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Walmart Pup

I moved to West Helena Arkansas in June 2009, the stray animals population was like a third world county. November 2009, I went to Walmart before work and saw what looked like a puppy following an employee around the parking lot, while he was cleaning up. The pup was waiting for scraps. As I walked into Walmart, I called my husband and told him about the dog, so I would not try to bring him home. But when I walked out the doors, the same puppy was right outside he came up to me sat in front of me with the saddest look. I was sucked in to his dark, handsome eyes; I could not leave him there alone in a parking lot. If for no other reason I wanted to find him a home that was not the street. I talked to the employee for a few minutes about the dog, and then he helped me put the "Walmart" dog in my car. Immediately I went to the vet. Riley had fleas, intestinal parasites and red mange. We have since named him Riley. Riley-Roo also got vaccinated and neutered. We had every intention of finding him a family. Well we did find him a home, ours. Happily my husband, our other two dogs, and I welcomed Riley in to our hearts.

West Helena, AR

3rd time's the charm

Finnegan had been surrendered twice by the same person. I can only assume because they had no idea what it meant to own an Aussie. I went to the Humane Society that day with the intention of just seeing what dogs they had and continuing to look at other shelters and rescues. He saw me standing aside waiting quietly to look at him and immediately began ignoring the people right in front of him trying to get his attention. Once he squished his little face through side of the door to try and get to me I was hooked! He gives me a hiking partner and motivation to get up and get out. I give him his forever home and unconditional love.

Windsor, CT

He wouldn't give up.

I was walking in a nearby park with some friends when I saw Roger, curled up and seemingly ready to die. I picked him up and brought him home, put him in the bathroom to isolate him from my two dogs and other cat, fed him, took him to the vet, and a year later he's happy, healthy, playful and a real character. He and my Corgi puppy Rollie are best friends (and about the same size) and love going on walks with me in the same park. Roger (from Roger Williams Park) is a great family member and I can't imagine not having him around.

Amy Johnsen-Harris
Cranston, RI

Lucki Luci

Luci was a stray, hanging around a country dumpster. I found out from a friend that the sheriff's office had been called to go out and shoot her. Luci managed to evade the sheriff for almost two weeks. I had been going to the dumpster looking for her myself with no luck. Then on what would have been the coldest night we have had, 25 degrees, windchill even lower, I found her. She was huddling way up in the brambles, shivering and quietly crying. Throwing caution to the wind, I plunged into the brambles and made my way to her. She was weak from hunger and her left front paw was dangling from her leg by a thin strip of flesh. Scooping her up I made my way out of the brambles and placed her on a blanket in my car, then drove her straight to the vet's office. Her paw had to be amputated. She is now on the road to recovery and is a very gentle and loving soul. I am glad I found her before the sheriff did, thus her name: Lucki Luci

Vicki Kyzar
Downsville, LA

The Plight of the Caged Bird - BeeBee's Story

BeeBee’s story starts with his owner losing his home and needing to surrender all his pets. He came to the NHSPCA in Stratham, New Hampshire. As he stood at the front counter he said “I don’t suppose you take birds.” Apparently his wife had owned an African Grey parrot for 24 years. Although large birds require an extraordinary amount of care and attention and tend to have lengthy stays at shelters, the NHSPCA didn’t hesitate to provide shelter for an animal in need.

BeeBee arrived in a tiny cage with only one toy. His feed and water bowls were so small he could barely fit his beak into them. The owner revealed that he had not been allowed out of his cage in several years. The stress of being trapped in a tiny cage had taken its toll. BeeBee had plucked himself almost completely bald.

BeeBee has now adjusted to a bigger cage, new toys and a water bowl big enough to bathe in! He is learning the fun of shredding paper (instead of feathers!). BeeBee soon worked up the courage to come out of his cage. He helps me clean his cage every day by shredding paper towels. He greets everyone with “Hello!” and fools us into saying “God Bless You” when he imitates a human sneeze! He barks like a dog and occasionally yells “Get outta the way!” With the help of the NHSPCA, BeeBee is living a better, more fulfilling life. He has proven himself to be a sweet, gentle, loving creature. BeeBee and I give thanks every day for the NHSPCA for being there for him!

Sue Harrington
Manchester, NH

Rags to Riches

We spotted April Dancer on and were entranced by this shy one-year-old kitten's "Jackie Onassis" expression and pretty colors. The vet techs at the nearby clinic who had posted her photo told us she had been thrown from a moving car, rescued by a passer-by and brought to the clinic, where they spayed her and treated her paws, which had been scraped almost to the bone.

We adopted April and when we brought her to our own vet we found to our shock that in addition to being underweight, with matted, dirty fur, she was suffering from two cracked and abscessed canines, a massive systemic infection, ear mites, worms, and a deep fear of being touched. After medical and dental treatment, grooming and lots of patience and love she is now a healthy, beautiful, outgoing, affectionate cat who enjoys her new home with her two feline playmates Natasha Fatale and The Lady Isabel.

Don't be afraid of adopting a cat with health problems--you will save a life and enrich your own.

Sharon Mahoney
Brookfield, MA

Don't Mess WIth Bear!

Bear was a stray wandering the streets of NYC before being taken to a shelter. From the shelter, he was transferred to Cocker Pals Rescue in Hobart, NY. To put it bluntly, he was a mess! He was skinny, and had ringworm, and kennel cough.

His first few weeks in the rescue were spent in a crate recovering from the ringworm and kennel cough. We weren’t even sure he would make it. But we underestimated the power of a native New Yorker – even a very small one.

To our delight, he fought through his illnesses and what emerged was a delight! Bear is a happy little guy who loves life and FOOD. He loves his forever home (and thinks he’s the ruler of it!). He is a joy to me and is a good companion to his “brother” Dobby, a rescued Lhasa Apso mix.

From the mean streets of NYC to the burbs of Philadelphia, PA, Bear has conquered every obstacle in his path and has beaten all the odds. As any New Yorker would attest, “Don’t mess with Bear!” He’ll win every time!

Carol Lurty
Ridley Park, PA

Princess of my Heart

Last April I volunteered to become a foster parent for Long Island Bulldog Rescue of StonyBrook, NY. When I went to the vet's to pick up our new foster little did I know it would be love at first sight. She looked at me and instantly there was this bond between us. Princess had been rescued off the streets with some medical issues but that evening as I kneeled on the floor she just walked over and planted her head in my lap as if to say "I'm Home". Not a day passes that she doesn't bring a smile to my face. She brings so much happiness to my life. I have never felt so loved! She looks into my eyes and instantly melts my heart. My little sous Chef ....always by my side even when I cook hoping for a taste and giving me the Paws Up! I LOVE her so and I admit it I am a foster failure! Princess is here to stay!

Josephine Ciuzio
Plainview, NY

Twice "Rescued"

I found our U-Geaux on He and his brothers and sister were given up at around 5 weeks old. I quickly went to the shelter the day I saw the puppies online and when I got there, there was only one puppy left. I put a deposit on him and returned home (the puppies were not "fixed" yet). A few days went by when I received a phone call. All of the puppies had tested positive for Parvo and only had a 50/50 chance of survival. Days pasted and I waited only to find out the puppy I was to adopt did not survive. I was heartbroken. The shelter then said that a brother had survived and that his original family to be had changed their mind about him due to the Parvo and would I consider taking him. I didn't even have to think about it. U-Geaux has been the BEST dog. He is extreemly smart, full of personality, spunk, and love. He has even re-sparked the puppy in our 13 year old dachshund, Keiya. They bonded quickly and are now best friends.

Madisonville, LA

A Christmas *foster*

One night while I was volunteering at the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster, Indiana, somebody brought in 5 kitten. Nobody cauld foster the litter of 10 day old babies, but 5 of us could each take one. I wanted the calico baby. I knew she was a foster and was to go back after 8 weeks. My furry kids however saw it differently She would become their sister. As a Christmas present, they adopted Zeta for me. She has been part of the family for over 8 years now.

Nancy Gawlinski
Munster, IN
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