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When a dog dies, people often hesitate to get another one. They know they can’t really replace their pet, and they’re not sure they want to go through the heartache again. Chris Kowalewski and her husband had lost two pets in a two-year period, and she was experiencing these common …

Already adopted? This fourth way to help pets will be easy for you! Learn how Happy Tails help pets, then be sure to pledge to help pets for a chance to win! Each month visitors to Petfinder look at an average of 50,000 pages of happy tails. How does this help …

Sue Mechanic, from Kansas City, MO, had been grieving over the death of her Dachshund, Morsel, for several months when she saw the eight-week old puppy, then named Chaco, on Petfinder. The pup was close to death when she was rescued by OKADOPTADOG in Harrah, OK. She looked to be …

Read Ciara’s story in her adoptive mom Jennifer’s own words. Jennifer Guydos of Brookhaven, PA, was a regular on Petfinder. She browsed through listings, looking for a photo of a dog with whom she would feel an instant connection. And one day, it happened — when she saw the picture …

Read Crystal’s adoption story in Courtney Harris’s own words. In a cage: That’s where Crystal spent her early years — the five years before the breeder who owned the fluffy pup relinquished her to One Step Closer to Home in Dyersburg, TN. The rescue folks posted her on Petfinder and …

BB was named so because the rescue thought she has BBs embedded under her skin. It was an interesting Christmas gift for someone who didn’t have a cat: cat toys, a litterbox and other feline essentials. “The obvious implication was that I would get a cat,” says Nathan Russell of …

Read Granny’s adoption story in her mom’s own words. Granny was no spring chicken. She was a 13-year-old German Shepherd with poor vision and hearing loss. She also had a large tumor in her abdomen. Her chances of being adopted seemed slim. Fortunately, that didn’t deter Tammy Lord from adopting …

Read Simon’s adoption story in his mom’s own words. Poor Simon. He had been adopted, but returned to Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin, IL, and had been waiting for years for someone to give him a second chance. But, at 8 years old and a little portly, he had …

Read Merrick’s adoption story in his mom’s own words. You might say the strapping young Merrick owes his happy new life to a cat litter commercial. Jessica Yuksel of Kinnelon, N.J., sees the irony in this. But she and her husband were watching television when the ad came on, and …

Learn about Dawn’s dog troupe, The Comedy Canines, on her Web site. Dawn Goehring’s life has gone to the dogs. She and her troupe of 14 pooches, mostly former shelter dogs, perform at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge, TN, six nights a week during tourist season. The dogs skateboard, …