Pet Adoption Stories

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  • No more scaredy Sadie

    I adopted my Bella on June 12, 2012; she had been called Sadie, and she was in rough shape when she arrived at the Dumb Friends League. She was still recovering from being spayed and having her right eye and six teeth removed when I brought her home.

    She was scared of thunderstorms, loud noises and was very unsure about men. She didn’t know what on earth to do with a toy! She was all over me from the beginning. I watched the video taken in your visiting room with her rubbing across my face—and that’s about the only thing that hasn’t changed! There are now toys all over my apartment, thunderstorms don’t require me getting under the covers so she can get under blankets and hide, and she’s the best big-sister kitty to my little one (adopted as a kitten after I got Bella … Bella is her entire world!) that I could have ever asked for!

    She has traveled all over the country; she’s been to 11 states and thinks that she’s the queen of the world whenever we stay in a hotel room. She will wake me up in the middle of the night if I start wheezing or coughing, and she won’t leave me alone until I use my inhaler. Her favorite place (besides my lap/legs/arms/chest/back!) is my parents’ lake house because she can sit in the window and watch chipmunks and squirrels all day long.

    Thank you to the Dumb Friends League for giving her the care she needed to get healthy. Thank you to her foster home for loving her for the few days she was with you. She’s happy and healthy and loved.

    – Stefane P., Parker, Colo.

  • 100 pounds of pure love

    Editor’s note: Bruce was transferred to the Dumb Friends League from a local shelter partner so we could perform specialized orthopedic surgery on his fractured rear leg. Our veterinary team attached an external-fixation device to his leg to stabilize and heal the fracture, and also performed surgery to repair a torn ligament in his knee. Bruce spent two months recuperating in a foster home, where he received physical therapy, before being adopted by a loving family. During his three months in our care, Bruce became a staff favorite due to his patience and gentle disposition.

    We just wanted to reach out and share Bruce’s adoption story because every day we are so thankful for him and the way he has changed our lives.

    Initially we came to the Dumb Friends League to “just look” at bigger-breed dogs and were toying with the idea of having some company for our little dog who we felt needed a buddy. Little did we know we would be walking out with a 100-pound black Cane Corso who had pages of medical history.

    Long story short … this black Cane Corso named Bruce has become the best dog we could have hoped for. He is sweet, goofy, loving and fiercely loyal. The first couple months took a lot of hard work and patience due to his unknown history and extreme fear of everything, but since then, he has absolutely flourished.

    He was at the Dumb Friends League for quite some time, so we can only imagine he had some loyal supporters. We wanted to thank you for keeping him when a lot of humane societies would have euthanized him. Thank you for not giving up on him and making it possible for him to have a second chance at a life full of love, something he so clearly did not have as a young boy.

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

    — Corey E., Denver, Colo.

  • S-l-o-o-w cat intro creates fast friends

    We stopped by the shelter back in May looking for a kitten to make a perfect friend for our resident cat who is 10 months old. It was important for us to find a young kitten to make the transition smoother for both our resident cat and the new kitty.

    We saw Ontario but were asking to see the girl kitten he was in the room with, only because we thought having a girl kitten would be less friction for the introduction of our cats. However, as soon as we met Ontario and played with him, my husband immediately said, “He has to come home with us!” We fell in love.

    The shelter let us know that he usually hisses with people at first and is usually scared, since he was feral up until you found him at about 2 or 3 months old. He did not show any of these signs with us at the shelter—he was immediately a sweetheart—but he did show signs when he was brought him home, as we anticipated.

    We took things slowly and kept him in a small area of our apartment for the first two or three days until he got bored of it. We kept the cats separate, but they sped up the process by playing with each other under the doors and incessantly meowing through the doors trying to meet. At day five, we let the cats see each other with a screen between them; they immediately were pawing at each other through the screen, and we let them do that for about an hour. We separated them the rest of the day and the next day let them spend face-to-face, supervised time together. We kept them separated only at night at that point, and after another week left them together all the time. They were instantly best friends, and we couldn’t be happier to see them both so happy—they are inseparable! We are so proud of both our boys transitioning so well, and seeing how far Ontario has come.

    Thank you for all the resources you supplied to us, including background information on Ontario, which helped us decide how to introduce him to our home environment and reminded us to stay patient even when that first week was pretty tough. The animals certainly appreciate you all, and we do too!

    – Ciarra R., Denver, Colo.