New Horizons Veterinary Behavior Solutions

300 Somonauk St.
Park Forest, IL 60466


 "Saving the life of one animal may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal. "

 Click here for a collection of Rescue Poems to learn how rescue adoption will change the life of a deserving pet and read on below for a few more.  You will learn that rescue adoption will also change your life!

A beloved pet can never be replaced.  Giving the gift of life; through rescue adoption of a lost soul that may have been abused, lost, thrown away, or tragically given up due to the tough economy; is the greatest tribute we can give to the pets that we have lost.

And through this selfless act of love, many unexpectedly find that it is the only thing that will heal a broken heart.

There is an old saying, "The dog you rescue will rescue you".  A rescued dog will absorb your tears of grief and lick your face with love!

I Rescued a Human Today

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.  

I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so  
she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my  
cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers  
get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card, I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the  
future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on  
her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up  
against the bars to comfort her.

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her  
cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened  
and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her  
safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see  
that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor.  
So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At  

least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.



Now that I'm home, bathed, settled, and fed,
All nicely tucked into my warm new bed.
I would like to open my baggage Lest I forget,
There is so much to carry - So much to regret.

Hmm... Yes there it is, right on the top -
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,
And there by my leash hides Fear and Shame.

As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave -
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.
I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.
Will you add to my baggage?  Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things and take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage, To never re-pack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage - Will you still want me?

By Evelyn Colbath


Do I Go Home Today?

By Sandi Thompson ~

 My family brought me home
cradled in their arms.

They cuddled me and smiled at me,

and said I was full of charm.

They played with me and laughed with me,
they showered me with toys.

I sure do love my family

especially the girls and boys.

The children loved to feed me,
they gave me special treats.

They even let me sleep with them

all snuggled in the sheets.

 I used to go for walks,
often several times a day.

They even fought to hold my leash,

I'm very proud to say.

These are things I'll never forget
a cherished memory.

I now live in a shelter

without my family.

They used to laugh and praise me
when I played with that old shoe.

But I didn't know the difference

between the old ones and the new.

The kids and I would grab a rag
for hours we would tug.

So I thought I did the right thing

when I chewed the bathroom rug.

They said that I was out of control,
and would have to live outside.

This I did not understand

although I tried and tried.

The walks stopped, one by one;
they said they hadn't time.

I wish that I could change things,

I wish I knew my crime.

My life became so lonely,
in the back yard on a chain.

I barked and barked all day long

to keep from going insane.

So they brought me to the shelter
but were embarrassed to say why.

They said I caused an allergy,

and then, kissed me goodbye.

If I'd only had some classes,
as a little pup

I wouldn't have been so hard to handle

when I was all grown up.

"You only have one day left,"
I heard the worker say.

Does this mean a second chance?

Do I go home today?