• About the Trainer
  • Contact the Trainer
  • Tips For Training Success
  • 5 Items for Dog Training
  • Clicker Training
  • Motivators
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Leave it!
  • Location / Target Training
  • Crate Training
  • Sit and Stay
  • Down and Stay
  • Come When Called
  • Handling and Touching your Dog
  • Your Nervous Dog
  • Fearful Dog
  • Dog to Dog Introductions
  • Socialization
  • Potty Training a Puppy with a Crate
  • Our Mission
  • Press
  • Our Adoption Guide
  • Choosing Your Ideal Dog
  • Fostering
  • Adoption Stories
  • Photo Gallery
  • I Rescued A Human Today by Janine Allen

    Posted by Janine Allen at Monday, November 17th, 2008.

    I RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY by Janine Allen

    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 overworked 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.

    Click to get your downloadable copy of this post

    WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE? You can, as long as you include the following, complete statement and a link back to the original article:


    Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog's professional dog trainer. Janine's passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2018 Rescue Me Dog; www.rescuemedog.org

    | Print This Post Print This Post


    117 Responses to “I Rescued A Human Today by Janine Allen”

    1. Tawny O'Hara Says:

      I saved this and read it once in awhile and it makes me cry. I rescue Great Danes but getting old now and Oscar and Panda are my last now and they are 11 years old and 10 years old. I also have been rescued by a coy dog and lab, Goat, and two horses. They have each played a big part in my healing.

      You little poem is wonderful Thank you for sharing your talent.

    2. Joanna Samson Says:

      Thats exactly how Maggie saved me. This story is so touching.

    3. http://andcarinsurancequotes.com Says:

      I got what you intend,saved to bookmarks, very nice web site.

    4. Jonah Says:

      I had seen this a few times before, but never knew the source. Certainly a touching story and an inspiration to anyone considering adding a dog to their family. Great to see that the message is still going strong after several years. We will be including this great piece on our site as per your guidelines above. Thanks for the great story!

    5. Tracy C Says:

      I am a rescued human. I am so moved by this article. I thank God every day that I was rescued by my precious Bichon Bobby. He truly saved my life. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.

    6. tara schaller Says:

      are you in any way affliated with p2v organization?? i am sooooo pro rescue pets for vets and, although i am not in a financial situation right now, i have a very large mouth. i believe that ONE can make a difference, and i am ONE! and my motto is “until there is no longer a need for shelters”….our soldiers, who have suffered and been through so much, have all been wounded. i was married to a vietnam vet and know what the results were in his life….and many of his friends. you may not have had a bullet in your gut, or lost any limbs, but you sure left a piece of your emotional well being over there.
      please let those of us who cannot contribute financially know what other things can be done to support you. i am in awe of God’s creations being used to rescue humans….i have two right now, and they were sent by Him!! God’s blessings on you all!

    7. Kate Corsi Says:

      Today my husband and two little boys went to our local Humane Society. There in the corner kennel, was our perfect pack mate. She is an 18 month old brindle boxer named Roxy with the most beautiful smile. As we were doing the paper work to adopt her, I looked up and read your poem. Tears welled in my eyes and I mourned for all those who wouldn’t be adopted. I sobbed as we signed the papers and gathered her things. I then glanced at her birthday- the very same as mine!
      Thank you for this touching poem! You have made this adoption so very meaningful.
      Many Blessings,
      Kate, Roxy and the boys

    8. Mary Leres Says:

      I just lost my 16 year old male Whippet in April, but sitll have a 12 year old girl. I decided I would let a dog rescue me instead of buying another Whippet.
      My daughter and found a darling little guy at the SPCA in Sacramento Ca..He looks to be part Terrier and part Gunny Sack! He knows we need his help.
      I’ve had such a hard time getting over the loss of my boy
      and so has my girl Lilly who was with him her whole life!
      I know this new boy will help us in our grief and I’m sure he will. We get to bring him home today!

    9. Steve Delaney Says:

      This is absolutely PRECIOUS!!!
      Have read this over & over & cry every time.

    10. Martynas Says:

      You should write a book. wonderful short story…

    11. Sally Janine Allen Says:

      I cried when I read your poem. I have loved animals my entire life, and have been saved time after time by shelter dogs and cats. They require so little but give so much in return. I lost my prior saviors that my ex and I had adopted from the pound (2), then acquired two more from a neighbor and our vet; we had to start turning offers down because unfortunately we did not have the resources to house them all. After my divorce my ex found my new savior Simba, a tiny kitten on an island in the middle of a busy intersection! I lost my father that year, my brother the next year, and another brother the following year (I inherited his cat, too). Through it all, Simba has been my best friend, staying by my side when I was sick, sleeping next to me with his paw in my palm. I don’t know how I would have gone on without him. Some people think only dogs are empathetic, but cats can be, too!

    12. Lynn Says:

      “Rescued A Human” is supurb and should be required reading for all school children. Our children are grown and on their own so we can afford to adopt more pets. We curently have 2 horses, 2 Dobermans, 2 cats, 2 parrots and 1 Jack Russell. The last 5 are adopted. We live out in the country so always have two guard dogs for protection but it is the two cats and the Jack Russell that sleep tight against us at night. They were all from the “mean” streets. 1 parrot has harrassed to the point he hates all people. After 12 years my husband is the only person who can handle him but still gets bit. The other parrot we adopted directly from a friend of a friend, etc who couldn’t afford her any longer. My husband and I strongly believe a society can be judged by the way it treats its very young, very old and its animals. God Bless to all the other animal lovers out there.

    13. Amanda Says:

      This article is being posted using your content without acknowledgement to to you or a link back to your site. It has had 40,000 shares.


      Please report them to FB.

    14. Lori Says:

      I’d like to use this in my ebook which is a pictorial representation of my rescue dog’s life. I will include the message you have requested if that is ok. Thank you!

    15. sam Says:

      A little rescued stray by the name of Pixie saved me in every way a human can be saved. Now she is dying of cancer and I desperately wish I could stop the clock and hold on to her forever. I don’t think I can let her go.

    16. Judie Kopfan Says:

      Of all of the wonderful pet stories I have read throughout my years, this ‘saved one’ is the best ever. I shed tears of joy knowing that child knew exactly what she wanted and it was that very special *sigh that can only come from her heart.

      There are so many shelter animals just waiting for a home and love that they possibly never had. Reach out – adopt or become a foster home until permanent placement can be found.

      Judie Kopfman, Cheraw, SC

    17. Melody Johnson Says:

      We have been selecting rescues in need since 1998. Started out with a bird that flew into my yard and progressed into dogs, kitties, horse, and donkeys. Nothing creates more of a special bond than having the opportunity to share love and leadership without abuse to an animal or human in need of such an existence on this earth. Before coming into our farm our animals have experienced the worst form of human and now they live in their forever home. They are angels sent to us from GOD. We are grateful to have the money to afford to care for each one. GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC Sequim, WA

    Leave a Reply

    Search This Site

    Recent Posts


    Past Posts