CHESTER SPRINGS, PA. (WPVI) --It was love at first sight when a rescue dog found her forever home.
Connie Mellody said, "I held her for the first time, it was like we've been friends for 100 years. I mean it happened just like that."
Connie and her mom rescued Rachel in February of 2012.
"She brings tons of life to the house. We go to the park, we go for walks in the neighborhood. She's very spoiled," said Connie.
When Connie's mom passed, it was Rachel who rescued Connie.
Connie said, "She sensed what was going on, and in her own way she comforted me."
Kristen Geddes is the Director of All 4 Paws Rescue.
"It's awesome to see how close they are, and how much Rachel has helped Connie, and how much Connie has helped Rachel," said Kristen.
Kristen Geddes has more than 5,000 success stories to celebrate, and she remembers them all.
"The kids joke around that I'm like rain-man with the dogs," said Kristen.
She started all 4 paws rescue in 2009.
Seeing success stories like Connie and Rachel is what keeps her motivated.
Kristen added, "There's no greater bond, its unconditional love to be able to do something like this all the time, is a dream come true."
Now she's trying to find a home for Trinity.
Trinity is 7-year-old Doberman mix.
Her owners couldn't afford to care for her, so she was surrendered.
Kristen said, "She loves to hug. She's good with kids. She's good with other dogs, and she's a really nice girl."
Rita is a 3-year-old Chihuahua mix, a family pet surrendered to animal control.
"She was huddled in a corner terrified," said Kristen.
Since moving to her foster home, she's come out of her shell.
Kristen said, "As soon as we got her out, she was this lovable little happy thing."
Peanut is a senior dog with plenty of spunk.
"Peanut is a 12-year-old miniature poodle. He's a happy little old man," said Kristen.
He was surrendered after living in one home his whole life.
"He just wants to hang out and snuggle," added Kristen.
And finally, there is Ben. He's a 6-year old lab mix. He was surrendered to a high kill shelter in the south but recently found his way here to All 4 Paws. He's a good boy, well-behaved, good with other dogs and housebroken. He just needs his forever home.
If you're interested in Ben or any of the dogs you've met today you can visit the All 4 Paws Rescue website.
And, if you'd like us to share your shelter success stories, post a picture to the FYI Philly Facebook page using #6abc Shelter Me and tell us where you adopted your pet and how much they mean to you.
Action News will feature your stories on upcoming Shelter Me segments.