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Stories about people and the dogs that have saved them. We truly believe that the term “Who saved who” could not apply more when it comes to rescuing a dog in need of a forever home.

Bringing Sally Home: Our Dog Adoption Process

Sally the dog with pup parents Kimberly & Pat

My husband and I went to the local Humane Society on a Saturday morning, after waiting years for the right time to get a dog. In the past, we moved around a lot and just didn’t feel it was the right time for us to care for another living creature. After getting a permanent home for ourselves and also getting our schedules to slow down, we knew it was the perfect time to grow our family…

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ASPCA’s CEO Matt Bershadker & Behavioral Rehab Centers for Animals

Rescue Dog: ASPCA Giving Dogs a Second Chance

The ASPCA is developing groundbreaking dog rehabilitation approaches that are giving rescuers new hope, and even more importantly, victimized dogs a second chance. That’s the idea behind the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey, where a team of experts uses scientifically-based behavior modification techniques to help severely undersocialized dogs overcome their fears…

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Top Dog Interview – Malchik, A Sochi Dog Rescue Story

Malchik in grass

Malchik is one of the dogs saved from the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia. He’s approximately 3.5 years old, according to his DNA test he is a Whippet-Beagle-Dalmation-German Shepherd-Mixed Breed mix and lives in North Carolina with another shelter dog named Finn. It took a day for him to travel from Sochi to Moscow and then he flew from Moscow to Dulles, Virginia. He’s been traveling ever since! He gets to go to work some days, he’s been to 9 states plus the District of Columbia in just over a year, and wants to have his story help other dogs in need. He’s a little 30 pound dynamo with lots to do! (Though he might get distracted by a squeaky toy from time to time)…

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How To Adopt A Dog

Dog in cage

You’re considering adopting a dog! And you are taking the time to research how to care for it before you’ve even adopted – way to go! We couldn’t be more pleased with your decision. There are many dogs in shelters just waiting for great homes like yours to call their own. Dog adoption is a fun experience but you also have many things to consider, like the age of dog you’re going to adopt. We’ll tell you what to expect for each age group to help you make your dog adoption experience a successful one full of love and joy…

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Hector and Wallace: Pit Bulls Rescued From Michael Vick And Euthanasia

Hector and Wallace: Pit Bulls Rescued From Michael Vick And Euthanasia

In 2004 Wallace the pitbull was saved from near death at an animal shelter. His breed and high energy level were deemed a dangerous combination and put him on the fast track towards euthanasia. In 2007 Hector was one among many pit bulls saved from NFL football star Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring in Virginia. Both of these dogs were lucky enough to find people to accept them for who they were and in spite of their past to recognize the big hearts inside and adopt them into their forever homes. Learn more in the exclusive Canine Journal interview…

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Susie’s Hope Film: A Rescue Story

Susies Hope

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and we’re not the only dog lovers with canine rescue stories and animal humane treatment on the brain. RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC seems to have an interest in canine rescue, too. At their 2013 festival, RiverRun will be screening Susie’s Hope, a film, based on true events, that tells the story of Donna Lawrence and her adoption of a Pit Bull-mix puppy — a puppy that someone had set on fire and left for dead — just months after surviving a horrific Pit Bull attack herself…

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Dog Rescue Story: Gracie

Gracie

Although I have fostered scores of dogs, some as long as a year, Gracie was the first one I felt compelled to keep. My main breed is English Cocker spaniels, but I also had an interest in a mini Wirehaired Dachshund, so I volunteered to foster for DRNA (Dachshund Rescue of America). The fourth dog I was cared for was Gracie, a seven-year-old, smooth-standard dachshund…

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Share Your Dog Rescue Stories

Rescue Dog

Over at the Canine Journal HQ, we have rescue puppies on the brain. Partially because, well, we have rescue puppies on the brain (we’d adopt ’em all if we could!) but also because one of our very own just welcomed a new fashionable hound into her home…

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Three Dog Rescue Stories: Building A Family

Life is better with two dogs. Or that is how our family functions best. My first dog when I graduated from college was a Dalmatian named Domino. I adopted him when he was nine months old and enjoyed his companionship until a ripe age of nearly 14 years old. He traveled with me across the U.S., through just about every state, four times but eventually we settled in North Carolina where I bought my first home. With new home ownership came a sense of settling down and my desire for a second dog grew stronger. So I set out to find a dog in need of a home through various local rescue groups and shelters. A little black lab mix with an adorable under bite found his way into our hearts. His name was Storm and he was about two years old. And this is where my love for the companionship of two dogs – for myself and for one another – grew into a must have in our house…

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Dog Rescue Story: First There Was Remington

Remington

Our first dog as a couple was a Golden Retriever named Remington. My husband was not allowed to have a dog while growing up so when our new neighbors moved in with a litter of Golden puppies, and Ken had to adopt one of them. Three-month-old Remington joined our family in early 1999 and quickly made Golden lovers of us. He was a huge part of our family until we lost him to liver cancer in July 2008. No warning, he just stopped eating and was gone within a month after the vet diagnosed his disease. We were devastated…

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