Seven days a week, our primary mission is adopting homeless animals into loving forever homes. We've been collecting stories of life-saving and life-changing adoptions from our supporters and we'd like to share them with you. Do you have an adoption story you'd like to share? Email it to us here and we'll add it to the page!
Chessie from the Quinter family
Boris Kitty from Kelly
Lulu from the King family
Bear adopted in 2003
In 2007, after living in PA for about a year, I was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease. I was forced to temporarily resign from my job in order to focus on getting myself healthy. While I was in and out of the hospital my husband was working and attending school... meanwhile, our fur child Luigi was left alone, a lot. We saw the toll it was taking on him - he actually looked sad, lonely and would just sit next to me at night and cry. We would let him play with our neighbor's dogs for a few hours, but his joy would quickly vanish when the play date was over. Once I was well enough to get back to work, I headed over the the HSBC to drop off some donations my office had collected. A friend of mine told me that I just "had to see" this little Jack Russell they had just gotten in, that she looked like a miniature Luigi. Well, one look - and that was it. There was no way I was leaving that shelter without her. Her huge brown eyes were so captivating that you almost didn't notice her ribs sticking out, her long nails or her tail that was stained by urine and feces. She was found at the HSBC the morning before by the staff - someone had left here there overnight. With no previous discussion with my husband about getting a second dog, you can imagine his surprise when I came home from the store with a skinny little Jack Russell. At first, he was concerned that Luigi wouldn't get the same amount of attention no longer being the only dog... but now ... we can't imagine one dog without the other. They are the best of friends! She is his favorite playmate and has made up for all the time we were unable to play with him due to our very stressful time the year before. She has since become a Jersey girl when we decided to move home. We are an active foster family for a local puppy rescue of which Stella does a great job keeping the puppies "in line" by acting as their mother while they are in our care. As heartbreaking as it was to know that she was thrown away, that turned out to be the best thing those people could have done. She was given a second chance at life and could not be more loved or better taken care of. Thank you for everything you do... thank you for keeping Stella safe until I came to take her home.
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