A little about Adopt Homeless Paws
This website began on 9 March 1998 and is dedicated to all the homeless pets that wait patiently for a responsible owner to adopt them!!
My name is Bonnie Buckley I am a former Animal Control Officer and Animal Inspector for 2 local Towns (Merrimac & Amesbury, MA), I was also the sole operater of the New England Rottweiler Rescue & Jobondae Pet Locators, an all-breed private animal shelter from our home in Merrimac, MA.
I am formerly the Health Care Coordinator for the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, a No-kill Kitty Shelter in Salisbury, MA & I had worked for an All-breed pet grooming salon in Merrimac since 1990.
I have devoted over 20 years into the rescue & placement of unwanted, abused and stray animals. In 1993 I was struck ill after under going post exposure Rabies treatments from a Raccoon bite, but continued my animal rescue efforts until late 1999 when I had to reduce my "hands on" rescue efforts for health reasons at that time.
I desperatley needed to still be a part of the animal rescue world, so I offered to feature homeless pets for adoption Nationwide through this website. This was something I could still provide to homeless animals and feel good knowing I was still able to help in some way. I still house and adopt out rescued pets, however I no longer operate the full scale shelter that I once did. I learned I could still make a difference, one pet at a time. In 2003 I founded Military Mascots, a non-profit volunteer effort to fund and assist deployed soldier's with their adopted pets to be shipped from war-torn Countries to the soldier's family in the US. Since 2003 Military Mascots has funded and assisted over 100 pets for deployed soldier's from Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Kosovo & Columbia. Military Mascots has shipped hundreds of pounds of care-packages for Soldier's & their mascots as well as Military K-9 Handler's & their working dogs. I also own and operate Alternative Dog Daycare & Learning Center.
The animals featured within this website are from other Animal Rescue's and Animal rescue contacts from around the Nation.
This site is dedicated to every animal who cannot speak for it's self. You will find many loving, homeless pets available for adoption Nationwide within these pages.
You will also find various animal related information that I hope you may find helpful to you and your pets in some way!
A collection of Pet Poems below- Grab yourself a tissue first...
Regarding ANY Poem titled Author Unknown: If this is your work then please let me know so I can give proper credit!
Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people know exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.
It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often. He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness.
Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass.
Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge. With no place else to turn, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like him, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him. "You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to the rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of the rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge."
The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life. "Watch, and see," said the second animal.
A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed her towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.
"What happened?" "That was a rescuer", The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of her work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."
1.My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
2.Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3.Place your trust in me - it is crucial for my well-being.
4.Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I HAVE ONLY YOU.
5.Talk to me, Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.
6.Be aware that however you treat me, I'll NEVER forget it.
7.Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
8.Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.
9.Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.
10.Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch it" or, "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I love you.
I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes. I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don't care, Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted, skin that isn't flea bitten, good food and enough of it, beds to sleep on, someone to love me, to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands Your big heart saved me... You saved me from the terror of the pound, soothing away the memories of my old life. You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me. I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair why you do it when there is no more money, no more room, no more homes. You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter, make just a little more room...to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes In the best way I know how Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason. The dogs before me are the reason, as are the ones who come after. Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given. We would die if not for you.
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is greater than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal no longer accustomed to bitter elements.
I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.
Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.
And, my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands.
Copyright Bonnie Buckley 1998-2012