I have done several posts, sent numerous tweets and posted many pictures on my Facebook page of pets looking for their forever 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’ve asked people if they would share their pet rescue stories.
You will hear how these pets 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 “mom” Erin
When we first met Terabyte, we had no plans to adopt a dog. We had two cats in the house and I usually have a limit for how many animals I can afford to rescue at any one time (I now have five animals). But the local humane society had put up a page called “Panda’s Puppies”, and kept a live webcam in the foster home so everyone could watch Panda’s puppies grow.
Panda had already found a home, but strangely, they were having trouble finding homes for her litter. It quickly became locally popular, and many people would log on to chat and observe the puppies at play.
I thought: I have a well-paying job and a workplace that offers pet insurance (!!!), why not? So we made an appointment to go visit Panda and her puppies.
Panda was a pregnant stray that was found abandoned on a local farm (common in our area). She was a sweet little cattle dog, and it looked like maybe a beagle had helped sire the puppies. They all had VERY short legs (as she grew, Tera’s turned into an issue of conformity with her right front leg). Since they were fostered from birth, they were well taken care of, and several donators sent them home with gifts. She got her own personal Panda toy to take home when she came with us.
We immediately fell in love with her. While all the other puppies were happy and excited, she was very laid back and maybe just a little bit nervous. When we brought her home, she took to the cats like they were best friends (though the cats learned to run away.
Overall, she’s been a great dog. Her health has been great despite the bone, joint, and gait issues she experiences (I imagine she came from a breeding facility because she has the AWFUL bone structure of an over-bred cattle dog), she hasn’t ever had any major health issues or problems.
Her demeanor is completely sweet, and she’s very well trained.
I would not hesitate to rescue another dog. While there are dogs out there that do come home with problems, shelter facilities do health checks and behavioral checks before adopting out a pet to ensure the alert the new owners to these potential problems. It is as important to them that the animals find a good fit as it is to the animals who need homes.
You can find any breed of animal through local humane societies or even contact local breed rescue foundations (every breed has one, and are the surest way to see that you get a particular breed of dog if you want one), so there is no reason to pay money for a bred dog when there are adorable purebred puppies that don’t have homes. It ends up saving you hundreds to thousands of dollars as well.
Every rescue story is a success story, the human hero saving the canine or feline victim from a life in a shelter or worse. I cannot stress enough the importance of people stepping in to bring an animal home from a shelter instead of heading to a local breeder. With millions of human homes throughout the world, there is plenty of space for the millions of pets that are otherwise on the streets. For all the love you give them, they provide tenfold in return.
I thank¬†Erin for sharing Terabyte’s story with us today. If you would like to share your “Rescue Story” and be featured, please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to hear it!
Erin Clifford is a CVT and the owner of Tossed Cookies (www.tossedcookie.com), a website designed to keep pet owners informed about pet health, pet poisons, and poison prevention. She lives at home with her husband, her son, her rescue dog Terabyte, and her 4 cats (Sammich, Eggroll, Pixel, and Oz).¬†Erin has¬†always been a big proponent for the cause of adopting an animal for several reasons. One is she believes that pet shops almost always obtain puppies from puppy mills – a cruel process that traumatizes thousands of animals. Two is that it is difficult to find a good breeder who specializes in the appropriate methods to keep a line healthy and disease free (not too many meet these standards today). Finally, there are millions of purebred and cross breed animals all of the world that need homes.