Rescue pets who save us too

Nero: One year on

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It's been a year since Second Chance Dog Rescue gave us the opportunity to adopt Nero.

A much-needed home for Nero

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When our German shepherd Ari died, she left a huge whole in our lives. Along came Nero.

Mao, the great sponge hunter

Shannon Tong wants to say thanks to the woman who helped save her kitten, and many others.

Saved from a bin death

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Texas was found in a box by a rubbish bin with four other kittens, before being rescued.

An unloved gentle giant

Tank the dog

Tank came to us full of fear and with many afflictions, but we've never looked back.

Saved from being shot

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Rhian Huggard found a dog on Trade Me that had been saved from being shot.

The rescued rescue dog

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NATHAN FRASER

Baz went from being a poster dog for the untrainable to a search and rescue team.

Saved from certain death

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EMMA PENDER

Emma Pender's dog Bazil had been beaten and abused by someone in his past.

How Pebbles picked us

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BEN RICE

She's a runt with a slight splay in her rear legs. But to Ben Rice, she is perfect.

A lifelong bond

AMBER HUDSON

It's incredible that your animals know when you need them next to you, Amber Hudson writes.

My little rescue buddy

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HADEN HANSEN

After moving into a new house Haden Hansen decided his life wasn't complete without a cat.

Best $50 we ever spent

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Sacha Hodgson was tempted to buy a dog online but instead ended up rescuing Ralph.

Naughty but nice

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Koko has chewed her owner's couch, clothes and everything inbetween, but they still love her dearly.

A cat at any cost

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When Pipi Reisch's last cat died, her workmates rallied to help her find a new pet.

My 'mental health' kitty

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BETH NOBLE

For Beth, who has Asperger's, playing with her kitten helps her through the most difficult of days.

Rescue pets: Brotherly love

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Despite their troublesome start, two brothers rescued from a shelter have turned into cuddly cats.

The luckiest kitten

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SALLY FRENCH

People often tell Sally French they have never seen a cat love a person more than her cat, Lucky.

The gift of rescuing a pet

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WENDY MOFFITT

Wendy Moffitt is entering her third decade of sharing her home with rescue cats.

The 100g ball of fur

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KATIE JONES

If you have the time and the love, a rescued animal can change your life, writes Katie Jones.

Happy and healthy now

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LOUISE GOULD

The second Louise Gould picked Izzy up the purring started and she was sucked in.

Giving an animal in need new life

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