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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …