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Penni Poo

Penni was an owner give up, not once but twice. She was taken to a shelter in east Tennessee. Being extremely over-weight for a min pin and being older, she was passed over time and time again. I rescue for a min pin organization and was asked if I would take her in and foster her. She stole my heart the very first day as she made herself right at home under the covers. After two weeks, I decided I was not going to let this happen to her again. I adopted her and she has done nothing but bring me joy ever since. I couldn't imagine my life without her. I have only had Penni for a few months, but she has since lost some weight and enjoys going for walks now, whereas when she first arrived she was so over-weight just walking down the driveway was difficult for her.

P Stein
Rockvale, TN

Penni Poo

Penni was an owner give up, not once but twice. She was taken to a shelter in east Tennessee. Being extremely over-weight for a min pin and being older, she was passed over time and time again. I rescue for IMPS (Internet Miniature Pinscher Service) and was asked if I would take her in and foster her. She stole my heart the very first day as she made herself right at home under the covers. After two weeks, I decided I was not going to let this happen to her again. I adopted her and she has done nothing but bring me joy ever since. I couldn't imagine my life without her. I have only had Penni for a few months, but she has since lost some weight and enjoys going for walks now, whereas, when she first arrived, she was so over-weight just walking down the driveway was difficult for her.

P Stein
Rockvale, TN

Jacob

this little cutey is Jacob. When he was about 3 weeks old he, his mom and all his litter mates were thrown from a car window on the interstate. A young man on his way home from work that morning saw all the kittens in the road. He saw one that was sitting up so he back up and picked up this broken, bloody kitten and wrapped him in his jacket to take him to the vet. He gave the vet all the money he had in is wallet to put the kitten down. That is not what happened. The vet nursed this baby back to health. I heard his story I cried for 2 days! When he was well enough to leave the vet he came to live with us. It has been a challenge to socialize him. He was kicked so many times he has no voice and is terrified of feet but in spite of this he is a very loving kitten. We feel that God watched over this creature and had some reason for him to survive. Jacob has become the spokes kitty for our annual holiday benefit that helps local animal shelters. His story had a happy ending so he is perfect for his new job!

Dolores Kneeland
Thompson, CT

Furry Angel

We found Mona at a local shelter. She reached to touch my arm and touched my heart. For 13 years she gave love and support to all she met. Her last act of love was to see me through cancer treatment, rubbing my bald head and checking me for fevers in the middle of the night. When my treatment was over, she gave into the pain she had been suffering with her own. I know she's still watching over me, but my life will never be the same without her.

Deb Sherwood
Bolivar, NY

BISQUIT

WE HAVE BEEN A CAT FAMILY FOR 25 YEARS. OUR LAST OF SIX CATS DIED LAST YEAR OF OLD AGE. SO WE WENT TO THE SHELTER FOR A DOG. BISQUIT HAD BEEN BROUGHT IN BY SOME ONE WHO FOUND HIM ON THE STREET. HE HAD BEEN ABUSED AT SOME TIME. BUT HE WAS THE CUTEST AND WANTED TO GO HOME SO HE IS NOW OUR SPOILED LITTLE BABY BOY. THE MOST LOVABLEST DOG EVER. LOVES TO TRAVEL AND TAKE LONG WALKS. WALKS AROUND ON HIS FRONT LEGS IN THE SNOW. HE HAS FOUND HIS FOREVER HOME.

DEBRA BUSTER
ANDERSON, IN

Julian's story

After having to put down my wonderful tuxedo cat at 17 years of age, I vowed "no more cats". Well, after visiting our local shelter and grooming the cats there for a number of months, I noticed a new resident one day and when I picked him up and he looked at me with those beautiful blue eyes, I was hooked. He is mostly ragdoll with a gentle disposition and loves to play with his toy mice, tossing them in the air, retrieving them and then walking around very proudly with one in his mouth. He makes me laugh every day and I'll never figure out how anybody could give up this beautiful boy. Their loss is my gain for sure.

Pat Crosby
Elliot Lake, ON, Canada

A Special Place

There's a special place in my heart for "Trudy". She is a few spot Appaloosa mare, a permanent resident at our Rescue. "Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund Inc" in Cumming, Georgia. When Trudy was younger, a group of juveniles broke into her farm's barn and stole a tractor. Next, they thought it would be "fun" to wrap Trudy in barbed wire and drag her around the pasture.

Trudy survived, but had to have hundreds of stitches and is terribly afraid of humans. She does not kick or strike even though she can easily get revenge for her horror and pain. All she does is blow very loudly and hard through her nostrils and looks for a way to escape. She needs to be in a corner to halter her or she will run in fear but once haltered, she will lead or load in a horse trailer without a problem. Trudy will also tremble at her shoulders and arch her neck as if to hold all the fear in her neck muscles. It is heartbreaking to be near Trudy and not to get her to understand that we will never hurt her or let her be hurt again. She doesn't believe us, we're humans. Why should she trust us? It breaks your heart when you feel the fear in her heart. It is so unfair but it cannot be taken away, by anyone, just eased a little.

Trudy will spend the remainder of her life here at the rescue. Other than medical or farrier attention, we don't ask anything of her. She will spend her life just being a horse.

Libby Deemer
Cumming, GA

Autumns Rescue

My husband and I are very much animal lovers. We live near the desert and walk along a 3 mile stretch of dry riverbed for exercise. One particularly warm day he noticed a tiny puppy but thought she belonged to someone else walking out there. 4 days later she was still there. He encouraged her to come to him. At first she growled and was scared until he offered her some water. she was skin and bones and couldnt walk. He carried her in his arms a mile and half back to the car and brought her home. We brought her to the vet who estimated her age to be about 8-10 weeks. We named her Autumn Danielle because she was found on the first day of Autumn and her middle name is because she was rescued from the lion's den. Today she is a happy, loyal 2 year old who enjoys sleeping on the couch in front of the fan and chasing her brother nibbles a 10 month old jack russell

Laura G
Hemet, CA

Tiger who is really a Pussycat!

I found Cinnabon when walking early in the morning with a friend. We both heard a crying sound and found that a cat was left behind in a foreclosed home. I got him out through a window coaxing him with cat food I always had on me for other cats in the neighborhood. Considering how skinny and shy he was, he still rubbed up against me. My husband wanted a male cat and so I brought Cinnabon home. He jumped out of the cat carrier big as life and my husband said "No!" and Cinnabon jumped in his arms to say "Yes!" We thought he was just a large tabby but were told by the vet that he is some type of crossbreed and would get quite large. He is now 26 lbs, almost 34" long when he stretches out full, and king of the house.

Robin Suo
Las Vegas, NV

rescued K.C., my little DJ mascot!

MamaDog was abandoned, running the woods & streets, had a litter of 4 puppies. Friend of mine saw MamaDog & approx 6week old K.C.almost get hit by a pickup truck one night when I was DJ'ing karaoke in northern FL. He brought KC inside, since MamaDog ran off & couldn't be found. She was covered in burrs, had 10 ticks, scared & wet! The photo is the nite we found her.

No one else there could take her home, and I fell in love with her on the spot! Now she's spoiled, has her shots, getting her spayed next month. She goes everywhere with me, even Walmart shopping in her carrier in the cart, watching all the people!

I have a Companionship Letter from my doctor for her, since I am Type 1 diabetic for 31 yrs now, so maybe some day she can instinctively sense any pending low blood sugars, who knows? She loves people, music & singing when I DJ. She's my 9th dog, my 2nd rescue, and she's awesome!

PS. MamaDog has since been rescued & adopted also, 2 weeks ago. We searched for any more puppies in the local woods multiple days but none could be found anywhere. I hope they got rescued too!

Maureen Reid
Kingsland, GA
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