I have done several posts, sent many tweets and posted lots of pictures on my Facebook page of pets looking for their furever homes.
Some of those pets have been lucky enough to have found that someone special to take them in and care for them.
However, I don’t hear about their lives afterwards. I wonder about them; are they happy, have they settled in alright, do they now have other furfriends to play with?
So I decided to find out!
I asked my friends who have found homes if they would share their stories with me. The response was so overwhelming that instead of doing one post, I will do a weekly feature telling their stories.
You will hear of how they came to their new home, struggles they may have encountered, how it changed the lives of both the pet and the humans involved.
As told by her “human” Sue
Khloe (Candy as she was originally known) first came to our family in May 2012 from the Toronto Humane Society. She was 3 years old. Khloe is a Cairn Terrier mix. My daughter saw pictures of Khloe on the THS website. Even though we first saw her on line, I believe Khloe somehow chose us. It was not breed,size or looks but circumstances that lead us to adopt Khloe. Khloe came to THS from Québec. She came with 3 puppies. Khloe had the worst case of heart worm that the THS had ever seen. We first fostered Khloe as THS will not allow pets to be adopted until they are healthy. Khloe needed to be crated constantly and kept quiet due to her condition. She was allowed out of her crate 4 times a day for 5 minutes each time to do her business. Too much movement could result in blood clots which could prove fatal. It was hard to keep Khloe crated all day as we knew she did not understand but this was not a major challenge for our family. Khloe is the dearest soul and we were ready to do whatever was required to make her healthy.
After 4 weeks with our family, I took Khloe to THS for her first heart worm treatment. I received a call from THS several hours later saying that they had not done the treatment as Khloe was pregnant. Since she came with young puppies to THS, no test was done at the time to see if she was pregnant. Three days later Khloe had 6 pups. Despite her condition, she made it through the birth of the pups with no medical issues. Our family had never raised pups so Khloe and her pups went to stay at one of THS special foster homes that is set up to care for Moms and pups. The couple who cared for Khloe and her pups were so amazing, so special. They kept in touch with us for the 8 weeks that Khloe and her pups stayed with them. The couple always let us know whenever Khloe and the pups were visiting THS for check ups and vaccinations that we could visit. When the pups were old enough to be adopted, Khloe was able to come back home for the balance of her foster care and heart worm treatments. We were able to meet the wonderful families that adopted her pups and see the loving homes they were all going to.
It was 6 months from when we first brought Khloe home until we were able to adopt her. It did not matter how long we had to wait to adopt Khloe. She is so special, so sweet and so deserving of love and a happy life. And we adopted 2 of her pups. My one daughter and son-in-law adopted a sweet, loving girl they call Marti. My other daughter adopted a gentle, loving boy she calls Bowie. It is so much fun watching the pups grow. Khloe is doing great. She is healthy. She loves going for walks. She loves playing with her pups and my daughter and son-in-laws other dogs. We all love her very much and she gives us so much love.
Adopting a rescued pet is so special. All rescued pets are so deserving of a loving, forever home, a happy life. They have done nothing wrong to bring them to where they are in life. When you adopt a rescued pet, the love they give to you, the happiness they bring to your home is just so unbelievable. Rescues just seem to know when you bring them home that they will always be loved, always be cared for. These dear souls know that as special as they are to you, you are so very special to them. A special love, the most amazing bond happens when you chose to adopt a rescued pet.