Rescue Dog's Stories

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

Billy, Shiloh and Tiny's Story

Submitted by: Laura Wilson

Billy,  Shiloh and Tiny

I have 3 Yorkies that are rescued from the Amish Puppy Mills. The first one was Billy a starving terrified skeleton of a dog. He is now normal adjusted and is the center of my world. My life changed forever on that day. I had never heard of an Amish puppy mill. I assumed they were the god like people we are told they are.. The joy of your first kiss, the first tail wag, the first time playing with a toy is unbelievable. No...

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Aly (short for Alyeska) which is in Alaska's Story

Submitted by: Jan Ebner

When we lost our Abby due to cancer we decided to wait at least a year to get another dog. This did not happen because within 6 months I found a dog from labsforrescue site. We went through the process and picked her up from a transfer from the south. She was 6 months old at the time. She absolutely hated my husband and would always growl at him and at one point almost attacked him. It was heartbreaking for the both of us ...

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Cooper & Julie's Story

Submitted by: Cory Shackelton

Cooper & Julie

My wife and I, as a matter of course, only adopt rescue dogs. Our 17 year old Rott mix passed away recently, and our other rescue Cooper (a Lab/Cocker mix) went hyper-neurotic. We didn't realize just how strong a bond he had formed with his packmate. We quickly started looking for a new dog, and my wife found a shelter dog named Julie and showed me the picture. While trying to appear nonchalant, I knew that she was th...

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Rufus's Story

Submitted by: Jeanne Blake

The dog on your home page looks just like my Rufus, a half black lab/half newfie, who went on to the Promosed Land on March 19. Like my first dog, Gretta, thekindest chocolate lab who ever lived, Rufus is a rescue dog from a (very) local foster-based organization, as was Gretta. I would never have considered getting a dog from any other place, including out local so-called humane society, which is a throw-back, quick-kill ...

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Maddy's Story

Submitted by: Paul Lusk


My rescue dog "Maddy." About 5 1/2 years old, and weighs in at 32 pounds. She picked me out last May. :-) Cross between a Blue Healer and a Chocolate Lab. Turns out from her personality she's really a Blue Healer with a Chocolate Lab paint job! She was brought to the shelter as a stray, and was so terrorized that they were unable to place her on the general adoption floor. She would just cower in the back of her cage....

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