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Save A Life: Adopt

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Aurora was adopted by Melodie Gay of West Jordan, Utah.

  • Charlie was adopted by Tessa Walker of Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Jesse was adopted by Linda Moskowitz of Skillman, N.J.

  • Sabrina was adopted by Susan Schreck of Fort Mill, S.C.

  • Daisy was adopted by Heidi Kirchner of Washington, Ind.

  • Elliot was adopted by Alana Sitek of Milwaukee, Wisc.

Every shelter dog and cat has a story to tell. Most animals in shelters are there simply because of a little bad luck—usually the result of "people problems" like divorce, foreclosure, and lifestyle changes.

As you read this, thousands of dogs and cats of all breeds, sizes, ages, and personalities are waiting for new homes, eager to start a new chapter in their lives.

Along with the help of animal lovers like, you, our Adopt campaign works to spread the word about the benefits of adoption and save lives. Find your next pet today and give a shelter pet a chance! Visit The Shelter Pet Project to find adoptable pets near you »

Join us in celebrating the joys of adoption with stories of six adopted pets—submitted by our Pet of the Week enewsletter readers—below.


Aurora was adopted by Melodie Gay of West Jordan, Utah. She was two years old, declawed, and spayed—given up by her family because of allergies.

"I am privileged to have given Aurora a second chance; she is a survivor," said Gay.


Tessa Walker of Buffalo, N.Y., said Charlie was the only one she felt a bond with after she looked at so many dogs at the shelter. After taking him home and enrolling him in obedience classes, Charlie turned into a new dog.

"Everywhere we go people comment on how unique and good-natured he is. Charlie is a true ambassador for shelter dogs and the potential they have in loving (structured) homes."


Jesse met Linda Moskowitz of Skillman, N.J., and her husband at a pet rescue event. When the couple first walked by Jesse, Moskowitz said she stopped and looked but kept going because of the stereotypes associated with pit bull breeds.

"On the second pass, I noticed his spotted ears, and knelt down to scratch his head. He put both front paws on my shoulders and proceeded to lick my face enthusiastically. I told my husband, 'this is the dog!' Thank goodness for second glances, because he's been the best pet any human could ever ask for."


Susan Schreck of Fort Mill, S.C., decided to adopt a female cat as a companion to her male kitten nine years ago. When Schreck visited the shelter, Sabrina reached her white paw out of her cage and meowed at her, as if to say, "Take me!"

Sabrina was one of nine kittens left in a box at the shelter and was the only one left. "When I took her home, she walked in the door as if she owned the joint. Sabrina has traveled all over the world and really is the daughter I never had. I can't imagine life without her."


Daisy had been at the animal shelter for a week before Heidi Kirchner of Washington, Ind., decided to bring her home.

"I noticed her immediately but visited twice more before committing to her.

She had been dropped off in front of the shelter, so no background information was available. It was obvious, though, that she had been someone's much-loved pet, as she had been spayed, housebroken, and taught basic commands. Daisy is the most lovely and well-adjusted dog I have ever known."


Alana Sitek of Milwaukee, Wisc., adopted Elliott from an animal shelter nine years ago.

"I immediately fell in love with him! I knew I couldn't leave without him. I brought him home, showed him around, and he made himself right at home. He didn't hide like most cats do on their first day in a new place.

He sat on the chair across from me, played with a string for awhile, and fell asleep!"

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