To say Dale H. has a soft spot for dogs would be an understatement. In his life, he has rescued and found homes for more than 100 dogs in need. One such pup, a five-year-old special needs dog named Daisy May, is one of Dale’s three resident dogs.
As a puppy, Daisy was a victim of unthinkable cruelty. She was kicked, beaten and left for dead. Knox County Animal Control stepped in, and Daisy was transported to the Young-Williams Animal Center, a 2012 $100K Challenge participant, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“The veterinarians and staff fell in love with her, as they cared for her during her recuperation,” Dale says. “They loved her so much, and they kept her until she found a home. Daisy May would not have had a chance without their compassion.”
Today, Daisy still lives with the lasting effects of animal cruelty. Due to extensive shoulder injuries, Daisy can only hop on her front legs. Because of the head trauma she suffered, her eyes "flicker" and cannot focus.
“Although she has suffered a great deal in her life, Daisy May is the happiest, most sociable and friendly dog I have seen in some time,” Dale says. “For her treats, she spins and spins, then hops in front of me. I have had Daisy for a year and a half now, and she is my closest friend.”
Diane R. shared her story with us about a spontaneous trip to the ASPCA Adoption Center that resulted in bringing home a new furry friend named Bubba. Bubba has quite the personality and always keeps Diane on her toes.
I had two cats that I brought with me when I moved to New York City. They both passed away, and I knew that one day I would welcome another furry friend into my life when the time was right.
I heard there was a rescue facility somewhere near me on the Upper East Side. One July afternoon, I decided to get some fresh air and run errands. As I walked down Second Avenue, I saw a poster for the ASPCA on the side of a bus stop. Then, as I was about to check in on Foursquare at a grocery store, the first address that came up was for the ASPCA. I took the hint and headed there.
The entire staff was patient, helpful, kind and professional. In the third room I visited, I met one slightly shy guy, Bubba. He had the sweetest face and as I tried to pet him, he swatted me. I loved that! My previous boy cat had the same feisty swagger.
I met many amazing cats, but on the way out, I had to see Bubba one more time. When we opened the door, Bubba zoomed out as though to say, “Let's go already!" Now I was sure—he was my guy.
I tried to set him up in the bathroom to start, as the Adoptions staff suggested, but Bubba had his own agenda. He wanted to be where I was, so I set up a blanket on my living room floor. During Bubba's first days at home he slept, ate and played a lot! He explored my entire apartment.
Bubba has a vibrant and curious personality and cracks me up on a daily basis. He is so sweet, and welcomes me home with the most perfect tiny meow. I cannot thank the ASPCA enough for the gift of allowing me to adopt Bubba! He has made me smile, laugh out loud, and has filled my heart since I brought him home.
Kristin M. wasn’t planning to adopt a dog when she visited the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, but meeting Dakota changed her mind. She shared the following story with us about the way in which her family of three became a family of four.
We decided to adopt Dakota when we first saw her. She wiggled up to the glass wagging her tail and just seemed like the sweetest girl—not too big or too small—and flashed her happy Pit Bull smile.
We had never adopted before. We, of course, went to “just look.” After meeting Dakota and learning she wasn’t quite ready for adoption, we put a hold on her.
The adoption process was so easy! It was great being able to have Dakota and our bossy Chihuahua, Cali, meet in a neutral area at the Adoption Center.
Dakota has adjusted into regular home life here. When we first brought her home, we could tell she wasn't used to being in a home setting. Every time I opened the refrigerator, she tried to climb inside it! Stairs were a real challenge for her, even though it is only three steps. We kept her and her older sister separated, while we were gone, for the first two months, just to be safe.
Over the past five months, she has relaxed quite a bit. Dakota walks on a leash very nicely now and has no trouble with our little set of stairs. We often joke that she wants to be best friends with everyone she meets on the street. She and Cali sleep next to each other and even play! Of course, Cali is still the boss.
We couldn't be happier to have Dakota as a member of our little family. We don't even mind waking up to her silly face trying to lick ours!
When Shakira H. decided to bring home a feline companion from the ASPCA Adoption Center, she thought it was best to take her time. Having recently lost her beloved Tabby, Brooklyn, whom she adopted from the ASPCA, Shakira wanted to spend some quality time with the adoptable cats to find the perfect fit.
“The ASPCA representatives were helpful and patient,” Shakira says. “I went to the Adoption Center for a whole week just visiting and trying to make the right decision for this lifelong commitment. The staff worked with me, listened and understood what I was looking for in a cat.”
After plenty of time and thought, Shakira ended up with not one but two kittens. She named them Gusto and Niu Niu.
“Gusto and Niu Niu were the ideal pair,” Shakira says. “They were exactly what I wanted: a young, bonded pair. They were adorable, playful and friendly.”
It’s safe to say that these lively kittens are keeping Shakira on her toes.
“Gusto, Niu Niu and I are still adjusting,” she says. “They are very playful and curious, as any 6-month-old kittens would be. They are also fast learners. Their antics keep me going and put a smile on my face.”
When Joey J., a photographer, went with his family on a tour of the ASPCA Adoption Center, he had no idea they’d be bringing home a furry new addition. He shared the following story with us about adopting Frannie, his loyal canine companion and photographer’s assistant:
We lost our beloved Boxer, Riley, in June. I was devastated and did not feel ready for another dog. I was getting used to not having a 24-hour companion with me at our home and at my photography studio. While visiting our friend Lisa, who works for the ASPCA, my son asked if we could go take a tour of the Adoption Center. As we were there learning about all the wonderful animals and the amazing work the staff and volunteers do, Frannie came running up with a toy and melted my wife's heart. We then had a chance to meet her, and we all fell in love. Frannie found us, adopted us and we are living happily ever after.
The adoption process was wonderful. We were screened as a family to make sure we were the right fit for Frannie, which we believe is very important. We spoke with volunteers who knew Frannie well, as well as with trainers who worked with her on specific behaviors and obedience. We were given a very thorough packet of information regarding her health and training records, along with a wealth of information on care and training. We had never adopted before, and after touring the Adoption Center and learning more about the ASPCA, we recommend it to everyone.
She is a perfect family member. She loves to play hockey and football, and loves to dig up treats we hide for her in the yard. She is with me all day and works as a greeter and professional photo bomber in my studio. Everyone loves her. She’s a big girl, but we find room in bed with us or with our son. We love it—and Frannie is way better than a blanket.