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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

In memory of those we have loved and lost...


With every dog is a husband and I had been dating for a year and he really wanted to get a full breed Rott. I was hesitant because I did not want him to eat our first born child (when we had one) or any guests that came to visit. I had never had my very own dog, I had been raised with dogs that my mother had always made sure I helped with but as most of us know, when they become our full responsiblibty as an adult, a diferent attachment occurs. So, we go look at puppies, pick out a... read more



Hi, my name is Skye and if you are getting this letter, you probably knew me or knew of me in some way during my twelve years on earth. You may be one of the people I want to thank since you helped me medically as a vet or groomed me or just told me what a wonderful dog I was.

I was dropped off as a little pup at U-Bathe-M-Dog Wash in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The people that put my two brothers, one sister, and me in a box also put a $10 roll of... read more


This is dedicated to my Ally with a very special thanks to Marty Harbin.

I adopted Ally in 2002 when Paws and Prayers was not well known. Marty fostered Ally and fell in love with her but gave her to me to take home. Marty said, "If she doesn't work out, just bring her back. She is a love bug."

The first day I had her Ally wanted to go back to Marty because she ran away from my house!!! I was frantic and called Marty; she came up to Bedford from Akron to help us... read more


Redneck was a loving friend and companion to Ryan and Bonnie for 16yrs. On March 7 2011 he left this world and his suffering behind to run and play in heaven we will be very sadly miss by everyone but never forgotten

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We adopted Bruiser 4 years ago. He was a very loyal dog and a good friend. I will always remember the way that he would run to me and jump up to be held. He went to the Rainbow Bridge on March 3 2011. He is running and playing with the other dogs and someday he will be able to run to me again.

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Arthur came to me from the Wayne County Humane Society. He was 10 years old, partially blind, couldn't hear very will and he had 2 abcesses in his mouth along with heartworms. I decided I wanted to foster Arthur to give him the feeling of love and a nice home for his remaining time. Arthur was one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. He was really friendly, didn't mind other dogs playing with him even though he couldn't play much and he just wanted to snuggle and be loved. I made the decision ... read more


As a foster, you know that every dog is special and they each claim a piece of your heart. But sometimes you have a foster dog that you just immediately connect with, one you know was sent specifically to you for a reason and is more than just special. Iggy Stardust was that dog.

I had just laid to rest my best friend of over 15 years. I missed her so much. I couldn’t even walk on the Towpath Trail, because that was our special thing to do together. I missed the company of a d... read more


she was our baby little miss she was 6months old she always flowing me whre every i go and my husband last night we lost our sweet baby to her ills how sick she was i miss her so much we always called her misspot we have her momther we saw her be born love you always miss you love you read more


Miss Lillian was born on August 26, 2010 and passed away October 23, 2011. She was Mama's girl and became ill very quickly. My heart is broken without her but I know that she is in a loving place. We love you Lil girl Kitty... read more


We met Zoey at Petsmart. When Prayers for Paws was there. Zoey lost her leg from getting hit by a car. She was a senior dog and beautiful Husky-shepherd mix. My husband was holding her leash and she gave a big kiss to him and my sons.Paws for prayers are so wonderful. Great organization. Marty was her foster mom and she was so wonderful. We enjoyed Zoey for close to 5 years. She was our princess!!! Many of you might had seen her walking into Petsmart. She adored the beauty shop and no other coul... read more


Our little Nico was only with us for a short time, but she made a big impact on our family. She had so much personality for such a tiny thing. She though she was the biggest, baddest dog on the block. She rightfully earned her nick name of Sneako by waiting until just the right moment to zip past you and out the door. She was full of life and love for everyone. I will miss her climbing into my lap, waking me with her kisses, and watching her bunny hop when she would play with her sister. read more


Time is moving so very fast as its been since 2002 that u passed. when u did, i know that your brother,'Toby" just did'nt understand why i left with u, and did'nt come home with u.. year's later he too passed and i hope with all my heart that u was at the bridge waiting for him.we love and miss u Bandit... read more


My husband John and I were walking through pets mart to get our kitty new treats when he spotted a puppy with a cone on his head. John wanted to go look at the puppy and immediately fell in love with one eyed Haymitch. We adopted the little guy and gave him a new home. We found out he had a ton of medical issues and after three weeks of loving him, he was not going to make it.

Haymitch was the best thing that ever happened to us. We had no plans on adopting animals, but he showed... read more


My folks adopted Boo in 2005,the absolute perfect little dog,,She brought a spark that had long been gone after my brother had passed..
Boo leaving us ,from a sudden illness that took her so fast and furious,leaves a giant hole in the hearts of those who adored her..I see the pain in my Folks eyes now,,the house feels so empty...
you are missed my little fuzzy sister..I still can feel your sweet sloppy kisses..RIP sweetheart read more


Cookie was purchased from Petco in October 2004 and she was our new pet after Bo Kitty died in 2003. She was the replacement pet. I usually brought cookie to school during my elementary years. In June 2012 cookie passed away from some uncertain disease. She lived with us for eight years which could have been 100 years in tortoise years. She will be greatly missed. read more



When you see the title, “Freedom Speaks”, you might wonder why I am putting it this way as he was the quietest of quiet dogs. He hardly ever barked, never wanted to be a bother, and was a sweetheart. Freedom was about 10 months old when the foster mom from a local rescue group brought him to our house.

I had asked to see about four dogs that weekend to replace Bandit who had died in April of 1996 and I was so unsure, as I really didn&rsq... read more


I spotted Teddy in a Pet Store in Richmond VA on 4/22/94, and so began his new life as "King of the House". From day one Teddy was a handful. At 6 weeks old Teddy was bold, proud, confident, fearless and highly curious and playful. Teddy had to be watched carefully cause he was always trying to find a way to escape into the BIG world! Teddy would chew off his harness and run like the wind. In 2001 Teddy moved to Ohio to be with me after staying behind in VA a year with another family member. ... read more


Gizmo was found by a PARTA driver in the middle of the road. I was dropping off my husband at work (he's a driver for PARTA) when I heard about the little guy. I took him home in hopes that I could find him a loving home or take him to a non-euthanasia shelter. The shelter was full and no one at work could take him, so we brought him home. We took him to the vet who said he was suprisingly healthy for sucha small and undernourished kitten. He was approx. 5 weeks old.

He wea... read more


Molly joined our family about 4 years ago from the adoption down at the Falls Riverfront. She fit in so well with our crazy life style and enjoyed spending time with our incredibly LARGE family. From camping to baseball games, Molly enjoyed every minute! Less then a year ago, Molly welcomed her brother Divot ( Our Black Pug ) into the family. They soon become the best of friends. Molly will be missed by her sister Kaylah and three brothers Timmy, Jack and Divot. She will also be missed by her k-... read more


She was our beautiful girl she came to us this yr and she was tied to our front door on one of the hottest Days we had. She was a sweety, but she became ill very quick. Her Liver and Kidneys started shutting down. We miss you so much baby girl. Your toys are still in the office where you last played with them. Gone But never forgotten. We love you Sheltie. Rest in Peace. read more


After losing our last dog, I'd thought I'd try and wait a year for another bunch of mutts..well, that thought lasted about a month. I started looking at adoption sites and found Banjo at Paws thru the Collie rescue here in NE ohio. Described as 40lbs and looking cute, we went thru the adoption procedure and got to meet banjo..a 70lb ball of fur who loved belly rubs! After getting over his size we took him home to meet the cats, and the war was on! We had to stop him from trying to eat our Persia... read more



Bronte was named after the Bronte sisters, three strong women who were much ahead of their time: Anne, Charlotte and Emily, kind of called her ACE sometimes, but Bronte really stuck. She was found at a grade school in Cuyahoga Falls in the dead of winter during a snow storm. Someone hoped one of the school children would take her home. She was a little girl, only about 35 pounds full grown, part beagle, part sheltie and some aussie) with long curly brown/blac... read more


H-E- double N-E-SSY spells Hennessy
Let me tell you about Hennessy. A couple bought him from a barn where they took puppies to sell in 2001. When he got sick they took him back and the people at the barn told them they would have to take another puppy and they would put him down. Well they brought him to me as they could not afford to take him to a vet and he got well and he was going to be adopted, but Henny had this nervous nature and barked when he was scared and he went out twice a... read more


It is with great sadness that I have to report that I lost my sweet, handsome Duke over the weekend. I adopted Duke from Paws & Prayers on August 19th, 2009. He came to me after recently losing his paw when he was hit by a car, and his family no longer wanted him (I have no idea how anyone could have ever given him up). I got Duke when I was in a very rough patch in my life, but Duke showed me how to be happy, love, laugh, and live again. I felt pure love, joy, happiness, laughter and smiles... read more


In Memory of "Kitty"
02-24-2013 to 06-26-2013

Can you imagine holding a puppy in your hand that is three weeks old and weighs only 9 ounces. That is exactly what she weighed the day I brought her home. Her momma wouldn't feed her and she was failing fast, so tiny and thin. My plan was to save her by bottle feeding her. This baby shook and trembled constantly, whether she was cold or it was fear, I couldn't tell. She was so small I was comparing her size to the two wee... read more


Jake. You meant so much to so many people. A piece of my heart died with you yesterday.

I got Jake about 10 years ago. This was before I even started doing "real" rescue work. I drove to Columbus and got him the day he was to have been euthanized. I remember thinking, please don't be crazy! He was so shy. He came out and got into my car, my car with cloth seats. I didn't think to bring a blanket or a crate. He had been sitting in his own urine, so, you can imagine the sme... read more


Nina was adopted from your organization 10 years ago. She was in a foster home and we found her by looking on The fostering "mother" called her Nina Peppina! We adored her from the time we met the woman in New Castle, PA to pick her up! Nina had a very good life and loved our move from PA to the Outer Banks of NC 2 1/2 years ago. She loved the beach! Sadly, Nina became very sick the week before Christmas and wasn't responding to treatment and we had to make the most heartbre... read more


We adopted Mika (meeka) from Friends of Pets in 2001 when she was just a bitty kitten. She was my sweet kitty for 13 years-playful, loving, ornery, feisty and eventually a friend to our rescue dog Max. They became buddies and when I had to have Mika put down in October of this year, it was sad and difficult but I knew I owed her a peaceful passing. It would have been selfish to keep her with me because she was in pain and suffering.
So I held her and kissed her and talked to her while s... read more


Good Night, Sweet Patches
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
Patches was a prince, a noble heart that none could match. He was a puppy out of Stark County Pound; a lovely happy go lucky boy who we thought might have some husky or wolfhound and looked like the Winn Dixie movie dog, a Bergert Picard.

He was loyal and loving and when my son’s family took him to foster they could not let... read more


I first met Carson in 2002 at Petsmart, where he came with Marty every weekend to look for his furever home. I brought my son with me, then 7 years old, so we could help hold the dogs on leashes that were up for adoption. Finally one day our landlord gave us permission to have a dog, and we were able to bring Carson home! By then Marty had taught him to not be so mistrustful of people by giving him lots of love and attention; truly, she was his savior. We renamed him Scout because of his vig... read more

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