animal kill shelter

Murphy, the bluetick coonhound/border collie mix rescue from a kill shelter (part 1)

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“I had been looking for a dog for about six months with various rescue groups.

I tried fostering, but hadn’t found the right fit.

Then I started talking ¬†with a rescue group called Social Tee’s.

They specialize in rescuing dogs from high kill shelters.

They had a large adoption event in Chelsea, in December.

I went without a specific dog in mind, and Murphy was the second dog I met.

As soon as we locked eyes we recognized something in each other.

It’s hard to describe, but it felt like we’d known each other forever.

It’s a great feeling.”

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei, mix from Puerto Rico (part 2)

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“We didn’t find what we were looking for in a New York shelter, so we went to Pet Finder to expand our search.

We found a five month old Labrador mix at Stray From the Heart, a New York City rescue group.

I filled out the paper work, organized a home ivies and it turned out that Vivi was still in Puerto Rico.

She hadn’t been transported to New York, yet.

I picked up Vivi from JFK airport three weeks later.

She was so scared that she didn’t pee for the first fifteen hours that we had her.”

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei mix from Puerto Rico (part 1)

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“After living in New York City for two years, my family felt settled.

Our kids were six and eight at the time, and were begging us for a dog.

We started looking at rescue dogs.

We looked at the ASPCA first, and then the CACC, but we didn’t find an appropriate dog at either place.

We wanted a young dog, but not a puppy, between thirty and forty pounds because of apartment living.

At that point we thought it would be ideal to get a Labrador Retriever mix, because labs are considered family friendly.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, the mixed terrier rescue that helped her people get over the passing of their last dog. (part 1)

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Ellie for short, is our second (foster to adopt) dog.

We first fostered a twelve year old rat terrier called Suzi until she was thirteen and a half, when she passed away.

Nobody wanted to adopt an older overweight and slightly handicapped dog, so we kept her until she died.

Suzi lost nineteen pounds while we fostered her and had an unbeatable spirit.

She was my furry little soulmate.

I thought I could save her and give her a longer life, though sadly she was only with us for seventeen months.

After Suzi died, the group that we fostered her for, called Ready for Rescue, contacted us to see if we were too heartbroken or ready to foster again.”

Amelia, the rescue terrier mix from Los Angeles (part 2)

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“Amelia has a wonderful, curious spirit and she’s easy going.

I knew she would be great to travel with, and I was right.

We traveled a lot when I first got her and she was always well behaved.

My boyfriend and I were living apart when I first got Amelia, so waking up to her made being apart from him easier.

She has been a great comfort and a wonderful companion.

I lived in Los Angeles with Amelia for a year before we moved to New York to live ¬†with my boyfriend and become a family.”

Amelia, the rescue terrier mix from Los Angeles (part 1)

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“I had been looking at different rescue organizations on social media for about a year.

I saw Amelia and her three sisters up for adoption on MaeDay Rescue.

All of her sisters were adopted but Amelia was still at the rescue organization two weeks later.

I felt it was meant to be.

I was living in Los Angeles at the time, and there were so many wonderful dogs that needed homes.

After spending a weekend trial with Amelia, I knew she was special and there was no way I could have brought her back.”

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required major house training (part 3)

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“I am so glad we didn’t get rid of her because she’s amazing.

She’s friendly, lovable and has a zest for life.

I love doing things with her, like going to the park, traveling together, and seeing things for the first time through her eyes.

I will never forget the expression on her face the first time she discovered a lizard in Florida.

Her curiousity has added an appreciation to everyday life that I have taken for granted.”

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required some major house training (part 2)

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“People don’t tell you how hard having a puppy is.

I wish someone had told both of us how difficult it would be.

It was a major adjustment.

A puppy requires a lot of time and supervision.

Every second was consumed with my puppy getting into something.

She chewed headphones, rugs, shoes, underwear, pillows and the couch.

Honestly, I was ready to get rid of her, but my boyfriend said Penny is our dogter (dog/daughter), and right now she’s a puppy, but soon she’ll be a dog.

She will calm down.”

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required some major house training (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog and my boyfriend decided it was the right time.

We moved into a dog friendly apartment and we had job security.

We were dog walking and dog sitting and met a particular breed, (a Cavanese) and we fell in love.

We wanted to get a rescue but I have severe allergies.

We wanted a dog that didn’t shed and didn’t bark, but couldn’t find a dog with that criteria in the rescue world.

We asked someone with a Cavanese where she got her dog and then we contacted the breeder.

The timing was just right because that breeder just had a litter.

We went to Pennsylvania and picked out Penny.

She was the only puppy that came up to our lap and fell asleep.”

Hero, Izumi, Mellons, the rescue family (part 5- he said)

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“One of the hardest times was when my job was getting out of control with the hours.

I would get up, go to work, come home and go directly to bed.

During that time, even when I was going straight to bed, I still had the comfort of the dogs between the time I went to bed and fell asleep.

My relationship with my girlfriend has always included the dogs.

They are so funny and expressive and bring a strong feeling of family to our relationship.

Having dogs has been a strong connector.

We have parental roles (I am more of a disciplinarian), but neither of us are very good at disciplining them.

They don’t need much correcting.

When I open the door and 3 dogs rush at me and want affection it’s pure joy.”