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Thread: Celebrating Shelter Pets

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    pookie ookie's Avatar
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    Share your shelter or rescue pets!

    My 5 lb boy dog is celebrating the second anniversary of his "Alive Day." The shelter tried to talk me out of it due to his many health problems. Turns out he didn't have any of them. He does have one they failed to list: deafness. He thinks his name is Two Hands Clapping.

    Now, I'm in the market for a pound kitty.

    Edit: Eek! I posted the big pic. Sorry. :0/

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    Senior Member HeatherQuilts's Avatar
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    Both of my cats are rescues. Trouble (the gray one) is 6 years old, and Rebel (a.k.a. Fat Boy :lol: ) is 5 years old. We got both of them as kittens.
    We'll get a dog someday, and plan to also get a rescue.
    Thanks for starting this thread. :D

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    I don't have a photo close by but 2 of my dogs were dump dogs and one was with child. She had 5 pups and we kept 2.
    Our cat was dumped also and she was with child and I kept 1 of them. Soooo all our pets are rescue pets. They make the best pets!

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    We adopted 2 of our kitties from the shelter as kittens. The 3rd was headed to the shelter if the owner couldn't find a home... so I guess I can count that as a rescue, too. Love love love all three of them: Milo, Velcro, and Loki.

    Oh, we adopted Velcro's brother, Amos, too... but he was a very sick kitten and died a week after we brought him home. That was a sad time.

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    Right now we only have one dog. He stays outside where he can run and chase squirrels. They torment him to no end. He adopted us, just showed up here about a year ago. We tried unsuccessfully to find his former owner. We fenced in our property to keep him safe. I tried to bring him inside for a while, but he would rather be outside. His name is Jake.
    He loves the water coming out of the hose and will chase it as long as it is moving. He runs and jumps like a deer....he is really funny to watch!
    He is a big dog now, about 65#.
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    OH!! :D I just have to show you my new rescue baby girl!! :D We adopted her on July 22nd from the Animal Shelter. After getting her home, she came down with a sever case of puppy Kennel Cough. So, off to the Vet's we went & she is being treated for it now. Today she is much better & we have just fallen head over heals in "LOVE" with her!! Her name is Rose & she weigh's in at a whopping 6 lbs. Enjoy!!
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    My avatar is the picture of our rescue pet. We adopted him off of death row two years ago and we absolutely adore him. Most of our pets over the past 20 years have been rescue animals including dogs and birds. They seem to know that you rescued them and are so grateful.

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    One of my cats is from the Humane Society. The other 2 I rescued from my daughter`s farm. When they moved in there were a whole slew of adult cats and sickly kittens. I took two of the kittens to the vet`s and started feeding them a really good cat food. The poor things were starving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherQuilts
    Both of my cats are rescues. Trouble (the gray one) is 6 years old, and Rebel (a.k.a. Fat Boy :lol: ) is 5 years old. We got both of them as kittens.
    We'll get a dog someday, and plan to also get a rescue.
    Thanks for starting this thread. :D
    I love the colour of your brown kitty.

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    My avatar, Chloe is a shelter rescue. She doesn't like other cats and the shelter had so many cats and kittens that she was getting stressed just being near them. There was no place to put her or any other cat who hated other cats off by themselves. She wouldn't eat much, and just was stressed when I got her. But she held on to me when I held her and she purrred in my ear. She rolled on her back in the cage and looked at me. The woman working that day said she had never seen her do that to anyone before. OK, maybe she was telling a story to get me to adopt her. Well, I only went to look. Chloe was the second cage I looked in in the lobby of the shelter. I never made it into the two "cat" rooms! She was soo tiny and skinny. I didn't want another long hair cat. But sometimes the universe surprises us and we get what we need instead. She needed peace and quiet without other cats, and I needed a cat to love after my beloved Sasha passed away. I think we both got what we wanted. A sweeter cat I have never met. And she is a people cat, too. My first two cats were not, skittish and would not come out when people visited. But Chloe, once eating properly, filled out, her coat is beautiful, and she greets everyone who comes to the house. She is my little sweetie.

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    My avatar is our rescue - spoiled boy Hero. We have had a total of 5 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats (either from a shelter or showing up on our doorstep). Here is a pic of "Hero the dog" as my DH likes to call him. He even got him a tag for his collar that says that ;)

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    2 of our rescues - Hero the dog watching out sewing room window for dad..and Ansel the cat (female)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SulaBug
    OH!! :D I just have to show you my new rescue baby girl!! :D We adopted her on July 22nd from the Animal Shelter. After getting her home, she came down with a sever case of puppy Kennel Cough. So, off to the Vet's we went & she is being treated for it now. Today she is much better & we have just fallen head over heals in "LOVE" with her!! Her name is Rose & she weigh's in at a whopping 6 lbs. Enjoy!!
    :D :D :D :D
    Look at the face, and those eyes! So soulfull! Rose is a good name for her.

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    My two rescues "Yorkies", Love them to bits......Michele
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    My avatar is my rescue Foxy 3 years old. Trapped by a farmer who thought it was a real fox eating all the lower ears of corn in his field. Orange County, VA shelter call me and said they has a Pom. I said I'll take him, turns out he is a long haired chihuahua. We have had him 2 years and adore him, he is so laid back and loves when I sew. He loves our 10 year old rescue black Pom named "Bear". I would post his picture but being totally black he doesn't show up too well. They are so special to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    My avatar is my rescue Foxy 3 years old. Trapped by a farmer who thought it was a real fox eating all the lower ears of corn in his field. Orange County, VA shelter call me and said they has a Pom. I said I'll take him, turns out he is a long haired chihuahua. We have had him 2 years and adore him, he is so laid back and loves when I sew. He loves our 10 year old rescue black Pom named "Bear". I would post his picture but being totally black he doesn't show up too well. They are so special to us.
    Awh! Foxy is soooo cute! We had a little 10 pounds pom who looked just like a little fox. We named him Fox...what else? 8-) He is gone now, but was a real sweetheart. We got him from the SPCA. He was older and was going to be put down soon because no one wanted an older dog.

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    Thank you he is 6.5 lbs of love! Never realized the difference between a long haired and a short haired chihuahua. Foxy is so laid back, a real couch potato, my shorthair,Hobo, who is gone now, was all fiesty and never slowed down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    Thank you he is 6.5 lbs of love! Never realized the difference between a long haired and a short haired chihuahua. Foxy is so laid back, a real couch potato, my shorthair,Hobo, who is gone now, was all fiesty and never slowed down.
    Isn't that funny...our Fox was a true couch potato also! He used to jump up on the back of the couch and snore! He acted more like a cat! Or, we would find him on the rocking chair sleeping all stretched out on his back all four feet in the air. Sure do miss him.

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    All of my pets are rescues save my daughter's Guinea pig, and my chihuahua (got him before I knoew of rescues.) My beautiful Egyptian Mau, Missy, was a few days from being put down. I saw her on petfinder.com, and guess what? her shelter was right near where my mom lives. She bailed her out, and brought her to me two and a half hours away. it was meant to be.
    I have an orange Garfield cat named Snoo. He was also on death row at a shelter that was very underfunded and had a zillion cats all in line to be put to sleep. It was hard to leave that shelter with only him because there were cages stuffed with little kittnes, and in most cases, their mamas. You know that they did not have a chance. at least ours got away from there.
    Our basset, Luke, came from Guardian Angel bassett rescue. I feel in love with him the moment I saw him. he was featured in our local paper as a gust columnist when I used to be a columinst for them. I wrote articles about pets.
    Last of all is our Pom. His name is Niko. He came with that name. he came from a rescue that only rescues small dogs, especially Poms. His tetth were mostly rotten out, and he was very fearful. Now he sleeps in a doll bed every night next to my little girl. she wrote a paper about her best friend for her teacher last year and guess who it was? Niko! he also won first place in our neighborhood's Fourt of July dog dress-up contest this year!

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    It is so wonderful to see all the great hearted and compassionate folks on this board. Kudos!

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    I adopted Calico in 2001; race name 'Calicos basket' , she was too timid to run with the other greys.... with out an adoption program she would've been put down for sure.
    I had another big beautiful red male; named Nickys Clump.He was a retired champion, unfortunately he got cancer and passed away 3 years ago.. that broke my heart. Every animal I've ever had was a 'foundling' or a shelter animal.My babies over the past 40+ years- Snoogy, Trigger, Biff, Felica, Lady, Bandit, Blackie, Prince, Toby, Charlie,Marco, Ginger, and Inky.
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    All 3 of my kitties were rescues...the twins, Bear and Ruthie were "junk yard kitties", whose Mom had been run over. The junk yard owner found the kittens, and called me, as they were only about 3 weks old. We had to bottle feed them they were so tiny!

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    Two of my 3 are shelter dogs, pure breed Boston Terriers. My hubbie used to work at a vet clinic that provided health care for the county's animal shelter. So, whenever the county employees brought in a Boston for treatment, hubbie told me about them, and I would go immediately and adopt them. Hubbie stopped doing that when he saw that I was adopting dogs sight unseen.

    Both of these little guys have many physical and mental problems. But I wouldn't trade them for the world. And aren't they cute?!

    Sonny Liberty. Hard to get a good photo of him because he's a perpetual motion machine.
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    Bostons and Pugs always look like they would like to have a cigar and a beer! lol

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    My Golden girl, Anna, is our rescue. We took her to find a home for her to save her from the pound. She has stayed for 4 years now, guess she found a home all right. We wouldn't send her away for anything. Our other 2 boys came from breeders. Jonah is my avatar and is 8 years old, Sam is 6 years. Such a nice family.

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    Watched Last Chance Highway on Animal Planet this weekend. A southern shelter lady said they get 50-100 dogs a day and only adopt out about 30 a week. Did I hear that right!?! Someone please correct me if I heard wrong.

    On another show, they had killed 29 dogs two and half hours into their workday.

    We've got to work on spay and neuter programs in the south. I can do something (don't know what) because one of my residences is in a southern state.

    There are still shelters in the south using the old school euthanasia method. I won't say what it is because it stays with you. Also, shelters in Mexico use a different but equally horrifying method.

    Spay, neuter and adopt. :0)

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