A Very Happy Ending for One Happy-Go-Lucky Pup!
Gunnar was part of our rehoming program for several months, which simply means that he remained with his original owners while we worked on finding him a home. He was brought up to Connecticut to be adopted by a different family, but it didn’t work out, so the people who brought him up ended up taking him back until we could find the perfect situation for him.
Gunnar lived with other dogs and loved everyone he met, but had some quirks that made it difficult for him to live in certain home environments, such as apartments or condos. He really needed a home where he could get tons of exercise, attention, and couch time, preferably one with a canine companion. But after a few potential homes didn’t pan out, we started to wonder if Gunnar’s perfect match would ever come along!
And then we met Emily, Russ, and their adorable fur-child, Mickey! They initially came to us interested in meeting a Mickey look-alike who was also part of our rehoming program, but we had the feeling that Gunnar would be the perfect fit and boy were we right! Though Emily and Russ loved Gunnar right off the bat, it became clear that it was a match made in heaven when Mickey and Gunnar hit it off during their first meeting. These two well-behaved boys spent the whole visit chasing each other, rolling around, and playing tag. We had no doubt that they would be the best of friends!
Though there were a few bumps in the road getting Gunnar home, followed by a few unexpected twists and turns after he moved in, Gunnar has truly become part of the pack and all three of his family members just adore him. He and Mickey spend their days frolicking about in their enormous fenced-in yard or taking their parents for a walk. Gunnar loves to people-watch from the front window and loves nothing more than snuggle time with his entire family on the couch. Though he is over 50 pounds, he has no clue that he shouldn’t just always be sitting on someone’s lap!
We often tell adopters to give pets a few months to settle in and warn them that those first few weeks and months can be a bit challenging, but it will all be worth it in the end. Gunnar is no exception and is in fact the perfect example of how important it is to keep an open mind and stay dedicated to a pet during the transitional period, but it sure seems to have paid off for the whole family – especially Gunnar and Mickey who are two peas in a pod!
A Very Special Adoption Update
Many, many years ago, a very scared cat by the name of Dillon came into our rehoming program looking to find a forever home! For those of you who don’t know what that means – our rehoming program is simply a way to help find pets homes without having them go into a shelter. We work with the original owners of animals to promote them for adoption and place them in forever homes and they (hopefully) avoid the shelter environment all together! Anyway – back to Dillon!
Dillon was placed in a home with small children, which just couldn’t work for this scaredy-cat. He was petrified of these miniature humans and though the family loved him and kept him for an entire year while we looked for a better fit, it just couldn’t work out. After a year, a lovely foster home came forward to take Dillon in. Though we no longer have a foster program, this worked out great for Dillon and he stayed there for nearly two years! At that point, we had space for this sweet boy at our Sanctuary and he moved in where he became our resident office cat.
Initially, Dillon seemed like a real tough guy. He was grumpy and spent much of his time around people swatting and hissing, but we soon learned that this behavior was simply Dillon’s way of showing us that he was scared of everything around him! With a lot of patience, understanding, treats, and love, Dillon aka Dilly aka Dill Pickle aka Grumpy Cat slowly but surely made many friends! He became quite the lap cat and though he still swatted and hissed from time to time, he was hiding the sweetest, most lovable kitty behind that tough exterior!
In 2016, we finally decided it was time to focus on finding this sweet guy the perfect home. We ramped up the effort to find him an adoptive home by launching our very first pet campaign entirely dedicated to Dillon! We posted weekly Instagram photos, boosted Facebook postings, and, using quotes from volunteers and staff members, wrote a blog all about our favorite little Dilly! We hoped that this extra attention might catch the perfect person’s eye and help us to find the right fit for this deserving kitty.
As luck would have it, a lovely young couple – Brittany and Tom – attended an adoption event looking to find their new best friend. They were open to ages, sizes, and personalities and were more focused on finding the right fit than anything else. After chatting with them for a bit, it became clear that these patient people might just be the perfect fit for our Dillon! They were so excited to meet the star of our campaign and after visiting no less than five times, which is just what this shy guy needed, they brought him home. We were all so thrilled, though nervous that things may not go as planned.
Fortunately for Dillon, Brittany and Tom were just as perfect as we had hoped. They patiently waited for Dilly to come around, which hardly took any time at all, and now nearly one year later, he has turned into the most perfect lap cat, companion, and family member. He adores his mom and dad and they are just as smitten with their fur child! Though it took him a bit longer to find the right family, everything worked out as it should have and this trio have created an adorable family unit where Dillon happily thrives getting all the love and attention he so deserves! We couldn’t be happier and are hopeful that our newest campaign for our sweet pup Hera is just as successful!
A recent email from Dillon’s adopters shows just how much they love him!
So Dillion has been doing amazing over the past couple of months. He has really made himself at home here, we joke all the time that this is Dillion's apartment that he lets us stay in. As soon as we brought him home he started warming up to us more and now he is so much more affectionate than we ever thought he would be. He is constantly head butting and licking our legs when he wants some attention and taking naps in our laps. Even when he isn't feeling like being petted and acts like he is too cool for us he is still following behind us like a shadow and making sure that he is near us. Some of his hobbies lately have included playing tag with us (where he will run around like crazy, comes up to you, jumps up and hugs your leg, and then runs away just as fast), sitting outside in his crate watching the birds, helping us make the bed (we have different versions of helping there), and lining his toys up in a straight line (possibly to appease the vacuum that he has to terms with over the past few months, we are still trying to figure that one out.) He is a complete goof ball and that's why we love him so much.
In January of 2015, the Sanctuary welcomed the happiest, most lively pup by the name of Kaylee. This little live wire lived in the pound for many months before coming to us and was in desperate need of training, exercise, and tons of love. It was quickly learned that this bundle of energy was not a fan of other dogs, required more patience, running, and walking than some other dogs, and had far too much energy for cats and kids. She wasn’t the easiest pup to place, but OC was confident that the right home would come around! Kaylee’s upbeat personality, social nature with people, and her cheerful disposition, everyone thought it would be no time before she found her forever family.
Fast forward a year and a half and sweet Kaylee was still waiting patiently for her perfect match. Though she was happy at the Sanctuary, she was desperately in need of a home where she was the only pet with people who could give her lots of attention and love. Just when we were running low on hope for finding Kaylee’s soul people, our first ever try at participating with Clear the Shelters came around. Clear the Shelters is an annual adoption event sponsored by NBC and though we are not a traditional shelter, we thought it was worth a shot to take part in the event for the publicity it would bring. Though we didn’t send home any pets the day of the event due to our adoption policies, it certainly paid off because a very special couple attended the event and fell hard for our very own Kaylee!
Now nearing the one year anniversary of her adoption, sweet Kaylee and her amazing parents are still loving their life together and from the pictures we’ve seen and updates we’ve received, we’re certain that this is indeed a successful adoption! Be sure to check out Clear the Shelters this year, August 19th, and follow along with NBC CT as they share success stories just like Kaylee’s in the months prior!
Adoption Update: Blast from the Past
Seven years ago, an adorable pair of kittens found their forever home – this month, we received the greatest update and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!
Theo (formerly Tubby) and Pixie (formerly Tallulah) are a gorgeous pair of kitties who originally came into Our Companions’ care 7 years ago – before the Sanctuary even existed! They were raised with their mom in an amazing foster home with one of our lovely volunteers, Andrea, who did an amazing job caring for these beautiful kitties. Andrea shared her story with us for this sweet update:
"It was September 28, 2009 and a friend of mine, Marlene, called me for help. She had found a newborn kitten unattended by its mother in the yard of the housing complex off Albany Avenue in Hartford. Never having dealt with
an orphaned kitten before, I immediately contacted Stephanie (from O.C.) and together we headed to Hartford.
Knowing that the chances of a day old kitten making it without its mother were slim to none, Stephanie encouraged Marlene to put the kitten back where she found it in hopes that the mother would return. As we were walking outside to put the kitten back, t he mother cat appeared and came running. She was so happy to see her baby and us that she rolled over the ground, rubbing her face on the concrete. She immediately took to nursing the kitten.
"We knew that we couldn’t just leave them where they were, boxed the stray mother and her kitten up and headed to the vet. It’s there that we were told that there was another kitten in her belly. I ended up bringing both of them back to my house and building her a quiet, warm space in the shower of one of the bathrooms. Momma cat, now named Libby, was as kind and loving as they come and was totally trusting with me around her new kitten, who we named Tubby. It was two more days until Tallulah arrived, born at 6:10 pm on 9/30/09. The next few weeks were the most amazing weeks of my life. Watching them grow and bonding with them made me proud; I wondered how I would ever give them up when the time came.
"Kitten applications came pouring in and I shared their information, along with 3 other kitten pairs to Brenda, a potential adopter. The rest is history and the kittens went to the most perfect home on Friday, 11/27/09 at 11 am.
"Tullulah, now Pixie, and Tubby, now Theo, have been living happily with their family for many years now! Their adopter, Brenda, stumbled into one of our employees at a meeting and struck up a conversation about her amazing and very loved kitties whom she adopted from O.C. years prior. Brenda showed off some photos and we knew we needed to share them to showcase how great these adorable kitties are doing in their forever home! We were so thrilled to get this amazing update and are happy to report a very, very happy ending for these deserving cats.
Read Brenda’s email to us below and check out their adorable photos! Theo (the white cat) is very dog-like. They both greet people at the door and are very social, but Theo is extraordinary. He wags his tail when he’s happy, and loves to get all “in your face”. They are both lap cats, but Theo loves to really stretch his arms out in a hug. Pixie, no disrespect intended, isn’t as bright as Theo. She is a little clumsy (no ear infections – just not your typical graceful cat!), and always makes us laugh with her antics. They get along for the most part, but also enjoy a little scuffle now and then. Theo enjoys creeping up on Pixie while she sleeps, and then laying right on top of her. Sometimes Pixie lets him, other times it’s a quick swipe and a hiss that gets him off her! Typical siblings."