Rescue Dog's Stories

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

MAX's Story

Submitted by: Nanamel Kaucher


When i woke up today I received the usual loving cold nose kisses and nudges. That is how life has been with our Max for the past six years now, always woken up with love. Sitting here now I can remember our very first encounter. My husband and I had been trying to buy a dog, We figured it could keep me company while he worked on the road. But every pet store we visited, breeder we dealt with didn't have the magic ...

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Apollo's Story

Submitted by: Paige Holden


As I sit here tonight, Apollo is next to my recliner, head resting on his paws snoring gently. I adopted him a year ago today. I was up late in July of 2012 when my local shelter posted their stray ward. I flicked through the album like always when I saw a picture that made my heart stop. A little black and tan dog, behind the bars of a cage. The picture wasn't great; it was a profile picture and most of him was hi...

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Stella's Story

Submitted by: Becky Shelton

I was a foster mom for Austin Pets Alive and had taken Stella in as a foster dog. She was on the table to be euthanized at San Antonio Animal Control as she was delivering the last of her babies. APA contacted me asking me if I could foster her because they had to have foster homes set up before they took the rescues in. I said I would gladly take her in and brought Stella and here then 7 brand new babies home. Stella weig...

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Bear's Story

Submitted by: Donna A. Peters


We were so determined to find Bear a home after being in rescue for a year that we have started Black Dog Appreciation Day & Black Dog Walk in Charlotte, NC Bear a black lab mix--suffered from Black Dog Syndrome 1. Ordinary 2. Looked mean 3. Did not photograph well. Bear has found a loving forever home and we want the same for all dogs.

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Jasmine's Story

Submitted by: Debi R. Cutler

Jasmine had been used as a breeding dog at a puppy mill and was rescused by the SPCA in the spring of 2003. They estimated her age at 3 or 4 years. When I saw her at the SPCA, she was curled up in a ball at the back of the kennel that she was in. My heart just melted. Jasmine is an American Eskimo Spitz. Her white coat was yellow and full of dirt. I adopted Jasmine in July 2003 and our journey together began. She was afrai...

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