Meet Phoenix
Meet "Sparty".  He was known to everyone who saw him at the shelter as "The Dog in the Rain".  A young lady saw him chained to a fence -  cold, sick, soaking wet and starved in the truck parking lot behind T.J. Maxx on E. Independence in Charlotte.  It was pouring rain and 38 degrees outside.  Not knowing what to do, she called animal control thinking if they came and got him, at least he would be warm and fed and someone would have 30 days to adopt him.  She soon found out he only had 3 days for his "owner" to reclaim him and then he would be Put to Sleep.  Panicked, she sent an e-mail to the Animal Adoption League and begged for help.  One of our members answered her and found another member who said "I'll foster him!"

So they did. The rest is history!  Sparty is now a loving member of this Michigan State Spartan family (hence the name) and he is the "Best Dog In the Whole World"!  Talk about team work.  That's what the AAL is all about!
He was picked up by the member who received the e-mail  on the day he was to be put to sleep, (neutered of course) but seriously malnourished,  suffering from infected ears, and 4 kinds of parasites.   He was taken to a vet to wait for his foster mom to come and pick him up.  On the way back home, the people who picked him up at the shelter looked at each other and said "I think we need to go back and get him!" 
Sparty Home Atlast!   "By the way, Sparty is a "Designer Dog".   We just don't know who the designer was!  Just shows how many wonderful non purebreds  are out there just waiting for their forever home." 

Dear AAL Friends,  I just wanted to let you know that Snowball is doing
great.  She has been with us almost two weeks and you would think she has
always lived in our home.  She is the perfect dog!!!  She lets us know when
she needs to go out, she walks well on a leash and she is the BEST at
cuddling.  Our corgi T-Bone loves having a fur sister to play with.  Thank
you so much Lauren for fostering Snowball until she found a forever home
with our family.

The Blairs

My husband and I adopted Max in the fall of 2007 and we are so glad that we did.  He was suggested to us by an AAL volunteer after we inquired about another dog that had already been adopted.  Clearly we were meant to adopt Max!  He has been such a wonderful addition to our family and we love him dearly.  We like to call him our 65 lb lap dog because he loves to snuggle and be as close to you as possible.  We adopted a second dog named Orion so that Max would have a friend, and it is like they were separated at birth!  They love to run and play together in our backyard, and it's one of the cutest things I've ever seen.  We have been so lucky to have both of our boys come into our lives!  Thank you so much for helping us bring Max into our family!

Ashley and Wes Broome

My name is Michelle.  My husband Mark and I adopted Piglet, a staffordshire terrier mix, from AAL almost a year-and-a-half ago.  She is now 2 years old and so beautiful!  The story below was written by AAL volunteer, Beth, in December 2008... 

"I just thought I would share a great story.. Never say Never right???
Piglet is a black, Pittie girl that was found in the rain on the streets one night. Even though Jennifer and Daniel (the people who found her) had many things going on (7 months pregnant, moving out of town, etc.) they DID NOT TURN THEIR BACKS ON PIGLET!!! They brought her in...oh, and did I mention Piglet had absolutely no hair- YES she had mange.  They vetted Piglet and went above and beyond to get her well....many vet appointments and care for her.  Well, Kylie put out a plea for help for Piglet to the group as things were getting desperate.  Jennifer was going to have her baby and they were moving to Minnesota! But who would be able to take a black Pittie girl with mange that was probably living on the streets?? Piglet stayed on my mind and I was able to meet her. What a sweetheart.  My friend and co-worker (Michelle) said she wanted to meet her; she just has that way about her.  AAL didn't have a foster so Michelle and Mark my friends said they would foster her until we got one of our new fosters, Jennifer, was going to help after the holidays.  Well, Piglet has been fostered by my friends for a month now and they have fallen in love.... they say she is the best little girl--great with kids and people and very sweet...great inside and very obedient!! THEY HAVE DECIDED TO ADOPT HER!!! Today I had a doggie play date with Piggy (that's what we call her) and my doggies including Boomer(yes I still have him) and signed the papers.  Piglet is now with a loving family and I can tell she is truly happy!!!

At the beginning of Piglet's journey I think one email said... this poor girl needs a miracle... Well, just thought I would share that Piglet has gotten hers... Here is a picture about 1 month ago and here she is now at Christmas... still has a way to go with her skin but she is now very much loved and has her forever home!!!
For all my Pittie lovers out there--it's worth it!!!!!!!
Thank you Daniel and Jennifer for not turning a blind eye to a dog in need.. You have made a difference!
Thanks Kylie and Jennifer for helping along the way!
Happy 2009!"
Beth K.

What a story, huh?  And thank you AAL and Beth K. for Piglet.  (She is also great with our parrot by the way!  Well, in the sense that she doesn't try to eat him...)  I am still amazed at what the people who found her (Daniel and Jennifer) did for her.  They gave us all of her vet records and the amount of money, time, and energy they spent on a stray that they couldn't keep is unbelievable!  They were just regular people with a lot going on who looked beyond themselves for this ugly street dog in the rain (and yes, when we first saw photos of Piglet we laughed and said she was so ugly--we we didn't want her!)  There is a special place in heaven for Daniel and Jennifer; I pray that they receive the blessings they deserve.  Piglet makes us so happy; she is so dang cute!  I have attached the 2 photos that Beth referred to in her story, as well as 2 more recent photos.  One is her in the pool at Camp Bark (July 2009) which she LOVES!  The other is from Nov. 2009.  Look at those ears!!  Who can resist her??  We cannot.
Michelle Kovack

My wife and I adopted a dog from Animal Adoption league. We had waited until after we got married to get a dog because we jokingly agreed to no puppies out of wedlock. So getting a dog was a big deal, and we planned it out for a year or more. We decided early on to adopt rather than purchasing from a breeder. We new we wanted a medium size dog that was not over the top with energy.

We found a half rottweiler half sheppard or maybe pit-bull and fell in love. She was very sweet to us from the beginning and has only been better with time. She went thru the Dog Wizard program and starts agility program next week. Just this saturday she walked the entire St Patricks day parade in Charlotte with out a leash! Please utilize rescue organizations whenever possible. It is the best decision we have made!

Jim and Heather

Since I am a Tuxedo Cat, my new mom and dad named me Fred Astaire –“Fred” for short.   I really look quite snappy in my tuxedo, don’t you think?  But it wasn’t always that way. 

I have always been, shall we say, on the “portly” side, so everyone thought I had a home and they just called me “KAT”.  It wasn’t until I showed up with half of my head torn up from a terrible fight that people realized the awful truth:  I WAS DUMPED!  

An AAL member took me to a Dr. who discovered that, not only was I already neutered, I was 6 years old and almost BLIND!  I had  Entropion,  where the eyelashes grow inside instead of outside of the lid.  It was very painful and I had to have an operation and wear a big collar for 2 weeks.

But now I can see fine and I have a wonderful home with a sister cat (who doesn’t like me) and a dog who wants to play with me. 

But the best part is I that I now have a wonderful new home.  No more fights,  the cuisine around here is terrific and I get to sleep on any bed I wish.  No more hiding under decks for me!   Thanks AAL! 

Hello everyone at AAL,

I want to begin by telling you how happy we are with our newest family member, Forrest.  I’ve been adopting boxers for over 19 years and he is truly an amazing dog with a wonderful temperament. While Forrest’s story of abandonment is all too common, the care and love he received afterwards by the volunteer network at AAL is what made this dog the magnificent pet he’s become today. Forrest was found on the side of the road suffering from mange and emaciated.  Most of his hair had fallen out and he was close to starvation. Although Forrest was in this terrible state, the volunteers at AAL knew his spirit wasn’t broken. Recognizing that Forrest’s condition required special treatment and care he was brought to a wonderful AAL volunteer named Martha, who specializes in dogs with serious health conditions. Only with her love, kindness and devotion was he able make a full recovery. Once Forrest had recovered the remarkable folks at AAL began the tireless search to find him a Forever Home. The decision was made to send Forrest on the Cloud 9 Rescue Flight to Manchester NH where his chances of being adopted were much greater. Kylie Troy of the AAL made the arrangements, and Forrest was flown to Manchester with a group of dogs waiting to meet their new families. We picked up Forrest on August 8th and have been loving him ever since. The time, effort, and dedication of these volunteers is nothing short of remarkable. The extraordinary group of people at the AAL, the Manchester Animal Shelter, and other shelters across the country perform miracles like this on a daily basis and very rarely receive the recognition they deserve. The time, money, and resources that are required to give these dogs a second chance is extensive, but the end result is heartwarming.  I wish I could personally thank the dozen or more people that helped to give our family this amazing dog. Their efforts are noble, their dedication is commendable, and their love for these animals is awe inspiring. Our family is forever grateful for the ability to give Forrest a place he can finally call home.

Thank you again for giving these dogs the second chance they deserve.

All our best,

The Rondeau Family (Paul, Diane, Colby, Sarah, and Forrest)

We found Pip and his 7 siblings on the side of the road in rural S.C.  He was so feral that we couldn't touch him and he wouldn't go in the trap.  We finally paid a man that lived near where we found him to catch him.  The man finally grabbed Pip when he was too weak and sick to out run him.  The first picture is in our bathroom and he was scared to death of us.  But after a week of love and food, he trusted us.  Pip now lives in Mt. Holly (2nd pic) with his parents, his 2-legged brother, Garrett and his 4-legged brother, Ozzie.  Life is good!!!
(Henry is the 1+ year old blond tabby who was left when my neighbors moved. He had been living outside his entire life and wasn't neutered, up to date... nothing. His previous "caretatkers" fed him Dean and DeLucca wild salmon and roasted chicken, but wouldn't let him in the house. The house looked like it belonged on the OPRAH show as an example of someone who can't throw anything out. He slept in a flower pot with a heating pad.
He was neutered under the grant and Crossroads donated all of his testing and vaccines.

I knew when I left him with Jeff Brindle, a massage therapist in Indian Land (he saw my desperate plea on Facebook for a temp. foster home for the summer) that he was probably never going to leave. Large lovely home, run of the house, lots of bare floor space to play with his favorite toy, golf balls, HUGE windows looking out onto a large yard and woods so he could watch the birds, no kids or other animals to bug him (although Henry likes dogs) and someone who is home a lot. A truly super cat. We probably would have kept him but couldn't take him to Canada with the other 2 cats and large dog because he was an escape artist and would have been eaten by coyotes.

I received a call in late July asking if I would consider letting Jeff adopt him because they love him so much and Henry seemed so "Happy"! Of course, I said yes! He has really landed in the lap of luxury.

Let's hear it for Henry! A happy ending! Yay! Marg

It’s tough being an older cat.   Gabriel, a purebred CFA registered red tabby and white Persian, found this out the hard way when his family could no longer afford his veterinary and grooming costs that go hand-in-hand with owning an older, purebred Persian cat.  They contacted several rescues last Fall, and each of them turned the family down saying that Gabriel was “too old”.  Like other rescues, AAL knows that cats that are over 6 years old are “hard to place,” but his foster mom saw the pictures of Gabriel, talked to the owner, and just knew there had to be somebody out there who wanted a loving, fluffy Persian to pamper, even if he was older. 

Gabriel arrived scared and depressed.  How was he supposed to feel after losing his family of 9 years?  But he soon proved himself to be a real trooper, tolerating the kids, the dog, and all the other cats in his foster home and winning everybody’s hearts.  He got some much needed dental and veterinary care and professional grooming while in his foster home, but after several months, his surprised foster mom still had not received a single call on Gabriel.

That all changed when Maxine and her husband Robert, a retired couple, saw Gabriel on Petfinder.  They had shared their home with Persians in the past, and knew the special eye care and grooming needs that came along with owning this special breed.  After meeting Gabriel in his foster home and eagerly taking him home, they emailed Gabriel’s foster mom with the wonderful news that they were in love with Gabriel and that he has been true to his name  - an “angelic and wonderful spirit”:

First I have to thank with all my heart Joy Weatt for taking Beau (Trooper) in and nursing him back to health.

I had been to the Petsmart adoption one Saturday and walked in and made eye contact with this skinny,sad looking black and white pitbull mix. I feel in love with him at first look. I went straight home and filled out the paper work and Beau was in my home ASAP. After nursing him further back to health..Beau turned into a beautiful and strong babydoll...I had already adopted a female pit/boxer earlier in the year and the two of them are in love. Beau now has a wonderful life with Breezy. Everynight Beau sleeps beside in the bed and he has a moan when you hug him that is priceless.
Thanks to everyone who helped Beau receive a chance at life and I am forever grateful and thankful that someone did not turn their head when they saw him.

I love and worship my two Pit babies and they have brought me to tears with their love for each other...THANK YOU!!!!

Jeff Wingate

Hello from the Rosinki-Morgan family! Took some great pics of Lola today with her brother Spanky. She LOVES the fireplace, we joke she is tanning her belly. She is doing very well, still likes to go after cats but we are working on it. She is our special girl, we love her dearly
It's hard to believe it's been 8 years that we've been lucky enough to have our dog Payton in our lives. It all started out one December evening when we decided to "look into" getting a puppy. We spend an hour or two on and finally came across a litter of pups appropriately named after Santa's Reindeer. We saw "Prancer" and fell in love! We brought him home a couple days later . . . renaming him Payton (after Walter Payton). He has been such a blessing . . . we cannot imagine our lives without him. Thank you so much Petfinder and Animal Adoption League for taking the time to help animals find a home. Although it's been 8 years . . . you have no idea how many special relationships you've helped build through your kind hearts and hard work.

Kristi & Jason

Sparty Before