14 of the Sweetest Pet Adoption Stories of 2018 (So Far!)
Love comes in all shapes and sizes—sometimes with four paws and a tail, other times with two legs and a beak!
Courtesy Jesse Loury
Last winter, Jesse thought she had found the perfect kitten to adopt. She excitedly hurried to the shelter to pick up her new furball only to find out once she got there that the kitten she had her eye on had already been adopted. She was disappointed but decided to take a look at the kittens who were available for adoption. One that caught her eye was a tiny tabby that had been abandoned at a veterinarian’s office with an upper respiratory infection. The kitten was super affectionate and immediately jumped into Jesse’s lap. It was love at first sight! The kitten, christened Kitteen, runs to greet Jesse every night when she gets home and he doesn’t let her out of his sight once she’s there. Turns out Kitteen was the purr-fect match for Jesse after all! Find out the signs that your cat is secretly mad at you.
Courtesy Danny & Ron's Rescue
Prior to Danny and Ron of Danny & Ron’s Rescue stepping up, Elmer’s life was horrific, traumatic, and filled with abuse through neglect. When the two found the dachshund, his jaw was broken and his eyes were crusted over. They took Elmer to Danielle Mendelsohn, DVM, at the Hospital for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery where she was able to skillfully rebuild and save a portion of his jaw. After Elmer recovered, he was adopted by Val Evans, a staff member of Danny & Ron’s Rescue. Today, happy, healthy, and undeniably adorable, Elmer is competing in the senior division of dachshund races—he recently won third place at the East Tennessee Dachshund Races in Knoxville! Learn more about Danny & Ron’s Rescue in the documentary Life in the Doghouse.
Courtesy Michaela Baltasar Feyen
As a cat lover, Michaela couldn’t pass up the chance to sip coffee at a cat café while on a weekend getaway. She certainly didn’t plan to do more than enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee in the company of adorable cats but then a buff ginger tabby started nuzzling her. The café worker told her the cat had just arrived prior to being in and out of shelters its whole life. Michaela left but couldn’t stop thinking about the cat and adopted him the next day. She bought a cat carrier and got him to the vet in just enough time for their flight back home! Michaela says Magnus is a lovebug and tends to drool when excited—luckily, not in her coffee! These are the signs that your cat trusts you.
Courtesy the Leary Family
In June 2015, the Houston SPCA rescued Athena and 206 other horses from a hoarding situation, where the animals were malnourished and neglected. She spent three years in intense rehabilitation and training, before being adopted in July 2018 by the Leary family. Athena not only found a new human family that adores her but also a friend in their Great Dane, Otis. Athena nibbles on his neck and rubs her cheek on him. The friendship is mutual and heartwarming to watch when Otis darts out the door every morning to greet her. Athena certainly found greener pastures with the Leary family.
As part of PETA’s investigation into a PetSmart store in Nashville, PETA’s undercover agent spotted a guinea pig who had an infection that caused a crusty yellow discharge from his eyes. Despite the eyewitness’s repeated pleas over the course of a month, the store manager admitted he never intended to take Bo for veterinary care. PETA’s representative finally brought the guinea pig to a veterinarian, who prescribed antibiotics. Afterward, a PETA staffer adopted Bo and renamed him Duke. He finally has a loving human to pet and hold him and will never be neglected or forgotten again. Guineas are fashion divas—just look at these adorable costumes!
Courtesy Houston SPCA
Eloise was a tiny two-pound kitten, found on the street bleeding from her nose and breathing rapidly before she was brought into the Houston SPCA. Her pupils were two different sizes, which usually indicates some kind of head trauma—the best guess of the Houston SPCA’s veterinary staff was that Eloise was hit by a car! After receiving life-saving care, the cute little kitten slowly regained her health and was eating and purring. Eloise was adopted into the loving home of Selina and Alexandria and won’t be darting out in traffic again. Every cat parent should know these signs of cat cancer.
Courtesy Houston SPCA
Leo was covered in mange when he was rescued by the Houston SPCA 24-hour animal ambulance. Fortunately, his foster mom, Judy, took incredible care of him and he made a full recovery. Now he’s healthy and happy and sporting a beautiful new coat. His new parents Veronica and Pablo give credit to God and the Houston SPCA for Leo coming into their life and are happy to report that he is living large and bringing joy to his new family. These 19 rescue dog transformations will melt your heart!
We know what you’re thinking: A mouse pet adoption? But this adorable little guy is just as lovable and fun as a hamster. A PETA eyewitness investigation discovered Crackers and other animals in dire conditions during an investigation of neglect and widespread animal suffering at a PetSmart store in Arizona. One of the animals found who appeared not to be receiving much-needed veterinary attention was this beautiful brown mouse who had a pus-filled growth as big as a blueberry. Crackers found a home with a PETA staff member and, today, is a big fan of stretching out in his loft and building nests of shredded paper. Hey, even the White House has been home to some non-traditional pets. Check out these famous first pets.
Courtesy Houston SPCA
Bill was a helpless, tiny little chick when he was found wandering around all by himself cheeping for attention. He was brought into the Houston SPCA, where the veterinarian and animal care staff nurtured him. Before you knew it he was cheeping his way into everyone’s hearts, including Taylor, his adopter. Today, he’s flourished into a handsome rooster. His family reports that he loves to spend time with his flock, hanging by his pond and even comes inside on really hot days to cool off in the A/C with a treat! Companionship isn’t the only upside of having a pet, these health benefits may surprise you!
Princess sure wasn’t living in royalty when PETA fieldworkers found her. In fact, PETA visited her for years, giving her fresh water and food, cleaning her pen, and treating her for fleas all while meeting with resistance from Princess’s uncooperative owner every step of the way. Her conditions never got better until the day PETA visited and found Princess’ pen mate was dead from what turned out to be untreated heartworm disease. The police came and animal control officers confiscated Princess. Now she has her own human royal family and a castle fit for a princess! Stumped on what to name your pup? Check out these popular dog names.