During a trip to New York City, Bill H. and his family decided to adopt a dog at the ASPCA Adoption Center. Lex, now named Sandy, was one of many animals rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Bill shared the following story with us about Sandy’s happy new life in Pennsylvania:
Adopting Sandy was a product of luck, timing and coincidence. Denise, my wife, and I were visiting New York City with our daughter Amanda, and stayed at a hotel next door to the APSCA. As we walked by, Amanda’s first question was, “Can we get another cat?”
We saw a couple of dogs that Amanda and I liked, but Denise was not sold—that is until she saw Sandy. Our introduction to Sandy involved a great deal of barking, but she became very happy and her tail began wagging like crazy upon seeing ASPCA staff. A potential adopter was visiting with Sandy, so we decided to come back the next day. We decided that Sandy was a good fit for us, and we hoped we were a good fit for her.
From that point on, Sandy has been nothing but happy surprises. She got into our car and sat on Denise’s lap for the whole ride back to Pennsylvania. We learned at the Adoption Center that Sandy might take a little longer to warm up to men. When we got home, I was sitting on our deck while Sandy explored. After a few minutes, she walked up to me, licked my face, and then rolled over and sprawled out, waiting for her me to pet her belly. Sandy also became fast friends with my 20-year-old son, Zack.
We have had a few people in and out of the house since Sandy's arrival, and she has reacted to them with varying degrees of wariness, but has warmed up to each. We host a large deck party every year, and struggled with what to do with Sandy during the party. We decided if she became uncomfortable, we would put her in our room. The best part of the party was how Sandy handled everything. In the beginning, she stuck by me or Zack. By the end of the night Sandy was "working" the party, "introducing" herself to various guests and letting them know she expected to have her belly rubbed if they were deemed lucky enough to get the "rollover."
Amber G. had seen nearly all of the adoptable cats at the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan one October day in 2011 and feared she might leave empty-handed. But lucky for Diamond, a cat with special needs, Amber decided to check out one more room of cats before heading home.
“When I went into the room and sat on the floor, Diamond just got into my lap like it was the most natural thing in the world, and curled up to purr and sleep,” Amber says.
Diamond was classified as an “over-groomer,” which meant that she tended to groom herself so much that she was bald in many places.
“The vet told me they hadn't discovered the cause, but she might need medicine in the future,” Amber says. “He said, ‘Who knows? Maybe she just needs a loving home,’ and it turns out that was true.”
Over time, Amber has learned that Diamond, now called Frita, becomes stressed when she’s lonely. Lucky for Frita, there is plenty of companionship to go around in Amber’s home.
“Almost two years later, she is no longer bald and will be by my side from now until forever,” Amber says. “Frita now sleeps in a king size bed, likes tuna treats, and loves to play with toy mice.”
We’re so glad that Amber persevered to adopt a kitty that day at the Adoption Center, and it’s safe to say that Frita feels the same way!
The story of how Betsy M. came to be the guardian of three Dachshunds and the story of how she met her husband, Jamie, are intertwined. It all began in the early 1980s when Betsy decided to adopt two Dachshund puppies from a coworker. She named them Schatzie and Schmoozie. After one of the pups came over and rested his paw on her knee, she was easily persuaded to take not one, but two of the dogs home to her New York City apartment.
One day, while Betsy and her mother were walking along Second Avenue with Schatzie and Schmoozie, a man driving by stopped and said he had just seen a larger Dachshund at the ASPCA Adoption Center with the same coloring as the puppies and suggested Betsy go see her. After calling the ASPCA to inquire about the dog, Betsy scraped together all the money she had and set out to adopt her. She decided to keep her original name, Annie.
The first few days with Annie were rough. Betsy stayed home from work to monitor the introductions, and Annie got in spats with both Schatzie and Schmoozie. After a few days, Betsy had no choice but to return to work, and she feared what she might find when she returned home that evening. To her surprise, all three dogs were snuggled up together.
One evening soon after, Betsy was at a party when she met a British man named Jamie. After hearing about her furry friends, Jamie invited Betsy to tea at his apartment, and suggested she bring her dogs. She decided to take Annie along, and upon entering Jamie’s apartment, Annie made herself right at home on Jamie’s couch. Betsy and Jamie married a year later in 1983, and Betsy says she feels sure that Annie played a significant role in bringing the two together.
Decades have passed, and Betsy and Jamie are still together. Furry friends have come and gone from their lives since those first three Dachshunds, but Betsy is still thankful for Schatzie, Schmoozie and Annie. She says having the dogs changed her life.
Sarah R.’s cat Willa, adopted from the ASPCA Adoption Center in May 2012, really enjoys New York City living. From Sarah’s apartment window, Willa can spend hours doing her favorite thing: pigeon-watching. Sarah and Willa love spending time together, and it’s clear they are two peas in a pod. Sarah shared the following story with us:
I got Sparkle, now named Willa, from the ASPCA on Mother's Day in May 2012. I saw her and immediately knew she was the right cat for me. I had placed her back in her enclosure and asked to view another cat, but Willa became incredibly jealous and was not having it. My friends, the staff and I laughed when Willa gave me a look that said, "Don’t even think about getting that other cat."
I went with my instincts to get the cat with the "sparkly eyes"—Mrs. Sparkle. I brought a little red collar along with a bird toy and carrier with hearts colored in lime green, pink and purple along with me to the Adoption Center. Everyone knew she was going to a loving home.
Willa was a handful at first, but she has been a purrrrre joy. There are plenty of windows in the apartment for Willa to watch the pigeons. Each night after I come home from work, I’ll pick her up, and we give each other kisses. I then ask her, "Did you catch a bird today Willa?" I bought her a bird toy that chirps when you move or shake it.
When she’s not birdwatching, Willa loves to climb to the highest of heights. When she’s on top of the cabinet, she likes to play peek-a-boo. She makes sure she has my full attention from above. It’s really quite cute. At the end of the day, we both have our meals and watch television shows. In the morning, Willa is my little alarm clock. Her technique is to wake me up by going for my feet from under the covers.
Willa is a spitfire and a sweet girl. Adopting her was the best decision I have ever made!
Thor, a dog with special needs, has covered a lot of territory over the past three years. Since her adoption from the ASPCA Adoption Center in 2009, she has traveled with her pet parents, Steven R. and Roberto D., to countries including the Netherlands, Spain, England and Scotland. Steven shared the following story with us about this globetrotting pup:
We adopted our dog in June 2009. At the ASPCA her name was Mimi, but now she goes by Thor, which is much more fitting for her personality. When we first met her, she had just recovered from surgery. Thor had been hit by a car and had to have one of her hind legs amputated. Having three legs did not put a damper on her happiness and high energy.
Thor is now an international star! When my husband got a job offer in the Netherlands, we moved to Amsterdam for a year. After the flight, she looked a bit distressed, so we let her sleep in the bed that night for the first time. Now there is no going back—and she insists on sleeping between us every night. We gave her a pillow of her own.
Since then, Thor has been to Barcelona, where Roberto is from, several times for vacation. She's also been to Mallorca, Scotland and Utrecht. We now live in London, and it looks like this is where we will be settling down. Even with her three legs, Thor is always excited about taking several walks a day through the park next to our flat. She is very popular. In fact, she just won second place in a "cutest dog" competition for the north London neighborhood of Stoke Newington!
In the coming year, we hope to adopt a sister for her so we can add to our happy little family.