Rescue Dog's Stories

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

Webber's Story

Submitted by: carol lickwar

I have always loved animals, but due to my job as a flight attendant I always adopted cats. When I could hold turns (that means I could fly a trip and come home the same day) I couldn't wait to adopt a dog. Having never owned a dog before my friends who had dogs all their lives suggested I adopt a small female dog. I was looking for several months and one day I went into Petsmart for cat food and a new rescue group ...

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Copper's Story

Submitted by: Kristina


My (then) boyfriend and I had just moved into our first apartment. Having had dogs all my life, after a few months I started really missing coming home to a dog, and started asking (begging really) for my boyfriend to let us get a dog. He just wasn't ready for one, and gave me reasons as to why we should wait.  After awhile I put it out of my head and figured it would be a lot longer (than I wanted lol) til we ...

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Rusty's Story

Submitted by: Jerry Barker


Four weeks ago we lost Annabelle and several days later I wrote her story on here. All three of us said at the time we didn't want another dog. Well, yesterday we brought home a seven month old ball of energy in the form of Rusty from the Stockton CA SPCA shelter. We are not sure what Rusty is other than 100% purebred mutt. He looks like a miniature Golden Retriever though. He had been found wandering the streets ...

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Hennessy and Jake's Story

Submitted by: Ralph Matacchieri

Except for 1 time in 1985 I have been rescuing dogs from the ASPCA and Humane organizations. I am currently on nos 6 & 7. Jake was abandoned in a cage by the side of the road with his brother whom someone else adopted. I got him from Pointer rescue and had to travel to Md to get him. I got him to be company to Rambunctious, another from Pointer Rescue dog. When Rambunctious passed in 2008 I rescued Hennessy from an...

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Teddy & Jaxx's Story

Submitted by: Larry Steffes

Our two current dog/children, Teddy & Jaxx were adopted from Arizona Poodle Rescue. We were blessed with Teddy (a Standard Poodle) nearly 10 years ago. His original owner purchased him in California as a Christmas present for his parents. Unfortunately they did not want such a large dog and he was donated to APR. We have had Standard Poodles for nearly 40 years and he is one of the best! At 10 years old Teddy is st...

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