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Rescued Dogs: Beyond the Cage Gallery Shows Love Unleashed

Posted: Oct 16, 2013 3:23 AM by Crystall Cho, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Oct 16, 2013 10:50 AM

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    •  Ashley Meyer says her Rottweiler, Jade, was almost put down because of her age. No matter how young the dog acted, no one wanted to adopt her. Meyer said Jade has a few white hairs, but does not act nearly ten years old. (Photo/Ashley Meyer) Ashley Meyer says her Rottweiler, Jade, was almost put down because of her age. No matter how young the dog acted, no one wanted to adopt her. Meyer said Jade has a few white hairs, but does not act nearly ten years old. (Photo/Ashley Meyer)
    •  Farrell Connell says Tanzie was used as bait in dogfights. The miniature pinscher had a scarred face, missing teeth and a damaged ear. Connell says the sweet little dog broke her heart but has made a total turnaround. (Photo/Farrell Connell) Farrell Connell says Tanzie was used as bait in dogfights. The miniature pinscher had a scarred face, missing teeth and a damaged ear. Connell says the sweet little dog broke her heart but has made a total turnaround. (Photo/Farrell Connell)
    •  Kaitlyn King says her adopted German shepherd, Henley, is the best thing that has ever happened to her. She said she saw him in a pen at CMHS and knew he was special. (Photo/Kaitlyn King) Kaitlyn King says her adopted German shepherd, Henley, is the best thing that has ever happened to her. She said she saw him in a pen at CMHS and knew he was special. (Photo/Kaitlyn King)
    •  Kaitlyn King says Henley thinks he is a human. She said she is forever grateful to CMHS and plans to continue volunteering there to help other people find their lifelong friends. (Photo/Kaitlyn King) Kaitlyn King says Henley thinks he is a human. She said she is forever grateful to CMHS and plans to continue volunteering there to help other people find their lifelong friends. (Photo/Kaitlyn King)
    •  Mollie Jackman says she adopted mutt Fletcher almost a year ago. Jackman said she looked at several dogs before seeing Fletcher and he just looked up at her with a heartbreaking stare. Jackman now fosters other dogs. (Photo/Mollie Jackman) Mollie Jackman says she adopted mutt Fletcher almost a year ago. Jackman said she looked at several dogs before seeing Fletcher and he just looked up at her with a heartbreaking stare. Jackman now fosters other dogs. (Photo/Mollie Jackman)
    •  Sara Unger says Rex was just four months old when she and her husband adopted him in 2012. She said it was a little bit rough having a new puppy (he ate some blinds), but he has been a joy after a bit of training. (Photo/ Sara Unger) Sara Unger says Rex was just four months old when she and her husband adopted him in 2012. She said it was a little bit rough having a new puppy (he ate some blinds), but he has been a joy after a bit of training. (Photo/ Sara Unger)
    •  Rex is grown and Sara Unger said she considers him her first child. The lab/shepherd mix has a distinctive look, one ear up and one ear down. (Photo/Sara Unger) Rex is grown and Sara Unger said she considers him her first child. The lab/shepherd mix has a distinctive look, one ear up and one ear down. (Photo/Sara Unger)
    •  Sara Unger said Rex became attached to her husband, Jake Unger, the day they brought Rex home from the shelter. She said there are no words to express the love that they have for him and the gratitude for CMHS and the work they do. (Photo/Sara Unger) Sara Unger said Rex became attached to her husband, Jake Unger, the day they brought Rex home from the shelter. She said there are no words to express the love that they have for him and the gratitude for CMHS and the work they do. (Photo/Sara Unger)
    •  Sarah Hackman says Peart is a great example of a house-trained, well-mannered dog that was just waiting to be adopted. She said the older miniature pinscher was neglected by her previous owners. (Photo/Sarah Hackman) Sarah Hackman says Peart is a great example of a house-trained, well-mannered dog that was just waiting to be adopted. She said the older miniature pinscher was neglected by her previous owners. (Photo/Sarah Hackman)
    •  Peart has joined miniature pinscher Geddy Lee and German Pinscher Xanadu as part of the Hackman family. The names of all of the dogs are related to the band Rush. (Photo/Sarah Hackman) Peart has joined miniature pinscher Geddy Lee and German Pinscher Xanadu as part of the Hackman family. The names of all of the dogs are related to the band Rush. (Photo/Sarah Hackman)
    •  Nicole Twaddle said she was a broke college student with no plans to adopt until she saw Sadie (right) and changed her mind. Twaddle now also fosters dogs like Nerf (left) and she said Sadie helps with that. (Photo/Nicole Twaddle) Nicole Twaddle said she was a broke college student with no plans to adopt until she saw Sadie (right) and changed her mind. Twaddle now also fosters dogs like Nerf (left) and she said Sadie helps with that. (Photo/Nicole Twaddle)
    •  Jean Hull says her family has adopted two pit bulls, including 8-year-old Gigi. She now advocates for older dogs that are bully breeds. Hull said she has a happy house now thanks to CMHS and her bully girls. (Photo/Jean Hull) Jean Hull says her family has adopted two pit bulls, including 8-year-old Gigi. She now advocates for older dogs that are bully breeds. Hull said she has a happy house now thanks to CMHS and her bully girls. (Photo/Jean Hull)
    •  Jeanne Hull says 10-year-old Lily was her first pit bull. She said that something about her picture on the CMHS website made her immediately want the dog. Hull said Lily has changed her household forever. (Photo/Jean Hull) Jeanne Hull says 10-year-old Lily was her first pit bull. She said that something about her picture on the CMHS website made her immediately want the dog. Hull said Lily has changed her household forever. (Photo/Jean Hull)
    •  Melissa Butler says Mayhem, Rahlo and Frankie (shown left to right) all came from bad situations but are now loved and spoiled. She said her heart breaks thinking of all the other dogs that don't have homes. (Photo/Melissa Butler) Melissa Butler says Mayhem, Rahlo and Frankie (shown left to right) all came from bad situations but are now loved and spoiled. She said her heart breaks thinking of all the other dogs that don't have homes. (Photo/Melissa Butler)
    •  Sherri Odell hopes to find a home for Anja, a Chihuahua mix, who was found very malnourished and possibly on the brink of death. Odell says Anja is a cuddle bug that should be with a family who loves animals. (Photo Sherri Odell) Sherri Odell hopes to find a home for Anja, a Chihuahua mix, who was found very malnourished and possibly on the brink of death. Odell says Anja is a cuddle bug that should be with a family who loves animals. (Photo Sherri Odell)
    •  Colin LaVaute says Athena, a 9-month-old husky/shepherd mix, came from an abusive situation. LaVaute, who works at CMHS, says he feels good about the fact that these dogs are going to get another shot at a better life. (Photo/Crystall Cho) Colin LaVaute says Athena, a 9-month-old husky/shepherd mix, came from an abusive situation. LaVaute, who works at CMHS, says he feels good about the fact that these dogs are going to get another shot at a better life. (Photo/Crystall Cho)
    •  E.T. is a two-and-a-half-year-old Mexican hairless. A mix of grey and black, he is a lap dog with a playful side. Colin LaVaute from CMHS says E.T. is great with cats and dogs, and loves any and all attention. (Photo/Crystall Cho) E.T. is a two-and-a-half-year-old Mexican hairless. A mix of grey and black, he is a lap dog with a playful side. Colin LaVaute from CMHS says E.T. is great with cats and dogs, and loves any and all attention. (Photo/Crystall Cho)
    •  Allison Mcgee says she adopted 19-year-old Ginger from a woman going into a nursing home. McGee said the Pomeranian is always fun and her name is obviously fitting for her color. (Photo/Crystall Cho) Allison Mcgee says she adopted 19-year-old Ginger from a woman going into a nursing home. McGee said the Pomeranian is always fun and her name is obviously fitting for her color. (Photo/Crystall Cho)
    •  McGee also adopted 4-year-old Riley. He is half schnauzer and half dachshund. McGee said adopting a dog is always good. She said she believes more people would adopt dogs if they realized how wonderful it could be. (Photo/Crystall Cho) McGee also adopted 4-year-old Riley. He is half schnauzer and half dachshund. McGee said adopting a dog is always good. She said she believes more people would adopt dogs if they realized how wonderful it could be. (Photo/Crystall Cho)
    •  Jennifer Probst says she rescued a litter of puppies and their mother from Highway 22 in September. They were in a ditch off a gravel road. (Photo/Jennifer Probst) Jennifer Probst says she rescued a litter of puppies and their mother from Highway 22 in September. They were in a ditch off a gravel road. (Photo/Jennifer Probst)
    •  Jennifer Probst is caring for three of the puppies and their mother. Anyone interested in these rescues or any of the adoptable dogs seen in this gallery can contact KOMU at ShareIt@KOMU.com. Send your stories to the same address. (Photo/Jennifer Probst) Jennifer Probst is caring for three of the puppies and their mother. Anyone interested in these rescues or any of the adoptable dogs seen in this gallery can contact KOMU at ShareIt@KOMU.com. Send your stories to the same address. (Photo/Jennifer Probst)
    • Ashley Meyer says her Rottweiler, Jade, was almost put down because of her age. No matter how young the dog acted, no one wanted to adopt her. Meyer said Jade has a few white hairs, but does not act nearly ten years old. (Photo/Ashley Meyer)
    • Farrell Connell says Tanzie was used as bait in dogfights. The miniature pinscher had a scarred face, missing teeth and a damaged ear. Connell says the sweet little dog broke her heart but has made a total turnaround. (Photo/Farrell Connell)
    • Kaitlyn King says her adopted German shepherd, Henley, is the best thing that has ever happened to her. She said she saw him in a pen at CMHS and knew he was special. (Photo/Kaitlyn King)
    • Kaitlyn King says Henley thinks he is a human. She said she is forever grateful to CMHS and plans to continue volunteering there to help other people find their lifelong friends. (Photo/Kaitlyn King)
    • Mollie Jackman says she adopted mutt Fletcher almost a year ago. Jackman said she looked at several dogs before seeing Fletcher and he just looked up at her with a heartbreaking stare. Jackman now fosters other dogs. (Photo/Mollie Jackman)
    • Sara Unger says Rex was just four months old when she and her husband adopted him in 2012. She said it was a little bit rough having a new puppy (he ate some blinds), but he has been a joy after a bit of training. (Photo/ Sara Unger)
    • Rex is grown and Sara Unger said she considers him her first child. The lab/shepherd mix has a distinctive look, one ear up and one ear down. (Photo/Sara Unger)
    • Sara Unger said Rex became attached to her husband, Jake Unger, the day they brought Rex home from the shelter. She said there are no words to express the love that they have for him and the gratitude for CMHS and the work they do. (Photo/Sara Unger)
    • Sarah Hackman says Peart is a great example of a house-trained, well-mannered dog that was just waiting to be adopted. She said the older miniature pinscher was neglected by her previous owners. (Photo/Sarah Hackman)
    • Peart has joined miniature pinscher Geddy Lee and German Pinscher Xanadu as part of the Hackman family. The names of all of the dogs are related to the band Rush. (Photo/Sarah Hackman)
    • Nicole Twaddle said she was a broke college student with no plans to adopt until she saw Sadie (right) and changed her mind. Twaddle now also fosters dogs like Nerf (left) and she said Sadie helps with that. (Photo/Nicole Twaddle)
    • Jean Hull says her family has adopted two pit bulls, including 8-year-old Gigi. She now advocates for older dogs that are bully breeds. Hull said she has a happy house now thanks to CMHS and her bully girls. (Photo/Jean Hull)
    • Jeanne Hull says 10-year-old Lily was her first pit bull. She said that something about her picture on the CMHS website made her immediately want the dog. Hull said Lily has changed her household forever. (Photo/Jean Hull)
    • Melissa Butler says Mayhem, Rahlo and Frankie (shown left to right) all came from bad situations but are now loved and spoiled. She said her heart breaks thinking of all the other dogs that don't have homes. (Photo/Melissa Butler)
    • Sherri Odell hopes to find a home for Anja, a Chihuahua mix, who was found very malnourished and possibly on the brink of death. Odell says Anja is a cuddle bug that should be with a family who loves animals. (Photo Sherri Odell)
    • Colin LaVaute says Athena, a 9-month-old husky/shepherd mix, came from an abusive situation. LaVaute, who works at CMHS, says he feels good about the fact that these dogs are going to get another shot at a better life. (Photo/Crystall Cho)
    • E.T. is a two-and-a-half-year-old Mexican hairless. A mix of grey and black, he is a lap dog with a playful side. Colin LaVaute from CMHS says E.T. is great with cats and dogs, and loves any and all attention. (Photo/Crystall Cho)
    • Allison Mcgee says she adopted 19-year-old Ginger from a woman going into a nursing home. McGee said the Pomeranian is always fun and her name is obviously fitting for her color. (Photo/Crystall Cho)
    • McGee also adopted 4-year-old Riley. He is half schnauzer and half dachshund. McGee said adopting a dog is always good. She said she believes more people would adopt dogs if they realized how wonderful it could be. (Photo/Crystall Cho)
    • Jennifer Probst says she rescued a litter of puppies and their mother from Highway 22 in September. They were in a ditch off a gravel road. (Photo/Jennifer Probst)
    • Jennifer Probst is caring for three of the puppies and their mother. Anyone interested in these rescues or any of the adoptable dogs seen in this gallery can contact KOMU at ShareIt@KOMU.com. Send your stories to the same address. (Photo/Jennifer Probst)

COLUMBIA - Abused, neglected or unwanted dogs often get a second chance at life with loving families. KOMU 8 News viewers and others shared their stories to mark Adopt-a-Dog month.

(Click the image to the left to see the full gallery of rescued, adopted and adoptable dogs).

Kaitlyn King provided a home for a German shepherd named Henley in the summer of 2012.

When she spotted him in the pen at the Central Missouri Humane Society (CHMS), he was "significantly underweight, his coat was in bad shape, and he was losing hair on his ear," King said.

King is an out of state student at MU and began volunteering at CMHS in January 2011 because she missed her dog at home.

"If not for CMHS, I would not have this sweet boy in my life," she said. "I saved his life and he has certainly saved mine."

Ashley Meyer said her Rottweiler, Jade, was almost euthanized before she and her husband decided to adopt the dog from a shelter near her.

Meyer says she first fostered Jade, taking her to trails, dog parks and adoption events hoping to find her a home. "People always commented on how beautiful and spirited she was," she said.

All interest was gone, however, once people found out Jade was seven years old, Meyer said. "It seemed that no matter how young she acted, no one wanted to adopt this wonderful dog, simply because she was a little older."

After months of fostering Jade, Meyer was told the dog might be put down because no one wanted to adopt her and other animals needed a chance at life.

"It only took us a split second to visit the shelter with her, fill out her adoption application, and make her ours," King said.

Many dogs at shelters have been lost, abandoned or abused by their previous owners.

Shelter Relations Coordinator Colin LaVaute handles the dogs at CMHS on a daily basis.

LaVaute said it is hard to imagine what some dogs have gone through before coming to the shelter. "Some situations are tougher than others," he said.

Farrell Connell said her miniature pinscher, Tanzie, was severely injured from being used as bait in dogfights. "You can maybe see all the little scars on her face from the other dogs that attacked her, Connell said.

Connell said adopting an abused dog is challenging because they are emotionally scarred as well.

Melissa Butler said her three adopted faced hurdles as well.

"Mayem is food aggressive because she was found as a stray, starving," Butler said. "Rahlo has Addison's disease and Frankie is stranger aggressive and afraid of shoes and brooms."

Butler said her heart breaks thinking of all the other dogs without homes.

On a typical day, more than twenty dogs spend part of their time in cages at CMHS. These dogs need a roof over their heads as well as a friendly companion.

The lucky ones will find caring homes thanks to people like those featured in our photo gallery.

LaVaute said he feels good that they are "getting another shot at a better life."

We are looking for your stories of rescued dogs. Please e-mail photos and details to ShareIt@komu.com or contact us via Facebook. Tell us why you chose your dog and how it's changed your life.

(This story is part of the KOMU 8 News series "Rescued Dogs: Beyond the Cage." Related articles include a look at dogs that are harder to adopt out, and one lucky lost dog that was rescued with the help of KOMU 8 News Facebook users.

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