Dog Adoption Stories

  • Rachel and Khaista Chunk from Garmsir Afghanistan/ JFK Airport

    Rachel and Khaista Chunk from Garmsir Afghanistan/ JFK Airport

    Human: Rachel Canine: Khaista Chunk Location: Garmsir Afghanistan/ JFK Airport Type: Mutt Our Story: My husband is in the Marines and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. They ended up in Garmsir, a very dangerous place in 2008.They were living in some of the worst conditions imaginable for 4 1/2 months while fighting the Taliban. […]

  • Rebecca Rosiek and Molly from Millersburg, Ohio

    Rebecca Rosiek and Molly from Millersburg, Ohio

    Human: Rebecca Rosiek Canine: Molly Location: Millersburg, Ohio Type: Bernese Mountain Dog Our Story: My husband Ron and I have been trying desperately to have a baby since we were married in October 2004. In April of 2008 we became pregnant and were ecstatic; sadly, I miscarried nine weeks later. Approximately two months later we […]

  • Angela Cook and Sophie from Concord, NC

    Angela Cook and Sophie from Concord, NC

    Human: Angela Cook Canine: Sophie Location: Concord, NC Type: Old English Sheepdog / Polish Lowland Sheepdog mix Our Story: It was a day that I felt drawn to visit my cousin Christy’s grooming shop. That day she was bathing a dog in the back and was having a difficult time. The dog was frightened and […]

  • Patty and Frankie from US

    Patty and Frankie from US

    Human: Patty Canine: Frankie Location: US Type: Shih Tzu / Lhasa Apso mix Our Story: Frankie was found lost and wandering in Merced, CA, when someone picked him up and dropped him at the shelter. Poor thing, he was a senior dog with maggots and foxtails all over his face. The shelter cleaned him up […]

  • Anne and Jesse from Queens NY

    Anne and Jesse from Queens NY

    Human: Anne Canine: Jesse Location: Queens NY Type: Siberian Husky Our Story: We met at a Queens, NY street fair. It was the ending of the day and Jesse (name was Jessica at the time) was hot and tired, it was a warm day! I went over and pet her and asked the pet shelter […]

  • Rob and Phoebe from Maryland

    Rob and Phoebe from Maryland

    Human: Rob Canine: Phoebe Location: Maryland Type: Great Dane Our Story: We brought home our first Great Dane, Apollo, in the summer of 2006. Later that year, when he was about 9 months old, we adopted his pal Athena from the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League. Sadly, in early 2009, Athena passed away from bloat. […]

  • Lisa Long and Hank from Middletown Ohio

    Lisa Long and Hank from Middletown Ohio

    Human: Lisa Long Canine: Hank Location: Middletown Ohio Type: American Pit Bull Terrier / German Shepherd Dog mix Our Story: It was a craigslist thing. I am always looking on craigslist at the animals and I came across Hank. His description read “if you need a watchdog don’t pick him” I looked at his picture […]

  • Christine Tanier and Amy from Colorado Springs, CO

    Christine Tanier and Amy from Colorado Springs, CO

    Human: Christine Tanier Canine: Amy Location: Colorado Springs, CO Type: Mutt Our Story: I couldn’t believe it when my husband looked across the parking lot at the Humane Society and said “I think there is a dog over there that needs to come live with us.” So we drove over and went in. We found […]

  • Meg and Adella from Columbus, Ohio

    Meg and Adella from Columbus, Ohio

    Human: Meg Canine: Adella Location: Columbus, Ohio Type: Labrador Retriever / Mutt mix Our Story: I volunteer at a local no kill shelter. Adella came in when she was only a 2 month old pup. I never looked at her with the intention of adopting her. I already had 2 dogs. Six months later one […]

  • Danielle and Walter from Allentown, PA

    Danielle and Walter from Allentown, PA

    Human: Danielle Canine: Walter Location: Allentown, PA Type: Mutt / Catahoula Leopard Dog mix Our Story: A few years ago, my young niece picked a book she wanted my boyfriend, Matt, to read to her. The name of the book was Walter the Farting Dog. We found it ridiculous, but funny. My niece was endlessly […]

  • katie and Aggie from Mid-Missouri

    katie and Aggie from Mid-Missouri

    Human: katie Canine: Aggie Location: Mid-Missouri Type: Australian Cattle Dog / German Shepherd Dog mix Our Story: I was desperate for a pet – a dog. I hadn’t had one for a few years and missed it terribly. Finally I moved entirely so that I could get a dog and within 6 weeks began scouting […]

  • Doreen and Kiko from Gary, Indiana

    Doreen and Kiko from Gary, Indiana

    Human: Doreen Canine: Kiko Location: Gary, Indiana Type: Boston Terrier / Rat Terrier mix Our Story: My husband and I were browsing PetFinder.com, which we do often. We were not looking for another dog, since we have two already. However, we happened to find Kiko (not her name at the time) and her litter mates. […]

  • Diane H and Riley from Kennewick, WA

    Diane H and Riley from Kennewick, WA

    Human: Diane H Canine: Riley Location: Kennewick, WA Type: Labrador Retriever Our Story: I got Riley from a lady that had too many dogs and was trying to downsize. Riley was one of two puppies left. It was love at first sight. He is a great dog. He is now 5 years old and would […]

  • Bill Brobst and Moose The Goose from US

    Bill Brobst and Moose The Goose from US

    Human: Bill Brobst Canine: Moose The Goose Location: US Type: Labrador Retriever Our Story: It was my wife’s and my  time to go pick out our Lab puppy at Empire Grade Kennels in the Santa Cruz Mountains. When we got there I was pretty sure I wanted the biggest guy there. Well I had a […]

  • Ellie and Porter from Minnesota

    Ellie and Porter from Minnesota

    Human: Ellie Canine: Porter Location: Minnesota Type: Golden Retriever Our Story: November 3rd, 2006 was a horrible day for me. I made the extremely tough decision to end the suffering of my beloved Tanner and send him off to the rainbow bridge. Returning home to a furless home was almost more than I could bear. […]

  • Amy and Bernie from Tacoma, WA

    Amy and Bernie from Tacoma, WA

    Human: Amy Canine: Bernie Location: Tacoma, WA Type: Labradoodle Our Story: I’ve always had pet allergies and my husband grew up with a Labrador Retriever. We thought we were doomed! Then we started doing our research. After our efforts to connect with people who raised Wheaten Terriers failed we moved on to Labradoodles. And as […]

  • Kris and Charlene from Madison, WI

    Kris and Charlene from Madison, WI

    Human: Kris Canine: Charlene Location: Madison, WI Type: Cocker Spaniel Our Story: Charlene became my foster dog on Nov 15, 2006. Charlene came into rescue at the age of 6 from a puppy mill. You could see that she had had several litters. She was terrified of people and wouldn’t come out of her crate […]

  • JoAnna Gale and Gunner from Newspaper Article

    JoAnna Gale and Gunner from Newspaper Article

    Human: JoAnna Gale Canine: Gunner Location: Newspaper Article Type: Mutt Our Story: Gunner is our Dumpster Doggie. He was rescued from a dumpster with 4 of his litter mates when he was just a day or two old. Luckily someone heard them crying and took them to a local vet. They were then hand raised […]

  • Anne and Jake from Upstate NY

    Anne and Jake from Upstate NY

    Human: Anne Canine: Jake Location: Upstate NY Type: Labrador Retriever Our Story: I have to admit it: when we first thought about adopting a dog, we didn’t think about all the work that needs to be done before welcoming a fur-ball in our house. The only thing we could thing about was holding it in […]

  • Marshall and Leia from Pleasanton, CA

    Marshall and Leia from Pleasanton, CA

    Human: Marshall Canine: Leia Location: Pleasanton, CA Type: Pembroke Welsh Corgi Our Story: We got Leia within a couple of months of moving into our house. The little ball of fluff and sass prepared us well for the two two-legged kids that we would eventually have.

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