The summer of 2010 my boyfriend and I purchased a beautiful Australian Shepherd/German Shepherd mix, we named her Dakota she was energetic, fun, fluffy and everything I ever wanted in an animal companion. Fast forward 9 years my boyfriend now husband and I had a baby, we tried everything we could to help our Dakota adjust to the new baby and they did well at a distance, but never close, Dakota was just too uncomfortable to be around the baby.
I used to think that owning a pet was so simple: When you adopt or purchase a pet, it's for life. Right? And nothing in the world should ever cause you to break that promise you made to that cat or dog. Nothing. And anyone who broke that promise was just terrible for doing it. But what we can’t forget is that we don’t know the stories behind why each of these animals’ owners surrendered them to the shelter.
Imagine how hard and sad it must be for the person who had to give up their much-loved pet if they didn’t have any other choice?
I had to make that choice I don't want to get into too many details as it still pains us, but Dakota is a good dog, she loves people and other dogs but just not small children, our decision was not made lightly we wanted to ensure the safety of Dakota and our Daughter. It still makes me cry to this day.
We surrendered our beloved Dog to the MN Aussie Rescue, we chose the MN Aussie Rescue since we wanted to ensure her safety and that she would go to a forever family who knew about Australian Shepherds and their needs, temperaments. we also knew that the MN Aussie Rescue utilizes foster homes vs traditional shelters, we felt Dakota would be more comfortable in a foster home. We got in contact with Nancy from the MN Aussie Rescue and we decided we would bring Dakota to the rescue, we took the drive from Grand forks to Elk River MN , I cried much of the way there , when we arrived we spoke with Nancy and her husband they were so kind and understanding , we brought all her belongings , food toys etc and they ensured us she would be safe and would find a great new home and that all of her belongings would stay with her. I cried with Nancy that day. I can't explain it, but Nancy made me feel like she was my friend and I knew she would take good care of my fur baby. We said our final goodbye to Dakota, when we left her, she was happy in their yard. We both left in tears, I cried most of the way home. I honestly thought that was the last time I would ever see her or hear anything about her, and I never expected Nancy to text me that Dakota was doing well along with pictures, that made me feel much better. A few weeks later we were made aware that she had an adoption pending, since then she was successfully adopted to her forever home. We will forever be grateful to Nancy and the MN Aussie Rescue, bless their hearts.
- Ashly & Troy.
Author : Kelsey G.
To start my story, my boyfriend and I got a puppy in the summer of 2016. Her name is Primrose (Prim for short) and she's a lab/catahoula mix. She's very loving but had separation anxiety when my boyfriend and I would leave for the day (we are both teachers). My boyfriend and I figured we should do something so that our dog had a friend to be with all day while we are away and we love dogs so we were both excited to start looking for another. It was this last March of 2018 and I was looking online for dogs to adopt because I wanted one close to my dogs age and I've always wanted to be a pet adopter. I came across this article on a site where this lady was trying to get rid of her one year old dog and if no one reached out to her and wanted her, she was going to give her to a shelter. That broke my heart after seeing pictures of the dog (Australian shepherd/border collie mix) and reading the descriptions about this dog, it reminded me of Prim. Zach (my boyfriend) and I decided we were going to get this dog, so we drove over six hours one way across the state of North Dakota to pick her up. It was love at first sight. Except with our dog...They fought a lot in the first few months but I didn't want to give up on her. I read online all the different ways to get a new dog and our dog to get along. A few months later and they are now the best of friends. I love them to death and I treat them like my children (because I don't have any yet, haha). So I guess I didn't technically adopt from a shelter but I saved her from one. We named her Kyah by the way and she turns two in January.
Author : Nicole E.
Daisy Mae's first year of life was pretty rough, but someone stepped in and brought her to a local rescue where she came to me as a foster. “Want to foster a super cute little pitbull who was just surrendered?” Silly question! I’m certain my eyes watered from cuteness overload when I first saw her. My other rescue, Miss Molly, and I loved her immediately! We fostered Daisy Mae off and on for approximately a year before I finally admitted to myself there was no way I could let her leave again. After numerous failed adoptions (no fault of her own!) Daisy Mae understandably developed some mental health issues. Those issues, coupled with her serious allergies made for a long road. I’m so thankful I stuck it out with her-she was previously failed too many times and I couldn’t do that to her again.
She loves going for walks, playing with her fur-sister, pontoon rides, but most of all she loves to cuddle! She is a tiny little bundle of energy and love! Who wouldn’t love those crazy ears, sweet smile, and huge heart?
Written by: Kelsey G.
After moving into an apartment 3 years ago, we realized shortly after we were missing something... a pet! While we were “just looking” in PetSmart, we found ourselves at the cat adoption area. It wasn’t long until we fell in love with the ginger cat who we named Clyde.
Fast forward one year later and we moved into our first house. This only meant we could expand our family! After looking online at dog adoptions, our eyes fell in love with a bloodhound. Clyde was missing a sidekick and needed a Bonnie. ;)
They have warmed up to each other and have formed a brother/sister relationship. Sometimes you will find them cuddling next to each other or chasing one another!
Sandy + Lucky
After our sweet Bailey died in August 2017, we knew we needed another dog in our life. We didn't really want to go through the puppy stage again, so adopting an older dog from a rescue seemed like the thing to do. We were told about a dog at the Uffda Fund Animal Rescue in Cando, ND. He was a 2 year old male German Shepherd cross named Lucky that had been abandoned by his previous family. We made arrangements to meet him and fell in love right away. We brought him home a couple of days later and he has been a joy. He is so lovable. His favorite thing to do is fetch balls. He would do it 24/7 if possible. His newest 'trick' is to open the doors to go in and out of the house. Uffda! We definitely got a perfect dog for us. Although his name is Lucky, we feel lucky, too!
Shazam is a 2 year old, brindle and white, Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. He came to Circle of Friends on April 28th, 2018. He is a big bundle of love that would love nothing more than a good run and game of tag! He is looking for his forever home where he can be forever loved. <3
ADOPTED 5/16/2018! :)
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Written By : Callie
Bonnie and Clyde --
After going to the Humane Society in Grand Forks, ND “just to look,” my husband and I fell in love with two kitties and decided to adopt – their given name by the facility couldn’t have been more perfect; Bonnie and Clyde. These kitties have been the crazy dynamic duo they were set and meant to be.
Being raised with three dogs, Bonnie and Clyde act like two mini dogs; begging for treats, follow their humans right at their feet, and will even chase the dogs while playing fetch. We have never seen two kitties that hold their own so well when it comes to three dogs to compete with.
I believe every living thing was put on this planet for a reason, and I am very grateful Bonnie and Clyde were destined to live with us!
Author : Jenni Riha
I graduated with an associates in Veterinary Technology in 2001. At first I had wobbled between vet clinics and left the profession for a short time. I now have been at my current practice for 11 years.
The first kitten I fostered was in 2004. My dad told me he had disturbed a mama kitten in the barn. The kitten had just been born and mom was no where to be seen. She still had the umbilical cord and half of the sac still connected to her. Willing to give it a chance Sam is still alive today. Since then I have fostered many kittens. Most of which came from the farm abandoned or not being cared for very well by their mamas or friends who found abandoned kittens. Once I fostered my first relinquished kitten from the clinic I worked at in 2014 I felt I needed to find a name for myself. So The Foster Kitten project was born.
I have fostered handfuls of kittens every year since then. But this year I decided to expand into researching to be a non-profit. A kitten was presented to me when a family tried to bottle feed him but decided it was more work than they could handle. I found out that there was more in his litter but unfortunately didn’t get to them in time and they were turned into our local shelter and euthanized. Many shelters and humane societies are unable to take in kittens that are not weaned due to lack of resources and staff. This was when I knew I needed to do something more.
Obtaining resources to be a non-profit is very daunting and expensive but I hope to get there in the next year. I’m eagerly trying to gather information as well as interested patrons to be board members or volunteers.
Right now my current struggle is obtaining enough donations to help offset supply costs as well as veterinary care. I have 3 currently that are on medical hold. Some medical conditions are minor and one is more serious. I have one foster whom at first we thought was going to have to have both eyes removed. Treatment has helped in that we are hopeful that maybe she will only need to lose one eye.
All kittens in our care are virus tested, dewormed, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and hand raised in a home setting and fully socialized with dogs and other cats.
Please help in sharing our story and helping us save every kitten one bottle at a time.
Donations can be made via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
MEET THE KITTENS!
[Wally Martin], who is currently 5 months old, was found at about 8 weeks old starving and malnourished in a Walmart parking lot. He has truly become a handsome boy in need of a furrever home. He loves feather toys and Mylar toys. He’s a medium hair with a fluffy tail. He likes to sleep near your head a bedtime. Wally is currently available for adoption. Adoptions applications are available by contacting email@example.com. Application fee is $5 and Adoption fee is $120. The application fee is applied to the adoption fee if accepted. Wally is fully vaccinated, virus tested negative, dewormed, neutered and microchipped.
[Crystal and Joshua] were obtained from a farm from a feral mother who isn’t very good at keeping her kittens alive. They were rescued at only a few days old. They had a sister that unfortunately didn’t survive. These two have been on medical hold with chronic diarrhea which has now subsided. They come from a known FIV positive mom. They have currently tested as a low positive for FIV. It is possible they will be negative in the weeks ahead. They have so far been dewormed, and began vaccination regimens. Medical care was delayed because they had been under weight for several weeks. They are now on track and are a complete joy. Crystal has the grey ears. -- Pictured below on the left.
[Missoura] was found in a feral community in Providence Missouri. She suffered from an untreated upper respiratory infection early in her life which has cost her, her eyesight. It is for sure she will lose her left eye but with continued treatment we may be able to save her right eye. She is light responsive and has some depth perception but is mostly blind. She gets a long just great and acts like any normal kitten. She is extremely vocal and lets you know when she is happy by meowing and rolling around. She has been virus tested, dewormed, vaccinations have been started and treatment on her eyes is ongoing. When she gets a bit bigger she will have surgery to remove the one eye and to be spayed. -- Pictured below on the right.
Author : Ann L.
Written By : Jenna B.
Piper is a 4 month old kitty that we adopted in July from Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks, ND. She has a different coloring to her which is called tortoise shell; black and tan.
She is full of energy all the time and is a perfect fit with our 10 month old German Shepherd, Grizzly. Piper has a collar with a bell on it so we can always hear where she goes, since she likes to hide in places. Piper loves to crawl on things. She will crawl right up your shoulder if you let her and will sit there like a parrot until you set her down. I have never seen a kitty that loves to cuddle to much. She especially likes to cuddle up by my neck.
Piper is already a hunter and she has caught many flies in the house. She also likes to pounce on Grizzly when he is sleeping for a sneak attack.
Although she likes her kitty food, I always catch her trying to eat Grizzly' s dog food. Piper also loves to eat tuna as her favorite treat. She loves to be outside; when she hears the door open, she is like a bolt of lightning and attempts to escape.
Piper is a great fit to our little family. We are very lucky to have her and she fits in well with the neighborhood 4 legged family.
We would love for you to come visit!