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My name is Sammy I am a six month old puppy and I was thrown out of a car by my owner. I was hit by another car and thrown across the street and landed in a storm drain. I was left to die by the man who hit me with his car. A nice lady saw what happened and called the local animal control to come get me. They got me out of the storm drain and they took me to the pound. I could not walk and could hardly breathe. The vet there said I had distemper and a broken leg and told the girls to put me down. One of the girls asked if they could call a Basset Hound Rescue and see if they would take me the vet told her "go ahead." The girl called a Basset Rescue and they came to see me. I was puking and coughing not able to walk. The Basset Rescue man took me in his arms, and said we will take him. This man took me to another vet who said I had a hernia I could not breathe because all of my intestines were pushed up into my lung cavity and I was slowly suffocating. They rushed me into emergency surgery and while I was in surgery, after I was stable and able to breathe again, the vet man fixed my leg and nuetered me. I was taken home a few days later to rescue and put up for adoption. I know if the rescue man had not come to get me I would not be alive right now but now I am a very healthy happy puppy with a good family to live with. God bless rescues for saving dogs like me!!

Chris Bly
Raytown, MO

Sophie Came Into Our Lives February 15, 2006 ~ died July 2, 2008

When we determined we needed another dog in our lives, we wanted to adopt one who really needed a good home and we found her on She had been removed from her home and was listed with such a sad little picture. She was estimated as being 5 years old, and was afraid of everyone and everything. She was a sweet little girl with a kind soul who had a brutal life before she came to us.

She learned to trust again. She loved life and worked so hard to live. She was such a happy, gentle little girl. She loved car rides and was crazy for going on walks. She played with her toys every night and there wasn't a food-treat toy that she couldn't figure out. She loved to take care of her pal Moose, our other little dog, and she loved playing and running with the "Big Dogs."

She wanted to investigate everything, and she never met another dog or person that she didn't like. She knew she was loved, and protected and she loved us as much as we loved her. She was our little miracle dog.

She had been severely abused in her former home, and it was that abuse that ultimately resulted in her death a little over a year later. We will never forget her and we feel privileged to have made her life a very happy ones. She died knowing she was loved.


~ KittySue and Salt.

KS O'Daniel
Tacoma, WA

Benny and the Jets

In Jun 2009, we stopped by Petco to pick up some food for our two dogs (the cocker from AZ Cocker Rescue and the white schnauzer from Finding Fido) and BFF Animal Rescue of Glendale was there with dogs for adoption. There were two emaciated Maltese in a cage, scared to death. Rose and Mary had been rescued from a backyard breeder, were 13 years old, had just been spayed and needed all their teeth pulled. They were just over 2 lbs. We decided to hold them while we shopped. A women wanted to adopt just one of them; we looked her, at the girls, then at each other and said no, we would take them both. When we got home, our two other girls wanted to play, but Rose and Mary growled and snarled at them. Gracie (schnauzer) woo-wooed often and Rose was beginning to join in when we lost Gracie and Maggie in September 2009. In January 2010 got Benny from AZ Cocker Rescue, now 2 and totally loves his Jets (named by our vet), though they ignore him. Now, after 18 months they are 5 and 7 lbs and doing very well. They love Cherrios, soft treats (though Rose will steal Ben's chews and bury them in her bed) and any food. The Jets have doggy Alzheimer's and do not know us most of the time, that is the only sad part of our little girl's story. Sometimes Mary will attack Ben and all three will run out the doggy door in a blur. The Jets do a magical food dance at breakfast and dinner with Rose running a circuit around the kitchen, into their pen and out again. Mary stands in one place bouncing from foot to foot, both barking the whole time. Adopt rescues!!

Teresa Tipps
Goodyear, AZ


My former business partner would call me weekly when she volunteered at one of the local shelters to come adopt a pet. One evening I went in and lying quietly in a crate was this magnificient boy who had been in 3 different homes in his 3 years of life. I took him home with me that night and now at the age of 11 he still goes to my open houses on Sunday and give me more joy than anything else in my life.

St. Louis, MO

My sweet Molli!

In 2006, I worked at a vet hospital as a kennel tech. Molli was one of our Animal Aid dogs we took care of while she anxiously waited to be adopted. Her family left Molli, her brother dog, and 4 cats for a kennel stay while they moved into a new house....and they never came back. Molli was taken to Petsmart by Animal Aid every other Saturday for 6 months and would always be brought back to her small 3' x 4' kennel. Then, Molli's time was up. She was going to be put down. I ask the doc if I could take her home to play with my two dogs and bring her back the next morning. So....Molli comes over for a play date and has been here ever since! She is the best, smartest, most loving dog I've ever met. I know she is grateful for bringing her home to live with us. You can see it in her eyes. She smiles all of the time and so do I!

Diane Thomas
Broken Arrow, OK

The dumpster dog

This is Erna. I found her 10.5 years ago at a dumpster on a dirt road at a very hot day. She hid under a couch from the heat. She was so friendly and adorable, so I took her home and she jumped in the kiddie pool to drink and cool down. She was about 3 months old ,my first dog ( since then I got 2 more and several rescues that I adopted out ) and she is the best ever. I used to call myself a cat person.( I still have cats, 4 at the moment ) and I never wanted a dog because they are so much responsibility. But Erna is the best thing that ever happened to me, she has a big personality and we still fight every day about who is the leader. She accepts all the other animals in my house and is friendly to everybody.

She had cancer on her leg recently. I had the tumor removed and she is doing very well, just her arthritis is bothering her on and off ( she got it at a very early age, with 7 ).

I can't imagine the day she will be gone, but I am so grateful for all the things she taught me and all the sad times she was by my side and comforted me! She speaks 3 languages ( it doesn't really matter what words you use, she'll understand your signals ) german ( from her mama ), spanish ( from her daddy ) and english.

I look forward to another 8 or 9 years with my best friend. I keep on finding and rescuing other dogs that I ,after they are nurished back to health, find a good home for, but Erna is still very special to me!

Savannah, GA

Three orphans

Dynah (short for Dynamo), Scampi (because she's a scamp) and shy Pussywillow (Willow for short) all came into our lives a year ago. They had been abandoned by some special-needs people and were living at large -- and not very well, in an urban setting. A shelter took them in, and we adopted them all at once. They have become an inseparable part of our lives, each with quirks and maddening habits, each with a redeemably endearing quality (for example, Dynah jumps on my back, which shocks me, then nuzzles into my neck -- and purrs and purrs)!

Hope, BC, Canada

8 Ball Kitty boo

This is our kitty---well she's 18 pounds of fun and love. We rescued her from our local Humane Society in Texas. She was a scrauny puney kitty, with her little gotee I just couldn't resist. They called her 'Squeky' but when we got her home she helped us improve our pool game (sort of) so hence '8 ball'. She is such a delight. Tillie our 10 year old lab doesn't pay her much mind but 8 Ball adores Tillie. Our other 2 cats were rescues as well from California and they all get along really well.

Susan Ehlers

Ingram, Tx.

Susan Ehlers
Ingram, TX

Tundra's Story

The first time I saw Tundra was when I went to help at an adoption event. Nina from the Espanola New Mexico Shelter said, “You have to come see this cute puppy”. He was peering out of the top cage in the van and extremely shy. I had to lift him from the pen without his cooperation so he could be seen by potential adopters.

I knew I would want to get another dog eventually. I had recently lost my Malamute named Madison that I had for over 12 years. My other two dogs at home, Sunni and Toby, seemed to be doing alright. But there was something missing. I just didn’t think a new houseguest would happen this quickly. After an hour or so of thinking about it, I made the decision to take him home.

Over the years of owning dogs I’ve come to realize that each one is unique and have their own personality. They’re just like people, only a whole lot better. They give unconditional love. Something humans have never learned to do. Owning a pet is a responsibility that not everyone should take on without a lot of thought. It’s a life changing decision, and one that I’ve never regretted.

Alan Waldron
Rio Rancho, NM

Scarlet the Staffy X

Scarlet was dumped at a shelter from a very young age and had been living there for about 6 months. A friend of mine was working at the shelter at the time so I would browse the dogs they had up for adoption out of interest. I saw Scarlet on the site one day and asked my friend about her – she was about to be put down as she was going kennel mad and no one had shown any interest in her. I thought it was heartbreaking that this poor girl had been brought into the world, spent the first 6 months of her life in a kennel and then was simply going to be killed – no animal deserves an existence like that. I asked my friend about rescuing her, spent some time convincing my parents to let me adopt her and she was shipped to me 3 days later. I’ve had her for 2 years now and it’s been wonderful spending that time with her. She’s an absolute joy to have around and I’m so glad that I rescued her – she has the most wonderful spirit and I feel great knowing I was able to keep it alive.

Josie Eldred
Katoomba, Australia
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