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I was up late one night studying. Around midnight I heard the loud cries of what sounded like a very tiny kitten. I went outside and checked around and found nothing. After a few minutes the cries started up again and this time they sounded even louder and more desperate. I got my flash-light and headed back outside. I followed the cries and ended up about 1 ½ blocks from my house. There was Midnight aka Nipsy stuffed down into a cinderblock wall. He was so young he was still nursing, so he had to be bottle fed. We changed his name to Nipsy because he loves to nip everyone and everything he sees. He sleeps on the bed with me every night right next to his best buddy our Pit Maddie.

April McDannell
Victorville, CA

Our rescued kitten, Patches

Not knowing there was a tiny stray kitten under the hood of the car, hubby turned the key, quickly shutting off the engine when he heard noises. A race to the local vets with the injured kitten. Patches lost her tail in the ordeal. Sadly, her leg could not be saved after several weeks in a cast but nothing stops this little girl who can move as fast as a rabbit around the house. She rules the house now with her bossy ways and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Sidney, OH

Xena's Welcome Home Hug

This is picture of Bob and Xena's nightly hug ritual. Xena is a German Shepherd mix rescued by Bob and Marianne Calabrese from Friends of Strays in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was very timid and seemed particularly wary of men. It took several months, but Xena has come out of her shell. She has established a nightly ritual with her new man, Bob. Every evening when Bob comes home from work, Xena follows him to the laundry room where he drops off his gym bag she then continues to the bedroom and (somewhat) patiently waits while he puts away wallet, watch & keys. She knows the highlight of her day has almost arrived. When Bob sits on the bed, she approaches, stands on her hind legs and with her front paws on Bob’s chest she leans on him and stays there while he hugs her. She doesn’t move until she has been hugged for about one and a half to two minutes. It's like she's thanking Bob for giving her faith in mankind again.

Lisa Reinbolt
St. Petersburg, FL

Meet Othello

Othello had been abandoned in an apartment after his owners moved out suddenly and left him there without food or water. As soon as I saw him and he jumped into my lap I knew I couldn't leave him and he came home with me. Now Othello is living the good life and loves to get into any kind of mischief he can. We joke that he is an evil genius becuase he can turn off the TV and the alarm clock. Here he is perched on top of the kitchen cabinets (where conicidently the cat treats are stored)!

Kansas City, MO

Rescued From a Rough Family Experience.

We rescued Derringer when he was a puppy after his mother killed all of his brothers and sisters. For some reason Derringer is the only one she spared, but he lost his tail in the ordeal. Now he's a full grown, happy, healthy little Min Pin. His hobbies are chewing his toys, guarding, walking, traveling in our 5th wheel, and making friends in all the new places we visit!

The Shoemake Family
Pahrump, NV

Terrific Timmy!

A few months ago some trees around the house were growing into the electrical wires so we had to have them cut down. In the process of getting this done a tree fell on our fence and smashed it. Soon after we noticed a little brown stray dog started coming into our yard. He was so frail and malnourished but he had the sweetest and most gentle face. For the next few days I fed him and whenever he was finished he'd run off on his own. I continued to leave food for him and he always returned. About a week later the fence was fully repaired. I decided to give him a bath and convinced my parents to keep him because I so badly wanted to give him a home and he just seemed so grateful and happy.

It's been a few months now, Timmy has put on quite a bit of weight and he is a healthy happy pup. He's very clever and we taught him a couple tricks. He's also a bit bit naughty but extremely playful. Whenever any of us leave the house he always looks so sad but when we return he is so ecstatic scampering about full speed and jumping on us, you'd swear we went away for a month. He is not a fussy eater at all and he even likes lettuce! We don't know what kind of dog he is or how old he is and although we have had many dogs in the past we all agree that Timmy is undoubtedly the most loving and energetic dog ever. We are all so happy that he is now a part of our family because the unconditional love and tremendous joy that he gives to us is absolutely priceless.

Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago

Lucky Girl

Rescued this beautiful calico girl at a county pound. She was skinny, hungry, and had been abused. The vets at the pound said she was two years old. She had contracted some sort of kennel cough, and was probably due to be euthanized within the next day or so.Took her home, and gave her the name "Lucky". Eighteen years later you can see a special 20 year old healthy and happy cat, still as full of love as the first day we got her. Advice to anyone looking for a pet: ALWAYS rescue a pound animal!

Mark Ellis
Valley Village, CA

Frago has a web page

Hello Everyone,

I have heard from many of you that could not open the Facebook photo's. I have just learned to post to a web page, somewhat, kinda. You should be able to go to to view the first three albums up about Frago. One album is from Afghanistan, the next is his arrival and trip home from JFK, and the third is the reunion with Jesse. I will be adding all of the other photo's I have plus the video of the reunion and the Legion Riders escorting Jesse from our home to his party at the American Legion Post. The American Legion has bent over backwards for my son and I. They supported Jesse with packages for over a year while in Afghan. and keep in touch with me helping to keep my spirits up.

I hope you can all view this new site about Frago. I will update the site with more photo's and the video, I just want to see if everyone can access the site. Thank you all for the support, kind words, and interest in this special beautiful buddy of ours. His unit is also planning on a reunion of all of the pets that were brought to their new home some time after the holidays.

Thank you all again!

Frago, Jim, & Jesse

PS; Frago says, arf, arf, woof, woof, ggrrrrrrrrrr, meaning, thank you all from my heart also!! I am happy to be safe in a new loving home, totally pampered, and spoiled. I am training my new human friends as we speak, almost there. Come vistit my site, I won't bite!! Wow, I made a rhyme, my human buddy will love that!!


James G. Violante
Parkertown, NJ

A girl named Floyd...

I managed to snatch up this little cutie before she was sent to a shelter 14 years ago. My favorite band was Pink Floyd, and her nose was so pink as a kitten! Well, you can guess how she got her name...

Living in Wisconsin in winter, it's heartbreaking to think of all the poor dears struggling to live through each day outside.

One easy way I found that can help is:

Seal shut a styrofoam cooler with duct tape, cut a small hole in it for a door. Put a layer of Marsh hay inside, with some dry food, and set with door facing away from the wind. Now you have a cathouse!

It's something easy anyone can do, and could save a life - or at least make one easier to live.

Angie B
Madison, WI

Donated cat furniture & bedding and came home with twin kittens

Throughout the year my nieces, son and I go together to visit all the cats at local shelters. It is one of our favorite 'feel good' things to do together. We are glad when older cats we see on repeat visits finally get adopted. We donate polar fleece bedding, catnip toys (we made 100 for both local shelters one Christmas). Even my Golden volunteers with us at annual fundraising event. We even made cat furniture and bedding for the grand opening of our favorite shelter's new colony rooms.

I wasn't planning on getting kittens (as had 2 senior cats then) but it was fate that kept us there after we dropped off the cat furniture and decided to play with these 2 kittens. I asked to take them into a room just so they could get out of their cage and play. Well, they were so cute, friendly, funny and sweet we just couldn't put them back in that cage. They were slightly older and found in woods together and we didn't want them to spend more time in the system or worse, adopted to separate homes.

So I asked if I could 'foster' them for a week as the shelter had SO many cats/kittens they had spent about a month out back waiting their turn to be put on display out front. I wanted to see how they did with my older cats and 2 big dogs before adopting esp. since I had very senior cats. Well as you can see, they fit right in at home from day 1! They snuggled up in tiny dog coats with my Golden (to help keep warm - lost power for 10 days during icestorm) . I adopted them that first week! They are now 2 and 13-14 lb big happy cats!

Mont Vernon, NH
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