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All Animals magazine, July/August 2017

Photo by Kathi Shugrue

We came across our rescue pup while on vacation in Mexico in 2010. We found her on the road, and she was so emaciated that almost every bone in her body was protruding from her mange-ridden skin. We named her Quintana Roo after the Mexican state in which she was found, but we call her Roo. She is about 8 years old now and has come a long way.

Roo is unlike any dog we have ever owned (actually, she owns us!). She is demanding, she thinks the world revolves around her and she gets into some form of trouble almost daily—but we couldn’t love her more. The joy, affection and entertainment—both good and bad!—that she shows us has been worth the ride. She is priceless.

The picture was taken while we were hiking near the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. It means a lot to me because it captures how happy and healthy she is now. Roo is enjoying a “dog’s life,” just as she should be. Who would know from looking at this photo what a rough start she had in life?

Kathi Shugrue, Harrisburg, Oregon

Photo by Megan Rupnik

I adopted this beautiful cat in December 2015 knowing his eyes looked a little funky, but it wasn't until I took him to the vet that I learned he’s partially blind and almost completely deaf. The shelter where I adopted him didn't know much about his past, just that he was found on the streets not doing so well. Despite his impairments, and even after many needle pricks to make sure he’s healthy, Woodly loves everyone around him. He will cuddle and love on anyone who comes into my home.

Taking in this sweet, quirky creature has helped me become a more positive person. It’s hard to be pessimistic when an animal who has been given every reason to be crabby will start purring just because he’s near you. If I’m having a bad day, just being in his happy, friendly presence reminds me that there are a lot worse things in life, and that being angry won’t fix what’s going wrong. Adopting Woodly was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time.

Megan Rupnik, Delavan, Wisconsin

Photo by Chris Allan

It was such a delight to return to the Canadian Rocky Mountains in July of 2014. I spent seven years in Alberta as a child and grew up going on vacations in the Banff and Jasper National Parks, and I remember seeing many bighorn sheep on the hillsides or crossing the roads. The natural beauty of the area has never left me.

On this particular day, we were returning from Banff and stumbled upon a group of bighorn sheep eating by the road. Totally unconcerned by the tourists who stopped in their cars to gawk, a few sheep even seemed to pose for us—like this female, who was licking her chops and obviously enjoying her meal.

Where I live in California, the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep is an endangered species, and I don't know that I've ever seen one. So it was a particular joy to see such a large group of bighorn sheep in Canada that day, so relaxed in their environment. I wouldn't want to get too close to one, but they definitely put big smiles on our faces. How wonderful to see these tough yet graceful wild animals utterly at home and enjoying the summer day as much as we were!  

Chris Allan, Sacramento, California


Do you have an inspiring photo of a favorite pet, rescued farm animal or wild animal? Please share it!


Submit your photo to us for possible publication in All Animals or on our website, along with an explanation of 250 words or fewer about why it's meaningful to you.

Submitted photos should be at least 300 dpi at a size of 8" by 10" and at least 2MB. (You may also send hard copy submissions to All Animals—Your Best Shot, The HSUS, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037. Hard copies cannot be returned.)

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