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MR. BOJANGLES CAME IN TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER ON NOVEMBER 28TH. HE WAS AN OLD CAT...AND I MEAN OLD. HE COULD HARDLY WALK, HAD ONLY A FEW TEETH, AND WAS PRETTY BONEY.

I KNEW THE OWNER WOULD BE PUTTING HIM TO SLEEP AFTER HIS 7 DAYS WERE UP IF NOBODY CLAIMED HIM, BECAUSE HE WOULD THINK THAT MR. BOJANGLES WAS "UNADOPTABLE".

I VOLUNTEERED ON SUNDAY LIKE NORMAL. MR. BOJANGLES WASN'T DOING VERY WELL. HE WAS LIMPING, SHAKING AND NOT EATING MUCH. I HELD HIM FOR A WHILE, BUT KNEW IN MY HEART HE WASN'T GOING TO MAKE IT TOO LONG ANYMORE.

I TOLD THE OWNER THAT WE SHOULD PUT MR. BOJANGLES TO SLEEP ON MONDAY. HE WAS SUFFERING AND IT WASN'T FAIR TO HIM.

I CRIED A LITTLE WHEN NOBODY SAW ME, AND I HELD MR. BOJANGLES A COUPLE MORE TIMES....GIVING HIM SMOOCHIES AND TELLING HIM I WAS SORRY.

WHILE I WAS CLEANING, A MAN AND HIS DAUGHTER CAME IN AND SAID THEY WERE LOOKING FOR THEIR CAT. THEY SAW IT ONLINE AND THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE THEIRS.

ALL OF A SUDDEN THE GIRL STARTED TO CRY..."OH MY GOD, IT'S CHUBBO!" I THOUGHT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE CAT BELOW MR. BOJANGLES-BUT NO! SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT MR. BOJANGLES! SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE HAD TO GIVE HER CATS AWAY A COUPLE MONTHS AGO AND THAT HE WAS ONE OF THEM. SHE SAID IT WAS VERY HARD TO GIVE HIM AWAY, BECAUSE HE WAS 15 YEARS OLD. I WAS SO HAPPY I STARTED TO CRY. I TOLD HER SHE COULD JUST TAKE HIM HOME FOR NO FEE.

CHUBBO WENT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS...I DON'T CARE IF I GET ANYTHING FOR CHRISTMAS NOW....

Donna Domine
Marshfield, WI

Former Puppy Mill Mama, Happy & Carefree !

Jez (Jezebelle), the day we brought her home from Anti-Cruelty in July of 2008. She was one of over 740, (yes I said OVER 740) dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Tennessee.(Google "puppy mill Tennessee 2008")

She had no concept of grass, stairs, or even how to drink water from a bowl. They estimate that she was 3 yrs old at the time we got her, and had already had a few litters of puppies by that time. If I could just get my hands around the neck of that Witch that had her.......

But, on a brighter note, the WITCH that ran that mill....... she got TEN YEARS in jail with a 100% serve time and is to have no contact with ANY kind of animal for the rest of her miserable days! Karma is sweet ! How does it feel for YOU to be in a cage WITCH !

Kathleen Graft
Burlington, WI

Beautiful Bailey - One Eyed Wonder Dog!

The one thing I wanted for a high school graduation present was a puppy. I also wanted it to be a rescue from the humane society because I knew I could give the dog a good home. Bailey came a little early in March of 2008. The puppy room at the shelter was completely full and Bailey was the only one who didn't have a hold on her. The reason.. she had been attacked by another dog when she was just eight weeks. She had spent the last four weeks in the hospital and had lost her eye because of the attack. I guess she wasn't pretty enough to be adopted. Well that changed when I saw her. She was really scared and had been through a lot already and needed a best friend. I got her that day. Since she only has one eye she does run into doors sometimes when she turns and can't see but other than that she is the perfect dog. She loves to play ball and run around. She is scared of new things and new people but that is to be expected. She has given me so much already and I've only had her for two years.

Chelsea Bergamo
Jacksonville, FL

Julia

This is Julia. She was my foster kitten who asked to stay. She joined Mia, my first foster kitten who is still with me.

Romy Differ
Maywood, NJ

Pluto

We already had a cat, a 12 year old cranky curmudgeon named Teo. I was getting ready to go back to school and was worried that he would be lonely. My husband and I discussed getting a second cat but were never completely sure of it. One day I wandered into PetSmart and checked out the cats. There was a cat that looked exactly like Teo and I asked to see him. He was very sweet, very cute and only a year old. That's when I spotted a large, black cat.

Knowing that black cats are the last to be adopted I asked to see him. He was large, over 10 pounds and very active. I liked him and asked several questions about him. It turned out he had been a long-term resident. The next day I brought my husband to see the cat and said cat promptly attacked him. The third day we came to talk to the shelter manager and we suddenly found ourselves signing papers to adopt him. They even knocked $50 off the adoption price.

Six months later Pluto has become a part of our family. He's 2 and very active, very playful. There were many times in the first few months we nearly sent him back - he loved to attack our heads, feet, anything. . My husband refers to him as "a true cat burglar." He will carefully watch to make sure he's in the clear, grab his prey with his paw, pop it in his mouth and run. He drives his roommate batty by dive-bombing him and if he's upset with his he'll run behind and grab our ankles with his paw. There isn't a day that goes by that I'm glad I walked in there and glad I gave him a chance.

Haven Kennedy
Fargo, ND

Remi

Well my other dog sammy died of cancer. So 3 weeks go by husband wanted a dog again. So we went to the mspca and found remi so we adopted her. I called my sister to tell her she said her boyfriend took my nephew to mspca 3 weeks before we went to see other dogs to get over sammy being gone. I told her we found this dog remi to adopt and she said that my nephew was wondering who was going to take her home. how is that we have her now she loves us so much and my nephew was glad we took her home. God was telling us something.

Brenda
Abington, MA

My Sweet Boy

In October 1997, my birthday was near and I told my then husband I wanted a dog for my birthday. I work for my local police department and asked the animal control officer what kind of dogs they had in the shelter. She began telling me about this really cute female lab mix that would be a perfect addition to someone's family. We visited the shelter the next day and that's when we met Wizzer. He was very excited about being loose from his cage, hence the name. We agreed to take the female lab but something kept drawing me back to Wizzer's cage. He just sat there looking at me with those big brown eyes and that cute freckle face nose, so we told the animal shelter to place a hold on him as well. We lived in an apartment and Wizzer was well over the pound limit but we were determined to find him a forever home. No sooner did we get home there was a message on the machine stating the female's parents came and claimed her right after we had left the shelter. I still marvel at the intervention that day as Wizzer was scheduled to be put down that next morning. He was my fur child and my best friend for 13 years and sadly passed from liver cancer on August 10, 2010. I tell everyone he was the best $20 I ever spent. I still miss him terribly and love him more than anything. Pound puppies are the best!

Heather Bierman

Haltom City, TX

Heather Bierman
Haltom City, TX

The Lucky Cat Named Baby Stinkhole

In July of 2007, my fiance Harold was walking to work when he noticed a passing car that had slowed down to discard an animal from the passenger window. It was a six week old kitten. Harold picked the kitten up from the busy highway and carried her to his job at Target. He wasn't allowed to keep the animal there in a box in the break room so he left work to bring her to his mother's house nearby. After he returned to his mother's from work, he brought the kitten home to me without any warning. He decided to offer her to me as a birthday present since my birthday was only a few days away. I decided to keep the kitten and I named her Baby. My friend Kristy helped us take her to the vet to be treated and vaccinated. Today she is alive and well and has many people who adore her including our 18 month old daughter Molly. Baby was a blessing and will be cherished for many years to come.

If you would like to see a photo of Baby, you can check out my Facebook or Myspace.

Stephanie Nicholson
Baltimore, MD

The Orphans And The Jacket Of Love

In 2006, I was doing some cat and dog rescue with a no-kill shelter in Virginia, and gained a reputation there as "The Cat Lady" because of my great fondness for felines.

One of my fellow volunteers told me of a man who had three tiny, recently orphaned kittens that his wife couldn't bear to take to the local high-kill shelter - could I possibly take them home with me? Well, it only took a few minutes before I called the man and arranged a kitty transfer.

This a was 25 degree November night, and my car's thermostat wasn't working, so when I received the kittens, I tucked them inside my heavy nylon bomber jacket and down the road we went. We stopped every few miles during that 35-mile trip so I could count three pairs of blinking eyes - I was terrified I'd suffocate these teensy babies.

We all made it home safely, and the wee kitties became Little Girl, Little Boy, and Zero, and they are permanent parts of my household in the woods of Virginia.

Teri Price-Gray
Stanley, VA

Hutch is our Best Friend

We wanted to get a Boston Terrier. We researched websites. Then our daughter called us to say that her neighbor wanted to give away one of thier dogs. We agreed to come a look at him. When we got there, we were overjoyed. It was a Boston Terrier! We took Hutch home and discovered that there were burn marks on Hutch's coat and what felt like a rib that had not healed correctly from being broken. Hutch had been an abused dog. We were sent to him, and, him to us by chance...or was it. Hutch is happy today and healthy and he is so laid back. We love our best friend.

Bob Thomas
Essexville, MI
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