We’d like to remind people that the pet you see in a shelter setting, is not always the pet you’ll be getting. Many dogs and cats appear fearful, or even slightly aggressive in such a stressful environment. Take a look at the photos and read each pet’s description below to see how drastically a scared, sad animal can change once in a home setting. All of these pets are in their forever homes, happy and healthy, because someone gave them a chance. Open your heart and home and give one of our many other available animals the chance they deserve.
Houdini (Formerly Slug) – Once literally afraid of his own shadow and full of anxiety and worry, he now finds comfort, love, and peace in his new home.
Taco – Originally thought to be dog aggressive, now hangs out with his pack of friends and gets to go sailing on the boat with everyone.
Mash – Passed by due to his size and the stereotype that big dogs are aggressive dogs. Mash now spends his days lounging, or hanging out with his two small human best friends, being his true gentle giant self.
Demi – Overlooked while at the shelter due to a skin condition and her high energy level, she now is happy, healthy, calm and hangs out with best friend, the cat.
Gotham – Taken from a bad situation after refusing to fight other dogs. Though he didn’t look like the friendliest dog due to his poor ear crop job and the cuts and scars on him, he proved his appearance wrong. He now lives with two other dogs and two small children who he adores and loves to snuggle them all.
Cordelia (formerly JC) – Came in as a kitty with Ring Worm who was sad and lethargic. After months in isolation and in treatment, she now is healthy and happy and full of energy in her home, living with lots of other animals.
Lulu (Formerly Vanna) – Skinny and overlooked, she spent months and months in the shelter, barking in her cage from anxiety. She now lives all the way in Texas with her mom and dad and her dog brother Ox. She’s spoiled beyond belief and has nothing left to be anxious about.
Ruby (Formerly Polly) – Passed by for over a year due to her apparent energy level and her large seemingly intimidating size. She now lives in a home with two other dogs who she loves to cuddle and be lazy with.
King Kong – Scared people away due to his immense size and “aggressive” appearance. Now lives with his best friend and human brother who he is nothing but absolutely sweet to.
Floki – Goofy and hyper in the shelter, now dapper and well behaved in his home. (Still a little bit goofy though…haha)
Maggie (Formerly Eisel) – Never given a chance because she was missing a leg and seen as “too much work”, she is now in a wonderful home doing all the normal things dogs do – no extra work needed.
Buttercup – After a long time of being neglected, then a long time to physically recover, and then a long time of being overlooked due to her size and her apparent high energy level, Buttercup is now in a happy home where she loves to relax, be lazy, cuddle, and give kisses. She’s as gentle as can be, even with her new grandma who uses a wheelchair.
Gemma – Sad and somber while at the shelter, she now is happy as can be with her new family and little human best friends.
Gordon (Formerly Goose) – Confused by shelter life and eager to go home, Gordon got his wish and now lives with his forever momma and dog best friend. He gets cuddles on a regular basis.
Cheddar – Depression can be a very real thing in dogs, especially in a shelter setting. Cheddar was very depressed and because of that wasn’t acting like this normal happy self. After months and months of sulking in his cage, he is now happy at home and living the comfortable life.
Hannah (Formerly Holly) – Originally unsure of everything, and then spent many months in her cage and got antsy to get out. Her high energy level calmed down when she went home and got her daily exercise. She is now a valued member of the family and gets along great with the kids and other dog.
Juno – High energy and eager to leave the shelter, Juno is now happy at home and loves going exploring with his family.
Maddie – Seen as just another brown Pit Bull, Maddie was ignored for almost a year. She is now in a perfect home where she is completely spoiled. What was thought to be dog aggression at the shelter, turned out to just be dominance, (two different things completely!) She now enjoys walks with other dogs and lots of cuddle time with her family.
Spot – Lonely and confused in a cage and shelter setting, Spot now lives the life, comfy at home.
Lucy – Our longest resident, waiting 3 years because of her high energy and inability to calm down around people, Lucy now lives the life of a queen, enjoying her new family, lots of dog and cats to play with, even a goat and horse too. She is often photographed lounging on the bed, or snuggling with the other animals.
Brady – Originally a Hurricane Sandy survivor, he was passed by for nearly a year because of his high energy and big dog persona (which most people confuse with “big aggressive dog” persona). Though still goofy as can be, Brady is now happy and healthy at home, with not an aggressive bone in his body. He is getting ready to become a big brother, as he waits for a new baby to arrive.
Allie – Super shy and timid at the shelter, Allie now runs the household and loves her new family.
Belle – Anxious and seemingly high strung in her cage, Belle now lives the life of leisure and loves spending her time with her human siblings.
Bentley and Schmidty -This was an awesome double adoption. I actually don’t have a before photo of Schmidty though because he was so terrified of everyone and everything that we were pretty concerned he would never get adopted. Bentley on the other hand was just full of energy and hyper all over. Thankfully they brought the best out in each other and were adopted together. They now spend every day together, cuddle often, and get lots of love from their forever parents.
Arrow – Always looking for an escape out of the shelter and a place to feel comfortable in, he finally found one when he was adopted and is now home loving his new family.
Izzy – Emaciated, shy and terrified of life, Izzy was saved by someone who would nurture her back to health and socialize her. She gained weight and trust there and lived a happy life with another Dalmatian best friend.
Izzy passed away earlier this year, but was loved every second of every day since going to her real home. Rest in Peace sweet girl.
If you visit us and see a animal is stressed, anxious, depressed, over-active or whatever else in the cage – please ask to see it out and trust that once in a home setting, the animal will warm up and settle down with a little love. Remember, not all the dogs that seem high-energy in the shelter will stay high-energy once they’re home and get daily exercise. And remember not all dogs that seem lazy and lethargic will stay that way once they’re somewhere they consider comfortable. Spend some extra time with the pet you’re considering adopting and take the chance. That chance is all these pets have to depend on. It’s their only hope. Take a chance – adopt a pet today.