Sunday, January 8, 2012

The valley needs good homes for animals in shelters. Many of those dogs and cats are euthanized without someone to step up and adopt them, like this valley couple who made a home for two dogs that were literally on the brink of death.

Rex and his sister, Reyna, both 9-month-old lab mixes, were playing for the first time in their new backyard in Avondale. They were adopted by a couple looking for a new addition -- or two -- to their family.

And for Terry Denemey and Jerry Postema, it was a perfect match from the moment they saw the pups at the Arizona Animal Welfare League.

“Yeah, we were pretty confident when we saw them. We were like, ‘Wow, they're a brother and a sister, and they're bigger dogs, and they're beautiful,’” Denemey said.

“They were all over us. They were very loving. They were giving me kisses. It was amazing, and they were not at all afraid,” Postema said.

When you look at the dogs now, it's nearly impossible to think of the fate they were facing.

Just a week earlier, Rex and Reyna -- then un-named strays dropped off at the Maricopa County Animal Shelter -- were on the "E-list" -- just hours from being euthanized.

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