Adoption Stories


Jonah and Moses

I wanted to let you know how thrilled we are with adopting 2 kittens recently. Ellen was so much help! We did rename them ... Soy is Jonah and Almond is Moses. I've attached pictures of them in their happy new home. 



I am sending you an update on behalf of my parents, the proud adopted family of Missy who they adopted on Friday March 27, 2020.

What a weird time? In so many ways the weird and wonderful go together!

For my parents, 2020 started off with uncertainty. Normally they would have been in Arizona as 'snow birds' however due to a hospitalization in the new year their plans were cancelled. The decision was made early in the new year to 'winter in llinois', and besides, "the grandchildren are here" and least that was a 'saving grace'. Well then here comes life throwing a curve ball, COVID19...and limited access to family and grandchildren.

What is a couple to do? Adopt a dog!

My Mom had been talking about getting a dog when 'we stop traveling', for companionship, 'an extra set of ears' and a walking partner. On Friday March 27 my Mom asked for help with filling an application on line at HHS. We completed the application, HHS called, a face to face was set up that same day at 5pm, and Missy went to her forever home before 7pm that same day. WOW!

Besides meeting all the criteria as above, Missy has provided a much needed break in the conversation. Calls to my parents are focused on her silly antics rather than the monotony of COVID19 updates and reports. Reports of Missy's playful personality have been emerging over the last several weeks. She is becoming more familiar with her new home and loving life.

Their granddaughter (2019 HHS camp participant), created this iMovie to share with the staff. A special thanks to Adrian, our counselor the day of the adoption.



Olive (formerly Tori) seems very happy at her new home and has settled in great! Because she's a smart girl, she was house broken from day 1. She is still her sweet and goofy self, and can seamlessly transition from a cuddle pup to major zoomies in milliseconds. She still refuses to accept that she is in fact a 60 lb pitbull. This is most apparent when she decides she wants to curl up in your lap, but does this from a leap while seated facing away from you on the floor in a way I've seen several times and still cannot comprehend. 

Olive's favorite things are cuddling with mom, playing rough with Dad, going on long walks or to the dog park, playing with her stuffed dragon, and peanut butter filled Kongs.



I wanted to give an you an update on Myrtle (who was known as Swirls while at Hinsdale Humane Society).

Myrtle was surrendered after being a backyard breeder dog with numerous health issues. She was heart worm positive, badly in need of dental care, and had a polyp growing in one of her badly cropped ears.

She finished her heart worm treatments in May of 2019 and was given the go ahead for having dental work done. She ended up having 15 teeth removed in that procedure.

Fast forward to now and she loves everything about life! She loves to play at daycare with her dog friends (puppies and small dogs are her favorite because she gets to act like a mama dog to them) but equally loves her numerous beds around the house. She’s a goofball and does anything for socks or ice cubes.

I want to thank Hinsdale Humane Society for bringing us together. Myrtle Moo the Land Seal is loving life and I’m thankful that HHS helped bring her into my life.


Meowy Poppins

Just wanted to tell you that this great cat I adopted yesterday is LOVELY and loving it here at my home in Burr Ridge! She is wonderful and loving and fabulous!!



This is one GREAT dog. Three days of adjustment, and he totally took our hearts. Very affectionate, COMPLETELY house-trained, and crate-trained. A soft chewer, in addition to toys, he has a fondness for the fringe of our Oriental rug. All crate time is voluntary, except when we leave the house. We're going to start him not crated alone soon

Thank you so much for being there for these wonderful, sentient beings.

Adrian was an excellent counselor, very professional and engaged with the dogs. The process was very smooth.


Milo & Jack

I’m sure you are missing these two lovelies! I know it sounds silly, but I can hardly imagine life without these two gems, so I can just imagine how much you miss them. The adjustment has gone pretty good. They have their own room right now while they’re getting comfortable. Milo did hide a bit at first, but then on Tuesday night he came out for a little bit. On Wednesday morning, he was hiding behind the oriental rug hanging on the wall. He’s got good taste! Now he’s taken up residence in the room on the condo…even when Jack is trying to be in there. Jack is doing great, as you’d imagine. Even that first night he hopped on my lap which of course made me feel like a million bucks. He gets so excited at about 10 p.m. They’ve finally both started eating. At first Milo didn’t appear to be eating, but now he is. I have to keep Jack from eating both portions of wet food! They’re both using the litter box, but they are making a mess of the litter! I may have put too much litter so they’re digging more than they need to. I also might switch to the pellets made out of newspaper. Finally, it might be that the box is too small even though it is pretty big!

So, basically, I’m in love and I think the boys are settling into their new home. I’m going to introduce them to more of the house. I’ve made sure it is safe and ready for them! 

Thank you for taking such good care of these beautiful cats! And thank you for entrusting them to me!



Omega is doing very well. She has adjusted very quickly and is enjoying her new forever home.



Just wanted to let you know Hope is doing well. She is a lap dog. All 50 lbs of her just jumps into your lap and she just stays there. She also loves to sprawl on all furniture. Today she starts much needed leash training with a trainer!



We are in LOVE with Batman (now known as Odell (aka Odie!)!! He fit right in immediately to our very large, loud family!! Getting tons of walks and love!! We were so impressed with Hinsdale Humane Society. Every last person we spoke to was helpful, friendly and informative. Our counselor Adrian was so nice to work with! Thanks for an all around great adoption experience!!

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