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Coffee Break: Your Favorite Animal?

If you’ve been in the field for a while, you’ve probably helped hundreds of creatures. And you’ll help hundreds more as time goes by. But animals remain individuals—whether they’re stinky, funny, cute, nippy, gentle, or feisty, their personalities shine through. And even as you help the masses, there are always a particular few who stand out in your memory. When we asked you to tell us about them, you wrote about sick and abused animals whom you helped nurse back to health and animals who turned out to be so special that you couldn’t help bringing them home to become part of your family.

If you’ve been in the field for a while, you’ve probably helped hundreds of creatures. And you’ll help hundreds more as time goes by. But animals remain individuals—whether they’re stinky, funny, cute, nippy, gentle, or feisty, their personalities shine through. And even as you help the masses, there are always a particular few who stand out in your memory. When we asked you to tell us about them, you wrote about sick and abused animals whom you helped nurse back to health and animals who turned out to be so special that you couldn’t help bringing them home to become part of your family.

Nancy Wiseman
Out of the many animals I have met during my six years volunteering at the shelter, Sable is the first to come to my mind. There was something special about his big ears and beautiful eyes. He was a super high-energy guy, but I knew he had the potential to be a great dog. Another rescue took on the challenge, put him with a trainer, and now Sable is a perfect gentleman living in his forever home.
—Sharon Dennis, volunteer, Caroline County Humane Society, Ridgely, Maryland

Henry came to me after someone saw people throw him out of a car on the Gauley Bridge. He had broken ribs, a smashed eye, pellets under his skin, every parasite known to dog, and was emaciated. Despite all of this, he tried to kiss me as soon as I picked him up and showed nothing but love to all he met. We thought he was perhaps 13 and wouldn’t live long. I placed him in a loving home to live out his last few months. After four years, Henry (shown above) is looking positively young. He loves Burger King burgers, wears lounging pajamas, and loves attention (except from the camera). Henry is proof of the power of love and is the epitome of forgiveness.
—Susan Hunter, BT Haven, Independence, West Virginia

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