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Happy Tails: Animal Adoption Successes!

From Jessica of Erie, PA. Adopted from A.N.N.A Shelter.

My mom and I had been scanning the local animal shelters for 5 years before finding the perfect fit! We had bought another dog 7 years earlier at a pet store in the local mall. We had many problems potty training it outdoors, the dog wasn’t very affectionate with us, and would constantly try to run away. We later came to find out that our pet store dog had come from a notorious puppy mill. Needless to say, we were a little gun-shy about getting another.

My mom was determined to get the perfect dog the second time around. Each time we ran across a friendly dog, she would try out a few simple commands. If they couldn’t follow the commands, she insisted we keep looking. I was beginning to lose hope when we saw a promotion for the A.N.N.A Shelter on the news and decided to walk though the next day. When we walked up to Shelby’s cage, she sat and laid down on command. She didn’t bark once and when we walked away, she followed us to the end of her cage and started crying. Once we took her out of the cage, she heeled on command. She had a few problems (overweight, skin rash, and mats), but we didn’t care … she had won us over.

Since then, Shelby has been the perfect fit for us. She loves the outdoors and doesn’t need a leash in our yard or anywhere … she doesn’t leave our side (we sometimes call her Velcro)! She has become very protective of us and our home. She loves playing Frisbee and herding geese. Most of all, she is a huge water dog … we can barely get her out of the lake! She even brought out a great personality in our cat, who was pretty shy.

Shelby had a wonderful disposition and was great around everyone, from little kids to the elderly. After seeing this, we decided to have her tested to become a Therapy Dog. Our sweet shelter dog now brings joy to school kids and Alzheimer’s patients during her visits to the school and nursing home!

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6:59AM PDT on May 25, 2011

Thank you for sharing!

7:59AM PST on Dec 11, 2010

thank you for sharing!

11:48AM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

Thanks to Larissa Whitby at Newbark I got Tony a Miniature Pincher whom I love dearly. I live in a Retirement home and have difficulty making human friends as I am not outgoing so Tony is my life and I do not know what I would do without him.. We share life food and my bed. He simply is the only life and love I have.

5:17PM PDT on Jun 27, 2010

Such heartwarming stories. Also, what a cute piggie!

10:06AM PDT on Jun 13, 2010

Thanks for sharing!

9:59AM PDT on Jun 13, 2010

nice pics

2:43PM PDT on May 23, 2010

it is very sad that in Poland there's not Animal Adoption if it's going about any aminal without dogs and cats

12:39AM PDT on May 9, 2010

Noted and sign !

5:34PM PDT on May 8, 2010

i love that story pj so heart warming thanks for sharing!

9:00AM PDT on May 8, 2010

My first pet was a guinea pig when I was 8 yo. Squeaky and I spent every waking hour together and sometimes slept together when my mother wasn't looking. She rode in the basket of my bike, shared walks around the yard and my school yard and even won the "best trained pet" contest at summer school. We enjoyed sharing salad, ice cream and even hot dogs! To this day I think of her fondly and smile.

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