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Adopting Nemo

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 9:45am
Small tan dog

Wendy Kling shared her story of taking a chance on a special needs dog named Nemo at the ASPCA Adoption Center, just in time for Christmas.

It has been more than one year since we welcomed Nemo into our home on Christmas Eve. He had an interesting journey here, beginning with my husband spotting him one morning on Fox News wearing a little red jacket asking to be adopted. He called me in to take a look and, after realizing Nemo was missing a back leg, I thought, "Would we really be able to take care of a pet with special needs?" I said no to adopting him and went to work.

I thought about Nemo for the next few days and joked that all I wanted for Christmas was a three-legged-dog under my tree. That set the ball in motion. My husband found him at the ASPCA, and without my knowledge, set up an appointment to see him on Christmas Eve. My husband, Will; daughter Marisa; our Husky, Mishka, and I drove to the city from Quakertown, Pennsylvania.  After spending several hours with the wonderful staff there, we signed the paperwork and brought our new family member home to spend Christmas morning watching us unwrap presents.

Nemo is a wonderful dog who is full of personality and a bit of a lounger. He also tends to make us forget that he is missing a leg—except when we’re picking him up to carry him to bed every night and downstairs in the morning.

Just recently, I saw him featured in an ASPCA commercial. What a surprise! To us, he is a bit of a celebrity. Thank you, ASPCA, for making that night such a memorable one and for allowing us to bring Nemo home and become one of us. I tell everyone I know who is looking for a pet to adopt, adopt, adopt!

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Emma

Thank you to Wendy, Will, Marisa and huskie Miskka, the wonderful King Family, for opening their hearts and bringing this adorable dog into their home. Can't ask for a more meaningful Christmas present than Nemo. I also loved reading that someone carries little Nemo to bed every night and downstairs in the morning. How touching, how loving & caring. You are all blessed.

Mary

I have a three legged dog - Tuffy - he is missing one of his front legs but you would never know it. He runs and plays with all of the other dogs. Thank you for adopting a special needs doggie!

Barbara

What a beautiful story....and so happy Nemo has a forever home with you both!

Donna Unangst

This is so true, the love of animals makes your entire household smile. My little Pomeranian makes paw prints in my heart everyday. He was a shelter dog rescued from a breeder who had 100 dogs n crates in the barn. Nemo is lucky to find his furever family, but they are even luckier.

Patrick Oliver

Congratulations Nemo!

Margaret

Great story! When my brother moved out into the country, the property he bought had a three legged dog living on it. My brother took him in and he was the best dog. He got around so well, you couldn't even tell he was missing a leg. Don't know how people can live with themselves when they abandon a pet. Congrats on your forever home Nemo.

Jaime Perez

What an adorable dog Nemo is. He is so lucky to found his forever family. I'm happy for everyone!!

Patti Latronica

Thank you for making Nemo a loved family member. And to all of you out there caring for these wonderful God's gifts to us. I too have a pup (Zak) that I adopted from a shelter. He has a heart condition and I was told may not live more than a few months. He was from a puppy mill. I decided a few months being loved by a pet parent was better than another day without his very own home. Zak has been with me for almost 4 yrs and you'd never know his ails from anything. Love is the key. He has brought me alot of joy like Nemo is for you. God bless you Kling family.

Wendy

All of your comments are so nice.

MILDRED

I ALSO ADOPTED A 3 LEGGED GIRL , LEFT TIED TO A WIRED. SHE IS HAPPY, PLAYFUL, SMART AND OBEDIENT. SHE PLAYS WITH A OLD BASKETBALL AND HAS BEEN NAMED "MISS PERSONALITY"
LOVE HER AND DONT REGRET ONE SINGLE SECOND. I THANK HER FOR ADOPTING ME!!!

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