Your Incredible Pet Adoption Stories – NBC Chicago

In honor of “Clear the Shelters” coming August 17, we asked our NBC Chicago Facebook audience, “Why did you decide to adopt your pet?” Their responses were filled with stories of love, camaraderie and lifelong friendship. Read them below.

For more information on Chicago-area shelters participating in NBC’s Clear The Shelters animal adoption campaign and Telemundo-owned stations, click here!

Amelie Taylor I love their company… our cat benefits us as much, if not more, than we benefit him. I chose a rescue cat because there are so many forever homes. I’ve had my kitten for over 17 years…these are now a bit grumpy and demanding but she gets lots of love from everyone in our home.

Cindy Thomas Pershey I adopted one of my cats because that’s how it is. The other was from a family member.

Diane Scarborough I adopted two senior cats from Anti-Cruelty – seniors are just the best ❤️ #AdoptSeniors #AdoptDontShop

Linda Lewandowski Honestly, I wanted an adult dog so I knew what size he would be (no surprises). We adopted an adorable 13 pound dog who has been a joy to spoil ever since.

Loretta Torres We strongly believe in adoption. We got our 3rd cat in 2015 after our precious little princess had to be put down. We adopted our 1st dog in 2017. We didn’t want a kitten or a puppy. We wanted adult animals that might be more difficult to place. Our intentions are always to give someone a good, loving home. But in the end, they are the ones who give us one. Love our babies!

Carol Whitting Hill My daughter and granddaughter have always had pets. Especially a cat with special needs and an older dog with cancer.

Vanessa Luis He was my dog ​​that I had to take care of in vet tech school and I fell in love

Nancy Lahare My dogs chose me. I went there and I had to adopt a dog that was not there (on the way with the foster family). So in the meantime I saw my Teddy and that was it. I never even saw the other dog. My other dog was 14 at the time and adopting Teddy ended up being good for her. Helped her live another 2 years. I believe that. And having Teddy helped me through her loss.

Suzanne Yong I was “watching” after my dog ​​passed away. I have been to a few shelters several times. My house felt empty after having a cat and a dog for several years. My heart is full with Mr. Monticello.

Julie Caldwell Downie We believe in rescue and have rescued 3 of our 4 dogs. As they say, adopt, don’t buy. Our rescues were the best dogs ever!

Erin Wolhers My neighbor found my dog ​​on the street and took him to different shelters. The shelters asked her to keep the dog while they waited to see if anyone would show up to claim it. We waited and no one did so we adopted Brownie!

Jolanda Zaluski My pets, past and present, were/are my teachers, my angels. Such pure and beautiful souls. Their unconditional love and loyalty never ceases to amaze. Changed my life on so many different levels.

Jennifer Steve Because they all deserve a chance. We have 3 cats (we had 4 but one just passed) and 3 dogs – all rescued. Mine will always be rescues. We wish we could save them all. There are far too many animals that spend their lives in kennels in shelters and/or are euthanized. All they want is to love us.

Denise LaBrose Simple. To start, we wanted a dog. But there are far too many animals that need homes, so we deliberately adopted an adult dog as puppies are more popular. I would also love to adopt a senior or special needs dog in the future! They also need love ♡

John Ramming Dogs that have been abandoned and rescued just want to be loved. Most of the time, they aren’t purebreds or show dogs, but they are gentle and loyal, and they deserve a good life. We saved 3 and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Erin Mary I have always had pets in shelters. When we lost our last man to cancer, we decided to live in foster care for a while to let our hearts heal. The 4th foster family we had was going to be our “last” and we were looking for an adult dog to adopt.

But we ended up with this perfect little girl as our foster family and I fell STRONGLY in love with her. So we made him a member of the family. I still feel like it was meant to be, our little sweetie (63 lbs) will need physical therapy the rest of her life and I’m not sure anyone else would have been so willing to do it for her.

Pam Kaniuk I wanted to replace my first dog who died. So it was obvious! All of my dogs from then on were/are a rescue. Guys are the best!

Liz Hayes My husband had a cat and we wanted him to have a companion. I went to the shelter and all the kittens were playing on me except one. The shelter volunteer told me to take some time and think about it. I took the weekend to decide and I couldn’t get this kitten out of my head. I went back Monday morning and guess who was the only kitten in the viewing window – the cat that wouldn’t play with me. I took it as a sign. So I adopted long hair (which I said I wouldn’t). Callie was with me for 18 years.

Jocelyn Bruns I adopted mine because my other dog suffered from horrible separation anxiety. It ended up being perfect for our family. Adopt don’t buy!

Diane Napodano Jennings Our 17 year old fur baby has passed away. Waited all winter. There was such a void in our lives and in our hearts that we adopted our Tilly. She was 1 year old when we got her! I told her it took her a while to find her forever but I think she saved us

Cathy Del Giudice-Rivas I have already given 3 dogs they are my life. I read about Lacey an 8 year old French/English bulldog from Alabama. She was abused and kept in a cage for 8 years for breeding, resulting in hip dysplasia and patella rotation. She cannot climb stairs and has difficulty walking. I adopted her independently from the ALMOST HOME IN SCHAUMBURG 2 FOUNDATION. A few weeks ago, knowing that it will be an expensive choice. I want the years that this nice girl has left to be happy.

Patricia Riffe It’s the right thing to do – too many animals sit around and wonder if anyone cares. We and our son adopted dogs who were so grateful and loving to us and created so much happiness for us. And we gave them a happy home.

Sharon a walker We have been saving cats and dogs for 40 years. All winners! We had Labs & a Corgi. Siamese then Ragdolls. My first Ragdoll is now 16 years old. I think he likes it here. We just adopted the Ragdoll sisters through SPCR. A great experience.

Jim Klipper I hadn’t had a K-9 mate in three years, but after my wife passed away, adopting one helped me get my life back in order.

Korean Koski My daughter was begging for a pet. So we finally adopted a rescue cat…we had no idea she would be the best thing that could happen to our family.

Deborah Kemp They make the best pets ever. I have three puppies and they are the best. Just happy to be in a loving home.

Lisa Wolniakowski Tramontana We had just bought our first house and put up a fence. Then we lost my mother and my husband’s grandmothers. I was so discouraged…we thought a “best friend” pup would help and we were in a good position to adopt him, since I was home. We found our mini Schnauzer who had been at the puppy shelter for a long time and he just clung to me when I held him. He needed us as much as we needed him. Best decision ever. It goes on 14 and goes strong. Our buddy!

Laura Smith My husband and I had just lost our beloved 13 year old dog and said he would send us the right dog when the time was right. Imagine my surprise when, on a whim, I arrived at the Anderson Animal Shelter with my friend, “just to have a look”, and coincidentally found my husband already standing in the lobby, the look guilty! We knew our dog had to be there somewhere, and the one we got actually chose us. He came straight to me, he melted in my lap like butter and we just knew it was him!!

Jessica Carr Doucette I adopted my current dog after the death of my old mastiff. I have a weakness for those who have little chance of being adopted. Black, old, scarred, pit mix, shutdown… we’ve adopted them all. I am currently raising a small pit mix that has lived her entire life outdoors producing puppies and after the county did a welfare check on her, her owner beat her with a chain. She’s a love bug that enjoys couches and snuggles up with blankets and knees.

Laura Barreto Baran I have supported Save A Pet since I moved to the area over 20 years ago. When it was time for a new cat to love, we chose to breathe new life into a Senior. I saw the picture of Mr. Fred (now Freddie) on the website and was looking forward to meeting him. His story touched my heart and now he has his forever home.

JayNine Delgado I adopted my Zeus Mixed Breed Bully about a year and a half ago before I was ready for another dog after my old dog passed away 2 years prior. There were so many good dogs at CACC it was hard to choose, but he came from a home that had cats, so I knew he would be good with mine. Come August 17th to CACC 2741 S Western and Clear the Shelter!!!

Diane Schuet I believe so much in rescue. My little boy was alone, abandoned and abused at just 4 months old. I lost my Charlie last October to cancer. As soon as I saw my Lucky we connected and it was love. He is now happy and living the life he should live. I will always love my Charlie but it was like he was telling me “save Lucky he needs you”.

Vicki Strykowski I have always rescued and adopted. I had 10 ex-racing greyhounds. I have a senior GSD rescued on his last day at a kill shelter in California. My cats are all ex-savages. Buying is ridiculous when there are so many they will die if not adopted and they are fabulous.

Rudy H. Garcia I was actually just going to visit someone where she was helping out for the day with adopting pets. I haven’t seen her since elementary school. She tried to get me to adopt a dog, but couldn’t. So I told him to give me this black cat. 4 years later, delighted to have adopted her.

Martha Montooth Krausz I had to put my boy down and my heart was broken. 2 weeks later we saw my cutie just sitting there and eyes begging for love. I didn’t want a puppy and she was almost 2 years old. I absolutely love.

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