"Whoever said 'Money can't buy you happiness' has never paid an adoption fee."
To this day, Prairie Paws Rescue has helped between 3,000 and 4,000 animals find perfect loving homes. Below are several "Happy Tails" from the owners that have adopted from Prairie Paws.
Thanks to PPR, I Have a Wonderful, New Family!!!
My name is Sheldon and let me introduce you to my wonderful new family! I am the adorable one with the cream ears looking right at the camera. The good-looking gal in the middle is my new mommy “Tara”! She’s so nice to me and spoils me so much. I never knew someone had so much love to give until I met her and became part of her family.
The little white dog on the other side of my mommy is my new little brother Moss. I love him so much, and we have so much fun playing together! Even though I have three legs, that doesn’t stop me from playing, running, going on walks and just having such a great new life with my wonderful family! If you read the paragraph below mine, my mommy has some things to say also.
I am so blessed to have Sheldon in my life. I never knew a dog could have as much love and affection as Sheldon does. His disability of having three legs doesn’t bring him down at all, and he’s such an inspiration for everyone. He’s such a blessing to have for myself and for my other dog Moss who is a 1 ½ year old Maltese. They get along so well and are “two peas in a pod”. I would like to thank Prairie Paws for giving me the wonderful opportunity of becoming Sheldon’s new mommy!
Tara, Sheldon, Moss
Matching Seniors with Seniors
Chuck has adopted pets from Prairie Paws Rescue and prefers the senior pets as companions.
After he put his last dog to sleep, he immediately knew that he didn't want to spend his days alone and contacted Prairie Paws for suggestions of who would be a great match for him.
Chuck met Telly and they were instantly bonded to each other.
Prairie Paws is an advocate of the "senior pet program" and enjoys matching seniors with seniors.
These two guys are a great pair!
I Love My New Home and My Mom!
Dear Prairie Paws Rescue,
I’m sending you this card because it’s my one year birthday for being adopted into my “Forever Home”. I love my new home and my mom, Candy. We do a lot of things together, and I get lots of petting, hugs, and kisses. I even get to sleep on her bed at night.
My mom needs to walk and I go with her…sometimes the walks get kind of long though. My favorite activity is laying in front of the deck door and looking outside.
Candy tells me I’m the best dog ever. She has done a lot for me, but she tells me that I’ve done much more for her.
Thank you so much for taking care of me, and not giving up on me when I wasn’t so well. Without your kindness and care I wouldn’t have had a chance to find my “Forever Home”. I just love you guys. Thank you so much.
Sparky is Doing Great with His Best Friend, Buddy!
I just thought I'd send you an updated picture of Sparky. He's doing great and is inseparable with Buddy.
When they get groomed, they have to do everything at the same time together. He enjoys the dog parks, and all the rabbits that he can chase on a daily basis by our house when we go for walks.
He is all set for dog obedience in July, and recently got microchipped!
In Love with LouLou!
Just wanted to share a picture of Louie (was VanBuren) & how he's doing......
We adopted him in November 2011 & are absolutely in love with LouLou as we call him. :) He was very timid especially of males but has come out of his shell! It didn't take very long to potty train him either! He loves to play with his other 2 brothers (we had 2 dogs prior to adopting him). He snuggles all the time & loves to sleep under the covers.
Another success story from a fantastic organization - Prairie Paws you are doing wonderful things!!! Thank you for allowing us to have Louie in our lives, he is spoiled & loved very much!!!!!
Attached is a picture of Louie in our suitcase, he wanted to go to Aruba with us..... hahahahahahahaha.
Angie, Jim, & Levi Englund
Hi! Remember Me?!
My name was Digit, but my new owners changed my name to Gigit. But that's fine with me, 'cause I like my new home.
I have a large, fenced-in yard, and I can run really fast. I have lots of bushes that are good for playing hind 'n seek. Sometimes I hide so good that they can't find me for a long time. I get treats if I don't have accidents in the house. I get lots of love, and I think that I make my owners happy, too. I gets lots of food and water. And I have a great big tree in my back yard that protects me from the sun when I need to take a nap. (Little dogs need naps, you know). When it storms outside and when I get scared, I can snuggle up to my owners. That makes me feel better.
Thank you for sending some money to help pay for my operation. My doctor, Dawn -- she's a nice lady -- took out my bad eye and closed that eyelid. I feel much better now, and I can still run fast and have fun. Thanks for rescuing me from that awful puppy mill. Now I don't have to live in a cage anymore.
So, this is what my life is like now. I thought you would like to know. And, don't tell anyone, but sometimes I even get to sleep on their bed!
Tedy: A Part of Our Family! Thanks To Prairie Paws!
Here is a photo of Tedy (formerly Buddy) and his best friend. Tedy is a yellow lab we got from Prairie Paws. We've only had Tedy for about 3 months, but he was quick to make himself a part of our family. We've discovered that Tedy likes to fetch, go on walks, and LOVES to swim. We are pretty excited to get him out to the lake this summer! Thank you to Prairie Paws for helping us add Tedy to our family!
Love Makes All the Difference!
Here is a long overdue update on our little Jake (bug) aka Blake Shelton! Jake lives in the country north of Bismarck with his 3 other canine friends, 5 cats and 3 horses. He is nonstop fun and a good listener. His grandma taught him to play catch and he knows to stay out of the horse corral. He is quite dramatic as he bawls like a little calf when he is tired or doesn't get his way. He has filled out nicely and is a medium size boy.
Thank you for all the love and care you all gave him!
Tim and Brenda Kellar
Meet Cooper and His New Family
From PPR: We received the following note from Cooper's family, and it makes us feel good to know that he is doing so well. Thank you, Connie and Emily, for sending us such a great picture and for making Cooper a much-loved family member.
Cooper continues to do great!
He has adjusted to our home and brings much joy into our lives. He is very sweet and loveable!
We are grateful for your organization and what you do for dogs and cats!
We are attaching a photo of our family.
~ Connie, Emily, and Cooper Collette ~
More About Clause/Jake
Here is a success story too good to pass up.... Claus and his sister Noel were considered a nuisance on the Sisseton Reservation and were going to be shot by police. Thank you, Kitra, for helping these dogs get to Prairie Paws Rescue. Claus' name was changed to Jake while in his foster home. Jake was then accepted by Great Plains Guide Dogs in Jud, ND. He is the featured pet for the month of JULY on the Great Plains Guide dog calendar with his friend Kelly. Once thought of as a nuisance, he is now a great companion and service dog. Thank you Kitra, Brad, Liz, Great Plains and those involved in making this success story. This picture is the featured picture on the calendar.
Hi. My name is Knickers.
You may remember me as the little black lab cross that came into Prairie Paws when I was very sick in March of 2008. I was born in Feb. and when I was 5 weeks old Becky said she would take me and see if she could make me well. I owe her a lot because not only did she think I was worth saving, but she also introduced me to my forever mom.
My forever Mom met me when I had only been with Becky one day. She came and helped put warm packs on my swollen face and gave me medication with an eye dropper. When I was about 3 months old she became my foster mom (Becky and I knew she was going to be my forever mom, but it took her a long time (6 months) to realize that I was home to stay). Becky always said that my foster mom wouldn't let me go after she had spent so much time and energy on making me well. That made me feel good!
When my foster mom decided that I was to become a permanent part of her family, it was a happy day for me. I have 3 brothers and 1 sister (dogs, and cat) that welcomed me into their family. I don't even notice that I am different because my sister Goldie is a 3 legged Golden retriever, and my brother Thumper is a 3 legged cat. My scars on my face and my misshaped eyes just give me character so mom says.
In mom's eyes we are all perfect and she tells us that all the time. She can't imagine what her home would be like without me. I am really a sweet boy, I still want to be a puppy even though I turned one year old on February 1st of 2009. I weigh 68 pounds, and I look good.
My mom has told many people my story and has shown my picture to many people to let them know that it is all right to be different from everyone else. Just because you are different doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with you. I am one of the most lovable guys that has ever lived at mom's house. I think I am her favorite but she won't admit it because mom says she can't play favorites among us kids.
I have had some medical issues that mom has to watch: my eyes puff up and matter when the wind blows (allergies?), my ears get infected, and my muzzle gets infection in it because not all the hair comes through like it should. I also drool and slobber a lot.
Last month I went to the vet to be used as a standby for a possible blood donor for another dog that was having surgery. I didn't have to be used, but I am now listed as a donor so the next time maybe I will be able to help out a fellow dog. When I was born I had 3 strikes against me: I was 1) Black; 2) a Lab; 3) very sick.
Thanks to some very special people (Becky, Dr. Looysen, and the girls at the clinic), Prairie Paws Rescue, TSC staff and my foster mom, I am now a happy, content and spoiled rotten 1 1/2 year old "Handsome Boy" (at least that is what mom calls me).
Prairie Paws is an excellent organization and I owe my life literally to them, so saying thank you just doesn't seem like much. They were so good about taking me to their Meet and Greet sessions down at TSC, and Brian sure tried hard to find me a home down there ( I won his heart too, but he said he couldn't take me home so he was sure happy when mom decided to keep me). I still occasionally go to TSC to see what is going on.
Thank you again to everyone who had a part in helping me recover from my serious illness and in not giving up hope when it looked bad. Thank you especially, Becky, because you put in the most hours and had me with you when I was the sickest. You were the one who decided that I should have a chance when it looked like it might be better to let me go. I will forever be grateful for that, especially since I know that you are a terrier person and I am a far cry from a little dog like that. You just saw the spark that was buried deep inside my puffed up eyes. My mom says that you guys are all wonderful people, and I agree 100%.
Love and slobbery kisses,
Izzie's New Life with Kari - Happy & Secure
Hi! We want to share our story with you. Izzie and I have been together since about Christmas last year. She was JC when you had her, but never did respond to her name, so we finally found Izzie and she likes that fine.
When I got her, she was unable to walk more than a few steps without resting. She was very nervous and had a lot of skin issues that seemed to be from boredom and nerves. My veterinarian recommended a change in her diet and a slow increase in activity. Her skin issues cleared up nearly overnight. She had to have 6 teeth pulled, but now her breath is fresh and she is eating well. With her increased activity, she has also lost weight from an unhealthy 22.5 pounds to a more normal 15.5 pound weight.
Izzie is very happy and secure, loves her new life and is my constant companion. We travel for work and she has gotten quite used to riding in her bed in the car. She loves exploring new parks as we travel andwe have some very pleasant walks. She is still unable to walk any great distance, so I have a stroller for her when she gets tired.
Her greatest joy is to lie in the grass in the yard (it's fenced) and watch all the comings and goings in the neighborhood. She is very sweet and content and loves to "talk" to everyone. My neighbors all stop to visit with her because they love the way she converses.
Izzie loves to be "dressed" and recently chose a pretty Halloween costume for herself. When I ask her if she wants to get dresses, she comes trotting over and puts her head in the neckline, then lifts her left front leg to go in the sleeve, then her right leg. She loves all the extra attention she gets with her new outfit. :)
I am truly blessed by her and want to thank you again for allowing Izzie to join me.
I have attached a recent photo of her for you to see how nice she looks.
Kari and Izzie
Colton/Toby: He’s come a Lonngggg Waayyyy Babyyyy!!
As you probably remember…
Colton is a male Maltese who is recovering from life in a puppy mill. He is about 8+ years old, skin and bones-about 3 pounds, a matted mess and looking to become more socialized…
He’s come a Lonngggg Waayyyy Babyyyy!! He’s such a cool little dude!!
He has been renamed Toby…
I picked him up on Aug 15th and now, almost 6 weeks later I wanted to update you on his progress.
First off, he came home to a brand new family with Me (mom), two people siblings (Alex: 18 and Nick: 16) and two cat siblings (Frankie: F/4yrs and Sammy: M/4 yrs). No problems here! He walked into the house and was immediately adored by the people! One of the cats, Frankie, took an instant interest in him and they were laying next to one another within an hour. The other cat Sammy chose to play the martyr and acted more annoyed by Toby’s presence than anything. This lasted about two weeks… Sammy and Toby are now playmates and napping companions. (See the picture to the right).
Toby is also getting bigger! He now weighs in at a whopping 3.5 lbs. The vet thinks another ½ lb will do it for him. Also, his hair is beginning to grow out which is a very good thing considering the recent drop in the temps outside! Yes… He has an entire wardrobe which keeps him warm when out in the elements. These pictures should give you an idea as to how he is progressing…
He is still dealing with the nasty infection under his eye… the vet thinks it is due to an abscessed tooth… one of the few that were not removed. He is on another round of antibiotics (the good stuff! Haha) and it seems to be getting better. Let’s hope so or he will have to have surgery to remove one of his last 9 teeth. Oh… and believe it or not, he eats very well considering he has so few teeth. Hard kibble, soft treats, and eggs are his favorites!
Toby has gone from being a shy and insecure little guy to a fearless little companion with a heart of gold!
I know I’m thrilled with him and look forward to giving him a wonderful life!
Thanks - P. Williams
Diamond Has A New Home In Wisconsin!
Background: Diamond is a young Springer Spaniel that came into our rescue pregnant on 1/30 and gave birth to 11 puppies on 2/1. She came from a place where there were too many animals to care for and the owner was hoping to find her a home. We found Diamond with several other dogs in a parking lot with a sign that read "FREE PUPPIES". We arrived on the scene and took her and the others for immediate vet attention. Diamond is in a foster home with her 11 puppies getting pampered and being cared for the way a new mother should be.
UPDATE: Diamond and her pup, Burbank, have been adopted and have a new homein Wisconsin! Their new best friends, Ruth and her daughter, made a 10-hour trip one way to pick up their new family members.
Would you believe that all of Diamond's pups have now been adopted?! Thanks to all of you who played a part in making their dreams come true.
Pictured: Ruth, Sue, Burbank, Kay, Ruth's Daughter, & Diamond
Dixie Is Now at Home in Canada!
Here Is a TRUE HAPPY TAILS Story
Dixie a 9 year young Border collie (on the right in each picture) was surrendered to Prairie Paws due to the flooding in 2009. We contacted our friends at Border Collie rescue in Canada who have connected Dixie with not only a new home but a new 12 year old sister named Holly.
IT IS A MATCH!!! Dixie has a new Mom and sister! Kae adores her, and the feeling is mutual. YAHOO!!!
Sunshine Loves Her New Home!
Take a look at the following "Happy tails" photos of Sunshine who was adopted from Prairie Paws just before Christmas. She loves her new home with Gerry and Mavis and loves when the grandkids come to visit.
Sunshine wakes up every morning and gives them a "high five" hello. Also if their arms are not out of the covers in the morning, she will reach under the covers and pull their arms out.
We are so glad Sunshine has found her forever home.
We Couldn't Be Happier with Mya!
It's Dustin and Lindsay here from Ontario and we couldn't be happier with our little family with Mya in it.
She has adjusted to life with us and loves playing with my brother's dogs and with our neighbours' dogs as well. She still really likes to herd other dogs, so the dog park can be a bit of a trial but she's coming along and certainly doesn't put up with any of the "bullies" (she's one tough cookie for her size).
She gets plenty of exercise in our yard and when we take her running and on at least one, one hour walk per day. Her fur has grown back to epidemic proportions! We have to trim the hair around her hindquarters for sanitary purposes and so she can stay cool in the warm weather we've been getting lately.
I've attached some photos of the little cutie in our house so that you can share a little bit of all the the love that she gives. I wanted to attach videos of her playing and getting frantic about getting ready to go for a walk.
Hope you enjoy,
Meet Simba! aka "Crush!"
Hi, my name is Simba! Formerly know as Crush! Thanks to Kaye through Praire Paws Rescue I got a great new home. I love it here, I get to play with 2 girls and their mom all the time! They play this one game with me I love. They crumple up a small piece of newspapper into a ball and I run a chase it. They also gave me a cardbord box with holes in it. I love to play peek a boo with them and my little Boston Terrier buddy named André ! I dont like to admit it but I am very spoiled! I have run of the house. They give me treats everday and give me great back and neck rubs.! Yep I got it made !! Thanks Praire Paws ! I love my new life!
A Big THANK YOU to Kennedy & Friends!
When Kennedy Koch turned nine, she had a birthday party, and instead of receiving gifts for herself, she asked party attendees to bring something for the pets at Prairie Paws Rescue. What a great idea! The pets at Prairie Paws Rescue appreciate the items donated in honor of Kennedy's ninth birthday.
Happy Tails: News about Some Adoptions
Take a look at some of our happily adopted friends... A BIG THANKS to everyone who donated time, money, food, services, a home and LOVE!
RESCUE OF PETS FROM FLOODED AREAS
The Jamestown Emergency "Pet" Flood Shelter at the former Jamestown Auto Center Building is now closed. Thank you to the community and volunteers that supported our efforts with their generous donations of time and supplies, especially RM STOUDT Dealership for the donation of the building. Many pets who were there seeking shelter from the flood have returned home with their families or have found new homes through Prairie Paws Rescue. If the need arises, Prairie Paws Rescue will re-open the Emergency "Pet" Flood Shelter based on the need and the rising waters.
For information and photos of the 2009 Red River Flood, click here.
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