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Daryl, the three-legged lifesaver

DarylMy daughter was going through a tough time, and we decided to adopt a cat. When we were looking at the cats at your shelter, an orange paw reached out as if to say, “I’m right here!” One look at this three-legged orange tabby, and we knew he was ours.

We couldn’t have been more right. It took him a little while to learn he lost a leg, but he adapted. He has such a personality. He loves to paw things to the floor. If it’s on a table, he wants to knock it down. Also, he takes napkins from the napkin holder to cover his food after he’s done.

He has been a lifesaver for my daughter. People asked me why a three-legged cat, and we always say he made it through horrors, and he’s still happy! He is truly an inspiration.

-- Dina R.


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Chief of her heart

ChiefI adopted Chief, a greyhound/shepherd mix, from the Buddy Center when he was 10 years old; he is now 12. I was drawn to the vacant look in his eyes. His previous owners said he became small-dog aggressive, so I took my small cocker/beagle mix, Russell, for a meet-and-greet. Chief was withdrawn and barely responded, but Russell took to him immediately, so I brought Chief home.

It has taken Chief time to believe that someone cares, but now the withdrawn, vacant look is gone. He sleeps on my bed at my feet and still whimpers when sleeping unless I am touching him or call his name; it makes me wonder about his past.

Chief has three beds, one couch and four dog beds to choose from (he rotates), has become best buddies with Russell, loves his walks, gets great ratings from his groomer, and loves the organic, home-cooked food he gets as snacks. He learned to use the dog door immediately, and squirrel watching in the back yard has become a favorite. Chief likes soaking up the sun on my deck, and to my surprise loves watermelon.

This once-sad dog has become excited about life again. Animals are a lifetime commitment, so he will stay with me until the end of his days. Thank you, Buddy Center, for this wonderful addition to my life!


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Ginger: The best decision ever

GingerOne year ago, my kids finally wore us down, and we agreed to adopt a cat. Best decision ever!

The day we planned our trip to the Dumb Friends League, the kids were up and dressed before 5 a.m. When the shelter finally opened (a tortuous five hours later), the staff and volunteers were so friendly and helpful as we tried to find a cat that was friendly with young children. They explained to the kids exactly what kind of care a cat would need, and helped us narrow down a few cats to visit with.

When we met Ginger, we knew she was the one! At first, she was frightened and shy, but as the kids started to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to her, she relaxed, started to purr and even kneaded my leg.

Her transition into our home was smooth as can be. She has been such a great addition to our family, and the kids have learned so much responsibility by taking charge of her feeding and litter box. She enjoys all the love and attention they shower on her.

Ginger has found her favorite places to lounge and rotates her nighttime sleeping places among all of our bedrooms. She will occasionally decide my face needs grooming at 3 a.m., but I know she means well. She is truly our forever cat!

Now, what to do? They’re starting to tell me she needs a sister ...

—Lisa G.

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Gus brings love after loss

GusLast August, our resident kitty had a sudden and very difficult ending to his life. Squirt was our little buddy, and we were very upset and distraught when he was taken from us entirely too soon!

My husband had previous experience with the Dumb Friends League, and we had decided to look for our new friend there. Our experience at the center was amazing, and the background on the animals helped us choose the exact little buddy that would fit perfectly into our life.

We chose Gus and headed home. He was the sweetest little guy and just wanted to cuddle. On the way home, he did not want to be held in the take-home box, so he clawed his way out and spent the rest of the ride sitting on my lap, as content as can be.

Ever since we brought Gus home, he has been nothing but a joy and has filled our lives with happiness and laughter. He is such a character, and we owe the Dumb Friends League everything for what they did to restore our lives after our loss.

-- Brittany A.

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