Post # 1
DH and I went on our honeymoon to Belize last month. Well, there were stray dogs and cats EVERYWHERE. We kept running into the same dog over and over, and she was SO sweet and gentle. I was talking to a street vendor and said how I wished we could take her home… and he told me we could! He said Americans come to Belize and often fall in love with stray animals. He hooked me up with the island’s humane society and I brought them pictures of the dog and they went out looking for her. The next day, they found her! They brought her back to the society and bathed, vaccinated, and spayed her.
They wanted to send her home on the plane to Virginia with us that week, but she was too underweight to fly. They also had to treat her for Tick Fever.
But we just got the confirmation email that she is much healthier and putting on weight well, so she should be able to fly to us by March (weather permitting… since she’s flying cargo it has to be a certain temperature)
We named her a Belizean name… Lollie. Here are her pictures. The three on the street are the photos I gave the HS so that they could ID and pick her up, and the one by the door is once she was caught and brought back to the HS.
And then this is Summer, we have had her since June 1. She (along with the rest of her litter) were found in a box on the side of the road 🙁 Someone picked them up and brought them to the local humane society, which is where I got her. She is SO loved here, and I know her and Lollie will be best friends! (Summer loves every dog EVER and Lollie seems to as well) The picture on the log is from June… she’s much bigger now!
And here are my two kitties! Murphy and Seymour. I found both of them in the woods… full of ticks and fleas and extremely under weight. The vet said if I hadn’t found Seymour and brought him immediately to the vet like I did, he would have died very soon. He had a bacterial infection in his intestines that he got from eating amphibians (apparently they’re deadly to cats)! The bacterial infection was stopped and treated, but it stunted his growth! It’s hard to tell in the picture, but he is still kitten sized (though he is 4) and has the HIGHEST pitched meow. SO CUTE, THESE FELLAS. (Today is not national cat day… I just already had this photo grid saved in my phone lol)
I want to hear your rescue stories and see your furbabies!
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2017 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water
@LeonardLady – I do not have any rescue stories (YET) to share although I do have a furbaby but I just wanted to say you are super awesome for rescuing. I applaud you and hold in highest regard anyone who makes room in their hearts and lives for these animals. Unless you are a pet owner you can’t appreciate what joy they bring into your life. The way a lot of them are treated breaks my heart.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
Love the Belize story, as well as the amphibian one! Super note worthy & how totally sweet all of your animals are!
Jeebus we got the weekend we came back from our first anniversary! My husband & I each took a week off of work to spend a few days in San Francisco, then a few days at home. With all that spare time I was looking up dogs to adopt (on Petfinder, Facebook, Craigslist, everywhere haha) & I found an ad that “spoke” to me. This lady had too many dogs in her home & the county was going to come take them that next day. We went to her house the same evening & as soon as I held our puppy, I knew he should be a part of our lives!! We weren’t given much information about him other than he had supposedly already had one set of shots. It turns out that he had fleas & worms :(. It was a rough first week or so with our little guy, but I wouldn’t trade him for the world!! He’s almost a year & a half now & we’ve had him since he was 12 weeks.
Post # 4
Mthis is our black lab rescue, Finley! She is about 2 years old now, and DH adopted her for us for Christmas 2012. She and her brother were 3 months old and found wandering the streets of South Central Los Angeles and were taken into the shelter there. DH found her on petfinder. I always say that it’s possible to find purebreds at shelters!
She got extremely sick with kennel cough/near pneumonia shortly after we adopted her, but she pulled through! She’s a very sweet girl, and is super smart. She also has so much patience with our 1 year old!
Post # 5
So happy people choose to rescue! I never understand why people buy from breeders and puppy mills when there are thousands and thousands of cats and dogs that need home.
I’ve been a cat lady since forever.. My posse of cool cats are all rescues.
I volunteer with a couple rescues in Maryland- Saving Grace, Animal Advocates of Carroll County, Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue. I wish I could do more. Recently I have been learning how to do TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release) for kitties in the area.
Various pictures of my babies 🙂
Peach (Tortie) & Mario are brother/sister and best buddies. Found under a car at 5 weeks old.
Post # 6
I don’t have a digital picture of my sweet little Kacie, all the pictures are in an old suitcase in my closet. When I was 8 my father took me to the pound. All the puppies were energetic, bouncing on the cages and their bowls empty. There was one little red dauchound that was trembling in the corner with an untouched bowl. I said she needed a home and my dad said to get a cuter dog that would be more fun to play with. I insisted, always have been stubborn, and they dragged her out of the pen. She sat on my dad’s foot, slowly looked all the way up to his eyes and promptly pooped on his shoe. I was in love. We put her in the garage with a doggie door to the backyard and it took her about a month before she trusted us enough to not hide or run away. (She was terribly abused and abandoned as a pup and had trust issues.) After that she and I were attached at the hip, she slept in my bed every night and we were best friends, played everyday. She was put down when I was 28, but she was about to be put down when we got her, instead she had so much love for 20 years.
Now I crying, I miss my little girl. I love rescues.
Post # 7
Such sweet stories!
We adopted our first cat from a local rescue group who brought their animals on Saturdays to Pet Smart for people to meet and adopt. We were looking for fun one day and I got so sad about the kitties who needed homes (I am a total cat lover and grew up with four of them) and my SO agreed to get one – we had just started living together.
We filled out an interest thing, but when we went back, the kitties we liked most had all been adopted. BUT, they had just gotten an orange cat who didn’t even have a bio or sign yet because he was such a recent rescue.
The rescue woman put him in my arms and he started purring. And that was it! His name is Henry 🙂
Our other two have a great story – I was on Facebook when a friend of mine shared some photos from an animal control center about an hour from our town. They were extremely overcrowded and had cats and dogs on a euthanasia list! I didn’t mean to, but I fell in love with two different photos. I cried and begged my (very giving) SO for a second cat and we drove there when no one answered the phone since that was their euthanasia date!
When we got there, both tiny babies were in the same holding cage and they were unbelievably sweet. They were purring and licking my hands! I was standing there with the decision on my shoulders to take one home knowing the other one was going to be put down. 🙁 it was awful. I had tears and kept saying I just needed another minute to pick and my SO said, “Let’s get both.” I love him SO much for being the one to suggest it, especially since he was originally uncertain about even getting a second one!
So we got both. 🙂 I am so, so happy. All of our cats are unbelievably loving and affectionate!
Henry is the orange one, Arya is brown, and Sansa is multicolored.
Post # 8
This is Pinky and Potsie. Potsie was picked up by the humane society as a stray, adopted by someone who then returned him, and then we adopted him. His fur was horribly matted, but what sold me on him was his sweet nature and willingness to play even in the hectic noisy shelter. He has always been the sweetest, most loving cat, even in times when most cats would freak out and scratch (like two little girls putting him in doll clothes and carting him around in a stroller like a baby)
Pinky was born to a stray that hung around a friends house. My friend asked for people to come and take the kittens before they became feral, and me and one other person were the only ones to take her up on her offer. Sadly, the rest of her brothers and sisters succumbed to the things that happen to most strays. She is very small, extremely soft and extremely furry. She also has the cutest meow, I like to call her whisper meow, because if you aren’t paying attention you’d never hear it.
Sadly, we recently lost Potsie to liver disease, but I’m happy to have had the years with him that we did. I truly think he was an amazing cat, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why anyone returned him in the first place!
Post # 9
This is our pup Lucy on the day we brought her home (first photo) and yesterday (second photo) wanting tummy rubs… She was found at a robot with a rope around her neck being sold as a male named Tiger… Yes seriously… Thankfully a kind woman (who I am in contact with now so she can keep track of Lucy) found her, bought her and looked for previous owners. She couldn’t find any and couldn’t keep her so she gave her over to a shelter. We adopted her a week later although I emailed them the day they posted her photo but we had to have a home check etc… We all thought she was spayed… Turns out nope so the shelter is paying for it at the end of this month. It is a really awesome shelter she ended up in..
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2016 - Akron, OH
This is Anna. She’s a shihtzu & lhasa apso mix. When I got her, she was covered in mats. Her fur was soaked in fecal matter, urine, mud, dirt, you name it! She didn’t have any shots or medical attention given. Story goes, her owners bought her at an ‘expensive price’ and wanted her around for their grandkids. The grandkids never played with her and neglected her so they left her outside! They said she was crate trained and potty trained, she was not. When I took her to the groomer’s, they had no chocie but to shave her completely naked! I had to pay to get her shots, and spend time to train her even though she was already six months old. She’s now four years old, and happy as can be!
Post # 11
- Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI
My baby Dexter was found on the side of the road and posted on a work board and the family that originally took him never had an indoor dog so they never let him out to potty and didn’t know why he went in the house. I never had a small dog but I feel in love! I moved and my parents even took him in for a few months and moved as well so he’s lived in missouri, Michigan, Illinois, and Georgia! He’s been in planes, trains, and cars. He lives for blankets and beds and has a great life with his own dog door and yard and has lots of toys and friends!!!
Hes had so many adventures (even escaping during a dog parade at a hockey rink and running across the rink in front of a crowd!)
Post # 12
we rescued our Cocker Spaniel through the Harford County Humane Society here in Maryland! Lincoln is our adorable old man! We got him when he was apx 4 and he is so great with our kids and loves his cat-buddy!
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2015 - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Our first rescue, Cooper, was a stray. He was extremely lathargic from being so badly infested with fleas when he was found, the shelter said the fleas basically sucked the life out of him 🙁 Most of his fur was also shaved off in order to get rid of the fleas. He is the sweetest, most snuggly boy now though 🙂
Sully is our second rescue. We saw him online and contacted the shelter about him, but were told he was already spoken for and being picked up later that week. We asked them to please contact us if in the small chance the adoption falls through. And it did! We went to visit him, where he just paced and literally ran circles, bouncing off the walls, around in his cage. We watched a couple of people pass him up because of that behavior. It clearly didn’t stop us! His first couple of nights home with us he preferred to be alone and not be touched. He was also afraid of stairs.
Rescue is definitely the way to go!! Most loving and appreciative pets you will find!!
Sully the first night we took him home:
both of them this past Christmas:
Post # 14
Oh my gosh how precious! Love Cockers of all colors, but my last baby Sasha is black so I have a special place in my heart for them 🙂 Especially because black cats and dogs are harder to get adopted- which is so dumb!! Love love love the black and white coloring too!! <3
Post # 15
I adore all these photos! I’m a sucker for animals that are friends photos 🙂