If you follow Found Animals, you know that we are all about adoption. Whether from a shelter, rescue, or humane-model pet store, adopting a pet means saving a life. This year on Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Day, we thought you might like to see proof of our passion for adoption. We are adopters ourselves, and we love our adopted pets! Here are just a few.
Meet Annie! We adopted Annie in 2010 from a rescue in Burbank, CA. She is truly the best decision we have ever made! She loves long walks, smelling absolutely everything and her 2 feline sisters Charlotte and Lucy. – - Justin V.
Six years ago, I spotted Charlie on a website for a rescue in downtown LA and it was love at first sight. Her ears were bigger than her head, which made her look like a mini “Dingo” (a nickname that has since stuck), and she peed on my feet the moment we met. Sealed the deal! Thankfully she grew into those ears, no longer pees on me & I couldn’t love her more. – - Jana B.
We adopted Diego in 2011 from the SEAACA shelter in Downey. He was relinquished with 9 other cats and kittens as a part of a hoarding situation. None of the others made it out alive, due to illness or temperament. And, our boy almost didn’t make it, either. His brother and kennel-mate died from an infectious illness called panleukopenia and they will usually euthanize any other animals that have been in contact in order to prevent the spread of the disease. We are so lucky they didn’t, because he is the sweetest, best cat in the world and we couldn’t imagine our family without him! – - Brianne L.
I adopted my German Shepherd, Juno, from the West LA Shelter in 2013. I love her because she showers me with kisses every day when I get home from work! – - Natasha D.
Maxx was dropped off in front of a shop I use to work at with a note that read “scratches too much, don’t want him”. At the time he was approximately 3 months old.
I took Maxx to the shelter and he looked so scared that the lady at the desk asked / told me “you have a note that says they don’t want him. Are you sure you dont want to take him home?” I said I would take him. He had grown on me, but I thought I could find him a home. The East Valley animal shelter neutered him and chipped him for me. I began to look for a home for Maxx. What I didn’t know at the time was that he WAS home. 12 years later my poodle lives a lavish life with his sister (a 16 year old tabby) Kiara & myself :). – - Nancy M.
Without you life is complicated and tasteless; I adopted you 2 years ago hoping to give you a better life, but you gave me a better life, brought happiness into my heart and that is priceless. We both needed one another and at the end I found you saving me instead. Thank you Prynce for rescuing me and choosing me as your adopter. – - Elizabeth S.
Pumpkin was labeled as having “behavioral challenges” in the shelter; when I first glimpsed her she was furiously attacking a paper tag outside her kennel door. I like to think she rejects labels. – - Deva C.
Recipe for a Happy Shelter Pet
by Riley Rucker Bohi (Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society, May 2007)
1 Shelter Pet (required)
1 Human (required – add more, as appropriate)
Handful of kisses
Sprinkle of giggles
Pinch of patience
Blend ingredients and add love throughout the
life-long baking process. Garnish with snuggles and serve daily. – - Jackie R.
Rufus was found as a stray and rescued off the streets of Pasadena by Marley’s Pit Stop in 2006. The staff there thought he was so special that he soon became a favorite. I adopted him in June of 2006. When he’s not getting belly rubs, Rufus can be found making friends with kittens, and supervising staff at the Found Animals office. — Aimee G.
I adopted Scout in 2005 when she was 8 weeks old. A product of backyard breeding, she was supposed to be yellow (oops!). She was also extremely shy and the runt of the litter. She grew up to be a healthy, happy girl, and loses any trace of shyness when shown a tennis ball. – - Estelle W.
I adopted Toad in 2010 from the SEAACA animal shelter. My favorite thing about Toad is his spotted, soft belly. Although he’s from a shelter, he’s so trusting and often lays like this while I drink my morning coffee. – - Jen P.
Do you love an adopted pet? Post a pic and your pet’s story on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram using #mypetsday to show the world your fantastic adopted family member!
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