January 19th, 2012

The Faces of Pet Adoption

Pet rescue and adoption is near and dear to my heart, as are the beloved faces in these pictures.

All of these precious animals were once lost, abandoned, abused or no longer wanted by their owners. Each of them found love with an adopted family. But it’s not all about the animals. The humans in these situations all found love, too – the unconditional, boundless kind that comes from a rescued pet. This is the happy part of the story. The sad part is that tens of thousands of healthy, homeless animals are put to death each year in this country because shelters and foster homes cannot accommodate all of them.

Please consider adopting a homeless pet. If you need help finding the right pet for you, or if you have questions about the adoption process, what to expect after you adopt or anything related to pet adoption, please contact me. I will be happy to help or will refer you to someone who can. For rescue organizations I support, see the links on the left side of this page.

If one of these sweet animals is part of your family, or if you have comments about what your adopted pet means to you, please share, below.

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7 Responses

  • Chapin Ensminger said:

    I love this collage of precious animals! My two babies are the orange tabbies πŸ™‚ My mom surprised us with Bo one weekend when we were at my grandmas house. He was so adorable! We knew he was going to be a big cat because of his huge paws. He might be the biggest cat you have ever seen, but he is also the sweetest. He gets on your lap and gives you kisses, but he is deathly afraid of the unknown. Little kitty, our smaller orange tabby also surprised us. We came home one winter night and saw a kitten walk out from under our car. We weren’t sure where she came from, all we knew was we couldn’t leave her out in the cold. We brought her into the warmth, gave her some food and water and she passed out πŸ™‚ But then we had to face the fact that maybe she might be someone else’s lost animal. We looked around and even took her to petsmart to check for a microchip. Nothing showed up. Like parents waiting for their adopted child, we were overjoyed. Bo and little kitty have the cutest big brother, little sister relationship cats could have πŸ™‚

  • Grace said:

    Our sweet furry faces are on the second row; the three on the left. All three were adopted and have since become part of our family. They’re our little furry babies and are SO spoiled, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! I think (and hope) they know that they are loved and safe and at home with us and will never have to go back to whatever life they had before this one. πŸ™‚

  • Cindy Ensminger said:

    Bo is our big-boy (bottom row, center). I adopted him from our local shelter when he was only weeks old. He was so small, you could feel every bone in his body. Bo has grown to be a very big cat – those who know him are smiling right now at such an understatement. πŸ™‚ He is a precious, beautiful baby who likes to sit in your lap – although only part of him will actually fit.
    Little Kitty (bottom row, right of Bo) is our real-life beany baby πŸ™‚ As Chapin mentioned above, Little Kitty actually adopted us… and we are thrilled that she did. Even though she is fully grown, Little Kitty is a tiny girl. However, this does not stop her from ruling our house. She loves to be held or have her belly rubbed and is just a very small bundle of love. πŸ™‚

  • Merry said:

    These stories make me smile, and from all the smiley faces in the posts, I’m not the only one! There are few things in life more rewarding than saving a life. You are rewarded a million times over with the love and gratitude these rescued animals give in return. They ask for so little and give so much. Maybe there is a lesson in that for each of us.

  • Jeanne Gentry said:

    That’s our sweet Layla on the top row! We will always be so grateful to you Merry for sending out an email asking for a home for her! She certainly has stolen our hearts!!

  • Merry said:

    With a face like Layla’s, my guess is that she steals the heart of everyone who meets her. Layla was meant to be a part of your family, Jeanne. It’s a match made in Heaven.

  • Marilyn said:

    I love this collage. In it are my grand-puppies, grand-kitties, great grand-puppy, great grand-kitties and my own beautiful tabby Barney (left on bottom row). Barney was abandoned by his family and left to fend for himself. When he came to my house last Mother’s Day, he was starving and so skinny you could see his rib bones. We gave him some food and he never left. He was a very sick kitty for a while and we didn’t think he would live. With lots of love and care he is now a big, healthy, happy and very funny boy. With a nice warm bed and all of the food he wants (which is a lot; he loves to eat)! Barney is a lot of fun to have around. I’m glad he decided to adopt me.

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