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Free At Last

When I heard that Christian had been in the shelter for ten years (70 in dog years), I thought it was time for him to be free – he was 15. I visited the shelter and was taken to his cage – he crashed against the wire wall snarling. The keeper said he just did that to protect his long term home. Somewhat nervously we took Christian home. Christian was perfect for us seniors after only a day or two of adjusting to his new home. I didn’t even have to put him on a leash for walks. It was great seeing his joy racing and romping free in the fields and he turned out to be a lovable character and great fun. Seniors should seriously consider adopting a senior shelter dog.

Nick Percival
Ridgefield, CT

The Lovely Sabia

Sabia was found on the side of a road when she was about 3 weeks old - She had been mistreated and was in bad shape but in excellent spirits - her joy and love for life saved her and has added immeasurabley to our lives - She is now 10 years old and enjoys island life with another stray, Mambo and a bichon, Burton. People say Sabia is very lucky - but we know we are the lucky ones!

Doris Pacitto
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

She Just Wanted a Home.

Sandy never took her eyes off us as we walked around the large holding area at the Dallas shelter. We checked out all the available dogs, but kept coming back to her. My husband said, "Let's take this one" and all our lives changed. She had already been to at least two shelters, but the only information they could give us was that she had recently been spayed and micro-chipped and they thought she was about two years old. She was still swollen from nursing a litter of pups, but no one could tell us about their fate. When we got her home, she immediately bonded with our other dog and two cats. We have had several rescues, all wonderful dogs, but Sandy is the most loving, most devoted and just wants to please. We never have to look for her, she is always by our sides. She just wanted a forever home and now she has one and our lives are enriched because of her.

Michelle Osborne
Dallas, TX

Our Little Girl

Mimi was in a home with three kids that didn't know how to treat a pet.When we got her she was a nervous wreck and fearful. Now she is in her forever home with all the love she can handle---and she never has to worry about being mistreated again.

Mary Cappiello
Las Vegas, NV

The shy guy needing a home

One look at his face on petfinder and my heart melted, and after reading about him (a shy guy looking for someone to help him come out of his shell) I knew I had to bring him home. He has turned out to be the sweetest, funniest fellow you'd ever know.

Julia Tate
Bensalem, PA

Our fortune

Here is Fortuna - fortune in portuguese. She is a little and very happy dog. We find her beside your dead mom. She lives with us and mor seven cats.

Antonio Castelo Branco
Recife / PE, Brazil

Phoebe

Only two weeks had passed since our beloved Chewie had died, and we were not ready to let another cat into our home or our hearts. But there she was – emaciated, starving, covered in ticks, and crying out for help on our front porch. The upstate NY winter had been unkind to her, and she was very close to death. As if near-starvation and dehydration were not enough, she was anemic from a tick-borne illness. She needed immediate attention and medical care.

This is Phoebe. She is nearly 50% bigger than when we found her, and she is healthy. She is spontaneous, playful, affectionate, exuberant, and cuddly, with a seemingly unending supply of love to give. We are so glad she found us.

Rachel Lauber
Valley Falls, NY

Frago's First Christmas

Merry Christmas, be safe, be happy. Frago wants everyone to know he wishes you a beautiful happy day. Frago is having a wonderful time on his new big fluffy bed next to the baseboard heater and chewing on his pigs ears. He just popped his head into the computer room, poking me with his wet, cold nose, letting me know he is looking for me. Santa gave Frago his new bed yesterday and is enjoying something he can call his own. Frago went to visit my dad in north NJ, handling approx. three hours in the car without any problems. Frago was a huge hit at the center, everyone flocked to him, he enjoyed all of the hands petting and hugging him and wagged his tail wildly to show his apprecriation for the attention. Frago is enjoying his first Christmas in his new permanent home, a home full of love and laughter at the antics of all four of our furry family. Frago is very protective of his home and his pack mates. When any one of them want to go out, Frago runs out first to scan the yard and watch over them. I wish we could save all of those wonderful animals over there, Frago is proof that they are so appreciative at their new lease on life giving us total unconditional love. You can see the love in his eyes, his mouth actually curls into a smile, and of course, his wildly wagging tail whenever any of us walk into the room. If he is left alone for a few moments, he feels he has to check to see where his family is. God, and Santa, brought us such a beautiful gift, a gift of love and companionship.

Frago, Jesse, Patty, & Jim

James G. Violante
Parkertown, NJ

Home at last

Our dogs died 17 days apart and we waited 6 months before going to the shelter to pick out our next two. The brindle in the picture was a "bring back" and the black and white dog was found pregnant on the street. They are both Pitt mixes and act like litter mates. We didn't realize until driving away that not only had we found both of these dogs in the exact same cage at this very large shelter but we found them 17 days apart!! Coincidence? We don't think so.

The Hastings
Tucson, AZ

Whale hooks to my heart!

Vicky was rescued by the Gadsden County Humane Society in Fl. She was brought to our farm/house to be fostered until adopted. It took less than three minutes for her to hook my heart forever. We called them whale hooks because they attach so deeply that there is no way to break the bond. Today, she has lived with us for almost two years. She is a lady and is always attentive to my needs. I know she helps me be a better person each day with her displays of unconditional love. How grateful I am to those who embarq in saving the lives of these wonderful animals!

N.Torres
Quincy, FL
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