Adoption Stories

Scooby

Scooby

I recently adopted Scooby from you and I wanted to send a quick update because of how elated I am! He and Mozart (my other pup) have been playing, licking, and cuddling nonstop! They have both been whining because I am keeping them separate for a bit because of Scooby's surgery. Anyway, Scooby is such a delightful, happy pup and I can't stress how glad I am that his personality (charming with a hint a crazy) grooves so well with Mozart's. In fact, as I speak, Scooby is cleaning Mozart's ear! 

They are two very happy and TIRED dogs together! Thank you so much for all your help and I hope to visit with my two guys soon!

Harry-leo

Harry & Leo

I just thought you might want to hear how Harry and Leo doing. They are adjusting nicely. They are really nice cats. Thank you so much!

Petey

Petey

I have to tell you how much we love Petey. It's hard to believe it's been three years already! His spunky personality matches that of our daughter. Two peas in a pod. Thank you for this cutey pie!

Queenie2

Queenie

This is Queenie's new mom and I wanted to let everyone know that Queenie did very well her first night with us. She is eating, drinking and using her cat box just fine. She slept like a queen and it turns out she is a big fan of sheepskin. She freely hops up on the furniture but not counters, tables, sinks, etc. 

We can tell she's happy to be back in a home and doesn't seem to be bothered by the dishwasher, garbage disposal or any other household noises. We found that Queenie prefers ceramic food and water dishes over plastic (can't blame her) and she doesn't seem to mind the tacky polka dotted collar with a bell that my kid picked out for her (I will more than likely remove that bell...) I think Queenie will be very happy with us :)

Ellie

Ellie

Ellie is now 1 year old. An amazing kitty and now bigger than her 8 year old brother, Bailey.

Lily

Lily

Lily is such a dream! She still has a lot of puppy in her, but she is such a lovey! Thank you for helping make our family complete!!  

Watson

Watson

Just wanted to let you know that Watson (previously known as Cookies and Cream) is adjusting well to his new home. He's our 3rd HHS adoptee; we took 5 months to heal after our 18 1/2 yr. old black tabby passed away and are so glad we decided to adopt this youngster. He has energy to burn but loves his naps too! Now we can't imagine not having him here! Thanks for bringing us together.

Bebe

Bebe

Bebe is so snuggly and realizes that living in a warm house is better than living in the cold! I saw Bebe and our dog Ruby touch noses! They like to cuddle and are very curious of one another. 

Molly-now

Molly

I had been trying to get “clearance from the tower”” to adopt a dog for the past 15 years, but my wife hesitated because I travel quite a bit for my work. Hence the reason that my wife thought she’d be stuck taking care of a dog while I’m not home. My wife was never a big fan of having a dog for that reason, and having grown up with a dog that she was not really attached to, she really didn’t want the responsibility of caring for one.
 
On Christmas Day 2014, my wife gave me a Christmas card in which she wrote “Life is too short.  Let’s get a dog.” This was THE best Christmas present I could have ever dreamed I could receive. Of course, knowing that I had to move quickly before she changed her mind (!), I began the hunt for a female schnauzer to adopt! I am very familiar with the breed due to the fact that my sister-in-law and her family have a female schnauzer that we fell in love with, and would take care of the dog when their family went out of town. 
 
I looked for months scouring different adoption websites for schnauzers. I remembered that my father had adopted my family dog from Hinsdale Humane Society back in 1974, so I went to the website and to my utter amazement, there was “a new arrival” at the shelter that was too new to even post a picture, and it was a female schnauzer! At this point, I asked my older son to simply get in my car and take a drive with me to the shelter to look at the dog. I had already filled out the adoption application prior to our visit, so if the dog was available I was going to adopt her that day! On May 15, 2015, we brought her home!
 
We arrived at the shelter and was introduced to a female schnauzer who went by the name of “Vickie”. According to your records, she had been rescued from a high-kill shelter in Missouri, and had been at the Hinsdale shelter only for a brief period of time. She had been completely shaved down due to her hair being matted, but was in good health. My son and I walked to the kennel where “Vickie” was, and I sat across from her and just locked eyes on her. She appeared nervous and then decided to get off her little cot that she was laying on and began to stare at me. Her ears and tail were cropped, but I saw this tiny little nub of a tail start to move frantically! My son and I met with “Vickie” in a private room and was offered the opportunity to take her for a walk. We ended up taking her out for a short ‘get to know you’ walk and immediately fell in love with her! She let me pick her up and we walked back inside and made the decision to bring her home that day. 
 
Fast forward to today, almost two years to the day that we adopted her. Her name was changed to Molly (because she simply looked like a Molly to us!), and since joining our family in 2015 she has taken on several different nicknames! She is the most loving dog that any family would love to have. Sure, it took her some time to get used to us, and despite a few accidents in the house (to be expected), she adapted well to our family. Within a week, she decided to make herself comfortable on my easy chair in the family room, and would wait for me in it until I came up from my basement office at the end of the day. When she finally figured out that I worked in my basement, she would often stay underneath my desk in a small dog bed that I purchased just for her. Wherever I go in the house, she is close behind! From the day we locked eyes on each other, she knew that my family and home would be her forever home.
 
Molly is truly a wonderful permanent addition to our family, and I wanted to share this with you to thank you for taking this little girl from Missouri and bringing her to Hinsdale so we could adopt her into our family. She is so loved by all four of my boys, and guess who else? MY WIFE can’t get enough of her! The person who didn’t like growing up with a dog as a child now has a new best friend! My wife has developed a special “girl” bond with Molly! My oldest son Andrew moved out of our home locally about 7 months ago, and stops over quite often (for dinner!) mainly to see Molly. My second oldest is still in college but lives at home with us, and starts his day by getting out of bed early to hang with Molly in the morning. My third oldest boy is away at Illinois State University as a freshman and frequently calls home to Face Time Molly to see and talk to her. My youngest son Thomas absolutely loves Molly to death. Well, you already know my wife has a special bond, but to show you how strong that bond is, toward the end of dinner each night Molly makes her way over to my wife’s arms and loves being held at the dinner table. Every night! Without exception!
 
I have included pictures of Molly (formerly Vickie), the first one being the very first few hours we had her home, as well as one that was taken recently. Please share this email with your staff and thank the countless volunteers that work hard to help place dogs in a loving home. I just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for rescuing her in order for us to provide her with her forever home! 

Leox185

Leo

Just wanted to say THANK YOU! My girlfriend Ann Marie and I  picked Leo up a few weeks ago and could not be happier. He is a wonderful dog. Everyone was very helpful through the adoption process.

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