Adoption Stories


Tippy & Shadow

Shadow and her baby girl Tippy were living in the rural south and were out exploring when Tippy (only 6-weeks old at the time) got stuck in landscape netting. She couldn't move and Shadow couldn't free her on her own.

Shadow ran to find help. She found a man nearby doing spring clean up and barked until he followed her. Shadow led the man back to where Tippy was stuck.

Tippy was freed by the man, but unfortunately, one of her legs was too badly damaged to save and had to be amputated. Her remaining hind leg was left slightly bowed due to blood loss during the trauma.

Shadow, a true hero dog, not only made sure her puppy was rescued, but she went on to support Tippy throughout her journey to recovery. Understandably, they became very attached to one another and our staff worked hard to keep them busy while they were at the shelter until they were finally placed in a forever home together.



Just wanted to say thank you for taking care of Ray until I found him. He is obviously a lot spoiled and very happy. My son sends him a gift box every month with toys and treats. Again, thanks for doing such a wonderful job. Ray appreciates it and so do I! Special thanks to Kim.



We absolutely love Morsel and judging from these pics I think you can see she has settled in quite comfortably! She definitely is not the quiet and shy girl you knew. She is energetic, playful, loves people, cars and other dogs too. Long walks are her favorite! She’s even learned to sit, lay down, give her paw and kisses. She destroys every single toy she has had, even the so-called indestructible ones, haha! She loves to stare out the window and sit outdoors with us.



I adopted my dog Cutler, whose name I have changed to Ray, almost a month ago and he is the best dog in the world. He's so happy, he's attached to my hip, he's great on a leash, and he is the biggest snuggle bug that I know. I came in to look at a different dog, but fell in love with this one the moment he let me rub his belly. You guys did an amazing job for the two of us, we were exactly what we both needed.



Eight years ago, I went to HHS and rescued a two year old cat named Dusty who was a wonderful pet. I lost Dusty due to a sudden diagnosis of a rare cancer in the middle of the summer. My house was too quiet without him, so when I was ready to start looking for another cat, HHS was at the top of my list. 

I feel so lucky to have met and rescued “Jack” (now affectionately known as Suede because of his soft fur and coloring). As a kitten, Suede is now 6.5 pounds of energy and love. I know he is happy in his new home because he purrs with his whole body and dashes to the door to greet me every time I come home. He is intrigued by all sounds and sits on the bench next to me when I play piano and has been known to ring chimes that hang on my dining room wall.

Thank you for helping me find another perfect cat to love. I didn’t rescue Suede - he rescued me.



Jake came through his heart worm treatment with flying colors. He is at his optimum weight and we are able to take him on brief walks several times per day. He enjoys spending time at our vacation home in Michigan.

We can’t thank you enough. He is definitely a big part of our family!  We just love him! So glad he “waited” for us to find him.


Bean & Sprouts

AJ and Oscar are doing well! They have adjusted to their new home. I have re-named them Bean (Oscar) and Sprouts (AJ). They have switched personalities since moving in. Bean was a bit shy/hid on top of my microwave for a bit. And Sprouts has been by my side ever since we came home. They have both acclimated well and are so lovable, I am blessed to have found these two boys.


Waffles (L’il Man)

We just wanted to update you on our doggie. We adopted waffles (Lil’ Man) in February of 2018.  He was shy and skinny. But now he loves to chase squirrels and bunnies, to look out the front window and bark, play with his family and be outside on a walk. He is snuggly and loves his butt scratched. He still has issues with his dishes, for some reason they scare him. He manages to get enough food and water, though, so no worries. We love him and are so happy he’s part of our family. 



We want to let you know how glad we are to have adopted Archer (Huey) into the family! He and his new brother hit it off right from the start! Here they are sharing nap time after a hard day of puppy play!

Thank you again for getting us all together!


Scout Carl Speziale

There was a certain way that Carl looked at us when we visited the Hinsdale Humane Society in search of a new furry pet. Now fondly referred to as "The Carl Lean..." (he sort of leans to one side while sitting and looking at you), we still see that look on a regular basis. When we brought him home, he spent a few days "scouting around." The name "Scout" came to mind and stuck. His kind, energetic, very chatty and quirky personality keeps our home warm and loving. We're so glad he chose us and are blessed to be the ones to provide Scout with his forever home.

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