Adopt a Shelter Dog Month Stories

October is a Adopt a Shelter Dog month, so to celebrate this month and an issue I feel passionately about, I asked you all to share stories about your shelter/rescue dogs. I love each and every one of these stories. They truly show how special the bond is with a rescued dog. Although a rescue dog may come to you with some issues, whether it’s fleas, heartworm or some behavioral issues, once the dog becomes part of a loving family, the transformation is remarkable. And the love you get back from them is worth every minute of work you have to put into it.

Here are the rescue dog stories I received, I hope you enjoy as much as I did. And spread the word – there are still a lot of people who don’t know how much love a rescue dog can bring!


I adopted Stanley from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter nearly 6 years ago. I immediately fell in love. His hair was so long that I actually thought he was a girl until the day I picked him up! A last minute name change and a trip to Target to exchange all the girl items I bought solved that. He’s been a wonderful dog and is still as energetic and excited at age 10 as he was the day I got him.


Whiskers (now Guinness) was in an overcrowded shelter in rural Kentucky when Canine Lifeline found him and brought him up to Ohio. My husband and I had been searching for “the perfect dog” and breed to fit our lifestyle and I was exhausted. When we came across his picture, we decided to set up a meet and greet. I knew he was the dog for us when he jumped up and licked my husbands beard! He is the most perfect, loving and wonderful companion and he never stops smiling!!!! We will never shop again!
sonnyWe adopted Sonny last December from the Parma No Kill Animal Shelter. He is now the proud owner of his own boy (my 11 year old son) they are best friends!
Stanley “Scrappy” Heidelman, was originally from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, and later was transferred over to the Cleveland Animal Protective League and then the Parma Petsmart everyday adoption center, which is where my boyfriend and I adopted him from. His shelter records indicate that he had a pretty rough past. He had a number of missing teeth, was severely underweight, and had a horrible flea infestation and other skin and internal ailments. Regardless of his past, it was the night of September 20, 2013, that his new life began with my boyfriend and I. He is now a happy healthy 20 pound boy that is loved beyond words! I like to call him my blessing in fur! We may have saved his life, but honestly, I think he saved our lives in tune.
Scout Louise. Love this baby to death. Adopted her as a baby, she was horrible. Best dog I ever had now.
I couldn’t adopt, but I did and I am fostering this little dude. He’s a senior Chihuahua and his name is Joey.
lady tramp
Fiona and Jack aka Lady and The Tramp. Both Cuyahoga County Kennel rescues. They are our loves. We adopted Jack as heartworm positive.
Here is Knox! I was not in the market for a dog but a coworker had me on petfinder just for fun! I saw his picture and it was love at first sight. He’s a deaf bull terrier mix and my heart was sad at the thought that no one would give a ‘special needs’ dog a home. He’s a perfect gentleman and couldn’t be happier with my rescue from Fidos Companion!
This is Lacey, adopted from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in September 2007. I always loved dogs and knew as soon as we got a house that adopting a dog was first priority. But I had no idea how much this fuzzy bucket would change my life. She was a handful at first and still may not be the best behaved dog but she is perfect to me! Adopting her opened my eyes to the plight of homeless pets. She’s the reason I spend my weekends volunteering at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. I don’t know what I would do without this goofball!
We adopted our Daisy May from the Cuyahoga County shelter. She was our everything. She was such a lover and snuggler. She ended up with Cancer at age 6. We miss her. But she is in a much better place pain free.
We foster for Dachshund Rescue of North America and Lilly was our foster. She spent 2 years in an outside kennel to be a breeding dog. She has scars all over her face from trying to get out of the kennel. Then she spent almost a year with a family that loved her but didn’t see eye to eye with the husband so she was surrendered to us. She was with us for 2 months and adopted out to a family we thought was a great fit. She was returned to us 3 weeks later and after a couple weeks of having her back we couldn’t let her leave us. So we adopted her a few weeks ago.
My spoiled baby Andy. Adopted May 29, 2013 from Cleveland APL. I saw his goofy photo on their website. We went and he was so calm in his kennel. Surprise! He’s an active beagle mix that is probably 3 years old. (The crate is rarely used unless we have a food delivery coming–he’s a runner.) He sleeps on the sofa, stretched out like a little kid.

Author: dogsinthecle

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One thought on “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month Stories”

  1. I love this Blog and this adoption article! I forgot to send mine in. It puts me in a better mood whenever I read an article like this.


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