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New stamps will feature once homeless pets

stampsOn April 30, the Postal Service will issue a 44–cent, Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamp series.

With the 10 stamp designs — five cats and five dogs — the U.S. Postal Service hopes to raise awareness of the need to adopt shelter pets.

The pets depicted on the stamps were photographed by Sally Andersen-Bruce near her home in New Milford, Connecticut. All had been homeless at one time; all but one had been adopted when they were photographed.

The stamps were designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC.

In celebration of the new Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamps, the Postal Service, together with Ellen DeGeneres and her dog food company, Halo: Purely for Pets, will be donating a million meals to animal shelters around the country.

To pre-order the stamps, go here.

Here’s a closer look at the dogs chosen for the stamps:teddy

Teddy, a wired-haired Jack Russell terrier: The owners of Teddy’s mother were surprised when she gave birth to another litter. They couldn’t afford to raise more puppies, so they gave Teddy and his siblings to a shelter.

Today, Teddy lives with a loving family, their other Jack Russell, and a cat. 

trevorTrevor, a yellow Lab: Trevor and his litter mates were found abandoned at 8-10 weeks of age at a new home construction site.

They were rescued by Labrador Retriever Rescue of CT, Inc. Trevor was adopted by a couple who are a perfect match for his outgoing personality.



Buddy, a golden retriever: Buddy is a pure-bred golden who was purchased from a pet store. At only eight months old, he had such bad hips that his family gave him to a shelter.

Now, Buddy is flourishing with his family who have improved his health through regular exercise and a good diet. 

bindi suBindu Su, an Australian shepherd: Bindi Su’s mother was handed over to a rescue group when her owners found out she was expecting.

Bindu Su was adopted at eight weeks old.

Now she competes in agility events and visits a local nursing home weekly. 

jakeJake, a Boston Terrier: Purchased at a pet shop on Thanksgiving when he was eight weeks old, Jake’s original family quickly realized that they couldn’t take care of him.

The pet shop had a no-return policy, so Jake was turned over to a shelter.


Comment from Jack Russell
Time March 23, 2010 at 6:02 am

What a great idea. Nice to see these little guys getting the recognition they deserve!

Comment from Sharon Bice
Time April 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

This is wonderful news! It would be great to find out if Jake got a home — or whichever pet hadn’t gotten one at picture time did…

Comment from dellbabe68
Time April 10, 2010 at 11:53 am

I linked to your post on my blog.
Great story!

Comment from Juliette Morgan
Time August 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm

How interesting and what a lovely idea!xx

Comment from Joanne
Time August 11, 2010 at 6:53 am

This is a unique idea and I hope it benefits other abandonned dogs who have yet to find homes.

Comment from eDog
Time October 6, 2010 at 3:44 am

This is a super idea and especially having a stamp of one dog who still needs a home. Good luck to Jake.

Comment from Dogs Toys
Time October 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Great idea and especially to always keep one dog like Jake featured who actually still needs a home.

Comment from Sue Gold
Time December 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm

What a wonderful way for each of us to contribute to a wonderful charity.

Comment from Sara
Time April 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm

A smashing idea to help dogs get homes. Hope it continues on.

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