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Animal Success Stories

Happy Tales

Every one of these Dachshunds has been rescued by an angel...

Harley's Brave Journey   Harley's Story is a great inspiration to AADR because it shows that no matter how desperate the situation, saving one life makes the ultimate difference. DeeAnn, Harley's foster mom, has included her personal account with Harley's amazing story and where he is now.Harley was found homeless and sick. He only had a 50% chance of survival. Now he is living a life of true happiness and contentment. Read More...

You can also read some of our older Happy Tails stories here

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Gracie #9 in PA

Gracie has touched my heart and I am so happy to have her. She came to me in October.  I lost my last Doxie just this past May, Oliver was 12 and my other Doxie Oscar 4 years ago, he was 16.5. I adopted Oscar at 13 years old. He was my love bug and never let me out of his site. Everyone cannot believe how much Gracie looks like Oscar. Same coloring and that adorable little white face!  Gracie is so friendly with everyone she meets.  She goes up to greet every person she sees, adults and children alike. All she wants is to be petted and given belly rubs. She is doing really well with learning to go outside to " do her business". Gracie loves to snuggle and stays bundled up in her cozy blankets by my side. She loves to sleep in my big bed and runs to the bedroom when I tell her it is time for " night night".  Gracie had a birthday November 24th and is now 12 years young.  You would not think she is 12 especially when she sees the squirrels in my back yard, she can really run when she chases them. It is so cute to see.  
We are working on walks. Gracie wants to go where Gracie wants to go! LOL.
We need to work on car rides because she wants to crawl on my lap and wants me to hold her.
Some people I know do not understand why I would adopt an older dog. I do not understand why someone would not adopt an older dog . All dogs deserve a safe home and to be loved. 
 Gracie filled a huge empty place in my heart and home.  She is so sweet and loving and makes me smile all the time.   I cannot believe that any one would give her up. Thank you to everyone at AADR for finding her and letting me have her in my life."
Joanne and Gracie


Tobie did a fabulous job in his debut costume parade. Marie, Vienna and Tobie got runners up for best costumes. He was "Happy" and wagged his tail the whole time and wore his hat without a fuss. Good dog!


Jacob is waiting to go in our house after a fun walk. He got a new squeaky frog this week and decided to take him along. He held on even when 3 rabbits hopped across the sidewalk. Nicer weather today as temperatures finally dropped below the 90's. It is getting very dark now so we should be getting some rain soon. Jacob and I are just enjoying being in the yard. I hope your summer is going well. Dottie

Scooter number 5.....NJ

Here is an update from and AADR alum!!

I just wanted to give you an update on Max (doxie formally known as Scooter #5_NJ).

My husband and I are simply in love with him. He has the sweetest disposition – he’s friendly with everyone he meets.  He insists on meeting everyone! He’ll walks up to strangers, tail wagging, looking for a chance to say ‘hello’ and maybe get a pet. With family and friends he is so affectionate – giving snuggles and kisses to your hearts content. He’s even managed to win over Hailey, the resident beagle. She was a little put off when he first arrived, but now they’re best friends.

We can’t thank you enough for bringing him to us!

Here are some photos of Max enjoying his back yard and hanging with his girl Hailey.

Maggie Mae....FL

Maggie Mae came to us from a shelter.  She was down with severe back issues when we took her in.  We mobilized an effort to raise funds for her and got her the surgery she needed.  She was on the road to improvement when she suffered a setback.  Then she was moved to a foster home where she once again began her recovery.  It would be a long process and it was decided to send her to another organization that specialized in rehabilitation cases.  Again, Maggie improved and was almost ready to find her forever home when tragedy again struck. This time a tornado hit the facility she was in and did signficant damage.  Maggie Mae was again moved to another foster home while repairs to the facility were underway.  It was there that yet another setback in her recovery occurred.  Back to the rehab facility and then through a chain of events, AADR got her back.  She went to a foster home in Alabama that has done some great things with dogs with IVDD.  Not too long ago, she was adopted and moved to Jacksonville!!  A long time coming for this sweet girl but she has her own forever home.  They were so excited and happy they have since adopted another AADR dog as a brother!!!  This is what a community of folks can do when they don't give up and give love a chance.  

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