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Wallace finds a way to get noticed

WallaceMy boyfriend and I had decided to get a dog, and spur-of-the-moment one Sunday, we decided to go to your shelter. As we walked through the rows of dogs, one dog stood out to us because of his barking. I made a comment, and we moved on. 

The adoption counselor asked us what type of pup we were looking for, and she brought up the profile of Wallace, the very dog we had seen barking. As she read through his notes, she mentioned his kind nature, intelligence and love for animals and people. We decided to have a look, and it was pretty much over once we shared a room with him.

Wallace has only been in our home for three days, but it’s as if he has always been here. He is picking up leash commands and his new schedule like they’re nothing. He is so smart and receptive, both independent and a total cuddle bug. He is an excellent running companion and is so excited to greet all of the dogs along the way at Cheesman Park.

To think that we had passed him by seems insane now, and he is turning out to be a shockingly perfect match. (And outside of the barks we heard at the shelter, we have yet to hear him bark at all since.)

We thank you for giving us our new, wonderful friend. Our lives will only grow richer now that he’s in it.

—Carolyn M.

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Dexter & his dog

Dexter & DogDexter has only been with us for two weeks, but it feels like our family has always been missing something until we got him. He was shy and nervous in the shelter, but when we got him home, he was a completely new cat. When Dexter isn’t stealing our hearts by cuddling up in our laps, he is running around and making a game out of anything he can get his paws on. He even responds with a short, cute "meow" when you say hello. I have never met such a lighthearted, curious and ambitious animal as Dexter.

Dexter had never been around a dog before, but you would never be able to tell. Dexter and Skylar (our golden retriever) snuggle every day, whether they’re taking a nap or laying down for a full night’s rest.

My fiancé and I have had animals before, but we still had something to learn from the staff at the Quebec shelter. They made sure we had all the proper paperwork, class information and even tips on how to introduce our animals. We even learned new things about our dog that we’ve had for three years!

If we ever adopt again, I am 110% positive we would only go to the Dumb Friends League. Thank you for giving us the missing piece of our family—we will never forget how amazing the experience has been.

—Lauren N.


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Buzz: On his best behavior

BuzzMy daughter and I went to the Quebec Street Shelter in June because I saw a little red-headed kitten named Rusty on your website, and I wanted to meet him. We were told that Rusty had been returned by his previous family because of aggression issues, and that he would do best in a one-pet home. We asked to meet him anyway and were not disappointed. He had a very loud purr and was very sweet.

We decided that he had likely been taken from his littermates too soon and didn’t have time to learn manners. I have three cats and two Bernese mountain dogs—lots of critters to teach him—so I took him home to the “zoo.”

Little Rusty played and played and played until he dropped. He has no fear of the dogs and loves to swat at their tails. After a few days, he felt like he was home and loved, and he began to relax and turned on his purr motor. Now, since his motor is almost always on, he is known as Buzz. He has been learning manners and his behavioral problems are mostly non-existent.

I hope that his story will give other animals with a less-than-sterling history a better chance for adoption. We are very lucky to have him as a member of our family.

— Belynda W.


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Otis, the not-so-obvious choice

Otis runningAfter visiting with a couple of happy, friendly dogs at your shelter, I visited with Otis. He was scared and timid. He would not make eye contact with me, take a treat out of my hand or play with a toy. He sat in the tiny room facing the door.

When the time came to make a decision, something told me to take home Otis over all the other dogs that loved my attention and affection. The car ride home was the same—a blank stare out the window.

But as soon as I unlocked my front door, Otis knew he was home! He became a completely different dog than the one I had seen in the shelter, a happy-go-lucky dog who now had the home and loving companion that he needed.

Today, two years later, Otis demonstrates his love and affection towards me every day. We have learned each other’s personalities, and we get along great! Otis loves fetching, hiking, boating and especially swimming. He’s great off the leash and refuses to leave my side. He loves it when I wrap him up in a blanket in the winter and give him cool baths in the summer ... I guess you could say he’s a little spoiled. He sleeps in my bed with me every night and paws at my face every morning when he decides it’s time for me to wake up.

Thank you, Dumb Friends League, for such an amazing companion!

—Heidi R.


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