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Ruthie Jade

We were looking to adopt a Great Dane and I came across Jade's story listed on the North West Florida Great Dane Rescue site. (

She was left abandoned and was found with ticks and fleas. The story kept me up all nite and first thing the next morning I contacted the rescue. After sending in a small application fee and having my house checked out by our local Humane Society, we were approved. We drove up to get our new baby ( 22 hr round trip drive) and it was the best drive of our lives. She is loving, a ball of fun and the biggest couch potato around. Thank you Jeannine for allowing us to become Ruthie Jade's parents. (Renamed after my mom)

Sebring, FL

Little Lucky

Lucky came into our lives August 11, 1994. My son Tim and his friend, both 16, saw a pillowcase moving in a ditch, picked it up and there was this little, 4 week old, gray fluffy kitten inside that some jerk had thrown away. There was also a still kitten inside that they buried respectfully. The aptly named Lucky quickly became the baby in the family as we all became her surrogate mothers, nurturing her with the help of a wonderful Vet. Our 13 year old dog Odie, and 1 1/2 year old kitten Pebbles adopted her as their own. She had a good, long and happy life and passed away 4 months ago, leaving a legacy of curious antics and love I would never have had if my son hadn't been curious, himself. She was definitely a gift from God and I am so privileged to have had her in my care for 15 years. I still have my Pebbles, who misses her sister each and every day, as do we all, and I will be forever grateful that my son rescued her that fateful day.

Laurel Szabo-Sorochan
Edmonton, AB, Canada

My Girl Lucy

I found Lucy 2/12 years ago at a "no kill Shelter" in Mauldin,SC. She was the runt of a litter of 9 Husky/Lab mix puppies that had been abandoned with their Mother.She was soon diagnosed with Parvo and a severe case of Round Worms. After 4 or 5 touch and go days she came home healthy and happy and is now " my Girl". I am retired now and she great company!

Susan Casteel
Simpsonville, SC

Kaito the Kat formerly known as Velcro

Kaito as I call him was adopted late August 2008. He was adopted at a crafts fair at the Long Beach boardwalk. Anyway, I was in the mood to adopt a kitten, but the adoption people told me they had this kat that was about 6 months old that needed a home, his name was velcro because he would hang onto you when u picked him up. So I adopted him and he is a kat that loves to play. He is constantly wrestling with other kats and he only hid for about an hour when first came home with me. He loves to eat, and he actually broke the top penthouse off of one of the 6 foot cat trees by launching himself off of it. His favorite thing is going on my terrace and watching the seagulls perched on the roof, he has the weakest meow i have ever heard but he is definately a character. Every morning when I go up the stairs to change the litters in the back rooms he comes flying up the stairs and launches into the cat trees. He luvs to purrrrrrrrrr and is always the first cat to come up for breakfast and dinner and loves his evening treats.

long beach, NY

Teddy "Bear"

Teddy was adopted back in May as a Mothers day gift for my mom. Her favorite cat had been put down a few months earlier with throat cancer and her other cat wasnt the most friendly. I brought teddy as a suprise and my mom wasnt too pleased. She said he was ugly and Teddy hid in her basement for a week so I was told to come get him. So, I have had teddy ever since and he has come out of his shell, loves tummy rubs and head butting with one of his siblings (magic) whom I adopted the month before adopting teddy bear. Teddy used to hide under the couch, the recliner but now he sleeps on the recliner and is always there for the rubbing of the tummy in the kitchen. I also adopted one of his litter mates who's name is sophie. She is a beautiful long hair with brown, white and beige markings. She loves to stand on her back paws to be pet but being picked up isnt her thang. Anyway, Teddy, Magic and Sophie have adjusted great and since than we added sophies kitten (we believe) Tia. She is still getting used to me, no petting yet but she is very curious and loves to eat.

long beach, NY

my oreo cookie

My dog oreo (now 10 years old) was adopted from the TN animal shelter by my daughter and son. She is very kind and loves people and all other pets. She has developed so much trust through our love and caring, she expects everybody to be nice including all other dogs. She gets surprised when a dog barks at her for no reason. She maintains our daily schedule of exercising every evening (cold or a warm day) by reminding us of taking a walk everyday.We just love her very much!

Johnson City, TN

Love at First Lick

5 Yrs ago, while working in the backyard around this pool, my father was bent over pulling weeds when he felt doggie kisses behind his knee. When he stood up and looked behind him he saw this beautiful girl grinning up at him. He went in the house and called me, needless to say Honey Bunn has become the love of my life and is the apple of her grandparents eyes. She still likes to visit the backyard and of course she learned how to swim so she could spend more time with them. She is as sweet as her name indicates.

Stephanie W. Smith
Pomona Park, FL

Maggie & Molly

I was on the highway on the way to the chiroprator for back pain, and 2 dogs ran in front of my car. I pulled over to pick them up. The smaller one, Molly, who was just a pup at the time ran to me and I put her in the car. The other, Maggie, ran away and wouldn't come close. I tried flagging down cars, but when they heard I was trying to catch dogs, they just left. I tried to catch her for 45 minutes and wasn't able to until I thought to crack open the window of my car. Molly started whimpering, so Maggie then came to me and lay on her back. I couldn't lift her with my back pain, so I flagged down a pickup and the guy helped me put her in the car. Both dogs were in bad shape and the vet said that in a few more days they would have died, if they weren't hit by a car first. They had no tags or collars. I could have found a home for them each, but I wouldn't separate them since I believed they might be mother & daughter, and no one wanted them both, so I kept them and have come to love them dearly as does my little cocker spaniel that I already had.

Irene Schmoldt
Branson West, MO

Best Mother and Uncle

A scrawney little tabby who was obviously a mother kept coming to our house for food. We feed her well and tried to follow her to find her kittens but no luck. After about two weeks of coming for food, Mama came with four kittens about 4 weeks old, and a grown male who looked to be her brother. We brought them all in

and the kittens are now fat and sassy. Mama has been spayed and Edgar (her brother and maybe kittens daddy) has been neutered. The kittens (black one is male, calicos female) are now ready for adoption. I want so badly to keep them but I foster so many, and can't keep them all. Mama and Edgar will stay as they are not likely to be adopted. By the way, if you need a kitten sitter, Edgar is available. He cares for all the kittens just like Mama and has since they arrived here.

Jean Dokken
Oklahoma City, OK

Quiet No Longer

We got Roxy from the SPCA in Parksville (she was the "dog of the week"). She had had two litters of puppies before she was 18 months old. When we got her she was underweight, nervous and very quiet. Ten months later she is healthy, happy and, as my husband says, "Barky barky"! She talks up a storm, loves her walks, and is a bit of an escape artist. We can't imagine our lives without her.

Marny Beaton
Chemainus, BC, Canada
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