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Rescue Animals Bring Joy to your home

Updated on April 18, 2012

The Pets

The Lovely Pickle
The Lovely Pickle | Source
Giblet in my Pocket
Giblet in my Pocket | Source
Barry and Bodger playing
Barry and Bodger playing | Source

Ernest The Canary

The Lovely Ernie have a fly
The Lovely Ernie have a fly | Source

To Buy or to Rescue

The purpose for writing this brief article is simple, I get a huge amount of pleasure from all of my rescue (adopted) animals and want to share that with others. Why? Because all over the world there are many (probably millions) animals needing homes and I know how much you can get in return and I would like to share that with you.

When it comes to pets in our home we have a strict non buy policy. Not that we fundamentally believe it is wrong to purchase pets, it is not in this writers humble opinion. But we decided there were just too many animals unwanted that need a home where they would be loved and cared for. It is not a big ask is it? After all most of these animals are descended from ones that lived quite happily in the wild till we came along or were bred for our purposes and are now helpless living in the wild.

So we started with two Guinea Pigs, Barry and Bodger. Neither were strictly rescued but had never been purchased and were deemed to old to be sold. They had spent the first 5 months of their lives in a pet shop/store awaiting purchase yet no one had chosen them. Perhaps because Barry was an albino he was deemed less cute than some others, perhaps they were too nervous or skittish. Well we took them and made a donation to charity for doing so and bought the appropriate equipment. Now they live in the corner of a room and squeak loudly to let us know when they want something. I will be honest sometimes Barry Squeaks so loudly I find myself arguing with him to get him to stop and it can drive me crazy, but when he sticks that sweet pink nose up the bars or nestles into my shoulder I know I am glad we have him. Barry is by no means the favourite, Bodger is equally loved it is just that Bodger is such a relaxed and loving soul he is hard to discuss without sounding sickly sweet.

Next came Giblet, our adorable Gerbil. Another Albino that was deemed unwanted. Sadly he was never housed with a friend so had to be taken alone as he was too old to introduce to others. Giblet is a lovely happy little soul that shreds bank statements and credit card bills just as efficiently as a shredder and makes me smile every time I approach his cage to feed him a sun flower seed or raison as a treat. As a side note it would be interesting to note that a lady who was supposedly looking after Giblet advised us against homing him as he was "unfirendly and prone to biting". Our experience could not be more different, he is a sweet, lively and most of all curious little man who would have made anyone a great pet. More fool those that missed out on all the laughs and smiles he gives to us. Everyone loves Giblet and If you were to ever meet him you would understand why immediately.

Then came Ernest, a Canary that literally flew in through the door and chirped beautifully until he was fed. Reliably informed that we would last mere days in the wild we found ourselves purchasing a cage, bottles, trays, sand paper (Who knew) and anything else we needed. Now we get awoken every morning to the sound of his singing and his cheerful chirps as he splashes around in his bird bath. We have no idea how old he is, but he seems happy and that is all that matters to us. Although he does throw seeds everywhere and our vacuum cleaner works twice as hard to clean up after him than it needed to prior to him coming to live with us. He has beautiful yellow feathers with flecks of black up one side and across his back. I do not really believe in the caging of birds but given that this seems to be the only life available to him I am happy to have him in our home and I hope he is happy too. I can here him chirping as I write it was partially what inspired me to write this.

Pickle Enjoying herself, No Wonder my carpet it always a mess.

Barry and Bodger sat on a Newspaper


and then came Pickle

Pickle as you will see in the Image is a Fox Hound or so we are told. Others have suggested she is a pointer cross in fact we have heard hundreds of possible suggestions about what her likely breed is. But from all we have read and been told she seems to have the size, shape and all the characteristics of a Fox Hound. Although this really does not matter to us, we love her for her character not for her breed.

Pickle was 15 months old when she came to us looking glum and miserable in the Kennels of the dog rehoming centre she came from. Not a very nice one I should add but that is beside the point. She made herself at home immediately and started misbehaving just a quick.


  • Steals Food
  • Runs off
  • Ignores your calls
  • Gets on all the furniture
  • Farts chronically
  • Ruins our carpets
  • Demands that I get up much earlier in the morning than I would otherwise need to.
  • Costs a fortune at the vets.

But she also.....

  • Sits with me when I feel down or glum
  • Helps me stay fit and lose weight
  • Keeps me Company
  • Makes me laugh every day

Or to put it another way we would not swap her for all the tea in China. The joy and happiness she brings outweighs all and any downsides that she may come with. But do not doubt dogs can be very hard work so think carefully about the downsides before you get one. Failure to consider the hard work associated may well be why so many animals are left looking for homes.

I Know this really is a very simple article and others may write about it much more in depth and with greater skill. But if this article sits online for 20 years and persuades one person to rehome a pet rather than buy then I would be very happy indeed.

I would like at this point to add a short note. Not all adoption and rescue centres are good places, some use animals as commodities in the guise of helping them and charge you a fee for rehoming them. When this fee is used for charitable purposes this is a very good thing, but this may not always be the case. So please check, but always remember it is not the fault of the animals in these centres.

Would you adopt/rescue a pet?

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    • ThoughtMonkey profile image

      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Jim10 it sounds like a manic houseful by comparison I have it easy. Thanks for the comment.

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      jim10 5 years ago from ma

      Great Hub. Thanks for letting us meet all of your pets. We have rescued lots of pets in my home from rescue agencies. We have a house full with 3 cats and 3 dogs. We even have 3 kids. I guess 3 is our favorite number :) The are all so sweet and fantastic to have around. Feeding them can be a bit of a chore because they all eat at once and the dogs will eat the cats food if we don't have it up high. But, all of the fun times more than make up for it. They are often pretty fun and playful.

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      This is the only hub I have written that is about something I really feel strongly about. The rest having been just frivolous bits of writing with the exception of the poem about Pickle which I wrote today. It speaks volumes that I get the most feedback for this. So I guess that tells me to write from the heart.

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      What a great hub, ThoughtMonkey! I can see why it was nominated for a HubNugget!

      You have made a valid point here and I too think as you do. All the cats I have ever had have been rescued from various heartrending situations (... haven't they, Toofie cat?)

      What I admire about you is not just your kindness in providing a wonderful home for your unusual menagerie (Barry, Bodger and Giblet look like some super blokes to have around and Ernie and Pickle are adorable) but also your forethought in writing a hub that may encourage many others to do the same over many years to come.

      Bravo! Voted up etc.

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Wow 25 cats that is amazing and great. How lovely, sadly I am allergic to cats so I cant live with them but I love them and wish I could have some.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      What a great Hub! I currently have 25 feral cats that, as you say, give me so much pleasure. I have had many strays and ferals over the years and it is especially satisfying to give them a loving home. I wish more people would do it. Thanks for spreading the word!

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      Jude 5 years ago

      I love it

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Aww thanks Shepherdlover, she is lovely although sometimes she is very hard work like this morning when she ran off and I had to chase her around fields for 25 minutes.

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      ShepherdLover 5 years ago from Portland, OR

      Pickle's this hub!

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Thank you ripplemaker I will be sure to check that out. Everyone is being very helpful.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You have a big heart...thank you for sharing your story as it is very inspirational! :)

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! To know more about the Hubnuggets, it is with pleasure I place the link here Read and vote, read and vote and promote too! :)

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      It is really nice moonlake that so many like you and others give homes to unwanted pets. It brings a smile to my face.

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Hello, I did not know I had been nominated and do not even know what a Hub Nugget is but it is very nice to get positive feed back. Thanks so much Marcy

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Loved your hub. The dog we have now was going to rescue the very next day and I ask the guy to please keep him until we got there. He did and we went to get him in a snow storm. He is a great dog.

      Enjoyed reading your hub.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      What sweet little animals! It sounds like they can tell you offer a loving home - the canary knew right where to fly to be rescued! Thanks for sharing your story.

      Welcome to HubPages - I can see why you've been nominated for a HubNugget! Voted up, awesome and interesting.

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Thank you everyone for our comments, it is great to hear so man have adopted or rescued pets.

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      angie ashbourne 5 years ago

      Hi! Our dog Marsha came from a animal shelter, we love her, Awesome story. Angie

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      My cats are rescued. I loved this article.Great job!

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      Michelle Orelup 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      I have had great success in adopting from local animal shelters, and know that 'rescues' are a great addition to my home.

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      The Writers dog it is an important subject I wish I could of done it more justice. But every little bit helps the cause.

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      The Writers Dog 5 years ago

      A wonderful Hub. My dog and I rescued each other as we can work out. Everyone wanting to get a dog or cat should rescue or adopt.

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      If everyone thought like this, the animals of the world would be so happy. Nice one, ThoughtMonkey! I have always had a cat (or two) that I've rescued or found. Or who found me.

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Thank you Dog Advisor, I will be having a good read of your hubs I could use the advise. My dog is very naughty

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      Sarah Falkner 5 years ago from Dog Advice

      It is nice to read of someone that is committed to the rescue of animals. I too have a rescue puppy. She has been in my life for 3 years now and I can't imagine life without her. Rescued animals have so much to give. My Daisy is a watchdog that will lick you if you get past the initial barks, very scary...LOL...but loyal. Keep up the good work.

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Thanks Simone for your comment I could not agree with you more.

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      I have read back the writing and know I can do better but i am glad you got the impression you know them. As I am sure most other pet owners would agree I am proud of my pets and do like to tell others about them, even when they do not want to hear.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Awww, Pickle! This is an inspiring story. There really is something to adopting pets instead of going to a pet store. So far as I'm concerned, pet shops don't exist! Any pet I ever get will be rescued.

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      SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

      I loved reading this hub! Very fun to read, and I feel as though I now know your pets. You described them well and with a great sense of love and humor.

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a wonderful hub! I think more and more people are realizing that they need to adopt animals instead of buying them. I am hearing more and more about people rescuing animals and it is because kind people like yourself are bringing attention to the subject. I know that rescued animals are very appreciative also. I am glad to hear that you have adopted such a variety. I know there is a lot of love at your house! Very good hub, voted up and awesome! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      ThoughtMonkey 5 years ago from United Kingdon

      Thank you for your comment, the sentiment is lovely but also because it is my first ever comment. Thank you I will head over and check out your hubs.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      What a beautiful and moving hub! I love to hear about caring people like yourself, that are willing to rescue animals. I too am very active in rescuing and helping animals in need, and to spread the word of spaying and neutering our pets. Don't buy - Adopt and rescue instead. I spend times in Greece there we have a huge problem with the animal rights. It is so many times overwhelming, and I wish I could do more. However, whatever we do, we will always make a difference in some animals life. Just like this wonderful article! Thank you for sharing this!