Dogs make everything better: adoption reviews that melted our hearts

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If you need a little pick-me-up, read the Yelp reviews for an animal shelter. Countless Yelp pages for non-profit organizations and government agencies across the US and Canada overflow with touching stories of rescue, adoption, volunteering, and fostering.

May 20th is National Rescue Dog Day, designed to “to bring awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted, to promote humane education for young children, and to encourage spay/neuter” ( In case you needed a reminder of why dogs make everything better in life, we present six adoption reviews that melted our hearts!

Don’t forget to say thank you to your local animal care organization with a Yelp review and share your #rescuedog story for #nationalrescuedogday: tell your story.

Austin Humane Society – Cody S
Denver Animal Protection – Samantha S








#1 Review by Cody S – Austin Humane Society; Austin, TX

“Austin Humane saved my life! Who rescued who, you know? Leo: the sweetest, bestest, smiliest, sensitivist, loviest puppo on the planet found us here. He had been un-adopted or fostered for almost 6 months! He was a Hurricane Harvey survivor and ended up without a home like so many thousands of other animals.” Read the rest of Cody’s #rescuedog story.

#2 Review by Eric K – Denver Animal Protection; Denver, CO

“I’m truly blessed to have found this place; I now know why dogs are called man’s best friend. One spring day… I decided that it was time to stop talking about getting a pup and make it a reality. Not knowing where to start, I headed to the rescue closest to me: the Denver Animal Shelter.” Read the rest of Eric’s #rescuedog story.

Family Dogs New Life Shelter; Photo by Amber H
Humane Society of Greater Miami – by Dan C









#3 Review by Richard A – Family Dogs New Life Shelter; Portland, OR

“It was the day the music died when we had to put down our dachshund, but after a couple of months of me wanting another and my wife resisting, she realized our fate was to be dog people, so we went for it.” Read the rest of Richard’s #rescuedog story.

#4 Review by Anna H – Humane Society of Greater Miami; Miami, FL

“We are so happy to have adopted our little Oats man just a week ago. He is a joy, full of energy and love to spare. We have been going back and forth for weeks trying to decide when the right time would be to add a member to our little family.” Read the rest of Anna’s #rescuedog story.

Korean K9 Rescue; Photo by Amanda T R
One Tail at a Time – Shannon F








#5 Review by Becka K – Korean K9 Rescue, Queens, NY

“What an amazing organization KK9R is! I was super impressed from the very start, finding out they take serious steps to match the right owners with the right dog. They know all too well how much their rescues have been through and what each animal particularly needs to live happily. It seemed to me like these pups were their kids, and they cared for them like their very own. So heartwarming!” Read the rest of Becka’s #rescuedog story.

#6 Review by Samantha L – One Tail at a Time, Chicago, IL

“One Tail at a Time [OTAT] found us our best girl. We are what you call foster fails (started off with the intention of fostering only and couldn’t let go…). What I love most about OTAT is their commitment to the dogs; an OTAT dog is a family member for life. When volunteering for the foster program, the thing to keep in mind is that it’s about what you can do for the dogs, not what they can do for you, although the process is incredibly rewarding.” Read the rest of Samantha’s #rescuedog story.

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