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This is Leela. We adopted her from our local Rescue shelter over the 4th of July weekend. She was abandoned as a kitten, and left to fend for herself on the streets, in the middle of winter! Poor baby. She lost her tail and part of her ear to frostbite, and was brought into the shelter in April. After being treated for a kitty cold, fleas, and malnutrition, she kindly waited for us to come adopt her. :D 

She had every right to turn into a non-social cat, but she’s wonderful. She gives kisses, cuddles, and purrs like crazy. She’s patient with kids, and sleeps with us at night. Rescue pets are the best! We’re so glad she picked us to be her family. <3

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This is Rox Dog. My husband and I finally decided to get a dog and visited the Virginia German Shepherd Rescue event. We visited with a few dogs but Roxie and I just instantly fell in love. She walked the pet store with us and then tried to leave with us. It wasn’t our plan to adopt a senior dog (she was 10) but we obviously were meant to be.

We brought her home and fell in love. She was perfect for us first time dog owners as she was well trained and low key. It was hard as she started deteriorating and began struggling with her rear legs. 

We lost her on Friday. And while we only had her for 3 years, they were wonderful. Please consider an older dog.

**Photo by Sara Riddle Photography**

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This is Dash.  My husband and I were on our way to my work last week (7/17/14) when I realized I had completely forgotten to make breakfast for a coworker’s birthday potluck.  I decided to go to a grocery store close to my office and pick up *something*, when I saw a grey lump in the middle of the lane I was in.  After realizing it was a cat, I stopped the car and went and grabbed her. 

As I was getting back into the car, and trying to hand her to my husband, she jumped out of our hands and promptly climbed up behind the dashboard.  We drove to the grocery store to park and try and get her out, but she was so scared, nothing would convince her to come out.  We ended up driving to the dealership and they helped us get her out from behind the dashboard.  We took her to the local SPCA, but I couldn’t get her out of my head and decided that almost 10 months had been long enough without kitty companionship.

We’re technically fostering her for now, since she’s still a bit injured with a burnt paw from her adventure behind the dashboard, but she is on the mend and will hopefully be officially ours at the end of the week!  She’s still very skittish and wary of people, and prefers to be somewhere she can feel hidden, but we’ll work on that more once she’s not under doctor’s orders to be confined.

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This is Maggie.  She is the best dog - sweet and smart and a bit of a diva, but such a joy to have in our lives.  

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My sister’s Pitbull rescue One Eyed Jack :)

Photo by Silver Linings Photography

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This was Dirty Cat, a former ski bum cat who came into my life a mere month after I lost my two cats to an apartment fire. I didn’t want, and felt I wasn’t ready for, another cat, but she was about 11 years old, and wouldn’t have done well in an animal shelter.

So, I had her owner (who was moving and couldn’t take her) drop her off at my place. I still remember how Dirty Cat paused to take in the place, before making a bee line for my room. That night she jumped up on the bed to sleep by my head, where she slept every night for six years thereafter. Kidney failure required one final trip to the vet last June, but she will live with me forever.

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This is Callie which is short for Calico Tortie. After losing our two elder cats in a four month period our seven year old, Jack, was a little lonely and depressed so after a couple months of mourning we decided it was time to find him a new friend. The local news had mentioned the No Kill LA shelter pet adoption event so we decided to check it out. We had barely started to look when my mom saw Callie in her cage and declared she was the one. 

Callie is the most chill and laid back cat we’ve ever had the privilege of meeting. Even the vet was amazed at how relaxed she is. She is constantly winding through our legs and loves to be held. Jack has quickly taken to her and they are almost inseparable. They are constantly grooming each other and playing together. 

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This is Lucy-Bear! She was found alone near a trading post on the Navajo Reservation by one of our neighbors and they brought her home once they learned she didn’t have an owner (they’ve rescued tons of cats and dogs).  She was scampering near our house and we instantly fell in love.  Lucy was a bit of a terror as a puppy (she ate through a wall), but she has turned into the most loyal, loving, fantastic companion.  I seriously could not have asked for a better dog!

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This is my sweet girl Dia, I’ve had her in my life for nearly four years now. She was born a stray on the streets of Taiwan where she lived with her mother and two siblings until they were trapped and taken in by a local rescue group there called ARTT. 

Dia was flown over to Seattle, WA after receiving medical aid in Taiwan. She was barely 7 months old when she arrived and just skin and bones still even after getting treatments. Her fear of people was to the point of extreme flight and shut down responses. Just being near a person was enough to cause her to curl into a ball and shake never-ending in fear. I originally allowed her into my house with the idea that she would be a foster dog, but after a few days I knew there was no way she would be able to join a normal family. Her fear was too extreme and well she completely fell in love with my other dog who is also a Taiwan rescue. So I foster failed and she joined my life. She’s still scared of strangers and very skittish around even those she’s gotten to know, but with me she’s a little diva dog demanding that I worship her at every opportunity. LOL

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This is Lady. She’s a jack russel and we adopted her from Dierenasiel Leiestreek here in Belgium, which is our local animal shelter.  She had been there for more than 3 months and a half after she was found abandoned at a pole in a park. She had lost one eye and they estimated her to be 8 years old so i guess that explains her long stay there, but I’m so happy to have found her :), and adopting her is one of the best choices we’ve ever made.

We got her 7 months ago and even the day she got here she allready looked so happy, she adapted to her new home in no time. It’s like she knew this was finally a good place. In her first week here she was already running around with our other dogs and had found her own spot on the couch (and mostly on our laps^^).

It’s crazy the amount of love we get from her, you can really tell she appreciates this so much. She didn’t have a good life until now, but man she’s so thankfull for everything she gets now. Rescue pets truly are the best and we love her dearly.