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Poor Roxy is only five, but has been in at least six different homes, waiting for her forever home, which is now with us. She's spent most of her life tied up or in a cage. We've had her less than a week, but we can see a glorious dog emerging from a wild and unsocialized beast. We think she's pretty happy too ... just look at that smile!

Lisa Foss
Ely, MN

Our Chrystal Clear Rescue Experience

Two years ago, we found ourselves disheartened after we lost our three elder dogs within a very short period. Because dogs have always been an important part of our family, finding ourselves without these family members left a hole in our lives.

While considering different dog breeds, we took a trip to our local shelter, the Steuben County Humane Shelter. We had always had pure bred dogs in the past and had some concerns about the animals we might find.

We toured the shelter for quite a while, and took several of the dogs out for walks and some one-on-one play time. All the dogs were appreciative, but Chrystal just seemed to connect with us.

Chrystal was a one year old Beagle-Basenji mix. But she had spent 7 months in the shelter. We were told that she had actually been adopted twice and returned both times. (Basenjis apparently don't like cats at all.)

She was cute and playful. But were afraid that she had spent too much time in the shelter to be socialized. We were also concerned that she had been brought back twice before.

Chrystal turned out to be very well behaved and, incredibly, was already house broken. Over the next year, Chrystal's personality developed fully and she has become the most loving, energetic, adoring (especially towards my husband) & Appreciative dog, we've ever owned.

And the other dogs at the shelter have benefited as well. As a result of our experience with Chrystal, we have become supporting members of our shelter, and volunteer with projects to raise money for our Privately Funded shelter.

Thank you for ALL you do for Shelter animals everywhere. I could Never again get an animal anywhere else. There are so many great pets just needing another chance for that perfect Forever Home.

Mary Whiting
Angola, IN

Our Baby Isabella . . .

Isabella is a rescue from Seminole County Humane Society. The day we adopted Her, almost 5 years ago was a day filled with thanks and joy. She was frail, had been abandoned and in shock. It took more than a year for Isabella to become confident that She was now in Her 'forever home' and safe. She brings so much love and happiness into our home and loves everyone, we adore Isabella and are so proud of Her. She stole my heart the moment I laid eyes on Her . . . Dominic C. Longwood, FL

Dominic C.
Longwood, FL

Bruno The Escape Artist

Bruno had 24 hours left at the Manteca, California animal shelter. I viewed him on Pet Finders.com and fell in love with his sweet face. He could escape any confines so I had a challenge with him. It has been well over a year now and he has fit right in with his 6 sisters, but if the front gates are open and he can manage an escape he will run, only to turn right around and come home. He is a keeper for life with me!

Pati Jean Diridoni

Paradise, California

Pati Jean Diridoni
Paradise, CA

Bacchus found his forever home!!

I recently lost my Pit mix she was a very wonderful dog. It broke my heart when she passed. I went looking for a new companion for our other rescued dog Kurt. He whined everyday after her passing. And would lay in her spot all the time. He would look for her all over. It broke my heart to see him like this. So I decided we should open our home to another shelter dog. Bacchus was one of six puppies someone had dropped off at the pound. All the other puppies seemed fine and happy go lucky. He was the only one that sat in the back of the cage shook and whined. He was so pitiful. He would try to come up to me so I could pet him and the other puppies would push him away. They would not even let him eat. As soon as I saw him I knew with a little TLC and a good home he would be just fine. When they brought him to me as I was signing the adoption papers he would wet on himself because he was so scared. Someone had treated him horribly and it was obvious. After I got him home he started to loosen up. He has made great progress in the short time we have had him. He has found his forever home. There are so many sad and needy animals at the animal shelters I only wish I had room for more. If you are looking for a new dog or puppy, please look at your local animal shelters. These animals will be put down if they do not find homes. This puppy had been treated awful and now is living the good life. Every dog deserves the same chance.

Heather
Kingsport, TN

A Tail of Happy Endings For Diggity Dawg and Teddy Bear

I had been watching Petfinders for an American Eskimo. I found one that was a mix, so I grabbed my daughter and we went straight to the shelter. The A.E. had heart worms and I was worried I couldn't cure him. I walked around thinking it over and I found Diggitty, a dalmation retriever mix. He looked at me with one blue eye and one brown eye and I was fascinated. He also has a giant black spot on his backside that looks like a Speedo. We took him out to the yard at the pound, and he just stayed right next to my legs the entire time. Velcro puppy was mine! And Diggitty Dawg is still my gentle giant velcro puppy who makes it clear every day that he is so grateful to have a loving home. Of course the brown eye is the lab half and the blue eye is the Dalmation half. The Lab side will chase any ball or toy and the Dalmation side will pick it up in triumph and then drop it for me to retrieve.

But there is a happy ending for both. My daughter took the A.E., Teddy Bear home to become a brother for her other rescue dog Pooh Bear. He is cured, happy and in love with his new life and his giant husky/lab mix sister.

Kim Hadley
North Richland Hills, TX

Miracle

Some might call it luck, others might say 'whats the big deal it's just a cat?'. But here at Paradise Animal Rescue Inc. we call it a miracle! And true enough it is!

A call was taken in one day by a volunteer at PAR. A worker who was working on a new well had heard the faint cry of a kitten. On closer examination, two partially submerged kittens were found inside the main pipe of the well. One of the kittens was crying for help as her sister lay next to her unconscious, hypothermic and near death. The two were immediately brought to PAR.

The kitten's sister who was in a crate across the room cried the whole time when she was saw what her sister was like. Cry after cry was heard from her and the sick kitten tried with every amount of strength she had to get up and respond, but she could not. The very sick kitten had to have an IV every half hour, had to be hand feed and needed around the clock care. The volunteer who took the kitten home to take care of her awoke one morning to see the kitten completely alive and healthy sitting on her looking at her! She had crawled up onto her in the middle of the night after being so near death a little while ago.

To some this might not seem like much. But taking it from the kitten's point of view or thinking about this as if this was a human recovery, then what would you think? Truly it was a miracle, and that is how the kitten got her name, Miracle, and her sister was named, Phoenix.

Both kittens are now adopted to their own loving forever home and they are doing wonderfully!

Emaline Martin
Lapeer, MI

My Blue

Blue was going to be euthanized by a local shelter. A "Better Place" adopted her and had her on PetFinder. We believed she was part husky and doberman, however she is a Kelpie. She now herds my 10 pound miniature pinscher around the kitchen cabinets. She has more character than any of my other dogs put together and I love her tremendously.

Tracy Amoroso
Clinton Township, MI

Gracie Mae

I was volunteering as a foster "mom" for the local SPCA when I met Gracie, her 2 brothers and mother. They were found in a shed and turned into the shelter when she was 4 weeks old, I was fostering the family when my bullmastiff Butch was diagnosed with cancer.

After I lost my lost my beloved Butch, Gracie started following me around the house and jumping in my lap when I sat down, she was a great comfort to me during this time, and I realized that I just could not part with her when the time came to turn them back over to the SPCA for adoption.

Gracie Mae is such a joy to have and constantly entertains me with her antics. She loves to play fetch and go for walks outside with her harness and leash. I would be lost without her!

Robyne
Amsterdam, NY

Our Little Felix

I walk my dog, Katie every morning, typically I listen to my ipod, but three weeks ago, we set out on our walk without the ipod. We don't always go for long walks, but it was so nice out that we went further than usual and as I was walking, I heard a faint noise that sounded like crying. I looked all around and didn't see anything. I kept looking on both sides of the walkway in the ditch on either side until finally I found this small kitten next to a garbage bag in the tall grass. I picked him up and Katie and I both walked back home with the kitten tucked under my arm. The kitten cried all the way home. After I got him home and put him down I noticed he wasn't walking properly, so I took him to the vet and he said that the kitten had a dislocated hip and they couldn't do anything for him because he was so small.

We went home and fed him some of Katie's canned dog food and soon he began to purr. He purred for 2 days! This kitten has been the best kitten I have ever been around and I find it hard to believe that someone could have discarded such a loving, friendly cat. He is beginning to walk almost normal and follows me everywhere! He loves to be held and adores Katie. Katie isn't always sure if she wants Felix to snuggle up next to her, but she tolerates him and sometimes tries to play with him. How can people disregard a small life in such a way? All I know is that I feel we have been blessed with a wonderful small soul that has already enriched our lives!

Sharon
Waterloo, IA
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