Joe and I knew we had always wanted a dog. When Joe was diagnosed with cancer, we really started to accelerate his bucket list and stop putting things off that we had been waiting to do. We searched around the local shelters, but just couldn't find the right dog for us. Joe went to PAWS on a weekday and there was Cooper, sitting in his kennel, not barking. Joe called me immediately and said "we have to get this dog!"
After we adopted Cooper we found out a little more about his story. Cooper and his sister were dumped in a park and upon rescue, they found out they both had Parvo. They spent a week at the vet's and unfortunately Cooper's sister did not make it. Cooper is a fighter though and we are so lucky he was found and had such an amazing woman, Julie from Sterling City, TX, nurse him back to health.
Cooper was Joe's constant companion. He kept him company on the days when Joe wasn't feeling well and he got Joe up and moving, which was important for his health. We registered Cooper as an emotional support dog for Joe and since Joe has passed, Cooper has been my emotional support in so many ways.
Cooper is so smart and sweet. He loves to cuddle, but also loves to hike and play fetch. He loves to learn and picks up on new tricks quickly. I could not have dreamt up a better dog for us and he continues to bring so much happiness and companionship to my life!
Adopted by: Ashely Thatcher
Gambit was adopted in June 2020 from 4-Legged Friends. Here is Gambit looking handsome.
Me and my husband frequented the SPCA Jefferson County NY to find a perfect fit for our small family. We had been searching for months, and found out Project Freedom Ride was bringing some dogs up from Augusta. So we waited and stalked the Project Freedom Ride Facebook looking.
We saw a video of a sweet little girl named Goldie, just by the videos, we knew we wanted her. We had waited a week after they got in to go look so I wouldn't get my hopes up on getting her incase she wasn't available. We arrived on May 22nd to see our girl was still there. Without a second thought I told the SPCA workers we wanted to take her home!
On May 29, 2019 my husband signed her adoption papers and we brought her home, got her tons of toys and a doggie bed. She also got a new harness, collar and leash to stand out and make her fur color pop! We introduced her to our 3 cats, Stache, Phantom and Luna, they weren't too sure about her but soon came around to love her.
Goldie is now Bailey and she's the most spoiled girl in the house. Her bed is unused and our love is full for our bailey girl. Our hearts can barely fathom the love we have for her and how much she means to us as our first Adopted Rescue Pup! Again, thank you so much Project Freedom Ride!
Adopted from PB & CHI – Transferred from 4 Legged Friends of Lubbock
The best adventure dog I could ever ask for! He trusts me with his life, I’ve taken him on some very intense hikes climbing up trees and I swear he must of been a mountain goat in his last life what a good lad, living his best life in Vancouver!
Adopted by: Meagan Trisko
This is Teddy (Rocket) from Paw Pals of Hale Center. We got Teddy in April of 2020. He absolutely loving hikes and fun days out on the water in the kayak. He especially loves to feel the cool PNW breeze in his fluffy fur.
Adopted by: Rachelle Hayeon Kang
Luna (black and white dog) being a natural model while living her best life at the beach with her bestie. She came from Paw Pals of Hale Center, and I can’t imagine doing life without her.
While Finley was very timid and nervous at first with his new surroundings and unfamiliar people, he soon warmed up to us and showed us his true goofy self. He now loves to snuggle with his people, shamelessly beg for belly rubs, and sleep on my bed every night. I've learned that his favorite thing is to run, whether it’s after crows, bunnies, or just people jogging at the park! He's proven to be a fast learner and very well-behaved with almost no training on my part. We love to go on adventures to the beach (where he's too chicken to actually go swimming), or to forest parks, or to the dog park. He loves to be anywhere I am, and I love to have him by my side as often as possible.
Finley has changed my life in the best of ways. I can't imagine life without him now. I knew I got lucky when I found him, but I didn't realize just how truly lucky I was until I got to know him better and see just how amazing he is. He is the best sidekick, a wannabe guard dog, protector, adventure buddy, and constant companion. I am eternally grateful for Project Freedom Ride and MASA Rescue for their part in bringing him into my life, and I will continue to speak highly of them to others seeking to adopt. Our journey over the last few months has changed both mine and Finley's lives forever, and I'm so thankful that I have been given the honor of giving him his forever home.
I remember April 5, 2019 like it was yesterday. Standing in that park in Seattle with tears running down my cheeks waiting for our Emma to be unloaded off the transport. We fell in love with her instantly. She fit right in with our cat and her new big brother, Tooka, and fully embraced our way of life here in the PNW. She loves the snow and loves to hike and forage with us. In less than 3 years now, she has hiked over 500 miles. About 2 years ago, Tooka went blind. Emma stepped up and became the doting little sister and rarely lets him out of her site. She has taken to leading our hikes now and guides Tooka around when we allow him off leash. This makes her a little Wonder Dog in my book… but there is more. My husband is diabetic. He has a pump and uses a Dexacom to monitor his blood sugar levels. Early one morning Emma scratched at the bedroom door to wake him up. I heard a lot of stumbling around downstairs so went to see what the fuss was. I recognized the signs of low blood sugar right away. My husband couldn’t even focus enough to read his numbers. I gave him an orange and some candy. Even after that his blood sugar was only at 30. The transmitter in his Dexacom had gone out over night. If Emma hadn’t woke him up when she did he would have been unconscious or worse. She literally saved his life. This makes my little Wonder Dog a true hero!
Adopting my dog, Juniper, from Project Freedom Ride was a once in a lifetime and absolutely incredible opportunity. I wasn't really looking for another dog, but have been a longtime supporter of PFR. One day I was scrolling and happened to come across a picture of the sweetest, most lovable chocolate-colored face looking back at me and I knew immediately that she was my dog. Juniper (formerly Lily) had the most incredible foster Mom when she was in Texas and her rescue organization, Second Chance Dog Rescue, was just as wonderful and responsive and they do incredible work. Also, the two men who transported my pup from Texas to Washington were so kind and caring.
Now Juniper is living and thriving in the beautiful PNW in our town of Bellingham, Washington! Her favorite things are to give you kisses until you can't breathe, say hi to every human possible, sleep underneath the bed and the futon and across your legs and on top of your body, chew everything and anything she can get her paws on, romp around with her sister Rue at all hours of the day and night, chase the laser pointer, and go on any and all adventures outside. My dogs are my best friends!Both my life and my dog Rue's life have changed for the better since adding Juniper to our family and we have Project Freedom Ride to thank for that! Thank you for helping to save this sweet girl and many, many other pups who all deserve the love that Juniper now gets every day!
Peach was picked up off the street and taken to a shelter in Georgia; from there PFR rescued and fostered her. When her foster mom and Jen brought her to the vet for a check up and vaccines, her tech (that's me!) fell in love at first site. A few weeks later she officially became part of our family on February 13, 2022 and she fits in perfectly. She loves everyone she meets and immediately took to her beagle sister Penny and cat brother Theodore. She loves playing catch with the kids and running her roomies out on our property. She always has her nose to the ground and lets us know exactly where the squirrels, deer, and other wildlife have been! Peach is the best snuggle buddy and gives great hugs.
I saw Mac on Project Freedom Ride’s Facebook page and just knew I had to do what I could to make him a part of our family! The first time I met him he “plopped” down at my feet and I knew he was the one! Since adopting him, he’s settled into life up in Canada really well, despite it being a little bit colder than Texas! We’ve discovered he LOVES the beach; even though when he saw the ocean for the first time he ran into it not knowing it wasn’t a solid surface! Mac is definitely a social pup but he really loves going off-leash exploring through trails and beaches. He brings so much joy and laughter to everyone he meets; we constantly have friends asking for us to bring him over for puppy play dates and sleepovers! Mac is such a smart boy, he’s so kind to other dogs of all sizes, and he loves kids (especially giving them big kisses on the face)! Mac has really shown us how rewarding it is to give a rescue dog a second chance, and he’s shown us nothing but love in return! Thank you Dog Gone Seattle and Project Freedom Ride for helping us connect with our handsome little man!
A special thanks to Roman from Project Freedom Ride - your message has touched so many people all over the world. I show your videos to people all the time up here in Canada! Keep doing your thing!
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