Get a box of tissues ready because you'll tear up reading these pet rescue stories. See the love we humans give to furry friends in these remarkable stories.
Are you interested in pet rescue stories? A good cat rescue story? Or a dog rescue story? Do you like animal stories in general? If so, here is your daily dose of warmth and happiness (with a little insight as well). Read on!
Four Cat Rescue Stories to Warm Your Heart
Get ready! Here are some cats you'll want to meet.
Kittens Saved by Tracking Device
Talk about a stray cat story... Here's one about a mother cat who was able to hunt for--and find--her five lost kittens with the help of a GPS tracking device.
This story happened in Queensland, Australia in 2015. A starving cat found her way to the home of Daphne, who was horrified to see the cat's condition and promptly took her to the vet. Another discovery: the cat had just given birth!
The RSPCA offered Daphne a GPS device and, using her computer, she soon spotted the cat (by then named Checkers) at a house several streets away--where Checkers had found her kittens living in a shed. A happy ending for all.
Horace, the Seemingly Sick Cat
A year or so ago, our friend's cat suddenly started throwing up foam. This was not like him at all! Horace is usually the clown of the room, happily springing his 15-pound body on top of the table so that he can "attack" whatever is on TV.
Horace seemed lethargic, too. We really didn't know what to do, so we took him to the vet for some "sick pet help."
Apparently, Horace just had hairballs. But the vet was glad we'd come. As she said it could have been something worse like stomach inflammation, even cancer.
A cat throwing up foam could mean a lot of things--or nothing much at all. But it really helps to get professional help in cases like this.
Remember Michael Jackson?
There's still controversy about whether or not Michael Jackson actually suffered from the skin disease vitiligo, which causes someone's skin to lose color. But here is a cat who seems a definite match for the condition.
Elli started her life as a black and white cat. But a series of photos show how her fur has progressed through a steady diminishing of the amount of black she has. We think she is quite attractive with her "new look." Check it out.
Penny and Maria
Penny, a small calico, entered Maria's life in Austin, Texas back in the 1990s when Maria was attending college there. It was "a match made in heaven."
One day, Penny appeared on Maria's porch looking hungry. Maria found some tuna and fed it to the cat. Of course, Penny kept coming back day after day from that point.
By and by, some undergraduate men from an apartment below confessed that Penny had been living outside because the roommate who had found her had basically abandoned her. This was their plan as well. Maria was horrified.
Maria took Penny in and soon came to adore her. Penny went from living outdoors to being an indoor cat. Unlike most cats, Penny loved to ride in the car. The two became traveling buddies as well as best friends.
Four Dog Rescue Stories to Warm Your Heart
Here are some dogs who have lived some interesting and varied lives.
A Happy Outcome for Cricket
"While crickets often symbolize good luck and protection, it seemed that this Cricket had more than her share of bad luck in life." Cricket was taken in by a local shelter in North Carolina.
The dog had had to fend for herself during Hurricane Florence and, when found, was underweight and missing all her paw pads (from intense digging). What's more, she was heartworm positive.
RADAR Dogs (Raising Aid for Dogs at Risk) was able to help, though! Cricket was treated for heartworm in October 2018--after being moved around a bit from one shelter to another. She has since been adopted. Cricket is a very happy dog now.
What a great pet recovery story!
Another Cricket, Another Case of Heartworm
Here's another dog named Cricket, this one living at Best Friends, a huge rescue in Utah. This Cricket also has heartworm--so she might never be adopted, even though she is adorable.
Cricket needs a Good Samaritan to adopt and love her. It costs money to treat heartworm in dogs, so here's an opportunity to save a life at the same time as finding a good companion. Find out more about heartworm.
Finding (and Adopting) Nemo
Look at this little puppy! Look at his sweet expression. Read about his disposition. Wouldn't you just love to take Nemo home with you?
Nemo was on "death row"--already, at such a young age--when he was taken in by Love Second Chances, a rescue that operates in the U.S. and abroad to take in pets who have no other options.
Nemo probably will be adopted. A lot of other unfortunate dogs will not.
A Stray Dog Story that Turned Out Well
Many adoptive pet parents have to deal with not knowing what their pet's life was like before being adopted. Some will have odd characteristics and habits that can't be explained easily.
These most likely reveal things the pet went through at some point--often something traumatizing. What follows is the dog rescue story of Suzy's dog Glenda.
Suzie adopted sweet, outgoing Glenda, a Pomeranian mix, at the Wisconsin Humane Society. She wasn't officially "available for adoption" yet, but Suzy decided to check anyway. Next thing, they were headed home together.
But the most heartbreaking thing started to happen when they went out. If they passed a "for sale" sign or bags of garbage on a curb, Glenda would bark and whimper.
Glenda had been estimated to be about a year old when Suzy adopted her; they said she had been a stray. Suzy has wondered ever since if Glenda was abandoned by people moving away.
Was Glenda's kind demeanor her way of getting care while wandering around by herself as a puppy? Suzy will never know. But one thing she does know is how much she loves her Glenda and that's what matters.
Other Pet Rescue Stories to Warm Your Heart (or Not)
These stories might get you thinking about how we define "pets."
There seems to be a trend in animal stories about squirrels going on lately. People discover baby squirrels abandoned by their mothers--and then take them in and care for them. And care, and care ... until they feel the squirrel is like their child.
This is what happened to wildlife rehabilitators Christina and Michael when they adopted Thumbelina after she found her way into a neighbor's place.
Thumbelina had suffered some trauma in her early development and needed more care than most squirrels. So now she's residing, illegally, in a New York City apartment.
This story is cute, but a little unlikely and not something you would want to try yourself. "Thumbelinas of the squirrel-rescue world—ones that are perfectly content with domestic life—are rare. For the most part, squirrels make terrible pets."
A Rescued Animal Definitely Not Meant to Be a Pet
This really isn't a cute story, but we'll share it anyway. Here's the headline: "Wild Turkey Survives Flying Into Truck Grille." The turkey appeared to be badly injured and couldn't move. Yet rehabilitation efforts succeeded.
The bird was not given a name by the rescuers--though received good care and was able to be released back into the wild three weeks later. This was a "non-pet recovery" if there ever was one.
Now think about this: why would someone readily adopt a wild squirrel but not even consider naming, much less adopting a wild turkey? Is it the cuteness factor?
Animal stories--especially animal adoption stories--make us feel good. There's nothing like a successfully rescued pet, especially one that is cute, has overcome obstacles, and eventually finds a "forever home."
But we hope this article has reminded you that nowhere near all the pets eligible for adoption actually are adopted. Many of them will be euthanized since shelters are overflowing.
Show an act of kindness toward one or more stray pets (or former strays living in shelters). Adopt, please! It probably will be one of the best choices you ever make.
Make your own great pet rescue stories by adopting!