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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


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


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.

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

The Mystery in our Lives

It was October 2009, my pit mutt named Topaz was getting spade, so me and fiance Dustin took our Pit named Manson to the dog park, as we were leaving i see a white spot moving in the grass, so i slowed down and there was this little chihuahua dog walking all alone. so i stopped the car, told Dustin to get behind the wheel and i slowly went over, i inched as much as i could as i didnt want to scare the dog, it was kinda hot out as we do live in Az and this little thing looked so heated. So after 5 minutes of kneeling by the dog, she let me pick her up, i walked over to the fountain to get her water. than after looking around and no one in site, we took her to the nearest Petco where i posted a Lost Dog flyer on there board. then headed out so we can go pick up Topaz from the vet, when we got home, i got papers and started writing out Lost Dog flyers, i went back to the dog park, and posted them on every pole, there was ALOT of poles! then drove over to the community office next to the park and gave them one for there office. the next morning i took her to get checked by the vet and she was just fine at 5lbs and an Applehead Chihuahua. i posted another Flyer at Petsmart and posted it on 4 different dog sites and other websites. after a month and no one claiming her. we ended up making her part of the family. we named her Mystery as she was a mystery to us, our 3 dogs and now a baby on the way! one BIG happy family. xoxoxoxo

Sheri Lynn
Gilbert, AZ

Bloo - saw him on the internet

We have had cats up until the last 2 years when our last cat (Bill) died of cancer. It was a great loss cause he was the perfect cat, he loved everyone and everyone loved him. I had told my husband that when I retired I wanted a dog. I was laid off at work about 3 months ago and had known it was comming for about a month before. So that meant retirement. I had been checking the internet looking for dogs and when I saw Bloo I knew he had to be mine. He is a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog. He was 1 1/2 yrs when I found him. Well, I went to see him and I fell in love. I think he also knew I was going to be his new mom. A couple of days later my husband said something to a friend about me getting a dog and I said I had already had found one. My husband went with me to meet Bloo. He had been a the shelter for about 5 months so he was a little scared to leave. He is just a perfect companion. He does not have a undercoat so hot summer days and cold winter days he will get most of his exercise on the treadmill, and he loves it. He is very smart, he sits, stays, down, place, heels, comes and kennels at night. I am so thrilled I found Bloo !!!

Mari Bionaz
Weiser, ID

Rough life to care free life

Not great at writing, so all I can say about my chiwawa tweet is that he's ~ 7 yrs old and am sure was abused before. I rescued him may of 09. he wt. ~ 3lbs when I got him and he now wt. ~6. All I can say is he make my family SO HAPPY and he is going to want for NOTHING ever again! He had it rough im sure before but he is in a loving home and we will never let anything bad happen to him EVER again!. Not great at writing like I said.

armando armenta
oceanside, CA
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