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From a field straight into my heart!

A woman found 'Sissy' in a TN field weighing 2.5 lbs, very sick and the tip of her left ear was bitten off. The woman took her into a vet's office, but they refused care and told her to take her to animal control. I got a call from someone that was thankfully in the waiting room. I gave the vet my CC# and she was treated but still sick. 3 wks later I had her brought to FL to live with me. She was later diagnosed with Addison's disease. I learned all I could about the disease...now she is thriving and doing well on her meds! I'm so glad I got the call that day! I know she saved me...not vice-versa. She's an amazing dog who is so full of love that she teaches me everyday the lesson of endurance and unconditional love!!!!

Elizabeth Parrillo
Alpharetta, GA

From Semi-Feral Alley Cat to Loving, Hugging Cat

A little over a year after adopting my Maine Coon mix, Kamikaze (Kazi) I decided it was time for another kitty for me and a friend for Kazi. Though I wanted a female, I kept seeing a black medium haired boy on Petfinder. His story said he was caught by Animal Control at 6 months and was currently in foster care because he was shy. So I scheduled a time for Kazi and I to meet him. At 9 months old he was very shy, to the point that he was classified as semi-feral. We just let him do his thing and really liked him. The foster mom gave her persmission for me to adopt him and I brought him him Easter Sunday that year. At first he was isolated, because when he was neutered he was taken out of the crate with a rabbit blanket and it gave him lice. Once that was treated he went under the bed for awhile and I put a litter pan, food and water under there. In time he learned he can trust me and that I loved him dearly. That was almost 8 years ago. Now he loves people and will put his paws on his shoulders to give you a hug.He loves cheese - it's the easiest way to his heart. When he reached 5 years old I learned that like Kazi, Kahlua was also a Maine Coon - my favorite breed of cat. It took many years, but now he sleeps on the bed with me (along with everybody else). He gets in my face when he wants attention. I've been blessed with an amazing cat, all thanks to his wonderful foster mom taking him in!

Mariesa Limmer
Bonney Lake, WA

Run Dazey Run

Took 1 month for the humane catcher to catch this 10 month old abused puppy. She knew how to hide. Anti - social & medical needs was a deciding factor to put her down. A helper saw my plea on the petfinder for a dog of her kind, as we had lost our Nomad dog to cancer, & we are older they decided maybe we could help her socialize. Took some doing, but she is a wonderful, trusting companion to us.

Amazing Dazey by my side always. She loves to go camping & fishing with us. Has her own lawn chair & warms our feet at night.

Sarah J. Frazier
Union Gap, WA

Little Missy

We adopted Missy in January, from a local rescue shelter. Missy was 6 years old, declawed in the front, and abandoned by her owners because they "didn't have time for her". I've convinced myself that this must have been a difficult decision, because Missy had us at "meow" and stole our hearts before they even took her out of the cage. She has since been the most loving, playful, funny and tolerant cat, and we're so happy she chose us to be her forever family.

Pam
Houston, TX

Our baby

This is Cindy Lou. We had to put our dog of 17 to sleep because he was riddled with cancer and in terrible pain. I was heartbroken and couldn't get over his passing. A friend told be about a phone number in the paper with Jack Russell puppies for sale. I had always liked that breed so I called and went. They were out of puppies but he said he was thinking of selling the mother. She was barking at me through the wire cage and wagging her stub and I was in love. I brought her home and when my husband saw her he was in love also. I took her to the vet to have her spayed and checked out and found out about puppy mills. She was just two and had already had two litters. Her health was ok but she had a mild case of lyme disease. We cured that. She was slightly underweight, but you can see we cured that. I still miss our Scruffy and think of him often but Cindy Lou has healed the heart with just being her.

Donna Marshall
Monticello, IN

Our Shy Sierra

My fiance used to work outside heading up a survey crew. Well, several years ago he was working in a residential area and saw these adorable little kittens who lived in a hole under a house. Anytime he went close, they would dart under the house. He knows I adore animals, cats especially, and decided we were getting a new family member. He set up a special trap one day and low and behold the next day he had caught a sweet little fuzzball who became our Sierra. She is just beautiful with what what looks white eye liner around her eyes and the sweetest personality. When she fell asleep on my lap all sprawled out, I knew I was in love.

She is a very shy baby and often runs if you walk toward her. She is likely the runt of her litter. But when you're at her level,such as on a bed or a chair, she jumps up and just loves to be stroked and told how pretty she is. In fact, she demands it. If she decides she hasn't received enough love, she comes to one of us squeaking her little head off. Not much of a voice, but don't tell her that. ;-)

For a long time she was the baby of our family. But we adopted two new little kittens and Sierra decided she was their boss. She bops them upside the head if she decides they get out of line. We now have four adopted cats and Sierra remains our shy, precious baby. While she isn't the bravest feline, she loves sitting near her people and keeping a close eye on them. I call her our little spy because oftentimes, you'll only see half her face or an eye peeking around a corner.

Jenna
Cary, NC

Hammie's Tale

I found Hammie a few months ago running in traffic down a very busy street. She was 15 pounds overweight and covered in fleas. After taking her to the vet's office where I worked, I put her on a great diet and had a tumor removed. She is now a very happy Hammie living in her new home.

Kate
George Town, Cayman Islands

The best blonde dog on the planet.

Christmas 2000, the year we received our best present of all. We were visiting friends that live in a very isolated area of town, when they told us of a dog that had been sitting by the side of the road for several days. Unfortunately, their isolation lends itself to this happening often. Since they had three dogs of their own, they had been calling the local animal shelter to arrange for pickup of the "dropped off" animals.

Whatever the reason or divine intervention, we took a walk to see the dog for ourselves. Well, it was love at first sight! There sat the blonde puppy (she was later estimated to be about six months old) just where she had been for two days. With the aide of a handful of cookies, she followed us back to the house where she proceeded to lay at my feet for the rest of our visit. Needless to say, she came home with us.

Fast forward ten years later, and Sadie is the best blonde dog on the planet! She is our companion, sister to our cat CC, and the best watch dog anyone could ask for. Just ask anyone that may knock on our door. Especially salesmen that are trying to sell home security systems.

I will never understand why people think it is ok to "drop" animals off when there are organizations willing to take them in. Remember, you can be an advocate for those that do not have a voice by doing whatever you can for them. Whether it is volunteering at your local shelter, donating much needed food, leashes, etc. or simply spaying/neutering your animals. Remember, they depend on us and much as we depend on them.

Laura & Suzy
Sarasota, FL

Teddy's returned

I decided to get a small dog after my husband died. I never had a dog, as my husband was a cat person & I'm allergic to cats. I never felt so alone, until I visited my nephew who adopted 2 sibling rescues that sat close to me as if to give great comfort.

I saw this sweet white bichon frise at the NYC ASPCA, just after he had just been brought in. So I put a hold on him, just because he looked sweet. His was figured to be about 7-8 years old, so his energy level wasn't like a puppy, just fine for me. When I was able to play with him, he seemed a little lost as I was. The label on his cage said 'Sylvester' and his story was sad. Someone found him on the street, but couldn't keep him due to landlord issues. So he was waiting for me.

He never answered to 'Sylvester'. My sister & I remembered a story our dad told of his childhood 'mutt', as rescued dogs were called then. Teddy loved jumping out the ground floor window to run after fire engines and would eventually come home. Until the day he didn't.

I decided 'Teddy' finally came home, to me.

Susan Friess Goldman
Bronx, NY

A Blessing in Tragedy

I found Lucky 2.5 months ago very sick and starving in the street. I tried my best to rehabilitate him through tons of love, a major surgery to remove a huge tumor, and many medications. Unfortunately, he was just too sick to survive and I had him euthanized on August 21, 2010.

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Ultimately, I know that I saved Lucky from a horrible, painful, lonely death in the streets. However, he gave me so much more than I gave him. He was a furry, precious love-filled blessing, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

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Adoption is a wonderful thing,

Lisa Williamson
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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