ASPCA Happy Tail: Curly Sue’s New Crew

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 2:45pm
ASPCA Happy Tail: Curly Sue’s New Crew

When Marlene M. took on her first ASPCA foster dog, a white ball of fluff named Curly Sue, she didn’t know that Curly Sue would soon become a “foster failure.”

“I was fostering her for about three months and of course, she grew on me, as well as my cats—they all got along so well,” Marlene says. “Her personality started to come out, she became less shy and started asserting herself with the other animals.”

When it came time to part with Curly Sue so that she could be made available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, Marlene says she felt very protective of her, and wanted to make sure Curly Sue found an excellent adopter. It didn’t take long for Marlene to decide the perfect place for Curly Sue was in her own home.

Marlene says the adoption process was easy because of her familiarity with Curly Sue’s history, experience caring for her, and first-hand knowledge of her personality quirks. Curly Sue couldn’t be happier with her new family.

“She sticks by my side wherever I go,” Marlene says. “She and the cats get along well; the cats are bigger than she is, but she keeps them in their place if they try to run over her! I recently took her on a road trip to Michigan, a 13-hour drive, and she had a blast exploring new territory.”

We’re thrilled that Curly Sue’s foster placement turned into a wonderful forever home. If you live in New York City and think you might be a good fit for a foster animal, please read more about the ASPCA foster program.

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I just adore these wonderful photos of Curly Sue (adorable name!) and the pretty cats. What a terrific "happy tail" story. Thank you, Marlene, for offering to foster this sweet dog and then for adopting her into your heart and home. You -- and the pussycats and Curly Sue -- are so lucky to be together now. Happiness to you all -- always!


She's pretty darn ol' cute! And is now in a great home.

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I really love dogs and cats.Thanks for making such a cool post which is really very well written.will be referring a lot of friends about this.Keep blogging.


Thank you Marlene for giving this sweetheart the home she always deserved. If I remember correctly Curly Sue is a blind puppy mill survivor, so even more reason to send you lots of love and admiration.


Marlene you are a wonderful person, fostering an animal is truly an act of kindness.... How fortunate for both of you to have found each other. I wish you years of happiness together...

Dee J

I could never be a foster parent because just as marlene couldn't really give Curly Sue up, I couldn't either. I adopted Mandy Alexis from a local shelter and the day I met her, she owned me. She looks just like Curly Sue but she was abused and either abandoned or ran away but she was there for 5 months unclaimed. Scared of her own shadow. Not NOW. Her older bro KoKo a 15 yr Dauchie are a pair. She's the boss.


So adorable:)


It is very hard not to be a "Foster failure" (really, its a success!) - I foster here in Maine and it is a true miracle when I bring them back to the shelter for adoption. I recently fostered 4 larger breed puppies - got them when they were abruptly weened and brought them home - My husband and daughter and I cared for them like newborns for a few weeks and then slowly were able to recognize how big they were becoming - despite all that I cried buckets the day we brought them back (after 8 weeks of being with them) - I wanted to keep them ALL. You are a gem for fostering and a wonderful person for truly recognizing a great match. I am so happy for you and Curly Sue and your cats! Curly Sue is precious and I wouldn't have let her go, either.......Enjoy your wonderful life together!

Janet Cooper

Thanks for a happy ending! I'm not a dog person, but I do love to hear when everything works out. Usually these stories make me cry. All the abused, tortured, neglected and killed animals who deserved better.
Thanks for starting my day without tears


Is she a Bichon mix? Just too wonderful for all of you!!! I had a rescue pup and she was older when we got her - tumors throughout, But her last years w/ us were wonderful for her and her new family. Still miss her, she was abused/used for breeding for puppy mills. We named her Angel - my daughter picked it, she knew from love at first site.