Rescue Dog's Stories

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

Kira's Story

Submitted by: Nancy Fortner

Still mourning for the death of my rat terrier Haddie (a rescue we had for nine years) it was predictable that we would leave the shelter having agreed to adopt another dog. Kira had been in the shelter for almost two months, but no one wanted this skinny Chihuahua rat terrier mix with the sagging belly. She threw herself into our arms with frantic kisses and nibbles. It was not affection: it was "get me out of here!&#...

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AnnaBelle's Story

Submitted by: Jerry


In September of 2001 I visited the local shelter, and found one standout amongst all the pit bulls, rottweilers, and chihuahuas. I wanted another bird dog, but had no idea what a Gordon Setter was. I watched her con one of the workers out of a second Milk Bone by pushing the first one he gave her under the edge her sleeping platform when he went to grab more. I knew right then that she was the one I wanted. Sadly two d...

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Baylee's Story

Submitted by: Tom Byrne

In 2000, my girlfriend and I got a house in Savannah, Mo. and got a mixed Choc. Lab for a daughter, she was just weaned. About 3yrs. later I had a friend that had a Shepherd that had been abused and I brought her home ( she was about 3yrs. old at that time eventually fit in with Savannah, our Lab. Kaydee and Savannah became sisters. My girlfriend SAVED a black mixed Lab from certain death and brought her home (4yrs old...

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Willow, Gracie and Omar's Story

Submitted by: Priscilla

In 1997, I took in a puppy someone had found at a carwash in Atlanta in the aftermath of the Olympic bombing. A neighbor had gone to see the Olympics and found a box of puppies at a car wash on her way home. She chose one she thought would fit into her fur-family and brought it back to Florida. Her pets at home rejected it so I took it on, sight unseen. It was so little, eyes still closed, no teeth yet. I brought him t...

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Mattiehayes's Story

Submitted by: Dr. B.L. Hayes

After sending across the RAINBOW BRIDGE my 13 year old Schnauzer, Margie, I determined that she would be my "one and only" until one morning I found myself walking through our local animal shelter where I discovered an 8-month-young SCHNAUZER X; "Pumpkin" adopted me. I had her groomed by Margie's former groomer and everyone was WOWED! That is a Shelter/Resuce Dog! I renamed her for my grandmother, Martha Matti...

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