It was uplifting yet heartbreaking at the same time working with puppies and dogs of all sizes that were rescued from puppy mills, dog fighting or abuse. I was walking a large dog rescued from living on the streets, who arrived at the shelter starving, weighing less than eighty pounds. She is now a healthy weight, but it was so upsetting because as I was walking her, she would stop and wash her tail. I had found out later on that because she was starving, she succumbed to eating the top of her own tail. I was beyond upset from the news. I am happy to inform you that she has been adopted and is doing very well adapting to her new owners. When I took care of her, I played fetch and other games with her in the training pen and loved giving her kisses on the top of her head :-).
Recently, I was working with two cats that my family and I named Sunny and Baron-Puma. Baron-Puma is a Russian Blue cat, and certainly one of the sweetest and most affectionate cats I have ever met. He was declawed and assumed to be abandoned by his owner, for he did not behave like a stray, yet he was comfortable being indoors and loved the outdoors. He would crawl right up next to your face and sit there facing you and start purring. He is such a blessing. He is now being taken care of by another. I have a great deal of experience working with Russian Blue cats. I consider them to be the most docile cats I have ever worked with. One Russian Blue cat named Van I work with has feline aids, who was dropped off, along with his bother named Halen, by an anonymous individual. It is important to know that feline aids is not life threatening; however, these cats should be adopted into a home with no other cats, because they can become infected. Feline aids is often transmittable through biting or clawing another cat. It is NOT transferable to humans. Also wash your hands thoroughly before and after working with any cat with feline aids.
Sunny is a half Rag Doll half Siamese cat. Though he is very shy (I could not even pet him without him slowly backing away) I fed him warmed up soft food and hard food. He too was abandoned by his owner who moved out of state.
It is always best to adopt from a shelter. Without a doubt you will find an animal that will become a perfect addition to your family. If you adopt from a breeder, you are supporting the unnecessary breeding of animals. Animals are often abused and suffer from the breeding. Please support your local animal shelter and adopt from them!