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Rocky's Rocky Road to Happiness

We first saw Rocky in an email, and I knew he had to come home with us. He was found on the streets; skinny, hungry and unkempt. Apparently homeless, a good samaritan brought him home with her to meet her other three 'boys'. She posted his picture and within a few days, he was on his way to meet us. Although missing several teeth and being quite shy at first, we were successful in helping him put on some much needed weight and bringing him out of his shell with lots of love and playtime. He loves to snuggle on the couch, go for rides, roll in the fresh cut grass, search for frogs in the pond and run, run, run! He's a terrific companion!

Duanesburg, NY

Meet Millie from the Paper Mill

Millie was found in the middle of no where at a paper mill. My husband made deliveries there and had notice her many times. It was triple digits outside and there no shade or much grass in this area, only gravel. She panted heavily and waited for people to feed her, looking at them with her sad brown eyes. My husband looked for signs and ask around but no one was looking for her.

She didn't have much of a personality when my husband gave in. After a month of seeing her day after day there alone. She seemed thankful that he picked her up and put her in his truck. She slept for a few hours then woke up and leaned over to give my husband a lick as to say thank you. She was in heat when we took her to the vet to have her spay the next day. It was clear she had many litters. Maybe she was used as breeding machine and then set free. She is around 5 years old.

She didn't know how to play so we taught her. We have cats but have always wanted a dog. She fit right in to our family. She learned to play and is great with our cats. She is so full of life now and we enjoy her so much. We take her for daily walks and have play time everyday. She will never have to worry about where her next meal is coming from or being outside in the heat. It is so rewarding to see her get excited when we come home considering she was so mellow in the beginning. We are blessed with her love and smiles she gives us in return. She is such a joy and seems very happy!

Dallas, TX

Our Courageous Girl Timbre

Timmi was with us for about 18 years...we found her when we lived on the road. She was less than a year old. She was living in the wild along a creek, eating bull frogs, birds when she could, and grasshoppers. She was near death, still fighting bravely. She finally came to us one day, yelling for help even though she was mostly wild. Tuna was her first good food, I think. We took her to a vet who saved her life. She was pregnant, full of parasites had a broken Manx tail and a frostbitten front foot. We couldn't take her inside our motorhome because we had a family of cats that lived with us. Fortunately, we had found her in the summer. She stayed tight to the motorhome living comfortably in a towel-cushioned box, well-quarded by her new famly. When we moved we slipped her in her box and she moved with us. She still went hunting, but always stayed near her home on wheels. In the winter, she lived in her box with a heater next to it. We finally got our own home and began introducing her to the family. She was so brave and they were kind. She lived a fat, happy life with her family. She was a "talker" and always full of love. What a girl!!

Jesse & Greg
Salmon, ID

This is Twyla

This beautiful girl was found in a crowded shelter with a bulging eye - fortunately, it was someone from one of our great local rescue organizations who spotted her. They removed the glaucoma-ridden eye and then, blissfully, she came into our lives. I had been searching for a dog to do therapy work with me - hospitals, nursing homes, etc. Twyla's incredible spirit is perfect for this, and her missing eye only strengthens the bond she instantly creates. This angel is proof that love conquers all!

Minneapolis, MN

Lily - Rescue from a Rescue

Lily was surrendered by her owners, who chose to tie her pink leash to the telephone poll outside of an Atlanta, GA animal control shelter. This animal control shelter euthanizes animals within an average of 2 days from their arrival and processing. As a foster mom, I was trolling through the site to find a dog that I could foster until they find their forever home. I came across Lily's picture and went to the shelter that same day.

Being Monday, I walked into the area that the animals are kept in and found deplorable conditions. I can only compare it to what you might see on Animal Planets, Animal Cops. I found out that the county's jail provides inmates to clean and care for the facility but one of the inmates was found with a phone, which is prohibited, on Friday. So the animals were not tended the whole weekend. There were wounded animals needing immediate medical care, feces in many water bowls, most water bowls had no water or filthy contents, and most of the dogs were covered in their own feces and urine.

I found Lily, mostly by following that baying basset hound bark. I got her straight out of there, taking along two other small dogs who were scheduled to be euthanized within the next hour.

Lily is now with her forever family, pampered, fat, and happy. The other two found doting families who can't fathom having almost lost them before they ever met them.

cindy e.
cumming, GA

The Bug

Criket Annie was a surprise birthday present from my parents when I was in college. She was found wandering alone as a 3 month old and needed a good home. I think she had more fun in school than I did! She followed me to class and then found her way home, found out that she loved pizza and made a friend for life (Buddy - a Jack Russel). My bug is now 14 years old and is enjoying the good life of a retiree. Her hearing has become more, we'll call it selective, but she always knows when her family is coming home.

Austin, TX

Meet Jake

I was volunteering at a local animal shelter when I saw Jake. He only weighed 5 pounds and was so weak and sick he could barely lift his head up. I already had two beautiful cats at home, but I could not resist this poor little guy with his soulful eyes. I brought him home and nursed him back to health. He is now a healthy 11 lbs and is the king of the house with personality plus. Not a day goes by that he doesn't make us laugh. I am a true believer that rescuing a pet is the most rewarding thing you can do.

Milford, MA

For the Love of Nancy

My daughter-in-law, Nancy, rescued a litter of six kitties who were without a Mom at just three weeks old.

She taught them to eat and drink, and use the litter box, as well as giving them flea baths. Most of all, she spent countless hours loving and cuddling each and every one. At five months, Lucy, TJ, Bella, Bobby, Nick and Jimmy are happy, healthy, loving kitties thanks to Nancy’s big heart.

Ann D.
West Hills, CA

A Christmas Story

I was shopping for a Christmas tree near my Manhattan apartment four years ago and noticed a sweet little beagle shivering in the icy wind. 'Why doesn't he have a coat?' I scolded the young man with him. 'He won't wear one but he's not my dog', he replied. 'His owner boarded him in our pet store around the corner and never picked him up, we're looking for a new home for him'. By now Buddy (I knew right away that was the name for him) and I were hugging and grinning at each other and I heard myself saying 'I'm interested but I need to talk to my husband.' Looking about eight years old his excited response to my description of Buddy was 'Can we get him?' The very next day we did and our beloved, cuddly couch potato came home - with the proper papers from his ex-owner - to stay. He is the joy of my husband's life and the best Christmas present I ever got. And, no, he won't wear a coat, not even on the coldest winter day.

Ruth Gruen
New York City, NY

Ginger Snap Is A Boy's Best Friend

It was 2009 and my son was turning the big "10". He wanted all kinds of material goods that would go in and out of use quickly. I adored my friend's beagle. Every boy should have a dog. Our Rottweiler CaseyGirl had died from cancer three years before and we were settled into our new home. I went to and found a few beagles. I drove after work to Cocheco Valley Humane Society and played with the little "beagle" puppies. Ginger was happy and playful in the yard. I spent hours watching her play with the other pups to see her personality. This was a big decision. I went home and slept on it. The next day I couldn't wait to go and get her. My son was given his birthday present in April even though his birthday was not until August. She has been healthy and happy and one of the sweetest dogs I ever knew. Of course her big paws should have been a clue to us all that she was not actually a beagle. She has grown into a beautiful American Fox Hound. I never even knew the breed but found that George Washington loved them. She draws positive attention wherever we go. We are so glad she did not grow up in the shelter but here in our loving home. There is nothing like seeing your little boy fall asleep on the couch with his dog... or play frisbee with her one of her favorite games. Life is good and we are very thankful to have rescued Ginger Snap as much as she rescued us from being lonesome without our family dog. Cocheco Valley made the process excellent, easy, and fun. We promised to love Ginger Snap forever and we will.

Lisa Doherty
Epsom, NH
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