Pets: The Angels on Our Shoulders 1

While meeting a new group of friends, I was asked “If you won the lottery, what would you do?” People sometimes respond  with traveling the world, buying an island or retiring. My response is always to buy land for rescued animals.

Ever since I can remember, I have always been affected by an animal’s death in movies. I believe it all started when my mother sat me down to watch Bambi and witnessing Bambi’s mother die made me sensitive to animals dying in movies. I can remember watching the newest “King Kong.” I was a blubbering mess. Yes, I know the ape dies, but actually witnessing it on the big screen tore my heart apart.

I have always had a big heart for animals and when deciding to rescue a dog for my husband and me to call our own, we turned to an animal rescue group here in Tulsa. Two fur babies later, I come home to wagging tails and lovable licks from two amazing dogs Charlie Brown and Jax.

I commend people who have stepped up to the plate to rescue those in need and below you’ll find several people who have opened their homes and hearts to some amazing animals.

DAPHNE AND BLACK PANTHER

While living out in California, Daphne was working at an animal clinic when fate stepped in.

“A coworkers sister used to bring cats to the clinic in hopes of finding them good homes,” Daphne says. I fell in love with one and took it home.” You could say the rest is history. Before she adopted her cat, Black Panther, Daphne read up on who she was adopting from and knew the person she was adopting from very well.

“The previous owner of the cat kept great paperwork, so I knew what I was getting myself into when I adopted the cat,” she says.

Currently working at another animal clinic in town, Daphne gets asked quite a bit of what others should do when thinking about adopting or rescuing a pet and she offers the same great advice to pet owners.

“If you are rescuing a dog, take them to a dog school because it’s a great opportunity to help strengthen the bond and relationship between you and the dog,” Daphne says.

CIDNEE AND GUS

Cidnee and her family are blessed with three dogs, all of which were rescued.

“Our first dog that we rescued, Sonny, came from the local animal shelter,” Cidnee says. “He was a part of a large puppy mill bust. Our second dog, Gus, which is my dog, came from Pekes and You Rescue out of Oklahoma City. Our third dog Samuel was rescued from there, too.”

Cidnee fell in love with the Pekes and You rescue so much that she began working for the group, by fostering and adopting what dogs she can, while also assisting the coordination of picking up dogs who are awaiting euthanasia.

Before setting out to find a dog to adopt, Cidnee did plenty of research, which she recommends anyone thinking of rescuing a dog to do first.

“I ask people to do their research,” Cidnee says. “I did my research before I even thought of fostering. Just like humans every dog has a different personality and quirks. If you’re lazy and don’t enjoy taking multiple walks or being outside playing all the time then don’t get a Labrador. Find a dog that fits your lifestyle and personality, don’t get one just because it’s cute. I’ve fostered plenty of dogs that got adopted and then returned because the owner didn’t want to put the time and effort in that the dog needed. Also, don’t just look at adopting puppies. There are plenty of older dogs out there that need homes, too. They’re not super old either. There are many dogs that are 1-6 years old sitting in shelters. Most of them are already potty trained and have some obedience skills too, which makes it way easier on the owner.”

After doing extensive amount of research, and meeting the rescue owner, Cidnee and her family decided to rescue three Pekingese.

“Sonny came from the local animal shelter after a large puppy mill was busted,” Cidnee says. “He was around 8-9 months old at the time. Gus came from Pekes and You Rescue, he was dumped in Yukon at around 2-3 months old and left on the streets until he was picked up at around 4-5 months old. He started out as a foster and then I ultimately adopted him because he needed a lot of social rehabilitation. Samuel also came from Pekes and You. He also started out as a foster. He was 8 years old when we got him. He was blind in one eye, had an ulcer in the other and is deaf. He had spent his entire life in a cage at a mass breeder’s house.  We picked all of our dogs up on their euthanasia dates.”

When it comes to adopting pets, there can be things that may go wrong, but Cidnee states there is only positive things that come from rescuing.

“One of the major pros is that you’re saving a life,” Cidnee says. “You’re giving someone who was deemed another person’s “trash” a second chance. You’re showing them that not all humans are the same and they are worthy of being loved unconditionally. Just always check with your rescue to make sure you are aware of the care your animal may be needing.”

Having rescued three dogs, Cidnee says she wouldn’t change one thing about the rescuing process.

“By adopting, my family and I have saved three lives and gained some amazingly goofy best friends,” Cidnee says. “From fostering we have given over 50 dogs and counting a new lease on life with their new families.”