We have always been committed to having dogs that especially needed a good home. We first rescued a Pug from an apartment complex that our daughter managed where a resident had too many animals. It was come home with us or go to the shelter.
We first took the dog with the idea that one of my wife's voice students would probably take it, but after two days with us we couldn't give her up.
She was with us for several years and a great delight. When she left us we waited several months before looking for a replacement since we had a small grandchild living with us and were concerned about having a dog around.
We then started looking for another Pug (we were addicted to the breed). We printed up business cards that said "Pug parents Pugless in Tacoma! Please Help!" We peddled these to vet offices, pet stores and on the web. Finally we found a black pug from a woman who took in older and infirmed Pugs. This one was younger and, according to her owner, wanted to be an "only child!"
Since we got him we have become active in Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue as volunteers. I am a shelter checker once a week listing all purebreds and submitting a report so that breed reps can seek to get these dogs adopted.
My wife and I also do "home checks" for SPDR to assure that adoptions are appropriate and we stand ready to transport animals to or from foster homes and to new adopting homes.
We also carry several leashes in our car glove compartment and my wife has one in her purse. We have rescued several strays and reunited them with their owners. We are strong supporters of microchipping as it makes it so much easier to locate a distressed owner.
We will be interfested in hearing other stories of rescue people. It just feels good to know that an animal can find a good home or go back to a home after being seperated.