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Successful Adoptions

We love getting updates on our Pet alums that have gone on to find loving homes. Click the links below to read about our past successful adoptions and success stories.

2015 Successful Adoptions

Check out our pets who found loving homes in 2015.

Huey
1/18/15

Hannah
1/18/15

Bowser
1/24/15

Mija
1/24/15

Misha
1/25/15

Phoebe
1/31/15

Sugar
2/1/15

Zoe
2/6/15

William
2/15/15

Felina
2/18/15

Munchkin
3/3/15

Blanca
3/10/15

Lucky
3/17/15

Bobby
3/21/15

Iris
3/25/15

Dusty
4/11/15

Stripes
4/11/15

Flower
4/23/15

Missy
4/23/15

Rascal
4/23/15

Uno
4/23/15

Buster
4/29/15

Gizmo
5/16/15

Tazzy
5/26/15

Wolfie
5/31/15

Peeper
6/7/15

Bermuda
6/10/15

Sausa
6/10/15

Natasha
6/14/15

Tatiana
6/14/15

Batman
6/25/15

Trix
6/25/15

Mickey
6/30/15

Greta
7/10/15

Sadie
7/25/15

Meogi
7/26/15

Pearl
8/7/15

Chloe
8/11/15

Prince
8/22/15

Stevie Wonder
8/26/15

Darby
9/1/15

Boots
9/2/15

Toger
9/16/15

Tigger
9/18/15

Muffin
9/18/15

Tobi
9/18/15

Magic
9/18/15

Truman
9/18/15

Sweetie
9/19/15

Bumble
9/28/15

Mama Kitty
10/1/15

Chyna
10/5/15

Oreo
10/8/15

Mr. Pickles
10/16/15

Jake
10/18/15

Cici
10/18/15

Trouble
11/7/15

Ashley
11/15/15

Reggie
11/21/15

Casper
11/22/15

Cher
11/30/15

Charlie
12/5/15

Missy
12/8/15

Blackie
12/9/15

Li'l One
12/9/15

Patch
12/26/15

2014 Successful Adoptions

Check out our pets who found loving homes in 2014.

Annie
1/29/14

Joy
2/25/14

Bebe
2/8/14

Sheeba
2/8/14

Audrey
2/28/14

Tamara
3/19/14

Ms. B
6/11/14

Stars
6/25/14

Tony
6/26/14

KitKat
7/20/14

Paka
7/27/14

Tara
8/20/14

Flower
8/28/14

Jeri
8/24/14

Keeper
8/24/14

Buddy
9/10/14

Boots
9/20/14

Daisy
9/29/14

Nicci
9/30/14

Lucy Lou
10/5/14

Huey
10/12/14

Hannah
10/12/14

Heidi
10/17/14

Buster
10/18/14

Sadie
10/25/14

Fritz
10/28/14

Sebastian
11/9/14

Angel
11/9/14

Scarlett
11/9/14

Dolly
11/9/14

Rex
11/23/14

Demetri
11/28/14

Mouche
12/11/14

Izzy
12/17/14

Tucker
12/26/14

Sophie
12/29/14

Success Stories

We love getting updates from adopters. Here are some of our success stories.

THANK YOU for allowing me the pleasure of loving HUNTER!

I had gone to Adopt-a-Pet to see if there were any Golden Retrievers available as Ginger (rescued from NM) was lonely after Daisy's death (Gordon Setter mix from Howard). And, there was Hunter! All 154 pounds of him! Ginger and I drove to his foster's house in the Springs for our interview, and, with the help of three people, got Hunter in the car for the ride back to Salida. Half-way home, I decided we might need a potty stop, and, after pulling over, realized I might not be able to get Hunter back in the car! It was a Sunday - Fourth of July week-end 2011 - but, I phoned our Vet, Dr. Mary Hopkins, who phoned right back, assured me it was probably a hypothyroid condition and that she would come by the house the next day to examine him, which she did, put him on meds and suggested a lot of walking! Poor Hunter could only lay on his side, and had great difficulty even walking.

By the time Hunter died in 2015 (at 11?), he had lost half his body weight, loved walks and swimming in the River, never knew a stranger - dog or human - and was a good brother to Ginger and Shadow. Because of his enlarged spleen (cancer?), age and difficulty getting around, Hunter was the first dog I had to take to the Vet and have her send him on his way to the Rainbow Bridge, where Goldens Tanner and Toby, and Gordon Setter Daisy will await me (along with Goldens Ginger and Shadow, Aussie Anna, and who know how many others!?). All rescued from various shelters - the BEST kind of dogs!

THANK YOU for allowing me the pleasure of loving HUNTER! Keep up your wonderful caring and sharing, Courtney&Ginger&Shadow&Anna Shucker

**We at Safe Place would like to thank Courtney for giving Hunter the most healthy, lovable remaining years of his life. We can tell by looking at the photos that Hunter was a very happy dog. We know you miss him everyday, and all the rest of the dogs you have rescued. Thank you for sharing this update and for giving so many rescues a forever home!

Lelu, Cocoa and Missy are doing fine and enjoy the run of the house (except for our bedroom).

They like to look out the windows at the birds, squirrels and rabbits in our yard (we don’t let them outside but they don’t seem to mind). They enjoy playing with us in the morning & evening and sleeping the rest of the time.

We are happy to have them in our lives and hope they will be with us for many years to come.

**We wish the continued best for these 3 sisters and their mom and dad.

Mama and Daisy are doing great.

Mama has gotten over her shyness and now says hello to all visitors. Daisy is still shy with visitors but making progress, showing her precious self to people who visit often, staying where she can make a hasty retreat. But she's a sweetie when we're here alone, wanting lots of attention. They are a great fit for me. Here are Mama (comfy on Sue's lap) and Daisy showing off her cute self.

Not only did Safe Place fix me up with the perfect kitties, you also found a perfect home for my Audrey (dog) and I get to see her every now and then. Her new mom brought her for a visit in June and our reunions are wonderful for both of us. It makes me so happy to know she loves her new family and they clearly adore her.

**We are so happy we have been able to help Sue rehome her pup, Audrey, and help her find 2 great fits for her life to keep her company.

Sebastian and Angel have been a godsend to me. They are both such lovely cats.

Sebastian and Angel are doing great. They are my babies. They have learned to walk on a leash and go outside for daily walks. Sebastian is rather insistent about his walk, and will even go out in a snowstorm. My neighbors all love seeing them out walking about the yard. My vet loves them. Said she loves cats that are so inquisitive and active. They are both VERY spoiled. I have put in two window perches for them and they have a padded box they sit on to look out the front door. Sebastian loves to look outside, and usually sleeps above my head at night on one window perch.

They have been a godsend to me. They are both such lovely cats. They sleep with me or near me. Angel rarely lets me out of her sight. I have taken in two stray kittens, since I got Sebastian and Angel. They all get along great. They play, eat and sleep together.

I have attached a couple of picture of them. Sebastian is sitting in the fork of a tree during one of his walks. Angel was checking out the current bush. Sebastian took right to the Kitty Holster harness and comes running when I show it to him. It took me awhile to get Angel used to it, but now she loves her walks too.

I can't thank you enough for letting me adopt these cats. They are a huge part of my daily life and are my family.

**Sebastian and Angel were adopted by their loving mom on in November 2014. Safe Place for Pets is so glad to hear they are both doing so well and wish them many more years of love and happiness together with their mom.

Tony was certainly a success story

Sad to report that after being ill and getting well, on January 4, 2016, Tony woke up, jumped off my bed and when he landed on the floor, he must have broken his neck. He died right on the spot.

Tony was just a hoot. I certainly enjoyed the nearly 2 years I had him. Everyone adored him. When he walked, he pranced and was a very good dog. He slept with me every night and never caused problems. Wasn’t a barker unless it was necessary. My landlord got quite fond of him as well. The family misses him terribly. I still think sometimes that I need to get right home after work to let him out. I am sad he is gone. We didn’t have enough time together but I hope what time we had was good for him, it certainly was good for me. Funny thing – he used to stand at the end of the hallway between living room and kitchen. He would stand there for hours – that way he could keep an eye on the kitchen and on me in the living room to make sure all was good.

The adoption process was very smooth. I felt like you all made sure Tony was getting a good home. Tony was certainly a success story.

**Safe Place for Pets would like to thank Tony's mom for sharing her story. We are deeply saddened by Tony's loss. We are glad that Tony brought such joy into his mom's life, and we thank her for giving Tony a loving home for the remainder of his life.

I kind of adopted Sadie under duress!

I have two other cats, one of whom is now quite old (around 18) and the other a younger cat who belongs to my daughter and son-in-law, who spent four years in Japan and just returned a couple of weeks ago. So I was not particularly looking for another cat when a friend sent me and her other cat friends an e-mail asking if anyone could foster a cat whose owner was going into the hospital for surgery. When no one responded, I reluctantly agreed to foster Sadie for a few weeks. Then I had to give her back when my daughter came for a visit from Japan, since Sadie had been confined to my second bedroom and now my daughter would be sleeping there. A couple weeks later, I found out from a friend that Sadie was listed on your website. Her owner had unfortunately died. I was really sad for Sadie and decided to adopt her from SP4P.

Sadie is really different from any other cat I've ever known (and over the years I guess I've had around ten cats, thankfully not all at once!). My vet said that it's a myth that calico cats are more sensitive than other cats, but it certainly is true with Sadie! She's a little princess and must be handled very carefully and slowly. She still doesn't sit in my lap, but she does sleep every night without fail at the bottom of my bed, and during the night I'm often awakened by her coming up to my head and asking for pets. For some reason she's very affectionate in the middle of the night!

I think Sadie would strongly prefer to be the only cat -- after all, she *is* a princess! As soon as my daughter and son-in-law get jobs, they'll find their own place and take their young cat with them, which I'm sure will please Sadie, as the two of them don't really get along. My old cat has kidney disease, so her time with us is precious but limited. It will be interesting to see how Sadie's behavior changes when she's my only cat. That might not be for too long, because I really prefer having two cats! But who knows -- maybe I'll let Sadie rule the roost someday!

Sadie and I are good pals.

Sadie is doing just fine and is lying next to me right now. We are good pals. I drove to Illinois for 3 weeks and we will be staying with a friend of mine when we get there. My only problem with her is that she is such a fussy eater. I think she must have gotten table food before because she sure doesn’t want dog food. Other than that, everyone loves her, especially her owner!

**Sadie is a very sweet 10 year old, maltipoo that was adopted from Safe Place in July 2015 by her adoring new mom. We can't wait to receive more pictures and updates on Sadie and her mom's travels. Best wishes to both!

Tobi is so much company, it's hard to remember that he's a dog.

I've been meaning to let you know what a beautiful experience and what a beautiful addition to my life little Tobi has been. He still sticks close to me when he's awake, unless he's outside enjoying the out of doors, but if he can't see you when you disappear into another room, he looks you up, wherever you are. He is so much company, it's hard to remember that he's a dog. It's like having another person in the house. Please know Tobi and I, and I'm sure all the others Safe Place for Pets has helped, appreciate your good works for the rest of our lives.

**Tobi is an adorable bouncing bundle of happiness bichon/poodle mix that was adopted September 2015 by his loving mom. We adore getting updates on pets that have come through our program and wish Tobi and his mom a long and joyous life together!

Buster's note to SP4P

This is Buster, the bouncy dog, wanting to say thank you to Safe Place for Pets. I was really worried when my dad passed away and I didn't know where I would live or who would feed me or who would love me. I had to try out several families to find the perfect home who would accept me. I bounce up and down when I get super excited but I am a very sensitive and shy dog around people I don't know. Then I found Bruno and his family. Bruno taught me how to trust and love again. His family does a great job of taking care of me. Thank you Safe Place for Pets. You have helped me find a happy life again.

**Buster was brought into our program with his brother Buddy. Buddy was adopted and moved to NYC. This left Buster alone for a while. He was then adopted and moved out to the country with a small dog friend, who he got along famously with. However, his high energy level never waned and this lead his adopters to return him to us after several months. Finally, Buster found a wonderful new and forever home with his foster and family (which includes his best buddy Bruno).

Joy happy a year later!

I saw Joy's little photo in the Independent last February 25th, felt the pull, bought cat food and litter en route to SP4P (which I had never heard of before) and brought her home with me on first meeting. I am happy to report Joy, whose new name is Maya Joy, is doing great! She is very curious, playful, affectionate, happy, and healthy! She makes me laugh often with her antics (even at 4 or 5 years old). She still hides under things, like the rug, the quilt, the blankets, and my bedding (to sleep near me). Thank you for being her "safe place" transition to me!

Teryl

Phoebe loves her new home!

Phoebe is healthy and doing very well. I got her a nice cat tower that she plays on often, as well as many other toys. She's a perfect alarm clock in the morning, because she wakes me up with her meows (telling me she's hungry) around the time I need to get up for work! She has made my apartment her own fairly quickly; by week 2, she was used to everything in the apartment. She loves cuddling on my couch and by the fireplace.

Brian

Lucy Lou friendly with Willy!

Lucy Lou is doing great. She and Willy are "mostly" friends now, except when Lucy is getting some lovin' and Willy comes 'round.

Cindy

Visiting with Paka and Fritz

Our SP4P Placement Coordinator recently had the pleasure to visit with Paka (dog) and Fritz (cat), both adopted from SP4P in 2014. They have both settled in wonderfully with their adoptive parents and 2 brother dogs. Paka loves going outside and eating the snow. Fritz was very comfortable around all the pups and humans. He rules the roost!

Annie's Story

One night I was bored and was browsing the Petfinder cat section, not really thinking of adding to my already large family of other animals. I was just scrolling and at the end of the 2nd page, I saw Annie's picture and clicked on it. I read her bio and instantly fell in love with her and contacted Safe Place for Pets that afternoon to meet her.

The next day, I went to Safe Place for Pets to meet Annie. When I arrived, I knew instantly she is my cat. She was hanging out on top of the enclosures, not really intrigued by me, but when I got on the step ladder and started petting her, she started coming closer and warming up to me. Once she came down, she followed me around and we even played a little bit. I looked at the other cats as well, but Annie was very persistent of having my attention and wasn't pleased with my hanging out with the other cats.

A few days later, Annie was brought to my house. I filled out the paper work for her and then it dawned on me, I HAVE A CAT! I was so excited to get her a cat tree, bed, toys and food bowls. She hid in my bathroom sink and behind my fish tank for the first few days. Then, on the third day, she had a breakthrough. She followed me upstairs, went on my bed and slept with me all night. Ever since then, she sleeps with me all night, follows me around my house and we have daily play and enrichment sessions.

Oh by the way, she almost never stops purring! She has been the Puuuurrrrfect addition to my animal family!!

Ellen

Audrey's Story

Audrey is a lovely four and a half year old who has come out of her shell. It seems as though she knew her previous owner was ill and/or in pain. This caused her protective instinct to flourish. Audrey didn't tolerate anything that would upset her former owner (loud kids, dogs or other people). Audrey has begun to prove she is the wonderful companion we all knew she could be. She loves to play Frisbee and has taken to "rug surfing" as an alternate sport when she's bored or weather doesn't permit Frisbee. She is tolerating other dogs and adores her back yard. Oh, the space!!! She is another SP4P success story.

Boogie's Story

Boogie had already had his eye removed (due to glaucoma) when he came to Safe Place for Pets. His remaining eye requires drops daily to keep the glaucoma at bay. He was a single fella who had moved in with his mom's son and family. They had two small children, who he liked, especially the food they dropped. They also had a small dog who picked on Boogie. They fostered him as long as they could, and SP4P found 2 different fosters in our program to care for him. He exhibited anxiety issues with foster 1, and howled when she left. He went to the 2nd foster who got him on a routine and who had several other dogs. He learned in a short time that a schedule was good for him and not all dogs would pick on him. Then his forever family came along...

Hi Sandy and all my friends at Safe Place for Pets,
My mom said you wanted to know how I have been doing with my forever family. Well everything is still great! Me and my little brother have become best friends, and I have even made a good friend with a nice springer spaniel Nikki. In October I got to travel to Ohio and meet the rest of my human family, they all loved me and we had a lot of fun. When the weather is nice my Mommy and Daddy like to take me to the park so I can play fetch, but I still get nervous if there are a lot of other dogs around me. I have a few favorite toys but really I love anything that squeaks! My doctor says my health is still good and my eye with glaucoma is doing great! We are still working on my weight and this winter I lost 2lbs! Overall I am a very happy who dog who now has a great family. And I am really grateful to everyone who helped take care of me and helped me find my forever home. I hope you can help more pets find a great home like me.
Thank you all,
Love
Boogie