Join us here as Regional Vice President Kathy Kreyling shares stories from the Adoption Center. Check out our Available Dogs to see who’s still waiting for their forever home.
This family came hoping that they would be able to adopt a particular dog and, honestly, we just weren’t sure whether it would work out or not for two reasons — the mother of the adopter has an 11 year old Rat Terrier and the family includes two children (aged 6 & 10). So, in preparation for this appointment, we introduced that dog (and a few others) to a small fluffy dog —obviously not a good replica for a Rat Terrier but it was the best we could do at the time — and the results were not particularly encouraging. However, when we introduced the dog to the real Rat Terrier, she did very well! Because the dog is pretty timid, the next challenge was to see how she got along with the children and, thankfully, she had a wonderful time playing with the kids — she even initiated the playtime with a play bow!! We were all excited that the dog did so well and we were even happier when the family decided that Rivers was going to be their new family member!
This family has been waiting a long time because they needed a cat friendly dog and we haven’t had any for a while. I think this family now understands the phrase that “good things come to those who wait” because the dog they came to meet is a very special girl. The family includes 2 boys, aged 4 and 9, and the 9 year old connected with this Irish lass almost immediately — in fact, the cutest moment I have seen in our adoption center was when I went to run the credit card and I heard something. It turned out that the 9 year old boy was sitting on the floor next to the dog patting and singing softly to her. That scene was so sweet it almost made me cry and I knew then that Biddy was going to be in good hands!!!
This couple have also been waiting a while and they were excited to finally have the chance to meet some pups. They had a specific dog in mind when they came to visit but also wanted to meet a few others so we brought out a few of our great big boys. All of our boys did a greyt job of showing themselves off, but, in the end, it was our most exuberant boy who left the building (BTW, this was not the one they thought they would adopt). This guy came out into the adoption center hopping on two feet but that didn’t seem to phase this couple and they waited long enough to see the sweet loving guy emerge when he settled down. He showered the people with kisses and showed off his leaning skills and there was little doubt that Slim had found his new parents!!
This lady has had a couple of our dogs and she recently fell in love with one of our dogs from afar. It has taken a while for everything to fall into place so that the adoption could actually take place — the dog was in another home for a short time and when she came back there was a virus running through the kennel and, of course, the dog got it. There seem to have been quite a few bumps in the road, but things have smoothed out now and the beautiful Greyhound/Staghound mix (we think!) from South Korea has found her new home. We’ve had reports that she gave her new mom kisses on her way home and I think that says that Aimee knows she is where she belongs!!