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Who here has an animal that was rescued or saved from a dangerous situation or person, etc.?<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I have a (estimated) 5 year old black lab/blue healer mix that was wandering a field next to our house in the harshest part of winter about 3 years ago. She was very skinny and limping badly. We took her in and took her to the vet for x-rays and vaccinations. She had a bullet embeded in her shoulder. The veterinarian couldn't remove it because it was so close to major nerves and blood vessels.<br><br><br><br>
We ended up naming her Lady and got right to work nourishing her back to health. We had her spayed (since we have an intact male golden retriever) and now she is as happy as ever. She is extremely well-mannered and quiet. She knows how to walk on a leash. We figure she used to live with an older couple or a small family with very young children. Why she was out in the cold starving was beyond me.<br><br><br><br>
She is a great dog and I can't imagine not having her in my life.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 

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I have two. A cat who was supposed to be put down, and we've had him almost a year now. And a bunny I got last weekend, who was animal abused =( She's pregnant and very skinny, but she is doing much better. Shes not used to people though, so I'm working on taming her. She has a great outdoor cage where she can run all day long =) And shes actually friends with our cat, although I don't trust my cat enough to let him get to close to her unattended =)
 

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I have a (estimated) 5 year old black lab/blue healer mix that was wandering a field next to our house in the harshest part of winter about 3 years ago. She was very skinny and limping badly. We took her in and took her to the vet for x-rays and vaccinations. She had a bullet embeded in her shoulder. The veterinarian couldn't remove it because it was so close to major nerves and blood vessels.<br><br><br><br>
We ended up naming her Lady and got right to work nourishing her back to health. We had her spayed (since we have an intact male golden retriever) and now she is as happy as ever. She is extremely well-mannered and quiet. She knows how to walk on a leash. We figure she used to live with an older couple or a small family with very young children. Why she was out in the cold starving was beyond me.</div>
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Aww, you should post pictures. What a story. That's great that you found her and took her in! Why don't you fix the golden?<br><br><br><br>
My own dog was found tied to a tree, and was very fearful of men.
 

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We have another golden retriever that's a female and we had her spayed also. Since there are no female dogs around our place since we are out in the middle of nowhere, we found no reason to neuter the male. He doesn't wander and is always in our sight.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Where was your dog found? In a park or forest? How could someone do that to an innocent animal?
 

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one of my cats i took from a neighbor who didnt want her and pretty much starved her now shes over weight ha. and my 5 of my 6 horses are rescues. The worst by far was rex. hes a beautiful standardbreed. I went to the animal rescue and farm sanctuary to see the horses i was already planning on adopting and they said they had just gotten some new ones in. she took me into the barn were i saw some of the skinniest horses ive ever seen. but the one who stood out to me was rex. he was so week he couldnt hold his head up and was sawying back and forth. even in his skinny state i thought he was a great looking horse. i sat and looked at him for a really long time. while i was looking she told me his story. they intercepted rex on his way to the slaugher he had been living with a amish family who starved his alsmot to death. they have been trying to get him to eat but everything just comes back out his nose. so they are sent him to the university for special treatment. turns out there was nothing wrong with him he was just so weak that he couldnt shallow properly. well after a few weeks i came back and i didnt even reconize him! he was still pretty skinny but looked like a complety different horse. they offered him to me for $200! and hes been with me ever since. once he puts on some more weight i'll start training him i cant wait!
 

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my oldest cat, harry, he's around 13. i have had him since he was about 3 or 4. adopted him and it was apparent that he had been abused before. he'd cower down when you'd try to pet him and he was unusually afraid of soda cans.<br><br><br><br>
bailey is 3 years old now but i've had him since the day he was born. someone brought him and his three siblings up to where i used to work. they still had their umbilical cords attached. basically, he said if we didn't take them, he'd leave them by the side of the road. so we took all of them. they were freezing and filthy. one ended up dying from pneumonia but the other 3 were fine. he can be quite a rambunctious cat.<br><br><br><br>
all of my other pets were rescued, but i don't know anything about their history.
 

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My first cat I got 10 years ago came from a bad home. It was actually my friend's dad's, they constantly had random cats in & out and none of them ever went to vets, etc... they'd usually end up missing or dead. So I talked my parents into letting me keep her. She had major fleas and ear mites, probably was under fed, too-pretty bad for a kitten w/a home. She's now happy and healthy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Another cat my dad found about a year ago mewing in one of the planter boxes. We figure she was only 4-6 weeks. My mom ended up taking her in, and when she took her to the vet she had a horrible infection on her shoulder, plus a heart murmer. She's now living w/me and is as fiesty and happy as ever.
 

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Back when I lived in the city, my sister and I rescued a little grey kitten (that looked alot like MZCsmpsns avatar) that was being thrown around by this little girl. He had been dropped on his head, and after about a year displayed mild mental problems. We gave him to my aunt's friend who wanted to adopt a cat because he was causing us too many problems. He was neutered by was very territorial and "marked" the walls all over our new house out in the country.<br><br><br><br>
He was a sweet cat but was better suited for the city life. He is much happier and more calm now.
 

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My Mumm has a cat called Whiskey who is the most girly male cat you'll meet. He's really clingy and looks really pretty.<br><br>
Him and one of his siblings were found in a sack by the river. We always thought that someone must have taken them down there to drown and chickened out, but recently someone realised that they were probably thrown from the bridge and missed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><br><br>
He's such a lovely boy though, and we have to love him all the more for his traumatic childhood.
 

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Oh and I have a steer and a cow who I've convinced my Dad should stay and live on my parents' farm for the rest of their lives, seeing as how they're such nice people, and how I'd be thouroughly traumatized if they were sold (killed). My Dad calls them freeloaders, my Brother has two cows as well.<br><br>
I guess they were technically saved from being someone's Big Mac.
 

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Trout was a stray kitten in an apartment complex I lived in.<br><br><br><br>
Lucy the pup wasn't wanted by her first owners.<br><br><br><br>
Tom, the dog, I found looking for handouts in front of a grocery store. I gave him some treats ... then I went back and coaxed him into my car.<br><br><br><br>
Kilgore showed up, declawed, neutered -- and abandoned -- on the first day that I rented a new house.<br><br><br><br>
Kitten came from the parking lot at work.<br><br><br><br>
Duke came from the dog pound.<br><br><br><br>
Can't imagine my life without any one of them.
 

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Where was your dog found? In a park or forest? How could someone do that to an innocent animal?</div>
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He was tied to a tree in someone's yard. I guess they thought that was a nifty way of getting someone else to take him. The people that found him brought him to the shelter.
 

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i have a cat who was found with burns over about 1/4 of his body. a no-kill animal shelter took him in and got him back to health. (altho he's permanently bald in some places, and has FIV). he came to live with me last labor day (september).<br><br><br><br>
he's a ~4-5yr old big ol' tabby cat.
 

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My dad found a young cat under his car bonnet one winter, she was badly burned from the battery acid & was stick thin. He took her to the vet & got her fixed up & she went to live with my nan, she lived to a good age, about 15 we think.<br><br>
I was in a petshop about 5 years ago & there was a big white albino rabbit with a sign on his cage saying 'free to a good home' someone had brought him back because he was 'too big'. How ridiculous.He was very nervous & used to bite if he got frightened, so i can only imagine how he was treated by the people who had him originally. I lost him when he was about 4 years old to myxomatosis, which was my own stupid fault for not knowing about the vaccine. I like to think he had a good life with me though, even if it was cut short so cruelly.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/angel.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":angel:">
 

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Yes but most were either rehomed or euthanized because I could not keep them all. I realize having rescued animals euthanized defeats the purposes of rescuing them but it's out of my hands once the animal is rehomed.
 

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I also have two pet turkeys that I didn't necessarily rescue, but I like to think I did. I had them since they were only a couple weeks old. They probably would have become Thanksgiving dinner if I wouldn't have acquired them. They are the sweetest creatures, and love to follow me around our acreage.
 

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My dog came from a dog and cat rescue. They rescued her from a pound. Her previous owners put her there. We're pretty sure she was abused. She's scared of everything and she pees on the floor when she's left alone in the house (even for a few minutes). She's very, very neurotic.
 

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My dog came from a dog and cat rescue. They rescued her from a pound. Her previous owners put her there. We're pretty sure she was abused. She's scared of everything and she pees on the floor when she's left alone in the house (even for a few minutes). She's very, very neurotic.</div>
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I wonder if she used to live with other animals? She may have severe anxiety because she has no other dogs to find comfort.
 

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She's scared to death of other dogs. We took her to obdedience training and any time another dog would get to close too her she would freak out. Finally she panicked so badly that my finger got all twisted in her leash and it broke (then I got to go to the emergency room, which was big time fun!)
 
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