Noel was adopted by Jenn, our volunteer and her husband Sam. They recently lost one of their dogs and when Jenn first saw Noel she was anxious to have her husband stop by the shelter and meet her. They brought their dog to do a meet and greet with Noel and all went well. So, our sweet Noel has spent her first Christmas with her new family. Noel, who is now, Lilly is pictured with Jenn and her stepdaughter.
Comet, who is now known as Jaxson has been adopted by a wonderful women who has only lived in Florida for six months. However, she is planning on visiting family and friends and has already purchased a carrier for Comet/Jaxson so she can take him on the airplane with her. Comet now lives in a very dog friendly community in Bradenton.
Our little Christmas “Cookie” (now named Lucy) found an amazing home this holiday season. When Niccole first saw Lucy, she fell in love and felt that Lucy would make an excellent addition to their family. Her husband and son adore Lucy… and shy Kiki has a wonderful new sister to sleep and play with. One picture shows the two pups tired from all the holiday celebrations! Lucy has the most wonderful life filled with love and fun. All our love to Lucy and her new family!
We knew Gracie was a princess when we first met her and sure enough, Gracie is now one of the most spoiled dogs in Sarasota. At least that is what her new dad, Raymond tells us! Raymond had German Shepards all of his life but thought he would like more of a lap dog now. Lapdog? Well our Gracie totally fit the bill! They were destined to find each other!
One of our amazing volunteers decided to work a few hours on New Years Eve and we are SOOOO happy that she did! Two of our “long term” kitties – Josie and Jasper closed our 2016 with a trip to their forever home – TOGETHER!!!
This adorable couple stopped in and went in to meet our sweet kitties. Two cat carriers came out and Josie and Jasper hopped right in! (…We suspect they learned the “2 cats are better than 1 routine” from Crinkle and Robin a few weeks back…). So off they went to a new home just in time to ring in 2017! Hugs and kisses to these two and their new Mom and Dad! XOXO… And thank you Chris for being there yesterday to make this match!!
What a wonderful day is today. Our prayers have been answered. Both Crinkle & Robin were adopted today & went to the same house. The house consists of 6 rooms & a lanai!!! Watch out anoles, here they come…….! Fun, fun, fun. Both of these cats have been at the shelter since May 2015!!!!!! I never thought they’d find a furever home, but today they did! What a wonderful Christmas for these two cats & for all of us. Thank you Wendy & we wish you the very merriest of Christmas!!
Our little rascal Toby got his fur-ever home today! Jeff saw Toby’s picture on our website and couldn’t get over that adorable face so he came in to see him. That sealed the deal but Jeff had to wait patiently for Toby to get rid of his kennel cough. He even came to visit him. We wish Toby and Jeff much happiness!
Our very handsome Smokey Joe was adopted on Saturday by a very nice couple. The minute his new Mom picked him up for the picture, he started to purr like crazy & just stayed in her arms.
Shadow has been adopted by Roger and his wife, Sam. Roger saw Shadow at Putts for Mutts and sent a picture to Sam. They both fell in love with him and were anxious to introduce him too their dachshund, Dachs, who is 14 years old. The two dogs got along quite well despite the difference in their ages. Shadow now lives with his new family in Palmer Ranch with a beautiful, pool and lanai.
The Higgins’ have had a number of dogs over the years and recently added Oliver to their pack. Now living in North Port, Oliver has a new brother and sister who were very anxious to meet him. Oliver was so content with his new family and will love his fenced yard and new play mates.
Our most handsome Charlie was the star of Putts Fore Mutts in early November. He rode along in the golf cart and got pictures with all of the golfers. He was such a good boy. Then he came to the dinner and was spotted by Kathleen, who was involved in the co-event, Racquets for Rescues. She was so impressed with Charlie. Even though the timing wasn’t great for them, she brought her husband John in to meet Charlie. We did a successful meet and greet with their other pups – two older Lhasa Apsos and their wonderful large dog, Yogi. Charlie got his first view of his new, incredible home on 6.5 acres – 3 of which are defined with an electric fence and the equivalent of a dog wonderland. There is so much for a large, playful dog to love. He also has a human brother that comes to visit. He loves his new family. They invested in a rapid training effort to ensure that Charlie could integrate successfully into the family and their environment , like a new family of ducks in one of their many ponds, and learn the electric fence parameters. He and his new family have done fantastic. This is truly a happily ever after. Let’s wish them all the very best.
Brantley (now named Cafe’) has a wonderful new forever home. Café means coffee in Costa Rica, which is a perfect name given his coloring. 12 year old Marissa loves dogs and finally has one to call her very own. They came in to see Brantley and Marissa fell in love. This is the first dog for the family, so it’s a fun new adventure. Cafe’ is doing great. He spent his first night sleeping with Marissa and is just so happy. Let’s wish Cafe’ and his beautiful family all the best.
Our fun loving handsome boy has found the perfect home for him. Heather decided that this was the time to adopt a dog. She has a cat, but she really wanted a pup too. Frankie (now Dobby) was the pup for her. It really is perfect. Heather has a new townhome with a huge green space right outside the front door and lots of great walking space. Dobby also has lots of windows to look out of to watch the world go by. When we got to his new home, his Mom started to bring out the new toys. He was beside himself. He took each one into the living room and started piling them up. Frankie/Dobby is just so incredibly happy! Oh – and note the Bowtie! Dobby can choose from a red bowtie or striped tie. Bottom line – I don’t think that Dobby will have a single need unmet! Let’s wish them all the very best – with tons of love and fun.
Phelps had to be returned because of a family situation. But it didn’t take long and we had three applications for him. He is now living in a condo with Inez and David but will be moving to their new home next week. Inez is home most of the time so Phelps won’t be alone often and will be getting all the love and care he deserves. they will probably rename him but didn’t have a name in mind when they picked him up at the shelter.
Our lovely Priscilla was adopted yesterday by a wonderful couple. She has a brand new pink bed, pink toys & a wonderful home!
Everyone’s favorite hound, Maddie, has found a new home with Marie, who is the Mother of our early morning volunteer, Julia. Maddie has three new cousins as Julia and her husband, Robert, have three dogs. One who is a graduate of HSLWR. We did the meet & greet at their home because Marie enjoys spending time at her daughter’s home and wanted to be comfortable that Maddie would fit in with the packEveryone’s favorite hound, Maddie, has found a new home with Marie, who is the Mother of our early morning volunteer, Julia.. Maddie now has a fenced in yard at both homes. I know Marie was anxious to start pampering Maddie, who keeps her name!
Sydney adopted Donald and Julie at Adopt-a-palooza. They have a very old Chihuahua, a cat and we can’t forget the two fish aquariums. Donald is confined to a wheelchair and I am told Sydney sat on his lap for almost an hour at Adopt-a-palooza. Julie and Donald are a delightful couple and Sydney now has a very large fenced yard and family that will be with her almost all of the time.
Sweetest little Katie made her debut at the Adopt-a-Palooza on Saturday. Marie moved from MA to Venice this Spring, with her beloved dog Penny and her 12 year old cat. Unfortunately, Penny had an illness and has recently passed. Marie had her new home, kitty, and life in Florida, but she missed having a puppy in her life. She has adopted multiple dogs and cats throughout her life. Marie contacted us to discuss possible pups and came to the event on Saturday. She saw Katie absolutely fell in love with her. Katie now has a beautiful forever home and loving Mom. Wishing them all the best.
Cash was adopted today & he’ll have a big sister to play with, I hope. Congratulations Cash, enjoy your new life & I know you’ll be loved!
Rainy was adopted almost immediately when she was released from isolation. Lalanya works for a company that is located near the shelter. She had seen Rainy being walked and inquired about her. It must have been destiny because Lori told me she had released Rainy and that very noon, Lalanya, her daughter and a friend came to the shelter just to see the dogs. When I told her Rainy was available for adoption, she spent time with her and filled out the adoption application. Rainy now lives with Lalanya and her family with a lovely lanai and fenced yard. She also has a big brother, Beau, who visits frequently with Mariah, Lalayna’ daughter. Beau, who outweighs Rainy by quite a few pounds, and Rainy run and play together until they are both exhausted. Lalanya works in the medical field and would like to train Rainy to be a service dog. Rainy also will be going to work with her on a regular basis.
Carrie came to the HSLWR on Sunday and spent a great deal of time meeting all of our dogs. But it was Clancy that won her heart. Carrie has been looking for a dog for a long time and felt she would experience a connection with the right one. So, Clancy has a new home in downtown Sarasota in a apartment complex that is very dog friendly. Carrie works from home so he will have the attention and love he deserves! Happy Fourth of July to Clancy and Carrie!
Our handsome, sweet boy Berry was adopted by Delores and Joe Valari. Delores saw a picture of Berry in the paper on Saturday morning and knew she had to come meet him. She knew where we were located as their family previously adopted two cats from us about 4yrs ago. They were the last two cats of a litter of five ( called the Jackson Five ha ha!!).
Delores also baby sits for her daughter’s two dogs ( shown in the picture ) so we had to make sure Berry got along with them too. He now has a big extended family to keep him company!! So happy for Berry who now will be called Bailey.
This adoption was very fulfilling in many ways–not only did Berry get a great home but it’s awesome to know the paper is helping to get our pups adopted! And this was their second adoption from us–nice to know that people came back to our shelter for another animal….
Cute little Stormy was adopted by one of our volunteers, Julie Greenough and her family. Julie and her husband have two other dogs, George, a golden and Brie and beagle. They all got along great with Stormy and she sure needed some one to play with!! She found a tennis ball first thing as she came into their home and you could tell she fit right in!! Now their trio is complete, one large, one medium and one small. So happy for the Greenough’s and Stormy who now will be called Bella.
Sweet Tyler (now named Porter) has a wonderful new home with Dean & Don – and their cat….which Tyler wants to play with and the cat is still deciding the ground rules. Dean & Don lost their previous dog of 14 to cancer a year ago. There are pictures and mementos of their lost dog around their home. This was obviously a very loved member of their family. Having recently moving to Florida and purchasing a home, they decided that it was time to get a new pup. After seeing and playing with Tyler, they knew that he was the right dog for them. Dean works from home, so Tyler will never have to be alone. Tyler is a very lucky little guy to become a member of this loving home. We wish them all the very best!
Leasha and her husband came into the shelter looking for a small dog. They fell in love with Tina–(of course we all did) and they immediately wanted to adopt her. They live in Canada and have three other dogs- Duke, Tiko, and Sidney. They shared pictures of their dogs with Chris Legge and both she and I agreed they were great people. They even brought their mother and father along to share in the adoption process.
So Saturday Tina was off for her first plane ride to Canada!!! Leasha has promised to send pictures of all the dogs together–can’t wait to see the whole group. Duke is 21 years old so they must take good care of their pets.
Our “come-back kid”, Copper has been adopted by a young couple who saw her on the internet. They lost one of their dogs a few months ago. Jasmine, the 10 year old spaniel was very depressed after losing her friend. So we arranged a meet and greet and the two almost seemed disinterested each other. Janice and her husband were so anxious to get Copper, they drove two cars for the meet and greet. After so much abuse and neglect, Copper has made a great recovery and has found her new loving home. Thanks to everyone who assisted Lori in making Copper’s recovery possible.
Our fourth adoption of this week is Clancy. Dylan and Jenny decided they would like to start looking for a small dog. Dylan works across the street from the shelter so they stopped by last Sunday. They met Clancy and Jenny said she did not expect to fall in love with the first dog they met. They took an application and said they wanted to think about adopting Clancy. By Tuesday, they were sure Clancy was for them. Barbara is a medical assistant and has 3 day weekends so Clancy will have very little alone time.
What a great week for adoptions!! Here is Toti with her adopter, Barbara. Barbara and her family lost their dog of 16 years in October of 2014. Barbara’s father became ill and they decided to not adopt at that time. Fortunately he has recovered and they decided it was time for another dog in their family. Barbara and her Mother came to meet Toti and decided she was the one. Barbara had bought a pink collar, harness and leash, all designed by Martha Stewart. Toti is now Annabella and has a matching pink identification tag.
Kelly was very popular after having her picture in the paper and found the perfect fur-ever home with the Radcliffe family!! They came to our shelter and fell in love with her. They have another dog, Mason, and after a Sunday meet and greet we all new it would be a good fit. The Radcliffe’s have a son and Kelly was particularly taken with him–he was waiting for Kelly’s arrival and couldn’t wait to watch a movie with her. Kelly’s new name will be Molly.
Irish was adopted this past Wednesday to a wonderful couple. They use to have a cat (passed away), a Manx, that would walk on a leash & travel with them everywhere they went. Picture this, a cat on a leash walking through an airport, (just like a dog)! I wonder if they’ll train Irish to do the same! We wish him the best.
Yesterday was a very happy day for Gizmo and all of us that fell in love with him! Gizmo got to go to his new family in Port Charlotte. Kristen, Jonathan & their sweet daughter wanted a pup to join their little family. They had to be careful about allergies for their daughter. After a couple visits and lots of playing with Gizmo, there was love all around and NO red eyes or allergic reaction. When Gizmo entered his new home, he immediately went into the kennel to claim it, rolled around in his new bed, checked out the rest of the house and found his forever home. He was so calm…it’s like he lived there already. After months of dealing with the difficult heartworm treatment & years of previous neglect, he can now celebrate being part of a beautiful, loving family. Let’s wish them all the best.
Another adoption story with a happy ending!!
Ted, Amy and there 2 boys came in and fell in love with Doodle! There small dog had passed away and they were looking for another dog as a companion to their lab Zoe. Cindy arranged a meet and greet with them and after a little coaxing they became fast friends!!
At their house yesterday it was non-stop action as they raced around the house and backyard. Once Doodle’s feet hit the ground they never stopped!!! Doodle couldn’t have found a better home.
As we were leaving Zoe was trying to coax Doodle into the pool– such a cute picture!!
This beautiful little girl has found the perfect forever home. Not only do you melt into her unique eyes (that just happen to be the same color as her new Mom’s) , but her sweet disposition made her the perfect dog for Phil & Donna. They recently lost their beloved pup of 18 years and wanted to adopt a new baby to fill the void in their home and hearts. Georgia (now named Lily Georgia) found comfort in their arms and loved prancing on a short jog with Donna. She arrived at her new home with 2 new beds, bowls, toys and absolutely everything a little pup needs – all in pink and purple. Donna thinks she is such a feminine little pup.
Adorable Emmy has found her furever home with Marta!! Marta’s friend Mary, a volunteer at the shelter, suggested she come by and see us since her previous dog had passed away. They came to the Celebration of Pets and Marta fell in love with Emmy. Marta was so ready for Emmy with food bowls, toys, treats and a blanket. They are so sweet together!!
Little Carson loves hugs and Courtney is looking forward to giving him a lifetime of love. Our wonderful volunteer, Beverly, brought her daughter in to meet Carson and it was an immediate connection. Courtney just lost her 16 year old pup last month, after a long illness. Her sadness is now replaced with the absolute joy of Carson. We finished the adoption and off to Miami they went, where Carson will now call his home. He will have a great forever home with Courtney.
Congrats to Ellie, she was adopted today by one of our dog volunteers. Ellie is one of the most beautiful cats I’ve ever seen to date. I know she’ll have a wonderful home with Sarah. Wishing you all the best Ellie in your “furever” home.
Candy was adopted today by Michael. She now has a big fenced in yard out in the country and a big sister Blacky who is 12yrs old. They were very sweet with one another and there was a lot of sniffing going on! Hoorah for Candy!
After a long time, , “Journey” finally got adopted today by a very nice girl & her boyfriend. He will be renamed “Symba”. They already have a 14 year old cat hopefully to play with. Wishing you all the best “Journey” in the New Year & always! We’ll miss you!
Sweetest little Krissy has a wonderful new home and fun future adventures with Barry. Barry lost his dog a number of years ago and missed having a dog in his life. He stopped by to see our pups and saw Krissy being walked, before she was available. He knew immediately that she was the pup for him. He waited until she was available and came to formally meet her this week and complete an application.
Krissy now lives in a 4th floor condo, where she has a beautiful view of lakes, a golf course and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Barry recently bought an RV for traveling. He noticed a little drawer on the floor. When opening it, he found dog bowls and a light. It was an omen that this was the right time to adopt. Barry appreciates what the HSLWR does to save dogs & cats. He gave us a generous donation, in addition to Krissy’s adoption fee. The note on the check said it all “For my Baby Girl”.
Congratulations to Travis! Our long-timer has found a home with a very patient and calm lady from Pennsylvania. Nancy and a friend came to the shelter from Arcadia, but the dogs were all at the Canine Christmas event. She thought she should use the restroom before starting back to Arcadia and just as she was getting ready to leave Travis and the others were returning from the event. Nancy saw Travis and after meeting him she knew he was the one for her. So a quick trip to the restroom provided an opportunity for Travis to be adopted. He will be wintering in Florida and will be driving to Pennsylvania for the summer. Timing is everything!!
Winnie was so scared when she first came to the shelter. In just a few short weeks, she is now happily living with the absolute sweetest couple, Jeff & Savannah. Jeff & Savannah saw Winnie on-line and came in the shelter yesterday to meet her. They were so excited to have her join their lives and hoped they would get to adopt her. They went out last night and bought everything that Winnie could possibly need, including some cute toys & a chew toy. They noticed that Winnie liked to chew, realizing that she’s only 10 months old. It didn’t take long before Winnie started spreading around the kisses to Jeff . It was so cute. She’s a very lucky little puppy and will have a great life.
Remy got to celebrate National Dog Day by finding the perfect forever home with Judy & Bob. Judy & Bob found us at the Adopt-a-Palazzo event, by completing an application on one of our other pups. Unfortunately for them, that pup already had another application that worked out. Although disappointed, Judy asked us to keep an eye out for a sweet, cuddly, smaller dog. As soon as Remy became available and we got to see him with lots of people at an event, we knew that he would be the perfect dog for them. They came in to meet Remy and it was absolutely LOVE at first sight. They already had 2 beds – lots of toys – bowls – and anything else he could need. This is truly the best home for Remy. Let’s celebrate his new forever life.
Milo has become a member of the most wonderful family. Jenny & Jim came to the Adoption Event on Saturday to find a sweet dog to join their family in Lakeland. Milo caught their eye and it was love from that moment forward. They spent a lot of time playing and holding Milo and they decided that he was perfect. Milo will be part of a family with 3 children and Grandma…who will be home with Milo all day. Jenny & their youngest daughter came down to complete the adoption. These fashionista’s came in with a really neat leash & collar for him. He will have a lifetime of love and fun, running around a large home and playing in a large fenced yard. What a lucky little guy. We’ve all loved him and wish him the life he so deserves.
Rosie has found the most perfect forever home with Leslie & Bernie. Rosie is a very happy, joyful dog and has been loved by many – now including her new Mom & Dad. Leslie and Bernie have always had dogs and recently lost their beloved dog. Their home felt empty, so they came into our shelter and Rosie captured their hearts. When we came to Rosie‘s new home and opened the door, she ran to Leslie. It’s like she knew this was where she belonged. She quickly checked out each room, found her water…and then found the basket of toys. She was in her element, playing with all her new toys. Rosie showed off her training and they were very impressed. She’s going to have a lot of new adventures, traveling with them in their RV.
Sweet little Ivy found her forever home with a wonderful woman, Marybeth, a few weeks ago. Marybeth saw Ivy in the newspaper and came to meet her at the shelter. She and her son fell in love with Ivy. Ivy is so happy living in her new home and the love they have for each other is unbelievable. They go for walks and Ivy has lots of toys she’s enjoying. She now has all the love and affection she deserves.
Sweet Emma went from being abandoned to finding the most wonderful forever home with Laura. Laura lost her pup a while ago and was looking for a new dog. She came into the shelter and had a special connection with Emma. Emma now has a large fenced yard to run around in and she gets to go on lots of long walks. Laura mentioned that she’s a little like a teenager now, but is adjusting well and just wants to please. Here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness for Emma.
After one year & two months living at our shelter, Cali was finally adopted today by a wonderful family. At first they were undecided if they wanted a kitten or Cali. The son, who is 13, decided kittens always get adopted but not necessary older cats, so lets take Cali! Cali went in to the cat carrier with no problem, I think she knew she was finally going to her forever home! Way to go Cali, we’re so happy for you!
Shamus is one very lucky little guy! Cindy & Ronnie are good friends of our volunteer, Stephanie. They recently lost one of their pups and Bell was lonesome. Cindy came in to find a new addition to their wonderful family of 2 horses, 2 cats – and now 2 dogs. Apparently this was Shamus‘ first experience with cats. After a little sniff test, all seemed to be fine. Bell and Shamus get along great. They have a huge fenced area to run and play their hearts out – and they did… It was so rewarding to watch. Shamus will have a lifetime of love and fun in his new forever home.
Venice, FL and the entire United States is Daphne‘s new home. Her wonderful adopters, Kent and Jona, have an RV and travel during the summer months to visit family and present their ministry at churches around the country. Daphne has a special seat so she can look out the window and see more of the U. S. than many dogs (and humans).
They were so excited to have Daphne and Jona would hardly let her off her lap. They bought a new bed for Daphne and it has a canopy covering half of the bed. It didn’t take her long to make herself at home both inside and outside the doggie bed.
Cheryl visited the shelter with three dogs in mind that she had seen on our website. After meeting Barry it was clear he would be the one. Cheryl is a Nurse Case Manager and works from home. She was interested in a lap dog, and Barry demonstrated his interest in sitting next to Cheryl when she was at the shelter.
Once he arrived at his wonderful new home in Palma Sola, he explored and sniffed while we completed the paperwork. At one point he jumped up on the dining room chair and sat under the table for a better view of his new home. When we were leaving, he started running around the house realizing he could now stretch his legs and play throughout the entire house.
Niles’s new home is in Venice and he now resides with an active retiree, Dorothy. Dorothy has a regular walking schedule first thing in the morning and Niles will be accompanying her. On Sunday morning, Dorothy was waiting at the shelter when we opened. After meeting several dogs she and Niles seemed to bond and that was it! Niles made himself at home immediately and calmly sat next to Dorothy while we completed the contract and related paperwork.
Dorothy appreciated all the information and time we spent introducing her to Niles. She has visited other shelters and thought ours was exceptional! Thanks Dorothy!