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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Kathy in The Bronx

Curly Sue is so adorable! It's wonderful that she has a loving home, including some kitty brothers and sisters.


I'm crying happy tears. Thanks for sharing. I have fostered several kittens that needed bottle fed over the years. I was sad to let them go. I felt they were going to good homes though. I knew their new families since I worked at the vet office they were adopted at.

Chris E.

Curly Sue's saga is so wonderful! I too have fostered. It is very hard to let go. I was fortunate that the greatest families adopted my charges. However, one little kitten did not fare as well on the adoption circuit. I had one inquiry regarding her, but I did not feel good about the prospective adopters. So little Sally made our home a 3-kitty family. Now 4 yrs. old, I feel people back then lost out...she is so quirky & cute, making me laugh all the time. If done well, fostering is one of the greatest & fulfilling things one can do to 'pay it forward' and really make a difference.
I recommend!!!


Looks like my house two cats one dog. Good for her love foster failures


I foster puppies for our local shelter; I enjoy them greatly, but it is rarely difficult to give them up when it's time for them to find their forever homes. Maybe because I often have several at a time! I am always happy for the break in between puppy groups because while they are fun, they also keep me very busy!


Curly Sue is just precious. We also added a cute white ball of fluff to our 3-kitty family who, as I tell everyone, "glamoured" us into adopting him. Our four fur-babies get along quite nicely and we don't know what we'd do without them. I know you must feel as lucky and happy as she does to have her in your home and your heart. As others have posted, much forever happiness to all of you.


Thank you for fostering and adopting her your so nice.

Patrick Oliver

Congratulations Carly Sue!