There’s no substitute to rescuing a dog!

Meet the family that has many dogs!

The joy that comes from rescuing a dog from a shelter, especially a shelter that can’t guarantee a no-kill policy, is beyond measure.

This post by Shelley Blount covers that in spades!


Woman Goes To Adopt One Dog From Shelter — And Comes Out With Three

Group freedom ride 👏🤗💕

By Caitlin Jill Anders
Published on 10/31/2019.

When Shelly Blount saw a post online last week about a dog who was about to be put down in North Carolina, she called the shelter immediately. To her relief, they told her the dog had just been adopted, but it got her thinking about the other dogs who might be in danger. She asked if there were other dogs scheduled to be put down and they told her a dog named Caleb was next on the list — so Blount got in her car.

Accompanied by a friend, Blount drove four hours from Virginia to the shelter, determined to rescue Caleb. When she arrived, she realized two other dogs were about to be put down as well. Despite having three other rescue dogs already at home, Blount suddenly knew what she had to do.

Shelley Blount

“I asked the limit on how many you could adopt,” Blount told The Dodo. “They said there wasn’t one. So I decided to get all three.”

Blount had arrived at the shelter that day expecting to leave with just Caleb — and instead she left with Caleb, Charisma and Bella.

Shelley Blount

As they began the long drive home, all three dogs were so excited and couldn’t contain their happiness, and Blount knew she had absolutely done the right thing.

Shelley Blount

“Caleb was sooo excited — kept giving kisses from the back seat, and his tail was wagging so fast,” Blount said. “Bella was so content being held so she sat in my friend’s lap and literally didn’t move. Charisma, my sweet little angel, was literally hugging me and slept the entire ride.”

Shelley Blount

When Blount decided to adopt all three dogs, she hadn’t really had a plan. She knew she couldn’t leave them at the shelter to be put down, but she also didn’t have room for three more dogs at home — but luckily, within days, she’d already found the best new homes for both Caleb and Bella.

Shelley Blount

“Caleb is super happy in his new home with a friend of mine,” Blount said. “She has another Lab who he loves. Bella went to my boyfriend and let’s just say they are inseparable.”

Shelley Blount

Blount is likely going to keep Charisma, as the pair have bonded quite a bit in the days since the rescue. Either way, Charisma would need to stay with Blount for a while — because after a vet visit, she realized the sweet little dog was pregnant.

Shelley Blount

No one at the shelter had told Blount that Charisma was pregnant with five to six puppies, and later said they hadn’t known. Not only did Blount save Charisma that day, but she also saved the lives of her puppies, and for that Charisma is continuously grateful.

“My Charisma girl is very attached to me and we take lots of cat naps because she’s so sleepy,” Blount said.

Shelley Blount

Charisma is due to give birth within the next week, and her new family is so excited for her. In the meantime, she’s enjoying spending lots of time cuddling with her new mom and best friend, thanking her every day for saving her life.


Shelley is a real star and, indeed, so are all the other people that rescue dogs.

At the risk of blowing our own trumpet, and I don’t intend to, here’s a photograph from home to finish today’s post.

Brandy, to the left, and Pedi. Two ex-rescue dogs that are now so happy.

The above photograph was taken in 2019!

18 thoughts on “There’s no substitute to rescuing a dog!

  1. Well Paul, you and Jean certainly deserve to “blow your own trumpet’. Like all caring and compassionate dog owners, especially the ones who have rescued dogs , you are simply wonderful !


    1. Oh Margaret, I don’t think we are quite that good but nonetheless that is very sweet of you to say that. We are also very lucky in finding this place some 8 years ago with its acres and very rural outlook. So we can let the dogs outside and they can run and bark to their hearts content.


  2. Thank you for sharing this nice story, Paul.
    I hope, that both Jean and you are well and free of Covid-19?
    To rescue animals is kind both to the animals and to ourselves. Win-win.


    1. So far, so good, Irene. And I am speaking of the pandemic!
      You have got it in one. About rescuing dogs being as good for ourselves as it is to the dogs.
      One of our dogs, Oliver, has taken to sleeping on our bed at night. The other morning shortly after waking up I was gripped by a body cramp in the right side of me from just above the waist to the top of my neck. I was in some pain and Oliver turned round to look straight at me with a very concerned look on his face. What a relationship!

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      1. Good to hear, that both of you are free of the pandemic, Paul.
        Yes, you are lucky to have Oliver to take good care of you. Did you get your health checked about this body cramp? Don’t tell me, it isn’t necessary. If you woke up and saw fx Oliver in same reaction, I feel sure, that you will go visit the vet very fast. Remember that Oliver takes as good care of you as he can, but he is only a dog and not a doctor.

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  3. I love this ♥️ There is nothing more rewarding than rescuing! My dream is to one day have my senior sanctuary for rescued seniors. In honor of my own senior rescue, Truman.

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