About the Contest
A good pet rescue story is more than entertaining. It’s what keeps us going. It’s what gives us hope. And it’s what we were looking for in our Doing More for Pets Rescue Stories Contest.

Between March 15 and April 14, Rally to Rescue Ambassadors were invited to submit an essay (250 words or less) and a photo that told the story of how, within the past two years, they rescued a dog or cat. From all submissions, our contest judges chose 10 finalists, who each win a year’s supply of Pro Plan® brand Pet Food for one pet and a 3-day, 2-night trip to California to attend a special Rally to Rescue Ambassador recognition event on October 12, 2007.

Rummy’s Incredible Makeover
My Name is Rummy, I am little red teddy bear! Huggable, lovable, kissable, irresistible! I have a fabulous, thick, lush, utterly gorgeous red coat you are going to have to run your fingers through when you see me. Everyone does. My facial markings are exquisite – remember them - you will see me in commercials one day. Will you take me to Hollywood? My beauty, charm and charisma will dazzle Hollywood producers in no time. I am kind, calm, gentle, loving, easy and good in the house. I am housetrained and know how to use a doggy door. Yup! Even though I am blind, I figured out how to use the doggy door in 24 hours! I know how to sit, lie down, wag my tail, and come when you call me. I am so cute! Did I tell you how cute I am? Unfortunately, my previous owner didn’t think so.

I was picked up by a Houston SPCA K-9 Investigator for severe neglect. The investigator called Husky Haven to see if they would accept me and give me the special attention I needed to get me healthy and adopted. I was emaciated, had very little hair and had mange, heartworms, round worms, hook worms, whip worms, and coccidia. Husky Haven took care of me and nursed me back to a healthy husky. I was given lots of love, food, medicine, a microchip and gradually learned to trust people. Now, I am fearless!
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Submitter Name:
Julie Kramer, Midwest Rescue of Illinois
Pet Name:
Indy
Owner Name:
Rick and Cathy Bedard



Indy’s Special Gift to a Special Family

At Midwest Rescue, we believe in “doing more for pets.” But the truth is, pets do even more for us.

When Indy came to Midwest Rescue of Illinois, he was an adorable, little traumatized ball of fur that cried inconsolably. An eight-week-old “mystery mix” puppy who had been tossed out of a car at a busy truck stop, Indy quickly thrived under his foster mom’s loving care. We began taking him to our adoption events, hoping to find Indy a special home.

It finally happened. Twelve-year-old Alex spotted Indy at an adoption event, and it was love at first sight. Alex’s parents have three children with developmental disabilities, one of whom is adopted. His mother says Indy works magic on the children. “He gives our son Ricky the gift of high self-esteem,” she says. “He gives Alex the gift of friendship. And he gives Tiffy the gift of love and kindness.”

Submitter Name:
Julie Kramer, Midwest Rescue of Illinois
Pet Name:
Indy
Owner Name:
Rick and Cathy Bedard

Indy’s Special Gift to a Special Family

When Indy came to Midwest Rescue of Illinois, he was an adorable, little traumatized ball of fur that cried inconsolably.

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Submitter Name:
J. Brandy Gardes, From the Heart Rescue
Pet Name:
Nova
Owner Name:
Susan Morris Jackson



Tears for Nova

We cried as we loaded her into a car for what we thought would be a one-way trip to the vet’s office. Broken and bleeding from having been dragged behind a truck, we were sure this sweet, 7-month-old puppy would not be with us much longer.

But Nova was a fighter. Despite having lost the pads on all four paws and sustaining a broken foot and leg as well as severe abrasions, Nova refused to give up.

We cried daily as she laid still to have her bandages changed. Her sweet nature and desire to please turned the time and effort From the Heart Rescue spent caring for her and searching for donations to help her into a labor of love.

We cried again as we loaded Nova into the car to start a one-way trip across the country. Destination: Nova’s new home. After four months, three surgeries and countless bandages, Nova was healed, happy and going home.

Submitter Name:
J. Brandy Gardes, From the Heart Rescue
Pet Name:
Nova
Owner Name:
Susan Morris Jackson

Tears for Nova

We cried as we loaded her into the car for what we thought would be a one-way trip to the vet. We were sure this sweet 7-month old pup would not be with us much longer.

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Submitter Name:
Marci Smith, Stepping Stone German Shepherd Rescue
Pet Name:
Sebastian
Owner Name:
Marci Smith



Sebastian’s Mission to Help Rescued Pets

Sadly, it happens sometimes. A backyard breeder ends up with one last sickly, little puppy, unable to be sold and unwanted as a personal pet. This is how Sebastian’s story began. By the time he was two years old, he’d been abandoned.

While obviously not a German Shepherd, he was welcomed into the care of Stepping Stone German Shepherd Rescue and offered the high-quality nutrition he needed and the big hugs and kisses he deserved. His coat went from dry and shedding to soft and plush. And he was soon growing at a rate of 20 pounds per month.

Several families inquired about adopting Sebastian, but when they learned how much he eats daily and how big he’ll get (about 250 pounds) they lost interest. Now, Sebastian has a forever home, right here with me, where he also serves as our rescue organization’s mascot, helping to illustrate the importance of pet rescue and the benefits of high-quality Pro Plan nutrition.

Submitter Name:
Marci Smith, Stepping Stone German Shepherd Rescue
Pet Name:
Sebastian
Owner Name:
Marci Smith

Sebastian’s Mission to Help Rescued Pets

Sadly, it happens sometimes. A backyard breeder ends up with one last sickly, little puppy, unable to be sold and unwanted as a personal pet.

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Submitter Name:
Angie Claussen, Husky Haven, Inc.
Pet Name:
Rummy
Owner Name:
   



Rummy's Incredible Makeover

When a Houston SPCA K-9 investigator picked up little red Rummy from his original owner, he was in pitiful shape. Severely neglected and emaciated, Rummy was nearly bald and was infested with mange, heartworms, round worms, hook worms, whip worms and coccidia. And, Rummy was blind.

Before he could be adopted, Rummy had to be healthy, so Husky Haven took him in and gave him the nutrition and medicine he needed and the love and attention he deserved. Despite his visual limitations, Rummy is now housebroken and can use the doggie door, as well as sit, lie down, wag his tail and come when called. With his gorgeous, thick, red coat and exquisite facial markings, Rummy is a healthy, happy Husky. We hope someone will complete her rescue makeover story by opening her heart and home to our red-haired angel.

Submitter Name:
Angie Claussen, Husky Haven, Inc.
Pet Name:
Rummy
Owner Name:
   

Rummy's Incredible Makeover

When a Houston SPCA K-9 investigator picked up little red Rummy from his original owner, he was in pitiful shape.

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Submitter Name:
Cindy Tuttle, Saving Pyrs in Need, Inc.
Pet Name:
Biscuit
Owner Name:
Sandy Hearne



How Biscuit Got His Groove Back

When we go into an animal control center to save a dog, we’re never quite sure what we’ll find. Last year, a volunteer went on a run to pull what was believed to be a Great Pyrenees puppy from a facility. She picked up this tick and urine covered puppy and took her directly to our bathtub. She was not a Great Pyrenees. In fact, she was as untamed as a wild rabbit and very sick.

Over the next three weeks she continued in the same condition, despite medication and loving care. Her foster parents expected to board her at the vet’s office during a planned vacation, but as they carried her to the car, she suddenly jumped down and ran across a busy highway into a bramble-filled thicket then disappeared. The foster family left the next morning as planned, with heavy hearts, knowing they would probably never see her again.

Amazingly, Biscuit returned to her foster family’s securely fenced yard the next day. The foster family adopted her and she is now love and happiness on four legs, a third the size of a Great Pyrenees but even bigger in spirit.

Submitter Name:
Cindy Tuttle, Saving Pyrs in Need, Inc.
Pet Name:
Biscuit
Owner Name:
Sandy Hearne

How Biscuit Got His Groove Back

When we go into an animal control center to save a dog, we’re never quite sure what we’ll find.

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Submitter Name:
Joan Lindberg, Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue
Pet Name:
Bandit
Owner Name:
Jane Cortte



Bandit Steals His Veterinarian’s Heart

A car accident had robbed Bandit of his dignity. A sacral fracture, nerve damage, injured tail and bowel incontinence were injuries that had not been enough to kill him, though they almost cost him his life.

His owners asked their vet to euthanize the 3-year-old Collie, but the vet thought Bandit deserved more and convinced the owners to release him to her care. She treated his injuries and then turned him over to Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.

Over the next few months, Bandit’s condition improved. His use of the rear leg improved. His injured tail began to wag again. But his bowel incontinence continued.

Bandit now lives with a family that raises horses and sled dogs. Today he gets lots of exercise playing with children, keeping tabs on the horses and frolicking with the sled dogs. His injuries continue to improve, and his tail continues to wag.

Submitter Name:
Joan Lindberg, Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue
Pet Name:
Bandit
Owner Name:
Jane Cortte

Bandit Steals His Veterinarian’s Heart

A car accident had robbed Bandit of his dignity. A sacral fracture, nerve damage, injured tail and bowel incontinence
were injuries that had not been enough to kill him...

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Submitter Name:
Bill Glotz, American Brittany Rescue
Pet Name:
Susie
Owner Name:
Bill Glotz



Hunting for Susie's Forever Home

When we agreed to foster Susie, we had no idea what an unbelievable experience it would be for us.

Susie’s original owner purchased her to be a hunting dog, not a pet, and did not socialize with other humans or train her properly. When she wouldn’t hunt for him, the hunter decided we would shoot her. Luckily, someone brought her to American Brittany Rescue, where she immediately attached to me. She was so attached, in fact, that she was aggressive toward my family and anyone else entering our home. We brought in a behavioral consultant to undo the effects of her early trauma and to socialize her, giving her a new leash on life.

We continue to work with Susie and have given her a forever home right here with us.. She now has her AKC titles in jumpers, weaves and standard novice agility and is one run away from her open titles.

Submitter Name:
Bill Glotz, American Brittany Rescue
Pet Name:
Susie
Owner Name:
Bill Glotz

Hunting for Susie's Forever Home

When we agreed to foster Susie, we had no idea what an unbelievable experience it would be for us.

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Submitter Name:
Jan Knoche, Love a Golden Rescue
Pet Name:
Cassie
Owner Name:
   



Cassie's Golden Disposition

Big brown eyes looked up at us briefly then looked away. A tail tried to wag but it was just too much effort. Dirty and exhausted from yet another seizure, the 6-year-old Golden Retriever had to be carried to the car that would take her to the veterinarian's office.

When Cassie came to Love a Golden Rescue, she had orthopedic problems and was overweight, hypothyroid and epileptic, but her first family simply couldn’t afford her veterinary care. Even though she was in considerable pain, Cassie did not whimper or complain, and her gentle disposition endeared her to those she met.

Cassie’s foster family was prepared for her health issues, but they had no idea how much their lives would be enriched as they helped this dog blossom. They watched as the distant look left Cassie’s eyes and her tail began to wag again. Cassie was given her first chance to live rather than merely exist.

Submitter Name:
Jan Knoche, Love a Golden Rescue
Pet Name:
Cassie
Owner Name:
   

Cassie's Golden Disposition

Big brown eyes looked up at us briefly; a tail tried to wag but that was too much effort.



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Submitter Name:
Theresa Clifford, The Cat Shack
Pet Name:
Max
Owner Name:
Kathy Gress



Max’s Journey from Trash to Treasure

One chilly night, Max and his siblings were literally put out with the trash by a neighbor who considered them “pests.” Only Max escaped this cruelty by hiding in a cat lover’s garden, where a Cat Shack volunteer rescued him.

Max was thin and injured, but his sweetness and trust in humans miraculously remained intact. After recovering from his injuries, Max was placed into our adoption center, and was discovered there by his new family, Kathryn and Ben Gress.

The Gresses operate a home-based animal sanctuary, caring for homeless animals and training them to work with troubled youth and depressed adults. Max lives with the Gresses and works to motivate individuals in therapy and to help bridge communication gaps with medical staff.

Although Max was treated poorly early in life, kind people worked together to save him. Max now returns this kindness by using his gifts to reach troubled people and improve their lives.

Submitter Name:
Theresa Clifford, The Cat Shack
Pet Name:
Max
Owner Name:
Kathy Gress

Max’s Journey from Trash to Treasure

One chilly night, Max and his siblings were literally put out with the trash by a neighbor who considered them “pests.”

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Submitter Name:
Dawne Howard, Southern Siberian Rescue
Pet Name:
Hans
Owner Name:
Teisha and Rob Murray



New Hope for Hans

Our first impression of Hans based on photographs was that he was a senior with tearstains down his face. But when volunteers from Southern Siberian Rescue met the 8-year-old Siberian at a North Carolina shelter, we discovered those tearstains were actually bloodstains, resulting from a half dozen cuts and holes in his face, muzzle, ears and head. And in his mouth, we found that several of his teeth were hanging by threads of his gums.

He must have been in terrible pain, but as we drove to the vet’s office, all he wanted to do was give me kisses. Surely he must have known I’d come to help him. Hans underwent surgery that very afternoon to suture his wounds and extract teeth resulting from a fractured jaw.

Years of neglect had taken their toll on Hans. But now that he has a forever home, he’s become a laid-back, roll-with-the-punches kind of dog.

Submitter Name:
Dawne Howard, Southern Siberian Rescue
Pet Name:
Hans
Owner Name:
Teisha and Rob Murray

New Hope for Hans

Our first impression of Hans based on photographs was that he was a senior with tearstains down his face.

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Submitter Name:
Dawne Howard, Southern Siberian Rescue
Pet Name:
Hans
Owner Name:
Teisha and Rob Murray

New Hope for Hans

On 8/18/2006 we pulled Hans, an 8 year old male Siberian, from an NC shelter. He looked so pitiful we had to get him out ASAP. He appeared to be a senior with tearstains down his face, but meeting Hans was sad. Those tearstains were actually blood and infected goo from the hole in his face and the 4 other cuts and holes on his muzzle, ears and head. We further discovered teeth that were horizontal, hanging by threads of his gums.

During all of this pain, Hans only wanted to give kisses and lick my face as we drove to the vet. We did his shots and his heartworm test was positive. Hans had to undergo surgery that afternoon to suture up his wounds and extract his entire upper front incisors due to a fractured jaw. Many of us cried tears of both sorrow and joy for Hans. Sorrow for the years of neglect that he endured and joy that he is in our program.

After Hans healed from his surgery, he was neutered and his heartworms treated. He is very laid back and rolls with the punches. He loves attention, chewing Nylabones, walks, car rides and being brushed.

On 3/3/07, Teisha and Rob adopted Hans and renamed him Cole. He is the perfect match for them and his 4-legged Siberian sister Sasha. He is now pampered and cherished as a loving family member.

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Submitter Name:
Cindy Tuttle, Saving Pyrs in Need, Inc.
Pet Name:
Biscuit
Owner Name:
Sandy Hearne

How Biscuit Got His Groove Back

Last May I had my first opportunity as a SPIN volunteer to pull what was believed to be a Great Pyrenees puppy from an animal control facility. We picked up this tick and urine covered puppy and took her directly to our bathtub. She was not a Great Pyrenees, was as untamed as a wild rabbit and very sick. Over the next three weeks she continued in the same condition despite antibiotics and loving care. We expected to board her at the vet’s during a planned vacation but when I carried her to the car, she suddenly jumped out of my arms and ran across our busy highway into a bramble-filled thicket. I followed and she ran back across the highway (it was rush hour!) and disappeared into the ranch area behind us. We left the next morning as planned with heavy hearts, knowing we would never see her again.

Amazingly she returned the next day to our securely fenced yard and relatives enticed her back into safety without being seen; food and water were left out for her daily. When we returned we tried other antibiotics and though there was reason to believe she had distemper (and therefore not adoptable), she actually got well. She also gradually learned to trust us. We adopted her and she is now love and happiness on four legs, a third the size of a Great Pyrenees except in spirit, but the angel of our lives.

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Submitter Name:
Joan Lindberg, Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue
Pet Name:
Bandit
Owner Name:
Jane Cortte

Bandit Steals His Veterinarian’s Heart

With millions of healthy pets euthanized every year, was there any chance for an injured, limping, partially incontinent collie named Bandit? According to caregivers, yes!

When Bandit was seriously injured in a car accident, his owners asked their vet to euthanize him. However, this caring vet thought Bandit deserved more and convinced them to relinquish him to her. She treated his sacral fracture, nerve damage, and injured tail and surrendered him to MWCR. Over the next few months, Bandit received therapy, exercise and a special, high fiber diet. His injured tail began to wag and his rear leg improved greatly, but his bowel incontinence continued. Every night his foster mom put down a clean sheet for Bandit to sleep on and to catch the little droppings that he couldn’t control. She vowed that unless the perfect home could be found, he would always stay with her.

Than, against all odds, that perfect home appeared in the form of a family that raised horses and sled dogs and included four children. They met Bandit, and it was love at first sight. Today, he gets lots of exercise playing with the children, keeping tabs on the horses and frolicking with the sled dogs. His injured leg continues to improve and his tail continues to wag. And Bandit has decided to share his wisdom, experience and good fortune with a new generation of puppies: the first lesson – stay close to mom and never chase after a car!

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Submitter Name:
J. Brandy Gardes, From the Heart Rescue
Pet Name:
Nova
Owner Name:
Susan Morris Jackson

Tears for Nova

We cried as we loaded her into the car for what we thought would be a one-way trip to the vet. Broken and bleeding from being dragged behind a truck, we were sure this sweet 7-month old pup would not be with us much longer. But Nova was a fighter. Despite losing the pads on all four feet, severe abrasions on her legs, and a broken foot and leg, she made it clear she would not give up. We made her a promise that day to heal her, both physically and emotionally.

We cried daily for weeks as she laid still for an hour to have her bandages changed. But her tender nature and desire to please made the time, effort and search for donations to help her a labor of love for all of us. The day we found her with a pilfered beany baby in her mouth, surrounded by what was once its innards, was the day we knew her spirit had healed; her body could not be far behind. We started to truly believe we would be able to keep our promise to her.

We cried again as we loaded her into the car to start her journey across the country to her new family 2200 miles away, but this time it was happy tears. After four months, countless bandage changes and three surgeries, Nova was healed and happy, ready to unconditionally love her new family for the rest of her life. It was a promise fulfilled.

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Submitter Name:
Bill Glotz, American Brittany Rescue
Pet Name:
Susie
Owner Name:
Bill Glotz

Hunting for Susie's Forever Home

When we agreed to foster Susie for American Brittany Rescue, we had no idea that our foster home would turn into Susie’s forever home and what an unbelievable learning experience this would be. Susie’s original owner purchased Susie for a hunting dog ONLY. Susie was not socialized with other humans and his training was too severe for her, causing all her problems. She wouldn’t hunt for him, so he was going to shoot her. Thank goodness another person took Susie and brought her to ABR. When Susie came to our home, she attached to Bill. No one could go near Bill or Susie when she was guarding Bill or any item that had his scent on it. She was aggressive toward me and anyone that come into our home.

Brittany Rescue brought in a behavioral consultant, Debbie Walker, to work with Susie and us. Susie was experiencing visual, emotional, and physical flashbacks putting Susie’s mind in the past and not in the present. To help cover the costs, Betty Hedquist, IL coordinator for ABR, stripped and waxed floors at LaBest. We never stopped working with Susie to socialize her, taking her to obedience and agility classes which she still attends. Susie has her AKC titles in jumpers and weaves and standard novice agility and is one run away in each category from her open titles.

ABR gave Susie a new leash on life. She has taught us so much. We love her. She could be the poster dog for rescue.

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Submitter Name:
Julie Kramer, Midwest Rescue of Illinois
Pet Name:
Indy
Owner Name:
Rick and Cathy Bedard

Indy’s Special Gift to a Special Family

What kind of person would toss an eight week old puppy out of a car…at a busy Indiana truck stop, no less?

Thankfully, a Good Samaritan scooped him up, then called us. We took him sight unseen.

We’re a pit bull rescue—and surprise!—Indy was no pit bull. But he was ours now, this adorable, traumatized ball of fur who cried inconsolably.

But not for long! Under his foster mom’s loving care, Indy blossomed into a happy, playful pup. We dubbed him our “mystery mix,” posted his profile online, and started a round of adoption days.

Outing after outing, we waited for that miraculous moment—the great joy of rescue— when Indy’s family would find him.

Then one day, at a PetCo Adoption Day, the Bedard family wandered over. Twelve year old Alex spotted Indy. It was love at first sight!

Now, Rick and Cathy Bedard are remarkable people. They have three children with developmental disabilities, one who is adopted. They gamely visited our website, completed an online application, and following our home visit, welcomed Indy with open arms.

Says Cathy, “Indy has worked his magic on all of us.”

“He gives our son Ricky the gift of high self-esteem. He gives Alex the gift of friendship. And he gives Tiffy, our most involved child, the gift of love and kindness.”

At Midwest Rescue, we believe in “doing more for pets.” But the truth is, pets— especially little “throwaways”—do even more for us.

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Submitter Name:
Marci Smith, Stepping Stone German Shepherd Rescue
Pet Name:
Sebastian
Owner Name:
Marci Smith

Sebastian’s Mission to Help Rescued Pets

Sebastian was abandoned at a young age by a backyard breeder who no longer wanted him. He was the last of the litter, in poor health, underweight and they could not afford to feed him. He donned the name Sebastian after Johan Sebastian Bach as every child who sees him cries out “Look, it’s Beethoven!!”

When Sebastian arrived he was started on ProPlan Giant Breed; he quickly started showing improvement. His coat went from dry and falling out to soft and plush; he started gaining 20 pounds a month. In no time at all he looked like a stuffed animal rather than the pitiful little creature he started as.

Everywhere we take the dogs for events, if Sebastian is with us, he always gets the most attention; at times he gets swarmed and always takes it in stride. He acts as our mascot as he is a great lead in to tell about our rescue and the benefits of ProPlan.

Sebastian has had numerous families interested in him, but not one has ever followed through. Once people realize how much he eats daily and how large he is on target to become (about 250 pounds) it’s seems to back people off. After 17 months in the rescue with no forever home, I adopted him myself.

Sebastian will always have lots of love, a safe place, a warm bed and plenty of good food……in exchange, he just had to don his keg and let the public see his pretty face!

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Submitter Name:
Angie Claussen, Husky Haven, Inc.
Pet Name:
Rummy
Owner Name:
   

Rummy's Incredible Makeover

My Name is Rummy, I am little red teddy bear! Huggable, lovable, kissable, irresistible! I have a fabulous, thick, lush, utterly gorgeous red coat you are going to have to run your fingers through when you see me. Everyone does. My facial markings are exquisite – remember them - you will see me in commercials one day. Will you take me to Hollywood? My beauty, charm and charisma will dazzle Hollywood producers in no time. I am kind, calm, gentle, loving, easy and good in the house. I am housetrained and know how to use a doggy door. Yup! Even though I am blind, I figured out how to use the doggy door in 24 hours! I know how to sit, lie down, wag my tail, and come when you call me. I am so cute! Did I tell you how cute I am? Unfortunately, my previous owner didn’t think so.

I was picked up by a Houston SPCA K-9 Investigator for severe neglect. The investigator called Husky Haven to see if they would accept me and give me the special attention I needed to get me healthy and adopted. I was emaciated, had very little hair and had mange, heartworms, round worms, hook worms, whip worms, and coccidia. Husky Haven took care of me and nursed me back to a healthy husky. I was given lots of love, food, medicine, a microchip and gradually learned to trust people. Now, I am fearless!

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Submitter Name:
Theresa Clifford, The Cat Shack
Pet Name:
Max
Owner Name:
Kathy Gress

Max’s Journey from Trash to Treasure

On a chilly night, Max and his siblings were put out with the trash. They trusted people they encountered, which made it easy for some neighbors to dispose of what they considered “pests”. Only Max escaped this cruelty by hiding in a cat lover’s garden. He sustained a deep shoulder gash but survived the ordeal and was rescued by a Cat Shack (www.thecatshack.com) volunteer.

Nobody realized how many lives this little kitten would touch. Max was thin and injured, but his sweetness and trust in humans miraculously remained intact! He was destined to be a wonderful companion for a lucky owner.
After recovering from his injuries, Max was placed into the rescue’s Adoption Center. Kathryn and Ben Gress were shopping for pet supplies and paused to look at the available cats. Kathryn was drawn to Max’s adorable face and within minutes knew he would be the perfect addition to her unique home.

Kathryn and Ben operate the Gress Mountain Ranch, a home-based animal sanctuary offering care for unwanted animals. The animals are trained to work with troubled youth and depressed adults (see http://www.gressmountainranch.com). Max lives with the Gresses and works to motivate individuals in their therapy and bridge communication gaps with medical staff. He also enjoys playtime with his family, of course!

Although Max was treated poorly early in life, kind people worked together to save him. Max now returns this kindness by using his gifts to reach troubled people and improve their lives.

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Submitter Name:
Jan Knoche, Love a Golden Rescue
Pet Name:
Cassie
Owner Name:
   

Cassie's Golden Disposition

Big brown eyes looked up at us briefly; a tail tried to wag but that was too much effort. Dirty and exhausted from yet another seizure, 6 year-old Golden Retriever Cassie had to be carried to the car that would take her to the veterinarian's office for her life-saving care. Cassie’s prior family could not afford her medical care. When she came to rescue, Cassie was very overweight, hypothyroid, epileptic, and had orthopedic problems. In spite of clearly being in pain, Cassie did not whimper or complain, and her gentle disposition endeared her to those she met.

Our rescue vet cared for Cassie’s host of previously untreated medical problems. Her foster family was prepared for Cassie’s health issues, but they had no idea how much the journey of helping Cassie blossom would add to their lives. They watched as the distant look left Cassie’s eyes. She even occasionally trots! Their young twin daughters dote on Cassie and enjoy frequent conversations with her. Cassie was given her first chance to live; rather than merely existing.

Recently Cassie was at an adoption event. The two volunteers who had handled her intake could hardly believe Cassie was the same dog. When they mentioned that to the foster mom, she said "Thank you, it's so good to hear that!" The volunteers knew they were sharing a very special moment. As for Cassie - we were sure she was smiling and yes, the tail could really wag this time.

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