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Pet’s Name: Athena
Shelter Name: Faye
Adopted from: San Diego Humane Society (Oceanside campus)
Kill Shelter: No
Breed: Pointer/greyhound mix
Age at time of adoption: Around 9 months
How long has this pet been a member of your family: A year and two months
Background: Unknown; most likely a stray
Shelter story: One day in late May 2011, my mom and I decided to visit the shelter to see the cats (we have two already, also adopted from SDHS). We ended up also looking at the dogs, and Athena caught my eye. Her and her kennel mate were some of the few dogs not barking, which I liked, and she was a good size, very cute, female, and relatively young. I thought to myself that if I adopted a dog then I’d get her. A few days later I talked to my dad about her, as he had previously promised I could adopt a dog. After the whole family went to interact with her, we finalized the adoption, but Athena had kennel cough and so had to stay at the shelter for an extra 10 days while she was treated with antibiotics. Every day, for those 10 days, my mom and I would go to visit her, and every time she saw also (besides one time when she was feeling her cold) she would come up to the kennel door and stand on her hind legs and lick us, and wag her tail like crazy. We were finally able to pick her up on my last day of school, so it was a very nice gift for the start of summer.
Home Life: Athena settled into our house quite easily. Our cats were upset with this intrusion, but now they get along fine with their canine sister. Athena loves to run, especially after tennis balls. She loves her chew toys, and a good belly rub. She goes crazy for squeaker toys, and will rip the squeakers from the toys. She loves to meet other dogs and gets excited when she sees them. I’m so happy that Athena is a part of my family.
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I can’t get my pups to do much on these hot summer days but I’m hoping I can get all of you to submit more of your adorable shelter/rescued pet photos and stories (pretty please!).
Shelter Name: Comet
Adopted From: Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton
Kill Shelter: No
Breed: Labeled as Cattle Dog/German Shorthair
Age at time of adoption: 3 months
How long has this pet been a member of your family: almost 8 months
Background : Came from Brown County Indiana through a program that transports dogs to Massachusetts Shelters to give the overpopulated animals a better chance because of the high adoption rate in Mass. Brown County Shelter labeled them as a stray litter estimated at 8 weeks old.
Shelter Story: Looked for months online at petfinder.com with some doubt, as most rescues require things like fenced in yards and such that i dont have. traveled to shelters around the area and was also starting to give up hope because they were either empty because of fostering, or only full of pitbulls that Im not allowed to own. heard of a shelter with a lot of dogs through a co-worker visited and it was very busy no one could help so i left. I still kept an eye online. was considering buying a german shepherd from a breeder even though i wanted to rescue one, the right timing application process and not always getting face to face time to meet the actual dog you want to maybe adopt made it seem very difficult, sometimes almost impossible at the time. I saw a picture online of his sister pop up and fell in love. but i knew that the dogs online are usually already adopted. i called just to check and had to put a reserve because they could all be adopted by the time i got there! The application went well and we picked him up the next day. his siblings all got adopted very fast as well. Im glad i kept trying to adopt and didnt buy from a breeder or petstore. he was well worth all the driving around, searching and waiting!
Home Life: He’s very trusting, smart ,and a little stubborn, has what seems to be at times an unlimited store of energy. I feed him holistic grain-free dog food but he Eats ANYTHING. we almost thought he had no taste buds he’d eat spicy things like wasabi/hot sauce, eat sour lemons and licked up the bitter apple spray! easy to please, one of his favorite treats are ice cubes probably because he knows he gets one everytime you open up the freezer ;) he likes ripping all stuffing from his toys so we mostly play frisbee and ball. He likes to have two balls.. one for him to carry, and the other to play soccer with. Gets excited at all drive-up windows. doesnt like motorcycles or the garbage truck. hes a big baby and can be spoiled loud mouth at times if you dont give him attention. I only tought him how to bark because at first hed never show any signs he had to go outside, when he was little he never made a single peep! now he makes a good watch dog who loves to be by your side. Everyone always compliments on his beautiful coat and brindle color.
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(Ed. Note to Readers: The Humane Society of the United States is a great resource for the reasons to avoid breeders/puppy mills. Everyone’s Emmit is out there waiting for them at a shelter or foster care program :)
Shelter: Durham Humane Society
Age at time of Adoption: Around 1 year old
How Long Has This Pet Been A Member of OUr Family: 3 days!
Background: She was a stray that got pregnant and had a miscarriage. The Humane Society performed surgery on her and we picked her up yesterday. She is not pleased with the cone she has to wear what so ever.
Shelter Story: The Humane Society called me and asked to foster her (because she needs extra attention for example: medication) and we feel in love with her, so she’s now part of the family!
Home Life: Soooo cuddly. Loves kisses and hates noise. Wraps herself in blankets and hides under the couch when the TV is too loud. She’s wonderful! :) We’ve been trying to take the cone off as much as possible since its really uncomfortable, but we have to moniter her to make sure she isn’t licking her stiches. Overall she’s a perfect match for us!
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Name: Rincewind Beauchamp Wild
Shelter Name: Rinsewind
Adopted From: RSPCA Sheffield
Kill Shelter: Does not advertise as such, but is a kill shelter for long-term animals
Breed: Grey DSH (though I believe he has some Russian Blue in him due to having a double coat, his size, and his personality)
Age at time of adoption: 4
How long has this pet been a member of your family: 2 years
Background: Found in the street
Shelter Story: I’ve always wanted a cat companion, ever since I was little and would entice other cats into my garden with treats. I had just moved out of my family home, just had a job, and was wanting to get someone to love. When I saw him on the website I fell madly in love with him. Went to see him a few times at the RSPCA, where he was kept in solitary confinement due to being FIV+. He was very loud, and very loving.
Home Life: He LOVES food, which I think goes back to his days of being a stray. He’ll wake me up promptly at 7am to be fed, will be waiting for me at 5pm for some more food, and then harass me at 9pm for the third part of his meals. He is not very affectionate, but he is loving in his own way, and will follow me around the house (just not letting me pet him). Even though he is FIV+, and such a housecat, he’s not had any problems with his health, although when we got him topped up with his innocolutions in preparation of getting our second cat (Sylvia), he was under the weather for a bit.
He now is in a love-hate relationship with Sylvia, where he loves to chase her around and swat her on the head.
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Shelter Name: Vanderburgh Humane Society
Kill Shelter: Yes
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age at time of adoption: 12 weeks
How long has this pet been a member of your family: 6 years
Background: Henry was a stray taken in with his kitten brothers and sisters.
Shelter Story: Me and my girlfriend at the time went to the VHS to adopt a cat. We went into the cat room and he instantly came up to us. She picked him up like a baby and we was all about it. He continued to follow us around the room. After playing with the other cats we couldn’t deny that he was too much of a ham to not get him.
Home Life: Henry lives with me, two other cats (Nancy and Phee), and my dog (Lucy). He loves to play fetch with his little stuffed mouse and, as you can see, likes to hop in whatever box has a bit of room in it. Whenever someone comes over Henry is the first to greet them. I think this is partly because he wants to run out the door. It’s funny because he darts out just so he can roll around on the concrete porch then come right back inside.
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