Our kitty (Harry Purrer) is doing great. He is super snuggly. He is incredibly patient with the kids, gets along well with our other cats and loves to steal food if you don't watch him carefully.
Our family adopted Georgia May. When we adopted her, she was scared of everything, didn't want to eat, jumped at every noise, seemed very sad, and didn't seem to trust anyone. After bringing her home, I questioned that we had done the right thing. It has taken her awhile, but I am happy to say, that has all changed! Georgia has come a long way. She eats really good, she no longer jumps at every noise, and she is sooooo loveable and playful!!!. Who would have ever thought that she would be a snuggle-er??? But she is! She seems to appreciate the second chance.
Georgia loves to run outside....and let me tell you, the girl can run FAST! We have had our challenges with potty training and listening to commands. But, she is doing better. Potty training...she does great. Commands...not so much. I think she will always have trust issues...but she has come so far.
Georgia has brought a lot of joy to our family and I believe she is truly happy. I have attached a couple of photos...enjoy!
Clayton is the delight and center of our family. He knows he is the king of our castle and has been such a wonderful addition to our busy home. :):)
I adopted Selena, a Plott hound, in 2015 I believe. Now she goes by Lena and has adjusted so well. At first she had a lot of issues with accidents, barking, and obedience. I worked hard and now she is the sweetest, cuddliest, and most loyal dog. She never has accidents and now cares if she does something wrong. Even though she is probably an older dog, she still gets random bursts of energy like a puppy. She loves walks/runs, playing with her sister in the backyard, cuddling with her sister, and chewing bones. I love how she curls up really small on top of pillows on top of the couch. I love my dogs so much and we go on all kinds of adventures! I would bring them with me everywhere if I could. I hope you enjoy the pictures I attached! I am so glad I adopted Lena, I love her so much!!
Here are some pictures of Gio with us and our grandson since we adopted him. He has adjusted very well and has been great with our three year old grandson. He has traveled to our home in the OBX and did very well on the trip and while there. Our daughter adopted a pit at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA about 7 years ago and he too has been a wonderful addition to the family. We are so thankful we saw Gio's pic on the SPCA website and were able to adopt him. He falls asleep nightly on my husbands lap...he has found his forever home.
- Donna and Mike
Esther is doing very well :) Having her own room with litter box and cubbies, a chair, stool, bed, a couple of boxes and some of the things from her Siamese Rescue goodies bag has made her adjustment easy. Her water bowl is in her room too, and she eats in there. She retreats to her room whenever she feels the need. She knows that it's her sanctuary. She stays in there when I'm not at home also. Sometimes she is a funny clown zipping around, and sometimes a sweet cuddle cat. We have not experienced anything "sassy" about her. Right now, she is laying on the floor next to me in the dining room. But she will probably get up soon and see what's going on elsewhere. We set up her kitty penthouse today, and she has been practicing going up and down it :)
I gave my dog treats whenever she saw the kitty, so she welcomes the newcomer. They are comfortable with each other. Sometimes they walk around together, and other times they do their own thing. Yesterday, they checked out new grocery bags together that I had just brought in. I am including a few photos to better show that all is well :) Our hearts have been healing since we knew that she was coming to live with us! Thank you for all that you have provided to give us this sweet, beautiful cat!
I wanted to provide you with an update on Jarvis, the orange male tabby with the bow tie collar.
His new name is Tater Tot and he is doing very well. When we brought him home from the shelter, he walked out of the carrier and began to explore. He acclimated amazingly well, acting like he owned the place within minutes. There really wasn’t an adjustment period. No skittishness, no potty accidents. It was as if he had lived with us all his life … like he knew he belonged at our house.
He is a good mix of playful and laid back. He loves jingle bell balls and also loves laps. If you have a lap, he’s jumping into it … no matter what you’re doing when you have that lap. :D
He watches over our cul-de-sac from his cat tree by the window, excited by birds and squirrels in our yard. (And stares smugly at the little white dog across the street.)
He has a girl who loves him very much. He has been a good friend and comfort to her in her transition to a new school.
I am attaching a few photos of our sweet, spoiled boy.
One more update and some pictures from our Thanksgiving break.
Raider continues to fit right in with his new pack. He has joined Hammy and Laura for our morning walk (we keep it pretty slow), and is doing pretty well staying calm. Raider readily lets Hammy take the lead, and the only time I have to step in is when the two of them smell a trail and want to take off chasing whatever it is. He seems eager to learn and always wants to please, and when Laura (the bringer of chaos!!) instigates crazy play time Raider comes to me to “tell on her”. (Laura has a bit of a crush on Raider.) Raider is still not completely house broken, but I can tell he is getting the message (peer pressure from Hammy) that pee pees go outside, and he is marking inside the house less and less each week.
Our daughter loves having so many “puppies” and Raider is very tolerant of her kisses and love…he’s even learned how to open the baby gate and go into her room to find her. Last week he climbed into her bed and fell asleep. He was so quiet I forgot he was there until she climbed in too and started jumping on the bed. Raider raised his head (as she was jumping around him and bouncing him up and down) and looked at me as if to say “it’s okay, she’s the baby”.
He has gotten pretty attached to our family, the other two dogs, and me in particular. He cries when he gets “left out” and especially when I leave, but Mike knows how to bribe him with treats so he should be okay when I go to a conference this coming weekend.
As I’ve mentioned before, his next appointments are December 14 and 15 with Dr. Pettigrew. Positive thoughts are always welcome!
Hi Shelter Friends,
I just wanted to send a quick update on Raider’s first night…
He was a bit anxious (as can be expected), but it didn’t help that Hammy and Laura could see him get out of the van and come in the other door, so they were making quite a fuss.
We let him explore a couple rooms of the house,
Then got him settled in the bedroom. He was initially afraid of the cat, but slowly they made friends and he is very gentle with her. (Good boy!!)
He hasn’t eaten his dog food yet, so this morning after 4:30 am pee pee walk he got cheese and cat treats (no judgment zone here, right? J). Can you believe he doesn’t like peanut butter kongs or milk bones?
He slept well and didn’t make a sound all night (in fact he hasn’t made a peep since I picked him up yesterday).
He was wagging his tail this morning while investigating a mirror (apparently he’s never seen one!), and overall seemed a little more confident.
After Hammy and Laura’s 5:00 am patrol through the woods,
The three of them got to see each other through a crack in the bedroom door and all seemed very excited to meet (happy tail wagging all around)! So, since that brief meeting went well we may try to introduce them this weekend with a group walk.
I’m sure Raider will eat eventually, but I may get some of his favorite treats (bacon and cheese) to mix into his dog food for encouragement.
I’ll keep you posted, happy weekend everyone!
Thank you SO MUCH for the update and for fostering our special boy!
More updates to come!
Oct 31 is now a special day for us because on Oct 31 2016 this sweet little defected pain in the butt came into our lives. She took months upon months to potty train, started with epilepsy in May, and has loved us unconditionally since the moment she met us. She is wild, cuddly and so forgiving.
Thank you for sharing this lovely story! Thank you for caring for this special girl.
Remington (previously Dutch) was adopted in December 2016, since then he has become a Hokie pup and currently lives with me in Blacksburg while I attend vet school at Virginia Tech! He gets to be the guinea pig as I practice all the fun stuff I learn in lab. He is so patient with everyone and loves to play with people and other animals whenever he can. He LOVES cuddles!! Remi also got to celebrate his first birthday in July, with lots of extra toys! There is never a dull moment with him around and it has been one of the best choices I have ever made. Pit bulls get a bad rep and I can say I have never had a more loyal companion and can't wait to have more adventures! Thank you for all that you do in trying to rescue these animals!
Thank you SO much for this update, and best of luck on your journey to becoming a veterinarian! We're so happy that you all are flourishing together. Thank you for giving him a wonderful home!
I realized I meant to reply right away but ended up going home soon after for a long weekend to see Duke. He's loving his life up in CT with his new family. He went through Petco's training classes and is almost done with his Adult 2 classes and on his way to being certified as a canine good citizen. He's had to have some medical procedures to take care of some issues but other than that he's having the time of his life. I've attached some pictures of his time in CT so far!