Rescue Dog's Stories

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

Linus & Leopold's Story

Submitted by: Dawn Murphy

Linus & Leopold

Both of my 'boys' are rescue dogs - both were on death row when volunteer run organizations came to their rescue. In turn, I adopted them. Linus (on right in the photo) is a 12lb yorkiton (Yorki - Coton de Tulere mix) who was literally discarded from a puppy mill in MO. I found him at 6months old via PetFinders. He was in the care of a small dog rescue called Halfway Home. Halfway Home operates in the Springfield...

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Shadow's Story

Submitted by: Abie


When I was little, we decided that my dog, Spanky, needed a friend. So, I went with my parents and one of my brothers to the animal shelter to pick out a dog. My brother was in love with this pug-mix, who was so adorable, but I knew would have an easy time being adopted. Instead, I gravitated toward this wire-y haired and very quiet pup. It was her last day at the pound, and I knew that if we didn't take her home that...

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Rudy's Story

Submitted by: Jill Kurtz

After spending my first six years as a breeding dog in Iowa, living in a cage and trying to escape every chance I got, As Good as Gold came to the rescue! In November 2009, they drove up and freed me and four of my family mem- bers from that life and things have been great ever since. They found out I was heartworm positive. I stayed in a won- derful foster home so I could be treated AND learn how to actually behave in a h...

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Kove and Kayce's Story

Submitted by: Austen and Adam

Kove and Kayce

My (now) husband and I dated for 7 years before we got married, and both of us come from incredibly tight-knit families. So, it’s no wonder that after we had established our relationship we were eager to start a family of our own. Well, a furry family, that is. We adopted our first rescue mutt, Kovy in the Spring of 2008. At first he wouldn’t make direct eye contact with us, and we were told that he had been ne...

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Tokyo's Story

Submitted by: Ben Bright


My dog’s name is Tokyo Rose. We call her Tokyo or “Tok Tok”. My then girlfriend, now wife, got our dog from the Fulton County Animal Shelter during the summer of 2009. At the time, Tokyo was so tiny that they were keeping her with the kittens. The shelter said that she was a chow mix and that she would probably get to be about 60 or . I’m not too sure about her being a chow mix, and she is currently...

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