Rescue Dog's Stories

Let these loving shelter pups and their lucky owners tell you why rescuing is the right choice.

Raven's Story

Submitted by: Amy Decker


I was volunteering at Animal Care & Control Team (ACCT) in Philadelphia with my mom and husband (then fiance) when I walked down the last aisle at the shelter and saw a shaking black dog in one of the cages. She was in the corner, trying not to make eye contact with anyone. I tried to offer her a little piece of chicken and she wouldn't come out of the corner. My heart broke as I slowly opened the door and tried...

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Stanley's Story

Submitted by: Ted


I rescued a cross labrador\setter back in the late 1990's from the RSPCA when I was a student and he was 11 months old. I called him Stanley. He'd been given up because he was too boisterous. He was nuts to start with! I spent 6 months training him and it was hard work. But I took him everywhere I could. We went on long walks (15+ milers) every weekend into the countryside and I took him on cycle paths where h...

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Cassie's Story

Submitted by: Dianna Errico


I went to Petco on a day that they happened to have an adoption event, not expecting a little dog to come live with us from that day forward. I went to look at the dogs and thought this little corgi mix was the cutest, strangest little dog I'd ever seen, named Cassie. Before I knew it, she was climbing up the collapsible pen and into my arms. I found the lady running the event and gave her Cassie back. I thought she w...

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Blu's Story

Submitted by: Beth


Growing up, as an uneducated child would be, I always wanted the typical fluffy, cutesy, tiny puppy that girls think are oh-so- adorable. Before learning of the truth of puppy pills & pet stores, my mother was quick to allow me to have one. All of the dogs we purchased from these places over the years had an abundance of health issues, social problems, and there was never the infamous bond between owner and dog. My fam...

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Darla's Story

Submitted by: Ruth


Darla was a failed foster. My boyfriend and I had grown up with dogs our whole lives and were feeling the hole in our hearts that only a dog can fill. That's when we decided to start fostering with our local shelter. This shelter uses foster families to give temporary homes to dogs and cats who are not yet adoptable, generally for health reasons. Before Darla, we fostered two young puppies. On our third trip to pick u...

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