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The Fussy Barn Cat

Shortcake entered my life as a birthday present from a friend who owned a farm out in the country. She had discovered a litter of kittens in the barn, too close to farm equipment, and set out to find homes for them. Shortcake will deny it to this day, but this Little Princess was born a Barn Cat.

When I was a child and she a kitten, she got used to playing outside with me in our quiet backyard. She was what I looked forward to when I got back from school, who I wanted to be with and have by me.

Shortcake has had to adjust to apartment living with these past few years. Instead of going on solo adventures during the day, she looks out the window and sometimes goes on walks with me on her pink harness.

With the other cats we've had in our family, we've kept a breakfast and dinner feeding schedule but that won't do for Shortcake, it never did. She wants to eat whenever she wants to regardless of what the clock says. All she has to do is sit by her plate in the kitchen and meow at whoever walks by and she gets fed. Shortcake is now more like the Queen of the house who sleeps high up on a thermal bed and takes glucosamine everyday.

Shortcake is 16 years old and never grew past 6 lbs, even with multiple meals a day.

Carolina
McLean, VA

Dixie

Dixie was found in a rubbish container together with two brothers and a sister.

Thanks to the local animal shelter here in Marbella in southern Spain they all found good and loving homes.

Dixie became part of our family and her adopted brother Billy, a welsh terrier, absolutely adored her.

She was always with me in the kichen preparing dinner and my husband used to say that she would have been a chef if human! Dixie loved to play with dolls and always greeted friends and family with a soft toy in her mouth.

Sadly she left us in October last year, 13 years old.

Dixie will always be in our hearts as the most precious Christmas gift we ever had.

Elisabeth Katz
Marbella, Spain

Micro(Maine)Coon

This 6 pound 2 year old was returned to the Oregon Humane Society 45 minutes after being adopted out because she “didn’t get along with the dog in the car”! We named her (Bad) Penny because she wasn’t coming back. That was 11 years ago. We can’t imagine life without her sleeping under the covers at night and watching TV with us. She knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. Thankfully she allows us to live with her in her Forever Home.

Heather Taylor
Troutdale, OR

Bernese Snow Bunny

The rescue agency found 18 month old Lexie tied up in a back yard - neglected, filthy and so sunburned that she had no hair on her nose. We took her home and realized that she needed to be touched almost constantly. Working from home I found that when I was not petting her, she was laying on my feet or close enough to touch me in some way.

Today is a happy, snow-loving dog! It is not unusual to see her with her head buried in a snow bank, or body-sledding down the hill. In the summer we take her to the local Ice Arena where there is a huge hill of 'snow' outside the back doors from the Zambonie. It is hard to believe that anyone could treat such a beautiful animal so badly - and even harder to believe that she is so incredibly sweet after all she's been through. She made it very clear that she has adopted us and tells us every day with whines and sighs how happy she is!

Lori Marin
Cripple Creek, CO

Persistent Little Thing !!!

In the summer of 2009, we noticed a little cat wandering the neighborhood near our house. She would enter our yard, only to keep a great distance away from us. That winter of 2009 - 2010, we were aware of her still roaming the yards nearby, but were never able to trace her to anyone’s home. Our neighbors all thought she was ours, but none took any interest in her. Thinking she was a male, we nicknamed her “Larry” and referred to her by that name from that day forward.

Summer of 2010, she was thin, still wandering and I noticed she was eating mice and birds and providing herself with water from puddles in our driveway. We placed bowls of water out for her in the 90 degree heat and began talking softly to her. She remained hesitant, but by fall, she was becoming more tame and accepting of us. Winter came and she was foraging in the snow and sleeping on our back porch. We worried about her, but with two indoor cats, we couldn’t bring her in. My husband built an insulated shelter from a storage bin and she lived safely in our garage. I placed her photo and an ad in our local paper, took her to our vet to search for an identity chip, but no chip and no callers. We learned from her checkup that she was spayed and very healthy. She was so tame and well behaved that after all efforts to find her owner failed, our son adopter her for his own.

Today, “Larry” lives the life of luxury and safety - warm apartment, healthy food, clean water, toys and lots of petting! Somebody’s loss is our son’s gain!!!!

Ethel Schnorr
West Seneca, NY

Purcccy

I always joked with a vet friend of mine that if they ever got a three-legged cat in they could call me. Who knew Purcccy, previously a stray, would have such an impact on us! He has so much love to give and is such a gentle little guy. Please don't look past the 'underdogs' - they make great companions!

Nicolette
Wellington, South Africa

Good Things Do Come in Big Packages

Misty was the last of many cats I saw at the shelter. At 17 lbs., she waddled out of her temporary house right into my heart. She’d been there for four weeks, a longer than usual time, perhaps because of her "extra padding." It’s been four years and Misty is the sweetest, silliest little clown – she actually makes me laugh. We’re making fitness strides, but when adopting a pet, consider a “bigger” girl or boy – good things do come in large packages!

Kathy Bauernfeind
Milwaukee, WI

My Angel

Her name is Lucy, but I call her my angel. At the time I was praying for something good to come into my life and my prayer was answered when I found her. Lucy was dropped off at the bank I used to work for. I took her home and when I brought her to the vet the next day I found out she weighed only 1lb 4oz and was just under 3 weeks old. Today Lucy is 12 years old and is still a very small kitty only weighing 6lbs, but she's happy and healthy and not a day goes by where I am not grateful for her coming into my life.

Rachel
Prior Lake, MN

Gus- a girl's best friend

When I was ten years old my parents and I went to a swap-meet. As a young girl I wasn't very interested in the offerings, so when Dad stopped to look at a tractor I was curious about a large cardboard box that a lady had in front of her. Mom started to talk to her while I saw the cutest little white pup ever. The dog was the runt of the litter and was the only one left over. All the other pups were quickly picked and taken away. Mom and I started to talk about the puppy and how cute he was. I picked him up and he snuggled under my coat without a whimper. Mom and I agreed that we had to have him, though Dad would not want him- We already had a dog (Chance who was my brother's) and in Dad's eyes that was enough. Mom helped me sneak him into the car and I sat in the back all the way home with the little guy under my coat, not making a sound.

When we got home the gig was up, Dad realized that we now had another pup in the family. We named him Gus (because he was an August litter) and he was the best companion that I could have ever wished for- he was also the cleanest dog I've ever known- I got dirtier than him!

He missed Chance after she passed away and tolerated Trixie the newer pup that kept him young, and the four cats who brought him mice. Gus was a wonderfully sweet dog who made my life better by being in it.

Sadly after some major hip problems Gus passed away in Jan 2011. I had him 15 years and they were the best. RIP Gus. <3

Ranelle
Curtis, WA

My shelter rescue

Everest came to the animal shelter very neglected, emaciated, dirty and scared. My heart sank when I saw him. I spent my lunch breaks everyday with him and would go out after work and weekends. I fed him extra food , played and just loved on him. We formed an unconditional bond of love and trust. He is a beautiful, loving soul. He is now part of my family. Please be a hero, save a life, adopt a shelter animal.

Carol
Gates, NC
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