boy's Best Friend

It was 2009 and my son was turning the big "10". He wanted all kinds of material goods that would go in and out of use quickly. I adored my friend's beagle. Every boy should have a dog. Our Rottweiler CaseyGirl had died from cancer three years before and we were settled into our new home. I went to petfinder.com and found a few beagles. I drove after work to Cocheco Valley Humane Society and played with the little "beagle" puppies. Ginger was happy and playful in the yard. I spent hours watching her play with the other pups to see her personality. This was a big decision. I went home and slept on it. The next day I couldn't wait to go and get her. My son was given his birthday present in April even though his birthday was not until August. She has been healthy and happy and one of the sweetest dogs I ever knew. Of course her big paws should have been a clue to us all that she was not actually a beagle. She has grown into a beautiful American Fox Hound. I never even knew the breed but found that George Washington loved them. She draws positive attention wherever we go. We are so glad she did not grow up in the shelter but here in our loving home. There is nothing like seeing your little boy fall asleep on the couch with his dog... or play frisbee with her one of her favorite games. Life is good and we are very thankful to have rescued Ginger Snap as much as she rescued us from being lonesome without our family dog. Cocheco Valley made the process excellent, easy, and fun. We promised to love Ginger Snap forever and we will.

Lisa Doherty
Epsom, NH

Our Angel

Our family moved back to Scotland and we thought to complete our New Life here we would get a puppy; so a family member arranged to get a puupy for us, the runt of the litter. Unfortunately, the people they were to obtained the puppy from had given the last one away but asked if we would take the mother of the puppys; we said we might but would like to see her. The owners brought her in and we saw she was A WEE PUPPY HERESELF! They had bred her at 6 months and she was so Malnourished but she was so lovely, so I immediately took her and that night she was given a proper bath and fed and had a wee walk about. This continued for about 4 weeks intensely (feedings) to get her to an acceptable wieght and use to her surroundings. Needless to say she not only adoped us but she became a member of the family "Our Baby Girl"! Now 4 years later she is the sweetest Staffie and well nature dog we have ever had. Our promise to her was that she will never have to go thru the things she did in the beginning of her life and that she will be in a family for good. She is Our Angel and she knows it.

Lenni Neil-Parra
Hamilton, United Kingdom

Everybody wanted to put him down!

Sushi's story starts in Feb 2005 when I was told about a little ginger cat (4 wks old)whom everybody said must be put down because he'll never survive! He was born with radial hypoplasia (his two front legs were without normal joints & crossed over his chest) I took one look into his beautiful eyes & tiny useless front legs & fell hopelessly in love! He has turned out to be the most amazing cat with very powerful back legs - when on grass he can almost outrun my other 3 rescues by hopping like a rabbit! He jumps up onto most surfaces - sometimes slipping and sliding all over until he gets his balance again (or not!). I know when he just wants to be loved - a very soft little cry; or when he wants to go outside to relieve himself - then a loud strident cry. He loves driving in the car with me, but always knows when it's for a visit to the vet - then I have to fight to get him to the car! My other cats all seem to know that he is unable to clean his own face and when he flops down next to one of them (on his shoulder first because he cannot lie down normally) they will groom his face and ears as long as he needs. I entered him into the Rescued Animal Competition recently - was proud to see his picture in with the rest of the gorgeous animals! My Sushi is my baby and the bravest little animal I know. I cannot imagine life without him! I wanted to submit a photo of him sitting up and balancing with his front legs over his chest, but couldn't get the pic clear enough.

Dee Shiels
Cape Town, South Africa

Finally, My Forever Dad

I am Ziva a sweet 3 year old calico polydactyl (6 toes on each front foot) cat who was abandoned and left to survive all alone. I lived under a house, foraging for food until some neighbors rescued me and gave me to the local cat shelter. Some of their friends knew Mom and Dad and were just certain that I belonged to them. Boy were they right on! I have beautiful, long silky fur and don't even shed (Mom loves that part) and I complain a lot when the food dish is empty. After all, I did do without food for some time. But otherwise I am easy to live with. Just ask me? I joined their 6 year old Cristy who is definitely a Biggie in the puss department at 23# but we get along just fine. Cristy was a rescued cat too and knows how wonderful Mom and Dad are. As you can see, if Dad or Mom is taking a nap, I am right there to cuddle up and snooze too. At long last I have a FOREVER Dad, Mom and Home. Oh! Each of my toes are a different color which makes me even more adorable.

Ziva (Herself)

Judi Fibush
Rocklin, CA

Finaly, My Forever Dad

I am Ziva a sweet 3 year old calico polydactyl (6 toes on each front foot) cat who was abandoned and left to survive all alone. I lived under a house, foraging for food until some neighbors rescued me and gave me to the local cat shelter. Some of their friends knew Mom and Dad and were just certain that I belonged to them. Boy were they right on! I have beautiful, long silky fur and don't even shed (Mom loves that part) and I complain a lot when the food dish is empty. After all, I did do without food for some time. But otherwise I am easy to live with. Just ask me? I joined their 6 year old Cristy who is definitely a Biggie in the puss department at 23# but we get along just fine. Cristy was a rescued cat too and knows how wonderful Mom and Dad are. As you can see, if Dad or Mom is taking a nap, I am right there to cuddle up and snooze too. At long last I have a FOREVER Dad, Mom and Home. Oh! Each of my toes are a different color which makes me even more adorable.

Ziva (Herself)

Judith Fibush
Rocklin, CA
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