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Brotherly Love

Calvin and Henry came to us through Forgotten Felines after they and their litter mates had been abandoned as newborns in Irvington, NY. We intended to adopt just one kitten, but when we saw how much these two loved each other, we just had to get them both. They are now 3 years old and love each other more than ever. They bring constant joy to our lives!

Andrea Saposnik
Briarcliff Manor, NY

The Squeeze Toy.

One cold winter night of Nov 2007, a little kitty was found on the road, barely being missed by passing vehicles. Our 10 yr old tom, Frenchie, had passed away, even after being treated with injections and drips and we were mourning the loss, not wanting to bring in any other cat for the present. But when this teeny furry bundle, just about two weeks old, came in there was a flurry of activity to feed her, milk bottle, dropper, spoon, whatever would work! Her sqeaking got her the name of Happy; it reminded us of Snowwhite's dwarf's squeaky shoes!

Happy is her name and happy is what she makes us! To us she is the most kissed cat in this world! She talks to us like she's almost human and also to the birds, in a chirpy voice. She's like a bunny rabbit, squirrel, birdie all rolled in one. She gives us pussy kisses and calls loudly for a game of hide-and-seek, bounding around and hiding behind the flower pots! She's our lilltle Narnian puss, little Happy.

Esther Lance
Kurseong, Darjeeling., India

Opie - the cure for a broken heart

After losing our beloved 16 year-old Tigger, we set out to find a kitten that looked like him. Into our hearts came one-pound Opie, whom a Dallas cat rescue group had found being used like a football in a toss game among teenagers.

My husband said he knew it was love at first sight when I began to cry as Opie was handed to me. Bottle-feeding sealed the deal! What a cutie! Three and a half years later, Opie Tigger still has us both wrapped around his paws!

Barbara Pitts
Plano, TX

OUR RUFFLES

Ruffles was rescued from a high kill shelter by Sacred Hearts Animal Rescue. We were so fortunate to be the first ones to complete an application for her when it was posted on-line. It was love at first sight once we saw her. We discovered within the first hour of taking her home that she was completely deaf. We decided to keep her & she is such a joy -full of life with a lot of love to give. How blessed we are to have her with us.

Kathy & Reuben Shaffer
Cincinnati, OH

The Comforts of Home

In July of 2008 my mother heard kittens crying in a nearby abandoned lot. My daughter and I later found what turned out to be two ferile female cats and 9 kittens! I called the local cat shelter I had volunteered for, and coordinated their safe capture. After "fostering" the 9 kittens and mothers, my family and I kept two male kittens. The biggest, Chubba(seen here) and the smallest, Peanut. The other 7 went on to be adopted. It was a great summer, and an important lesson for our children. They learned how to care for the kittens, and the importance of responsibly spaying the ferile mothers,who were released back to their lot. It was a tough decision as to which kittens to keep, but the family feels we made a great choice. These two have quickly become a big part of our family.

Erica M.
New Bedford, MA

Rescued Puppy Meesha

In December we lost our precious little Star puppy. I was so depressed and upset and my husband and I both agreed that we would never get another one. Then came the phone call. Someone had dropped off 7 puppies at our local dog pound and were told that if we came and got one that day then it wouldn't cost us anything. So, against my husband's wishes I went and got a little girl which we named Meesha. Although I still miss my little Star so much Meesha has taken a very special place in my heart. My husband has also fallen in love with her. She is so smart and loving and spoiled already! I tried in vain to find homes for the other 6 babies but, I didn't have any luck. I hope and pray that they all found homes.

Cynthia Warren
Mendenhall, MS

Sidney

We found Sidney in a landscape yard in October, wandering and starving. You could see every bone in his body, making his head look much too large. He followed me around the landscape yard, and when he started to wander off, I'd call him back and he would come. It was love at first sight, with those beautiful blue eyes, unusual color and markings, and those large mitten feet. I couldn't bear the thought of him spending another night alone, hungry and cold and without shelter. Despite having two very large, older rescued cats, we took him home. After Sidney had eaten all he could, he laid his head down as if he knew he was safe for the first time in who knows how long. And he slept a very long time. We kept him isolated for more than two months, having pneumonia, resistant parasites and worms. He was a real trooper. Look at him now!! He has run of the house. He's smart, loving and the funniest, most unusual cat I've ever had. There's not a day that he doesn't make us cry with laughter at his antics.

Denise L
Jackson, NJ

All because of a picture.

Lacey Be Mine was adopted after 3 months of looking on internet.She had to be quarantined for possible ringworm at the shelter and the week we were to get her she was quarantined again for contact with a pup with parvo.

It was a month of waiting and talking to Tina who was extremly helpful, Lacey was in the Greater Birmingham Humane Society shelter in Alabama and Paws,Claws and More Transport in Ky. were going to bring her home to me. She was brought to our door on a rainy night and became friends with our 10 year doberman right away.

Poor girl ended up with UTI and it took us awhile to get her over that and she is terrified of strangers and men but has come a long way. She is very smart and loving and is going through being handled nightly by my husband and will take food from him but probably wishes he would go back to work.I don't think she ever was able to be just a puppy and have fun so I try to give her all the running and jumping to help burn off the nervousness.

She will let me do anything with her, great car rider, and now is 10 months and weighs 69 lbs.She is our big and beautiful girl with ears that will sometimes be at the most silly angle when she listens to you talk to her.She is my shadow and my friend and keeps my old Lady warm when they curl up together.

Sandra Burkeen
Dexter, KY

Dooley and The Girls

It was a year to the day that we lost our black lab mix “Boh” to cancer. Since that day my husband was outnumbered by the girls in the house. Lonesome (Walker Hound) is our Arkansas rescue and Chaos (Lab/Whippet mix) found our front door in Wisconsin. So, while visiting in Florida, my mom and I surfed Petfinder.com looking for a little cuddle bug and came across Dooley’s profile (Shepherd/Pug mix). I was hesitant to click on his picture because of the “URGENT” after his name. We had no idea where he was and couldn’t bear to read about how long he had. I gave in and had to see, he had only twenty four hours to live. Heartbroken, I told my husband what we had found. The next morning he was on the phone calling about him. Just so happened he was in Florida too. Needless to say, the next day we packed up the girls for the eight hour round trip drive to get they’re little brother!

Tammy Laurin
Waupaca, WI

Birdies from Heaven

This loving little bird came to me via a conscientious citizen.

Someone had let Willis B out and he had never encountered crows and cats before, so when he saw a human, he landed on him and hung for dear life.

I worked at a police station, and the citizen brought Willis there. He had to go stay at the local shelter for 72 hours, but when no one claimed him he came home with me and has been the most loving little bird on the planet ever since. He gives you kisses and snuggles on your shoulder. That was six years ago.

He still hates the sound of crows though!

Cindy Thomas
Seattle, WA
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