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Tiki Lani

Tiki Lani is a red miniature pincher who is very tiny for her breed and is often mistaken for a Chihuahua. I adopted her when she was only 8 months old. She had been rescued from a high kill animal shelter in Cherry Hill NC by a woman who only rescues large and aged dogs that would never get a chance to be adopted from this shelter. Tiki had been thrown into a very large pen with tons of large dogs to fend for herself. The tip of her left ear had been bitten off by another dog and she was bleeding profusely. The lady new they would just leave her there and give no medical attention. She was terrified she would possibly be killed by the other dogs so she adopted her and immediately took her to the vet. When I brought her home she was terrified of absolutely everything and everybody. She spent her time cowering in a ball under a blanket or piece of furniture. It took me two years but with a lot of love, patients and conditioning I finally started to see improvement. It has now been 4 and a half years and Tiki Lani has blossomed into a little fireball with a very big personality, big heart and a mighty bark! She loves to play with her sister and loves to entertain guests! This once extremely shy little girl commands to be the center of attention at all times!! She is definitely my little chunky monkey and I thank god everyday I drove four hours away after reading a plea for help to give this adorable creature a chance at a good life. This picture is of a rare moment when she is actually still.

Kini Worsena
Raleigh, NC

K.C.

I am a Realtor and, one Sunday in September 2007, during an Open House, I heard a cat crying outdoors. When I went out to investigate, I found a scraggly, starving orange and white kitty. I phoned a friend to bring over some cat food and, when the Open House ended, I took her home with me. The next day I took her to the vet to be checked out. Other than a thyroid deficiency (common in older cats) and being deaf as a post, she was relatively healthy. By that time, I couldn't give her up and, although my husband and I had been talking about getting a dog, we now found ourselves with an elderly cat that my husband named K.C. (short for Kitty Cat). We have had her for over two years now and the vet believes that she is about 20 years old. She gets her thyroid medication twice daily and has become quite curmudgeonly. We frequently remind her that she would be in a sorry state if we hadn't brought her home, but she doesn't care! ;-) Initially, she was very distrustful, but she has come to enjoy our company and tolerate our cuddles with good temper. She is extremely polite and never bites or scratches (us or the funiture). She has brought us laughter and joy. We love her and know that, given her age, each day with her is a gift.

Kathy Manelis
Beverly, MA

Christmas Present

Two weeks ago my husband was raking the yard and he heard a noise. Well to his surprise here sits this little girl kitten in his wheel barrel.

She is a feril kitten but, now a pet. All white with pink skin and one blue eye and one green. What a stinker but, what a dolly. Took her to the vet, and she was only 5 weeks old I was told. She had lots of shots and she is 100% healthy.

I cannot imagine what would have happened to her with these other feril cats and the cold weather here in Michigan.

My Christmas present, Isabella "Bella" Jeanne Stewart.

Olivia J. Gordon-Stewart
Wayland, MI

A baby Bunny Finds a new mother

My female rabbit gave birth to a single baby a few days ago. This is her 2nd litter, and the first died due to her neglecting and ecnoring them. So i was bottle feeding it. Witch is a hard thing to do with a new born. While i was feeding my other animals i remembered my Rat had babies as well. She is a great mom so i put the bunny near her cage andd opend it.She came running out, pickerd him up and took him home. Im so excited and amazed by how loving some mothers can be. She has 11 babies of her ow, and now she just took in a bunnie =)

Felesha
gainesville, VA

BEGGING FOR A WIN

GO BEARS!!!!!!!!!!

My son's and I made regular visits to Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin, IL.

This particular day we were just going to look and play with the animals. I had just lost my girl Gravy, a little poodle mix that was born at Anderson's 16 years prior.

We walked in an there sat this strange little dog with his tongue sticking out. He was so unique looking we just had to take him home. That was in 2000.

Butch is my little man. His tongue, we quickly realized sticks out all the time due to a deformed jaw. It adds to his character.

We love him bunches!

Joni Fugiel
Saint Charles, IL

The Cat Who Won the Lottery

My daughter found Wiley eating grease from a dumpster on a cold Christmas Eve one year. She rescued her but couldn't keep her so she asked me to take her home. Wiley was starving, her fur was badly matted and she just looked awful but she had these beautiful green eyes. I took her to the vet asap after Christmas and had her checked out. Amazingly while she was barely alive, her vitals were good. It took Wiley six months recovery before she was back to herself but without a doubt, she was the most wonderful companion of all the cats we have had over the years. She was named Wiley after Wiley Coyote because when she was first back on her feet she was so skinny and scraggly, not like the beauty she is in the photo. Sadly she has crossed the rainbow bridge now but she really did win the lottery because she was at the end of all hope and she found a new life.

Madeleine Fenwick
Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, Canada

Butch Daddy

My son's and I made regular visits to Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin, IL.

This particular day we were just going to look and play with the animals. I had just lost my girl Gravy, a little poodle mix that was born at Anderson's 16 years prior.

We walked in and there sat this strange little dog with his tongue sticking out. He was so unique looking we just had to take him home. That was in 2000.

Butch is my little man. His tongue, we quickly realized sticks out all the time due to a deformed jaw. It adds to his character.

We love him to bunches!

Joni Fugiel
Saint Charles, IL

Deserted highway rescue

We always carry cat food in our car and it came in handy the day we drove past a tiny little head that bobbed up by the side of a deserted road where only fast-moving truckers roar along. Polly was starving and completely hoarse from crying but she came running when I jiggled the food and we fell in love with her from that moment on. She was about 3 months at that time and now Polly is healthy, happy and celebrating her 6th birthday with us,

Vickye Posey
Bayou Vista, TX

They Picked Us

My husband and I had thought about getting another pet after our cat Maxx died, but weren't seriously looking until these two looked up at us outside the pet store where they were up for adoption. Their little eyes said, "You're the ones we've been waiting for, we're ready to go home now." Then Dodger put his front paws on my shoulder and hugged me.

Now he and his "little brother", Oliver, are happy and healthy and loved. I can't imagine our lives without them. And to think they were day away from being "put down".

Bless your life, rescue an animal... or two, they keep each other company!

Debra Marcus
El Segundo, CA

Gizzy Mae

Although I feed a lot of strays outside, we never intended to have another "indoor" cat. Then one day, a little tortoiseshell Persian began to come around. I assumed she had a home and just wanted a little more to eat. After we'd have rain (which is frequently up here in the Northwest), my husband would come in after seeing her soaking wet and say "I saw that little cat with the ugly face again." At the time, we had a rather unpredictable, unfriendly Neapolitan mastiff, Relic, who didn't like any other people, let alone animals. But for some reason, she accepted this little fur ball. I tried to find her home, but when it appeared she didn't have one and had been abandoned, we took her in. She became Gizmo, a/k/a Gizzy Mae, and she has quite the personality and loves to talk. Relic has since gone on to the Rainbow Bridge. Gizzy Mae now has another "sister," - Keegan, an English mastiff. They get along great and we all go camping together. We recently made the trek to Texas and back with our girls in tow. I wouldn't know what to do without them.

Lori Armstrong
Spanaway, WA
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