thank you so much for your response! i am beginning to feel better about this situation, i just know that it's going to take a lot of work! but we're more than willing - we've treated our cats like family members for years, and are excited to give such a sweet little pup who has been through so much a home!
also, thanks for making me feel welcome on the board. i'm sure i will come back for more info, and post some pictures soon as well!