Here’s What You Said: Why special pets are the best around

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In our August newsletter and on our Facebook page, we asked if you adopted a pet who had been passed over by other adopters. It was gratifying to read stories like Molly’s. She added a three-legged deaf Boxer to her pack. “If the disability doesn’t stop the dog, don’t let it stop you from adopting them. You won’t regret it,” she advises.

When she laid eyes on Henry, she knew he was the dog for her family. “We lived in an apartment with two rescue dogs already, so we asked [the shelter] to ‘hold him’ for us while we [went to look for and buy a house] with a big fenced in backyard.” Buying a house so you can adopt a three-legged deaf dog is the sign of a good person in anyone’s book.

And we were impressed with those of you who took in pets with problems. Take Michele. She adopted an eight-month-old Chihuahua who has water on the brain and a heart murmur. “He can never be housebroken or walk on a leash or jump up on furniture. He does not know how to do stairs either,” she says, and has a ramp for going in and out of the house. The vet can’t tell her what Zazu’s life expectancy is, but Michele says, “I will love him for as long as he is on this earth.”

Sylvia says her dog, Snuggles, was a gift to her from God. The little dog was seriously abused and had open sores and much of her hair missing. A veterinarian nursed her back to health, and then she was put up for adoption. She was passed over by potential adopters because of the way she looked. But that didn’t stop Sylvia from adopting her. “I read about her online and knew she needed to come live with me,” she says. It has been several years, but Snuggles still requires special care.

A tumor on the back of her leg discouraged people from adopting Libby. But Chris wasn’t dissuaded. “We brought her home, had the tumor removed and are blessed every day because she’s part of our family.”

Rebecca says that Horace “had everything going against him: black coat, aggression, fear of storms, and bad hips.” While she was fostering him, he showed some signs of aggression, so he was no longer a candidate for adoption. Rebecca decided to keep him. “Turns out his severe hip dysplasia contributed to his bad moods,” she says. The family is saving money for surgery on his hips. “He deserves this second chance at a happy, pain-free life.”

The eyes have it for the following four adopters. Regina adopted Edgar, who is blind in one eye. Patti adopted an older Cocker who had a cataract in one eye and had been returned to the shelter once. Jessica adopted Charlie who needed surgery for a condition called cherry eye. Tjitske adopted a little “one-eyed, broken-tailed, limping Chihuahua. She wasn’t the prettiest but had a great personality. She had been at the shelter over two years.”

Others of you reported adopting pets who had been in shelters for a long time. Joy adopted a cat with the distinction of having been at that particular shelter the longest. Old pets got new chances from some of you. PJ adopted a nine-year-old cat and an 11-year-old Golden Retriever.

One of our favorite stories was about Daisy, who was “old, morbidly obese, stubborn, unwilling to walk on a leash,” smelly and had a “big nasty tumor on her foot.” Erin went to the shelter looking for a small, young dog, but then she saw Daisy. “She looked at me with those brown eyes and put her head in my lap — I was a goner.” Now Erin and her husband always “ask the shelters about their unloved and emotionally damaged dogs because they are the best we have ever had.”

These folks are a bunch of angels on earth, if you ask me. You can read more of these heartwarming adoption stories on our Facebook page.

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