Adoption Stories

Whether you adopted a decade ago, or last week, or anytime in between, we’d love to hear from you! Please share a story about your pet’s happy home!

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Happily ever after

The staff, volunteers and fosters here at AWS know that each animal’s stay with us is just a small chapter in their life’s journey. While our time together is brief, the pets we care for leave lasting memories. We relish the chance to know how our alumni are doing in the next chapters of their lives. These stories and photos warm our hearts and our souls. Thank you for sharing your pet’s happily ever after with us.

Happy Home Stories

Check out these adopted pets who are now so happy in their new homes!

  • Troy now Loon

    Troy now Loon

    Formally known as Troy (now Loon) had his first hike today thanks to you guys! Thanks for the amazing pupper!

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  • Angel & Zeus

    Angel & Zeus

    I went to AWS in search of a bird or two and fell in love with these parakeets! They are such a wonderful addition to our family. Thank you guys […]

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  • Jezebelle now Zora

    Jezebelle now Zora

    Back in 2017, I was at the shelter when I saw Zora. I went into her pen and she fell asleep in my lap almost immediately. From the start she […]

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  • Misty

    Misty

    Misty was our second cat of the bunch, and this poor baby was surrendered. We met her in April of 2020 and were told she wasn’t cuddly or loving. We […]

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  • Tuuka

    Tuuka

    I adopted Tuuka from the AWS in 2015. When I saw his face I just knew I had to meet him! I went down to the shelter and it was […]

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  • Shamrock now Coda

    Shamrock now Coda

    Coda is just the most amazing dog ever! He is so humorous and adventurous and I could not think of another reason that I would ever wake up early and […]

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Remember, itโ€™s never a good idea to leave your pets alone in a locked car, even for only a short time. The guide below shows just how quickly the inside of a car can get dangerously hot, even in mild temperatures like today. That means that even โ€œjust for a minuteโ€ can be long enough to have devastating effects for your pet. In most cases, itโ€™s best to just leave Fido at home rather than risk their health and safety. Letโ€™s keep summertime safe and fun for all!
We have a Happy Homes story about a lovely little cat named Flora who reminds us that even the shy, scared, or timid pets deserve a chance at a loving home. More often than not, once an animal gets adopted, they blossom into a truly outgoing and friendly companion who just needed a home environment to shine! Here's what Flora's parents have to say about her! 

"Flora joined our family about two years ago, and has brought immense joy, comfort, and affection to us since then. The day that I came into to AWS, the member I met with mentioned that this blue-eyed beauty was very, very shy. Nobody other than those caring for her had any luck getting her to trust. With another shy kitty at home, I knew to enter the room cautiously. I remember that Flora was curled up in a corner under a cat tree. I quietly sat on the floor just to get a good look at her. She perked her head up, crawled over, and promptly laid down in my lap. If I hadnโ€™t already had my heart set on her, that wouldโ€™ve sealed the deal right then and there!
Now, this kitty is THE definition of a cuddle bug. She sleeps in her humans bed each night, purrs louder than any kitty Iโ€™ve ever known, and demands attention vocally if it isnโ€™t given in a time deemed appropriate to her. She has two other kitty friends, along with her sister that she loves to play with, and she spends her days either lounging in the sun, or curled up right next to her people. Thank you AWS, for everything you do!"