Rescue Animals

January 2, 2008 11:08am CST
How many people have adopted rescue animals? I'm really curious about this as I think it's such a wonderful thing to do to give a needy animal a loving home. My two cats were the last two left of a litter in a charity shelter when I met them and fell instantly in love. I can't think how I managed without them. They provide so much joy and love and ask so little in return. I nearly got another kitten the other week when my neighbour found a ragdoll kitten abandoned in a plastic grocery bag. I can't understand how anyone could do this. She was brought round to our house, but unfortunately we weren't in at the time or I would have taken her immediately (although it wouldn't have been that good for our finances!). Luckily there's a special ragdoll shelter here in Cardiff where they'll find her a good home. Have you rescued an animal? I'd love to see photographs!
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@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
2 Jan 08
Tigg posing for the camera - Such a ham.. lol
Tigger is a feral cat rescued by a fellow mylotter who is now a friend of mine. He came to me completely wild at round 4 mos. of age. My friend didn't have the time or the room to tame him for adoption so I took him in. After spending 2mos. in the spare bedroom which he now considers his room, he is now allowed free roam of the house and is bonding really close to us. I discovered he is quite the ham whenever he sees the camera as you can see. lol He's a year old now and just loves attention. To think, when he first came to us, we couldn't even get 10' from him. Now he begs for hugs and kisses.
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2 Jan 08
Bless him, he's gorgeous! He looks so friendly in that photograph. I can't imagine him being vicious and wild, he looks so cuddly! Good for you for giving him such a loving home that he obviously feels safe and loved.
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@Wario_1 (969)
• Sweden
2 Jan 08
I agree, i just want to hug him and stuff. I laugh when i read about the hugging and kissing part, what a wonderfull cat you got.
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• United States
3 Jan 08
ahhhhhh....gotta love massages - Tigg getting one of his daily massages from mom.
Yeah, ppl find it hard to believe he is feral. He'll always retain a bit of wildness in him but for the most part, he demands his hugs and kisses. lol In that pic, he was actually wanting his food. I wasn't answering his small mews from the floor so he jumped up on the desk and got right in my face and mewed softly again with a paw on my lips to enforce what he wanted. In this pic, he decided he wanted a massage so jumped up and pretty much made it clear to get off the puter and give him one.
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
2 Jan 08
I have four cats, all were rescued pets. Two are barn cats, and two are inside. The inside cats are very old, one was going to be put to sleep at the vets office because they could not find a home for her and she was such an old and loving cat. Ditto with the other inside cat. The two outside kitties were found underneath my barn. Somebody had dropped off a cat that was pregnant and she gave birth under the barn. Then a coyote got the mother cat, and the one baby was stuck inbetween the stone pillars that are the support corners of the barn and the wood timbers. I crawled under the barn and 'unstuck them', they were starving because they were stuck for a few days before I actually found out where they were under there. They're all good little kitties though. It seems like when people see a farm they think it's ok to drop off unwanted animals, it happens all the time. One time we found a baby kitty hanging off a branch in the ditch, somebody had thrown it out of a moving car. It was hanging there from it's eye socket!! It lived as a one-eyed cat for a long while out in our barn before it wandered out into the road and met a semi. I can't understand why people are so cruel to animals, it just boggles the mind!
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2 Jan 08
Wow, you've worked really hard to help them, I'm so impressed! I'm glad there's people like you in the world to look after little lost cats. It brings tears to my eyes to hear stories like the one you mentioned about the moving car. Bless you for giving them all homes!
• United States
2 Jan 08
I adopted my dog from the local Humane Society 5 years ago. And when it is time for me to get another pet, which wont be for a while, I will be going adopt another sheltered animal.. Because I think the animals that nobody wanted, should be loved and have a great home. I always find it ashame to walk in there and see all of the animals that were left there and the sad stories some ofthem have. Like My 5 year old mutt named Coco, she was abused by her owners when she was only couple months old. I got her when she was about 9 months old, so she didnt have to live a lot of her life being abused. But we found out that her owners would pick her up and through her against the cement and everything like that. I looked into those eyes and fell in love with her and I couldnt understand why either that people can be so cruel to animals. So I agree. It is great to adopt sheltered animals.
2 Jan 08
The poor thing. I can't understand it either, it's unfathomable to do something like that to a small creature that's only looking for love. I'm glad your girl found a happy home with you.
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@blueunicorn (2410)
• United States
3 Jan 08
I haven't adopted any rescue animals, but in 2007 my family fostered a total of 15 dogs for three different rescue organizations. It was awesome! Knowing our part in saving the lives of those dogs is an incredible feeling. I also volunteer for two out of the three groups. Thank you for starting this discussion so the word can be spread about rescue!
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3 Jan 08
Wow, that's an incredible thing to do. It must have been so hard to let go of them when you found them permanent homes. I'm really impressed, good for you!
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• United States
3 Jan 08
You know, it honestly wasn't hard to let most of the foster dogs go when the time would come. Our family went into fostering knowing that we would need to let the dogs go after we brought them back to health and let them know what life with a family was like. Matching them up with the right families really helped, too! There were a couple of hard ones to let go, but they were with us for 7 and 8 months. I don't think anyone could fail to get attached after that long.
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4 Jan 08
I think you must be very strong. I'm a sucker and fall in love with every creature I meet. I don't think I'd be very good at it at all; I'd constantly be in tears! I'm a bit of a sap!
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@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
7 Jan 08
kitty eyes - here kitty kitty
I haven't ever rescued any pets persay, but when i was young like maybe 6 or 7, a stray cat had kittens in my back yard, and i got them a box, and an old blanket, and i brought the mommy out food in my pockets without my mom knowing lol. And i really took care of them as best as i could. My mom wouldnt let me bring them in the house, and my dad wanted to call the spca, but someone else was watching the cat and feeding it, cause they came and took the kittens and cat and said they would give it a home and take care of the kittens. If i had the space i would for sure have a cat, i love kitties and my daughter does too. but we dont have much room in our apartment and itwouldnt really be fair.
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@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
7 Jan 08
cat eyes - kitty
Hey my picture never showed up... i tried again and it didn't show up again.. sorry
7 Jan 08
That's a really sweet story! Of course an apartment isn't usually really conducive to a good kitty home. I hope you get to have one one day though. They really are a blessing. Thanks for sharing!
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@KissThis (3008)
• United States
7 Jan 08
We have a total of five dogs that we have come to be part of our family in different ways. First off we have Brandy. He is a Brittany Spaniel. My husband got him about thirteen years ago from a breeder who was going to put Brandy down because he had an over bite so he couldn't use him for breeding purposes. My husband agreed not to breed him so the owner allowed him to have Brandy. Then we have Duke, he is a five year old German Shepard mixed. I adopted him from the local Humane Society. He was an abused animal, his previous owner had broken his tail in a couple of places. He is scared of just about everything. Last year we adopted TaTa from the Humane Society as well. She is a three year old pure bred German Shepherd. I adopted her for my daughter. She wanted a dog of her own. Sweetest dog in the world. The fourth dog is Fred. He is a year old English Setter. We adopted him from the local dog pound. Fred was just hours away from being put to sleep. Fred has been our most costly dog as well. Adopting Fred from a local dog pound meant that we didn't know if Fred was healthy or not. Apparently his last owners didn't take good care of Fred. He had heart-worms when we adopted him. He is all better now though. The fifth dog is Cujo. He is an Northern Inuit about a year old. An extremely large dog that looks like a wolf. Cujo's story is a little unique. One day while my children were outside playing a large mangy looking dog came walking up to my son. I yelled at my son to stand still so that I could get the dog away from him. The dog walks up to me and just lied down at my feet as if to say your the boss. We tried to find Cujos owners but no one ever came forward to claim him. I will always adopt a dog from a local Humane Society or dog pound. I would rather rescue a dog then to pay some one hundreds of dollars for a dog.
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7 Jan 08
Oh poor Brandy! That's so sad that he could have lost his life because of a physical imperfection. I'm glad you and your hubby found him. You've got such a big and varied family there. It's really nice to hear. They've obviously been very lucky in finding you.
3 Jan 08
oh my cat is a rescue cat, he is called Whiskey and is a handsome old thing. I love him. We have been together for some 7 years now and I cherish every day i have with him.
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4 Jan 08
You have to send me pictures so I can wibble about him. I love his name too. xxxx
@nangel78 (1459)
• United States
3 Jan 08
My husband and I have done this. Now we have 4 cats. Two of them came from my husband's job. One was a stray and the other was stuck in the engine compartment of this guy's car. Another cat we adopted from the Humane Society. The fourth one was one my sister could not keep anymore.
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3 Jan 08
Awe bless them! They were obviously lucky you and your husband found them.
• United States
3 Jan 08
We adopted two wonderful dogs from the Animal Control Center 5 years ago. Mandy, my labbie, now has her ILP # with the AKC and earned her CD, CGC, and one leg to her RN. Buddy, the golden retriever, is the best family dog we have ever had. He will let the kids do anything to him. He is so patient and kind. Such a sweetie. Pound dogs are the best.=)
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3 Jan 08
Sorry to sound ignorant, but what are those letters? Are they some sort of training certificate? I'm glad you found a loving family member to take home from the pound. :)
@sacmom (14338)
• United States
3 Jan 08
I've never actually adopted an animal from a rescue organization, but I have adopted them from the pound. As far as strays go, I did find a kitten that was at my local market about a month or so ago. It's a small store and I asked one of the ladies there that runs the store if it was their 'store kitten'. She told me it wasn't and that it was a stray. I wanted so much to take the kitten home with me, even though my husband would kill me. LOL. As I left the store I saw the kitten and called to it. He (or she) slowly came up to me and after a few minutes the kitten was close enough to touch it. He sniffed my fingers, he was that close. Unfortunately my autistic son accidentally spooked the kitten and it ran under a parked car a few feet away. I went back to the store for a few days and he was there each time. I called to him, but he wouldn't get as close as before. Another day or so passed and he wasn't there anymore. I can only hope that someone gave him a good home... PS Your girls are very cute. :)
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3 Jan 08
Adopting them from the pound is still rescuing them as they're in need of good homes too. That poor kitten! I hope that thanks to you bringing it to the store's attention, someone managed to pick it up and take it to a shelter or take it to a good home. Thanks for the compliment about my loves. I think they are too! *lol*
@ESKARENA1 (18304)
2 Jan 08
me, the kids and Nero, in laidback, protective pos - This is our rescued labrador, yes the one asleep on his back, lol. He sees his role chiefly as protective.
a couple of years ago we rescued a starving Labrador dog, we called him Nero. He fitted in well and sees his role primarilly as protecting the children and me. He sleeps at the bottom of my bed and lays over my lap when im watching tv. He also tries to play with the children but has got a bit big of lately. For our family he has been great and i dont regret having him come live with us, even thougfh he does obscess over us now and again blessed be
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2 Jan 08
That's a lovely family picture. He looks so happy with you and your children. I like the name too! Blessed be to you too :)
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• United States
2 Jan 08
I have rescued animals. Both of my dogs they came from the shelter, both of my cats came from outside, they both choosed me. One came up to me when I was garage sale shopping, and my other one came from a neighbors yard her mom never came back to her litter. So I have 4 rescue animals altoghether and I don't think I'm quite finish yet. I want a lap dog and I plan on going to a shelter again.
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2 Jan 08
That's really great. Good for you! I hope you find your dog too. :)
@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
8 Feb 08
Thank you for your big heart! I Foster lots of pets, and the 2 dogs and one cat that OWN my house are rescue pets.
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@jwfarrimond (4475)
4 Jan 08
At the present time I have four cats. The two older ones where adopted from the Cat's Protection two years ago and the other two where both strays that i took in. All of our cats have been strays that have been taken in.
5 Jan 08
That's really nice. I'm loving hearing all these accounts of cats finding happy homes. The cat in your user picture is gorgeous BTW. Boy or girl?
7 Jan 08
It's good to hear of someone who houses older cats too. Obviously it's often only the kittens who find homes and older cats aren't always as lucky. Good for you!
7 Jan 08
It's not a matter of concern to me being an older person myself I quite like the company of some other old folks albeit they have fur... :-)
@gem170104 (172)
7 Jan 08
Our beautiful kitten Bella was a rescue kitten. She was brought from a pet shop at 6 weeks and taken to a home where she was overfed and bullied by an older cat, so she was given to a shelter at 8 weeks and we adopted her at 10 weeks, shes perfect for us as we only wanted one kitten and she does not like other cats. Shes absolutely lovely and although she can be a little temperamental (she is a tabby after all) we wouldn't swap her for the world. She is nearly 6 months now and her overfeeding seems to have caused no problems with her as she got a clean bill of health at the vets last week, and she definately seems to enjoy being the only cat in the house. I can't post pictures in my responses yet but there is a picture on my profile page if you would like to see her she really is pretty.
7 Jan 08
Oh she's absolutely gorgeous! How old is she in that picture? She could be in a calendar! *lol*