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Dori chews her bone

Dori was one of nearly 600 dogs seized in Puppy Mill Raid in Western Washington 2 years ago. This precious girl lived her entire life in a wire bottom cage in deplorable conditions.

When the first group of seized dogs was ready for adoption, we applied & were accepted. We met her & her foster family (bringing along our recent rescue Frieda to make certain they would get along). We took her home that night where there was quite a bit of scuffling between the 2 girls. But by the next day, they were cuddling together in bed & are the cutest sisters now.

Dori is the sweetest & most social dog ever! Not only is this odd for her breed ( dachshund) but especially surprising considering her background in the Puppy Mill. She is known as the social butterfly on our neighborhood & runs to greet everyone especially babies & toddlers in strollers. She especially loves her squirrel & loofah squeaky toys!!

We love her so much & she makes us laugh every day. She has completed our family!!

Denise Beard
Seattle, WA

My Fair Ladies

Three years ago I found Samantha at the SPCA of Texas. I knew we wanted to rescue another dog and Indy fell into our laps from Paws in the City. Now I am blessed with two amazing rescue dogs (who love to be on the furniture). I highly recommend to anyone thinking of adopting looking at their local rescue shelter.

Victoria George
Dallas, TX

Joe the Kitten Tells All

My name is Joe-kitten and one day I'll be a big Joe-cat. I have a brother, Gibbs, and two sisters, Reca and Abby, and we're all rumpus cats. When we were only three weeks, we were left in a big box at Wal-mart. People looked at us, but wouldn’t do anything for us. First Reca, then Abby curled up in little balls and wouldn’t move. Gibbs and I tried to ask for help but people just left us there. We were soooo hungry and cold!

Then two people looked in the box and picked us up and talked to us. They said they couldn't find a foster home so they would take us. Our new home was warm and snuggly. There were rice bags to lie on and ohhh, heating pads. Nice heating pads! The people loved on us and fed us yummy milk every couple of hours. They were our new momma and dad!

We went to the vet the next day and my sister Reca was a big word. Hy-po-therm-ic? She was cold. Momma and Dad had to keep her very warm or she would die. Gibbs and Abby and I tried to help too and snuggled her in the kitten pile.

Mom and Dad took care of us until we were big kittens, then we got adopted through Cat Haven. I got adopted by a vet who works with primates; Reca and Abby were adopted by nice families; and Gibbs got his own pet boy!

We thought we'd die in that box, but Momma and Dad and Cat Haven found us homes.

Pamela Melder
Baton Rouge, LA

Little Old Doug

Who knows what this adorable little lost dachshund's name really was, but at the Chester County SPCA shelter in West Chester, PA, where I dogwalk, they called him Doug. On his cage there was note saying not to walk him, as he was a senior and might have orthopedic issues. He was curled up in a ball amidst the barking chaos, looking pretty sad, with a big tumor on his mouth. I decided he needed to perk up if he was going to be adopted, so I picked him up and took him outside in the May sunshine. When I sat him down in the grass he looked a little dazed. As I petted and talked to him, all of a sudden, he came to life. Good thing he had a leash on-he started motoring!

The next time I came back he was lively, but I worried about that tumor. By week 3 I decided to adopt him. At the vet's we took care of the tumor- a harmless epulis- and found out he was about 13. He sure doesn't act it. He is quite an explorer, which is probably how he got lost. I feel sorry for his former owners, whether they cared or not they are missing out on the sweetest treasure, full of affection. He fit right in with my other 2 dogs, both seniors themselves, and we are inseparable! In fact, he's sleeping right to me as I write this. I call him a "dacoon" because he is very clever at getting into trashcans, but he is so lovable and funny that I can't stay mad at him for long. He's enjoying his life with us and I'm enjoying him. My goal is to make sure the rest of his life is loving, happy and comfortable.

Leslie Celia
West Chester, PA

Winnie Penny

Winnie was rescued from an abusive home by a social worker - a member of my husband's extended family - in a nearby county. The county automatically puts down all abused confiscated animals as a matter of policy unless they have homes lined up, so of course we weren't going to turn her away when she was offered to us. We started out by "fostering" Winnie, although we knew pretty much from the start that she was going to remain a part of our family. In the past 8 months, she's grown from a 4.5 lb. flea-ridden, nervous puppy into a 14 lb. bundle of energy! She's the belle of the ball everywhere she goes, from the pet store to doggy daycare. She's never met a person or animal that she didn't like, and loves to play with her feline siblings (her canine sister hasn't quite come around yet!). She's mischievous and has a bit of a destructive streak (see photo!), but more than makes up for it with cuddles and kisses. Although we weren't quite sure about bringing another animal into the house when she first came to stay with us, we now can't imagine life without her!

Jamie S.
Kent County, MI

The New (Old) Guy

It took a few weeks after saying good-bye to my 18 year old Tortoiseshell Mitzi, but I knew that I wanted to save a life. So I went to PAWS, my local shelter, and fell in love at first sight with Fang (on the left). He is 9 years old, and has only one canine, hence the name. He likes to pat my face with his paw, and has a sweet breathy meow. It took a couple of weeks for my calico Tequila to accept him, but now they are fast friends. They share not only the bed, but my heart as well. Please consider adopting an older animal; they have so much love to give.

Wanda Harrison
Murfreesboro, TN

Nadine! Honey is that YOU? Why yes...yes it is!

Shown here napping with her new daddy, Nadine (pit bull puppy at 5 weeks old) was abandoned and then found in a neighbor's yard with cuts and scratches on her head. A "Burke County Friends For Animals" Foster parent handed her to me over our fence to foster when she was 5 weeks old. She was very thin and THEN in an already weakened state, she came down with Parvo. This precious baby almost lost her life but we could not give up on this precious fur baby. Now she is a thriving and playful hot mess and loves her siblings...our 3 other rescue doggies. Of course, we adopted could we resist?

Burke County Friends For Animals

Morganton, NC 28655

Shelia Carlisle
Morganton, NC

Saint Francis

On a frigid February day, Thomas was making one of his routine trips to the dump when he found a young Shelty mix that had been abandoned in a box, dehydrated and starved to the point of being comatose. Thank goodness Thomas brought the malnourished puppy to Community Animal Rescue and Adoption, Inc. (CARA) in Jackson, Mississippi. Named for the patron saint of animals, Francis was given round-the-clock attention by the dedicated caregivers at CARA—especially Lynn. By bottle feeding him throughout the day and night, administering vital medication, and constantly giving Francis her loving touch, Lynn brought the innocent puppy back from the brink. Within a week, Francis gained three pounds, opened his eyes and occasionally barked. Even the veterinarian who was treating Francis was stunned by such rapid improvement in the early days following his rescue.

CARA shared Francis’ story on Facebook in order to enlighten the community on the realities of animal cruelty. The issue of making the abuse of dogs and cats a felony in Mississippi is once again raging in the state capitol in Jackson. By putting a face on animal abuse, Francis is helping more and more passionate citizens join in this important debate in Mississippi.

As a volunteer at CARA, I have grown to love many of the cats and dogs I have had the pleasure to meet. Francis is certainly one of those—his courage and loving spirit move me to work harder each day to bring light into the lives of those who ask so little and deserve so much.

Laura Lillard
Jackson, MS

Double Your Fun!

Here is Piper, our Smooth Fox Terrier and Scooter (aka Scoots) getting ready to take their walk. We adopted Piper in 2008 when she was 10 mos. old; she came from Kentucky to a shelter in northern NJ, and in January 2011 we went back to the shelter for Scooter, who is 5 yrs. old and was given up by his previous owner for reasons unknown. They play together, walk together and hopefully someday will cuddle together. Please make adoption your option; there is no better way!

Alice Seidel
Shohola, PA

Silly Philly

We had rescued an older Golden Retriever, Buddy, and decided we wanted to rescue an Australian Shepard. We checked the rescue groups in our area and found When we saw Phillip's picture, we knew he was the dog for us. He is a miniature Aussie with a ton of love. He has made Buddy feel young again. We have had Philly now for 1 1/2 years. He loves to run around in the backyard and go for long walks and even tries to herd Buddy back into the house. Phillip always makes you smile no matter how down you feel.

Kathy Wachstein
Marietta, GA
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