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My Buddie Maxx

I resuced Maxx from the Calgary SPCA in November 2000, when he was 1 year old. Maxx had a very hard life before, abused and neglected, he would hide when people came to visit.

Since being with me for 10 years, he has become my 'social butterfly' and loves to be the centre of attention around everyone. He sits in the middle of us and rubs against everyone, even meowing every so often as if to join in the conversation.

He acts more like a dog than a cat and loves dogs, his current girlfriend is a PitBull named Reba, he licks her and gives her head butts. Maxx is my buddie and has brought such happiness into my life and even into Stella's, (my other rescued cat). I can't imagine coming home and not seeing him greet me at the door.

Brenda Hredil
Calgary, AB, Canada

Our Beloved SUNDANCE

When we adopted this beautiful senior Cocker in June of 2010, we knew it would be for only a short time. He had several health issues, which we overcame. We just wanted Sundance to know and feel love. It was he who shared his love, personality and beauty with us.He was a forgotten stray that had been overlooked at the local pound. Within the time we had him, he ran with abandon, loved his yard, played like a puppy, loved his toys and treats, and slept in peace.

We lost our beloved Sundance on November 9, 2010. What a beautiful soul he was. We shared a complete lifetime within 5 months and 8 days. Well done Sundance! You have blessed our world.

Silver Spring, MD

Sadie Girl

This is my Sadie Girl, she was adopted from the Humane Society when she was a year old...She's had her problems to overcome...She was very scared and submissive to Men especially...and would pee anytime she saw my husband or sons...But after three years she is Queen of the Land loves her couch and her blankies...chest rubs...long walks, and any attention from anyone!!! She is a very happy and loved Dog...I Don't even want to think what my life would be without her in it!!!!!

Cynthia Ortiz
Escondido, CA

My cat Mouse

Mouse came from a litter of stray kittens. I thought my cat Monkey would like a little buddy so I brought her home. It's been 5 years now and Mouse is a typical little sister, stalking and pouncing on Monkey, but they love each other. Mouse is a cuddly lap kitty and I love them both very much.

Amy Green
Pueblo, CO

Rescued and Rescuer

After the passing of a beloved Golden, Tyke, another Golden, was rescued off a farm, where he had been living off the land. Tyke was thin, stinky and unruly. But with patience and unconditional love, Tyke became a perfect rescue and A RESCUER! As reported in the Pantagraph on 2/14/2003, a man and his dog were walking on the trail, when a dog, Tyke, kept returning to a spot on the trail's bridge overlooking a creek. "Tyke kept looking down and then at me", Mark, my husband stated. Mark spotted fur in the creek. He went down to the creek and found a small dog with its head and front legs sticking out of the ice-covered creek. After pulling the dog out, Mark rushed him to the nearest Vet Clinic. It turned out the dog was a customer at the same clinic and the small dog was returned to his owner. However, this story is as much about Mark, my husband, as it is about the animals he has rescued. On, May 11, 2002, also reported in the Pantagraph, Mark was preparing to dump a load of garbage at a transfer station. After getting out to unlatch the truck, Mark heard crying. Out of the garbage, which had just been dumped ahead of him, crawled a tiny kitten. Because of her small size, less than a pound, she had escaped being compacted. The 4 week old kitten was dehydrated, had a broken jaw and damage to her teeth. The kitten, Gabby, became a member of our family also and her and Tyke became best "rescued" friends. The picture accompanying this story isn't the best, but it shows how inseparable they were, even if Gabby couldn't look over the top of the couch!

Connie S. Griffin
Bloomington, IL

My cat Monkey

Monkey was adopted from a rescue shelter in Arizona at 10 months old. She is now 10 years old and the sweetest kitty with the biggest heart. She purrs and gives me kisses when I brush her. She is such a happy and spoiled kitty in her forever home.

amy green
Pueblo, CO

Meet Bailey

I found Bailey 15-1/2 years ago in the woods across the street from my condo. He was just a kitten and a little bundle of fur, but he was flea infested and had eye and ear infections. Taking him home and nursing him back to health was the best thing I ever did. He is a joy to have and such a sweet and loving cat. He's getting old now and has diabetes and some other medical problems, but he's my baby and the best thing in my life. Oh, by the way, he's named after Bailey's Irish Cream since his coloring looks just like the color of the liqueur!

Laurie Stamm
Ocala, FL

Meet Lexi

I adopted Lexi from a rescue when she was 6 months old. Her fur felt like bristles and her paws like sandpaper plus she was afraid of everything (even the newspapers lying on the floor). For the longest time she hid underneath the table all day and slept under the bed all night.

It took time, patience, and good food but now, 5 years later, she is a happy, unafraid sweetheart who no longer hides plus has hair like silk and paws as soft as cotton and smooth as glass.

I can't imagine what she went through during her first 6 months of life but I know in the past 5 years she has been treated like the princess she is. She was definitely worth the work and time.

Please adopt a rescue or shelter dog, you will find a diamond in the ruff.

Zephyrhills, FL

My Hero

I adopted Lasher 4 years ago, froma small shelter in San Clement, CA. I had just lost my first white shepherd to Lymphoma and needed to replace the empty space. I fell in love with him the moment I saw his picture on Petfinder and had to have him. I never knew that I would learn such a wonderful lesson by adopting this sweet boy who is now 8. Lasher suffers from Pemphagus, an auto-immune disorder that causes him to have open sores on his body and at very hard times, the pads of his feet are large open wounds. However, Lasher has never stopped trying to be there for me as my service dog, even in these difficult times for himself. He pushes through his pain and ailments to be with the person he loves most. This has taught me to try to not let my ailments be seen by others as "handicaps" but as something that makes me different. A story we should all learn and teach.

Rochelle Bowman
Vista, CA


Oliver was abandoned as a pup in Alabama and rescued after a week of attempts. He was only four months old. A kind soul took him him and placed him on rescue sites for adoption. She put a red bandana around his neck, and in the picture he seemed to be smiling. We have had this sweet, intelligent, playful, loyal and obedient dog for 3 years and DOES smile. He is *perfect* and made our house a home.

Jill Nichols
Lyme, NH
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