Adoption Stories to Inspire You to Adopt

If you’re thinking of adopting a pet, here are some stories to give you that little push.

I adopted my dog Emmett in 2006. It was, truly, love at first sight for both of us. At the time, I had no clue he was considered a “pit bull” and no clue that he would change my life, turning me into an animal advocate and educating people on the plight of pit bulls. After Emmett came Lucas, a shepherd mix, and Cooper, another pit mix. We hike, play, and snuggle—adopting the three of them has been the best life-changing adventure. Here are more adoption stories to inspire you to consider adoption.

Henry and HollyHenry and Holly adopted by Karon Thackston

My husband and I adopted several strays over the years. I suppose it would be more accurate to say they adopted us! We love doing our part to lessen the homeless animal population and they are so grateful to have a family that loves them.

ricRicochet adopted by Dawn Miklich

I had no intention of adding another dog so soon. The week before, I had to make the decision to put two of my dogs to sleep, one of them being my very first long-dreamed-of dog, Whitney. I only stopped at the shelter to get a license for my dog, Dazs. Just a license, nothing else. As soon as I walked into the waiting room, I felt eyes on me and looked down to find a young Jack Russell staring at me with great intent. I waited in line behind his owners who were surrendering him. The whole time I was talking myself out of even thinking about adopting him. Once they were done and it was my turn at the desk, instead of asking for a license I asked about the dog. Next thing I know I was heading to the kennels to visit him and then found myself at the adoption counter. Two days later, I went back to pick up Ricochet. Fourteen years later, I can’t help but think that it was destiny that put this crazy, smart, fun dog in my life. While he didn’t take the place of Torri and Whitney in finding his own place, he helped me get through their loss.

cleoCleo adopted by Sharon Castellanos

When my husband and I were ready to bring a dog into our family for the first time, we found the San Francisco SPCA. Their professional operation gave us the confidence, and support we needed to take a leap of faith. They set us up for success and in return we did that for Cleo. We built a beautiful bond with her, and the memories of our years together are a bridge that I believe will always connect our spirits. I didn’t expect to find such an amazing dog. I was hoping for a buddy and instead found my best friend. My new life with Cleo, and our many experiences inspired me to start Grouchy Puppy in 2009. I’m proud of how we help others overcome outdated beliefs about dogs, especially senior dogs. When I started, few blogs or websites showed how beautiful and wonderful life could be after adopting a large, adult dog in the big city! Cleo showed everyone how much more fun and colorful, meaningful, your life could be when you embraced a dog’s positive influence. She illustrated how all dogs give fearlessly, when we let them. She passed away a year ago but continues to inspire me, and many others, every day.

ChewyChewy adopted by Felicia Christenson

Our Chewy, an Affenpinscher mix, was found wandering the streets of Killeen, Texas, at just seven or eight weeks old. His foster parents, via Hands 4 Paws, cared for Chewy for nearly five months before we started searching for the perfect scruffy lap dog. We searched every adoption site we could find, every rescue and shelter, looking for just the right dog. About to give up, we came across our wee Chewbacca and fell in love with his face and description, the photos of Chewy with his big brother (an Italian Greyhound). He’s been the perfect match for our family, the perfect foil for our senior Aussies, and the perfect fit in my heart.

MadduxMaddux adopted by Michelle Maskaly

I was helping a friend during the taping of the Puppy Bowl, and as soon as I took Maddux out of his crate, I was in love. The timing was awful, as I had just started a new job and had several business trips planned. But, after spending much of the day debating the pros and cons, I came to the conclusion this little dog came into my life at that specific time for a reason.

S'More Dogs Hershey, Graham, MarshaS’more dogs (Hershey, Graham, and Marsha) adopted by Erik Nodacker

How I got my S’more: When I walked into the pet store and saw the big brown dog in the small cage sadly waiting out an adoption day, I knew she was waiting for me and that her name was Hershey. When Hershey and I met the frightened little tan puppy who had been dumped in the park, I knew I had to find him a home. I quickly realized that home was mine and named him Graham. When the lonely little black dog from the semi-abandoned place next door started forcing her way through the fence to be with friends and someone who cared I figured “What the hell” and named her Marsha(mellow).

RayRay adopted by Debra Lockhart

I had been volunteering with a rescue for a few months, knowing I would eventually want to adopt a pit bull type dog and figured that this would give me the opportunity to see the various dogs available and get to know them. Seeing my posts about rescue, I was eventually contacted via Facebook by a person who needed placement for her pregnant female. While the rescue was working on placement, I received another call that the puppies were birthing (outside, on December 1st in 32-degree weather) and some had already died. We rushed to the site, collected Mama, the three live pups and another adult male who was padlocked to a tree and brought them to rescue. That evening Mama had two more puppies while lying in my lap. One of those puppies was Ray, my heart dog.

Meet the Author: Maggie Marton

Maggie is a writer and author, whose first book, Clicker Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pup was published by Open Air Publishing. When she's not writing (or reading books about grammar), she teaches writing courses to college students and professionals who want to nail down the basics of communication. Outside of work, she hikes, throws dinner parties, plays with her three dogs and cat, and travels as much as possible.

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