Rescue Dog's Stories

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

Miss Belle of Meadowlook Farms's Story

Submitted by: Regan and Doug McNair

Miss Belle of Meadowlook Farms

We adopted Belle in the Spring of 1999, at eighteen months old. “Just going out to see what’s available” – after we lost Jenny. She was at Pet Smart in Chantilly. What a beautiful animal and she looked so sad – long ears, big brown eyes, mascara, tail down. We took her out to some grass by the parking lot for about an hour. She let us handle her in ways she never let us do again. I think she k...

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Ellie May Mogensen's Story

Submitted by: Shelly Stokes-Mogensen

April 2011 “Introducing Ellie May – She may not be a Golden but we love her” By Shelly Stokes-Mogensen Our family is a dog family! We have a 7 year old terrier named Rupert and a 12 year old Golden named Jesse. Since Jesse is getting up there in age we decided it’s time to get another dog. I requested a younger agile dog that is able to go hiking with me in the Mountains. In my opinion a rescue or a...

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Molly & Tonto's Story

Submitted by: Sheila Selby

In June 2010 my chihuahua, Luci, passed away. We still had our old dog, Fred (who is also a rescue that we have had for 12 years) and I really wasn't looking to adopt, yet. A friend lost her pit bull puppy to cancer and in August 2010 I was looking on PetFinder for pit bull puppies for her. A picture of Molly (black & tan dog) and one of her brothers caught my eye and I knew I had to have her. It was a Saturday, a...

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Serenity's Story

Submitted by: Chantel Ennis


My childhood consisted of a single dog we called Smokey. My love for dogs started here. He was an outdoor dog due to my mom's allergies. So naturally as I entered my adult life I wanted to start my little family with my husband by getting a dog. i wanted an indoor dog so badly ever since i could remember. When we finally got our own place and I had the freedom to get a dog I kept bugging my husband just about everyday...

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Bandit's Story

Submitted by: Rick Clark

On a sunny Saturday morning in September, 2003, we had to put our collie to sleep. As we were driving home, I said to my wife that I did not want to go to bed that night without a dog. She had seen the week before a boarder collie/english setter mix at the local humane society. Well by 3:00 that afternoon we adopted Bandit. He has been a wonderful companion. He has given us more love than we have given him. His time is dra...

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