Sometimes seeing someone doing a good thing makes us realize how much goodness exists in the world. It inspires us to believe we all have it in us to do good in the world. it also reminds us of similar things we have done in our past and encourages us to tell our story to those who share a common value of doing similar good deeds. That strengthens our motivation to do such things in the future too. One person like that is Megan Burris and her story about Walter the rescue dog peaked on the internet and gained so many views. It inspired everyone who watched it to do similar things. It encouraged people to share similar stories of them rescuing dogs and giving them a safe home.
These stories make us feel happy and leave us inspired. Hence, we have 29 of these stories that will make your day! After Megan Burris’ story gained attention, many people came forward to share their stories too. They told their narratives of welcoming lone animals to the safe walls of their homes and bringing their new pets the hope to live healthier and happy life.
We must warn you, you would not be able to scroll through any picture without teary eyes and feelings full of adoration. So get ready and scroll away!
First Megan posted her story of rescuing a poor dog in dire need of help!
There was spray paint on Walter’s fur when he was rescued.
Walter was finally rescued!
Megan made a call-out to people to share their stories of saving dogs
1. I’m thriving!
“We love Walter’s story!!! Thank you for saving him and making him part of your family. We adopted our Xander from a shelter – he was found as a stray, infested with heartworms, and completely defeated in spirit. He’s still leery of some strangers and occasionally counters surf but he has come SUCH a long way. We are endlessly proud of and thankful for our sweet boy”
2. My new mommy loves me
I found my girl Bella (estimated to be 13yo) abandoned in a secluded beach toilet block in the middle of winter. She was terrified. 10 days later she became part of the family. I had 18 amazing months with my sweet girl before her cancer got the better of her. She was my first ever dog as an adult & she’ll always have a special place in my heart
3. Waiting for my daily hug!
“She was found in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Istanbul for being a stray. When she came to us she was basically afraid of everything. Noises, doorbell, our 2 very suspicious cats, and most heartbreakingly, us. She cornered herself in the entrance and the street door and it took 3 days to convince her to come to the living room, another 3 months to come to the couch to sit with us, and another 3 months to walk in the streets without freaking out every 5 minutes. now, now is a totally different story 🙂 she is the master of this house, cats are her most loyal subjects and we are her humble servants to give her belly rubs 24/7. she is playful, social, giving kisses to strangers, basically adorable^^. she is the best thing that ever happened to us. we love you, dear Çamur”
4. Hooman is about to hug me!
“My sweet disabled pup Peakin was thrown from a moving car into the swamp behind my house they didn’t slow down. A few months later I met someone who knew in detail what this sweet baby went through. The disgusting humans tried drowning her breaking her neck and she was even sexually abused before all that happened. They ended up in jail over something not sure what but I do know it’ll be years before they see the light of day again. I make sure to spoil this pup and make sure she lives her best life. She has trust issues with men and children and I don’t blame her”
5. Why is this hooman not giving me food and taking my silly picture instead!
“Uschi was dumped at a local kill shelter at 4 months old. She is 4 years old now and never leaves my side!”
6. Hmmm…nobody wake me up, please
“Maya is my senior rescue.
She was abandoned to the streets of Las Vegas, digging through trash and fighting off other stray dogs. When she was caught, they called her owners (she was chipped) and they simply said ‘Keep her. We got a puppy.’
It took me 2 months to get her to show any sign of affection. Any time I’d try to pet her, she’d cower or scatter away.
Now, she’s a princess and she knows it”
7. Huggies make me tear up!
“A friend came over and told me about this puppy that was being horribly abused. We immediately went to the house and took her. The owner said it was fine and when he came near she peed on me and was shaking. I was so angry. After a bath and a change of clothes, we went to McDonald’s for her first mcdouble. She still has a fear of men wearing hats but she is the biggest cuddle bug. She has saved me more than I ever saved her. My Harlequin”
8. I’m the cutest good boy ever
“Percy was dumped at a shelter because he was “too aggressive” I adopted him in May 2019, and since then he’s lost 25lbs (per vet recommendation) and has become my best friend and running partner for life. I just finished knitting him a hat and scarf for his first Midwestern winter!”
9. I might be injured but I still got that whopping energy
“My first “rescue” would be this little one. Her name is June. We were walking down the street and someone threw her out of a car window. She was VERY thin, had 3 open wounds on her, and was super timid but sweet. We took her in immediately and took her to the vet! 4 months later that 11-pound dog is now 50 pounds, eats all the food she wants and is HAPPY again!”
10. Could I BE any tinier?
“Beautiful boy. So happy there are people like you.
Our baby came malnourished and abandoned. When I picked her up to foster her she was diagnosed with rickets and was terrified of everything.
Today she is a happy healthy pupper who made me a foster failure. No way I was letting her go. She is perfection.”
11. Happiest when my dad hugs me while I’m asleep!
“Here is our darling boy, Party Steve – a stray beach dog from Thailand who had had an owner as a puppy but had been left behind when they left the island. He roamed the beaches for 2 years before we, on a whim, traveled to Thailand – he truly chose us and despite never having a proper home, he is the softest, most gentle dog. He loves a soft bed, a pillow, and a cuddle and you can do all sorts to him without even a hint of aggression/agitation – pick him up, jump on the back of a moped with him, take food literally out his mouth… Nothing. He is happiest when sleeping or sat leaning against you. We adore him
Rescues reciprocate love tenfold, don’t they? Thank you for saving your boy xx”
12. Good he slept, I can eat his food too now!
“Timber (the husky) came to us from the pound, he was severely underweight, was an escape artist and we were constantly chasing him around the neighborhood because he would find ways out of our yard. He wasn’t potty trained at all and I’m pretty sure he had been on the streets for a long time if not most of his life. He had absolutely zero manners. We have had him now for 7 years he had professional intervention (trainer) and he became a PTSD service dog and now he is a big brother to jenny my wheaten puppy!”
13. Yes, I can pose!!
“Buddy was dumped at a local park and had been on his own for a good while. He was underweight and his nails were worn to nothing. Someone had pepper-sprayed him. I picked this sweet boy up this past Christmas Day. He is the smartest and most loving and loyal boy! Best Christmas gift I could ever ask for”
14. What a good night’s sleep!
“Got this sweet baby from a family on Craigslist saying he was free because he exhibited aggressive behavior. They said they felt like he should be put down which didn’t make sense considering he was 10 weeks old at the time. He tried to steal food from babysitting on the floor and his puppy teeth pierced her thin baby skin. Idiots, their loss was my gain tho”
15. I am awake so I can protest my daddy while he sleeps!
“In a freezing rain in November of 2011, a neighbor placed a box with 8 puppies in a ditch behind our homes. I rehomed 6, my ex kept 1 girl, I kept 1 boy. I was having a hard time then. HE… RESCUED… ME. Half Pit, half Border Collie. All angel.”
Seeing these stories is bringing all the fuzzy and happy feelings to our hearts! It is moving to know the capacity and love people hold in their hearts to deeply invest in the health of another creature solely for that animal’s benefit. We see people caring for their human families all the time but seeing people investing so genuinely and intensely for the wellbeing of their animals is touching.
On top of that, these are rescued animals! Sometimes people don’t even bother to consider providing shelter to an animal without home and family. The struggles and accidents these poor souls have to go through without sufficient food and shelter are heart-shattering. But as long such people exist, there is still hope that these animals will eventually find a loving and caring home! Scroll down to see more such inspiring stories of animals in need getting rescued by such beautiful human beings.
16. If I stay still for the picture I might get more treats
“Gracie was found laying down, in the dark, in the middle of a busy road. Someone stopped and got our human society involved. She was brought to the clinic that I worked at. She weighed 16lbs. A fully grown border collie. You could see every single bone in her body. She didn’t have enough muscle strength to stand up. She had to be carried outside every day to pee because she was unable to walk herself. It took 4 days of constant small meals for her to get enough energy to stand on her own. With major food aggression issues, dog aggression issues, fear of people, and a long road to recovery, the humane society deemed her unadoptable and elected her for euthanasia. My boss, the owner of the clinic, said no. She said the clinic would oversee her recovery and find her home from there. A week later, I brought her home. That was seven years ago. She is now a healthy, happy collie. She still does not like other dogs, but otherwise has settled into her life so well. She’s such a good dog.
Thank you for sharing Walter’s story. I am so glad he found you!!!”
17. My new loving parents named me Buddha! I don’t feel terrified anymore
“Aww, my boy was terrified when I adopted him (he was 4yrs old at the time).
He was afraid of toys. Afraid of me. Of sounds. Didn’t trust sleeping near me. Constantly paced around the house with anxiety, like one of us was going to harm him in some kind of way.
Surprisingly, he had great house manners. In the 3 years, I have had him, he has not once urinated indoors. Doesn’t mess with things that he knows are not his.
He is a lot better now, but he is still a nervous dog. Still doesn’t trust my dad 100 percent, even after all this time (he bit and nipped my father several times).
He is still terrified of new places. If he has a bad experience, he won’t do that thing again for a long time. Right now, he refuses to walk around the neighborhood because of the 4th of July fireworks. Will walk to my car and sit. He loves rides. But I cannot persuade him to walk beyond my car.
His name is Buddha.”
18. Mommy please walk me around the park once more!
“We got Selene from a Facebook add and her previous owner wanted to rehome her or she was going to the pound. When we got her she was skinny and has no muscle at all. She peed if u moved too fast or tried to pet her and she was scared of everything. The only command she knew was “cage”. Her old owner’s sister told us they used to slam her head into the floor and beat her. She has scars on her face Her first few months were ruff trying to teach her things but today she listens to us perfectly and is so happy and loving and honestly a completely different dog. She loves unconditionally”
19. Wherever we go, we go together!
“Found in the desert in a cage with no food or water. Was with a rescue for over a year because the one on the left would try to bite people.. fast forward two years and they are loving happy beautiful dogs”
20. I love being held like this by my mommy!
“This silly, snuggly, loving girl was found in a trash bag in a ditch in a rural town with her littermates and was taken to a local shelter. A rescue group took her in to foster her and I adopted her soon after.”
21. I’m not talking to you, hooman.
“This is Duke. We were told that his Mom showed up in Tennessee – heavily pregnant and gave birth soon after arriving. People left the puppies in the barn and Mom went back and forth (from the house to the barn) to care for them. Duke was terrified of everything and anything when we 1st met him. Within 5 minutes of us adopting him and getting him to our house, he did a “death roll” and broke out of his harness, and lived out in the woods for over 24 hours. Duke was eventually caught in a have a heart trap and is now realizing that he likes sleeping in a bed, lounging on the couch, and getting all sorts of love and attention are pretty cool things !”
22. Waiting for mommy to come back home from work like…
“Luna! I found her in the middle of the road one night, collar nearly embedded, skinny, cold, and covered in scratches and scars. I brought her in, gave her a bath, some food, and a bed. Took her the next morning to be scanned for a microchip. Posted her on my local pages. Nothing. Here we are a year and a half later and she is the best house cow!!! Just so loving and forgiving. Thank you for saving a life”
23. Yayy, cuddles from dada
“6 months ago she was 1 day away from being euthanized at a high-kill shelter. Now millie’s the happiest dog on the planet”
24. Mommy can I have the rest of the bed too…?
“When I lived in another town further south I used to take walks a lot and for 4 months I kept seeing this red-colored dog running around. One night, I went to Wendy’s with my husband and my sister and this dog was outside the restaurant trying to eat from a dumpster. After about 20 minutes of trying to lure him into the car with chicken nuggets, he chose me to get close enough to pick him up and put him in my car. Well, we got him home and put posters up everywhere trying to find his owners. I was determined to find his family because the first couple of days he was spraying my house like a mad man. Well, no one claimed him so we reluctantly decided to keep him until we could find a home for him. 4 or 5 months later I get a call from his “mom” saying that I had Buddy. It was her dog while she lived in my town. They left him with friends because they were moving. Well, that sealed the deal for us to keep him and he’s been with us ever since. The funny thing about our relationship is that he’s the first dog to ever choose ME as his favorite and I try to never let him regret it”
25. I am at my cutest when I am alseep!
“This is my rescue Peanut. I used to work at a mental health clinic and one of our clients left a box of 10 puppies at our door. They were so newborn that they didn’t have their eyes open yet. My coworkers and I took all of them home. Some took 2 some took one. She will be 5 in December and is my best friend. She is beyond loved. Although it was sad how she & her siblings were dumped I understood that the client knew they would be going into good homes. I am also thankful that she never felt or knew abuse.”
26. This blanky is my prized possession!
“My rescue pup. She (4 weeks old) was in a box thrown out of a truck. She was found with a sibling, the elderly couple adopted him and were adopted by her”
27. Gib us food and love!
“These are my two rescue dogs. Jeter left, was with his sister Lexi in a trailer park. They enforced a strict weight limit for dogs of 20 pounds and they were each 23 and had to go and were dumped at the shelter. Witten’s story is much sadder. Witten was left in a crate to starve and die. When I got him from the shelter (after they had been feeding him and nursing him back to health) he was all ribs and bones. It took us the better part of two years to get him to go to the bathroom outside consistently and realize that going to the bathroom on himself was not okay. He’s terrified of flashlights and sudden movements and loud noises. Both dogs have made tremendous growth in both trust and anxiety levels. They’re the most grateful, snuggly, loving dogs now that they know they’re loved and spoiled and won’t be going anywhere”
28. Let us snuggle on the bed!
“Both rescues, one was abandoned at 2-3 weeks in a box and raised by the foster parent until we got him at 12 weeks. The other was found covered w scabies in Mexico as a puppy. He was rescued by a local org, then transferred to a Los Angeles rescue where they continued to treat him. He spent 2 months in isolation while he healed. We got him at six months. Both are the best bois”
29. We’re the best match!
“Lola was left tied up outside of a rental when the tenant left… Lemon was abandoned in the woods… love these babes.”
Woah, that was a journey! Never thought a person could feel so many emotions in such a short span of time. These stories make you sad about the struggles and difficulties poor dogs have to face, but also uplift you with all the hope and joy they bring from happy endings. Nothing is more satisfying than knowing these adorable babies are in safe and loving hands. They will never see another day of deprivation from love, food, and shelter anymore.
If you have a similar story to tell, please share it with us! And if this inspired you to do similar acts of good deeds, then that makes the two of us. Many dogs are just waiting to be rescued and adopted in good care. Until then, spread inspiration to dog lovers!