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On Sept. 11, 2001, I was living here in New York and heard the sirens outside my window as fire trucks rushed to the burning towers. I felt dumbfounded and numb, and only my cat Toby, purring on my lap, brought me to a place where I could think again and try to help. Blaze’s firefighter dad, Timmy Haskell, was …

Dean is a big black dog, and they often get overlooked in shelters, but not Dean. That’s because the staff at Sulfur Springs Animal Shelter in Texas was rooting for him. When Lexey Sparks of Mt. Vernon, TX, inquired about another dog she had seen on Petfinder and told shelter staffers her story, they recommended Dean. Read Dean’s story in …

Read Buddy’s story in Wallace’s own words and see a picture of him in his handsome therapy-dog vest. Wallace Mozart of Forked River, NJ, was browsing on Petfinder when he saw the listing for a three-legged German Shepherd named Buddy. “I have always liked shepherds and have had shepherd mixes in the past,” Wallace says, “so I decided to inquire.” …

From now until Sept. 12, we’re asking you to tell us how your life is new and improved thanks to a rescue pet.

Joanne Wannan is the author of New Lives: Stories of Rescued Dogs Helping, Healing and Giving Hope. Below is an excerpt from her chapter about Leo, a Pit Bull once owned by Michael Vick who became a therapy dog and Canine Good Citizen.

We’re giving away four copies of the new book, Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope and Healing into Our Lives. By Rachel McPherson, founder of the therapy-dog organization The Good Dog Foundation, Every Dog Has a Gift is about dogs who help people in incredible ways. Whether by lending an ear to a traumatized …

Fidel and Rachel McPherson comforted families of 9/11 victims.(Photo: Tarcher/Penguin) Guest blogger Rachel McPherson is the founder and executive director of The Good Dog Foundation in New York City and author of the new book Every Dog Has a Gift. People frequently ask me how their dog can become a therapy dog. There is a common misconception that therapy dogs …

As the marketing manager for Petfinder, I work out of the New York office of Animal Planet, where staffers volunteer every week to read with local elementary schoolers. To celebrate the end of the school year, some of those students came to the offices on Friday, where they were treated to a presentation about pet care by Petfinder’s public relations …