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When we see a dog or cat find a forever home it makes us so happy! We’d love to see your pet’s success story. If you have adopted a pet from HSLC please send us a picture or two along with your how your pet is doing and we’ll post it on our website to share with others. Your stories inspire us to continue to do this good work.

Shyla

Finally, Shyla was a sweet German Shepherd mix who came to the HSLC from animal control. She was picked up a few weeks back on the side of the road and no one ever came to claim her. Animal control said that Shyla was very shy, hence her name, but as soon as she arrived at the HSLC there was no shyness about her! Shyla acted like a tough guy until you opened her door to let her out of her kennel. Then she would become quite the lover. Shyla loves attention and just being close to someone. Now she has a family, and a dog sister, to play with and get all the attention she needs!

Whiskers

The next two animals to get adopted this week were Whiskers and Batman. A couple came in who had recently bought a new house and been waiting for years to get a cat of their own. Well, it turns out that each of them wanted a cat of their own and so two cats were able to find a special home together. Both Whiskers and Batman, although they had different owners, were brought back to the HSLC because their owners developed allergies. Well, now the pair have a new family and home, not to mention one another, to enjoy and spend their days with.

Batman

The next two animals to get adopted this week were Whiskers and Batman. A couple came in who had recently bought a new house and been waiting for years to get a cat of their own. Well, it turns out that each of them wanted a cat of their own and so two cats were able to find a special home together. Both Whiskers and Batman, although they had different owners, were brought back to the HSLC because their owners developed allergies. Well, now the pair have a new family and home, not to mention one another, to enjoy and spend their days with.

Onix

Onix, an American Bulldog puppy, came into us from animal control. He automatically had tons of interest in him but was not quite ready to go home. So, applications were accepted on May 12 to review before he had his neuter done on Monday the 15 with APL. A great family, that was raved about by the vet clinic they use, had sent multiple emails the previous week and then came in on Saturday to meet with Onix. Tuesday afternoon they came back to pick Onix up. He will now have two Yorkie friends and a fenced in yard to run, and run, and run. Onix is in for a lot of training but he is in for a lot of love, too.

Cinderella

May 11, 2017 –  Cinderella was adopted last December with the name Buttons. She loved her new home and got loads of attention, but sadly her brother and sister started developing serious allergies to Cinderella and her adoptive brother Batman. So, both cats were returned. When Cinderella came back it was obvious she wouldn’t be here long. She was a large, tiger kitty with a lot of fluff! Cinderella is very sweet and she loved the attention she could get from just about anyone. Once she made her way to Petfinder there were tons of inquiries, even from people 3+ hours away. Her new mom came into the shelter on Tuesday to meet Cinderella after she couldn’t stop thinking of her photo online. Thursday that same woman came back to take Cinderella home, where she can brush and spoil her plenty.

Mia

May 11, 2017 –  Mia was another cat that came in due to a sad story. Her owner passed away and Mia was without a mom and a home all at once. Luckily, a friend took Mia in for a while. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out in her home and so Mia was brought to the HSLC. She is a senior kitty at 10 years old but still the kitten in her would come out. Mia loved to play hide and seek and unless you knew where to look, in her favorite pillow case, then good luck finding her! Being all white and soft as could be it is no surprise that her new family caught wind that she was living with us and had to come in and see her. They loved her senior self and Thursday afternoon took her home to a new family and home.

Mitsy

May 6, 2017 –  Mitzy, a 7 year old Yorkie, was brought to the shelter due to some unfortunate circumstances. Her owner had a few health issues and no longer could give Mitzy the care she needed and deserved. When her owner dropped off Mitzy we were told of some health issues she had concerning seizures. Luckily, Mitzy had been on medication that we continued while she was with us at the shelter. Her new mom was sent a photo of Mitzy from her sister and fell in love right away. She stopped out at the shelter during a lunch break to meet Mitzy and new the love was only growing. Mitzy’s new 5 year old Yorkie brother also made his way out to the shelter. The two dogs didn’t pay much attention to one another and were much more interested in all of the people hanging around. Last Saturday Mitzy made her way home with her new family and can’t wait to be spoiled and loved!

Saber

May 7, 2017 –  No information at this time.

Zora

May 7, 2017 –  No information at this time.

Cobe

April 29, 2017 –  Cobe was an adorable and fairly well-behaved pup. He was originally brought into McLean County AC because his owners had thought he had parvo. Well, he was tested and came back negative so we took him in here at our shelter. Although Cobe had some competition from Lucy and Teddy it did not take long for people to show interest in him. Saturday his new mom came in to the shelter to meet Cobe and fell in love. Now, he is home with his new family with a mom, dad, new brother dog Rosco, and his 6 year old sister. Cobe has a nice fenced in yard to play in and a vet just as excited to meet him as his new family was!

Teddy

April 28, 2017 –  Two dog adoptions on one day Cobe and Teddy. Both dogs came to us from McLean County Animal Control two weeks ago, along with 7 cats. Teddy was a bit of a mangled mess when he came in but once groomed up he was cute as could be. He was only 2 years old and very social and playful. Teddy did well with dogs, kids, and all people. His new owner came from Davenport, IA to look at Teddy last Friday. Automatically he fell in love with Teddy’s sweet disposition. Teddy’s new dad works with other rescues to help transport animals and care for them before they find their new homes. Now, Teddy has made his way back to Iowa to spend time with his new dad and his new Yorkie cousins.

Bitsy

April 7, 2017 –  Finally (and I mean that in many ways), Bitsy went to his new, forever home! Many of the volunteers loved Bitsy because of his socialness and his lack of a personal bubble. Bitsy more than likely could be found resting on someone’s shoulder just hanging out. He was extremely curious and loved both people and other cats. One volunteer especially fell in love with Bitsy when he first started volunteering with us. Although he really wanted to take Bitsy home not all parties had been in agreement. Well, the pressure was on as someone else had fallen in love with Bitsy and had decided to give it a shot in their home. Let’s just say thank you to both volunteers for falling in love with all of our cats but especially for Bitsy and for working together to get him into a new home, and just two weeks before his 1st birthday!

Tinker

April 7, 2017 –  Tinker was the next adoption of the week and it is no surprise. She was a beautiful, shy calico. Even though she was scared here at the shelter her last owners said she was quite the playful thing. Her new owner was beyond excited to be bringing home a new family member. She was a lot like Clark’s new owners and knew that it would take some time and work to get Tinker to be comfortable in her new home, but she was confident Tinker would love being a part of the family. Now, Tinker’s sister Sassy (who is coming around on the social level) just needs to find a home of her own!

Clark

April 7, 2017 –  The first adoption of the week was Clark. She was the last of her siblings to get adopted but that didn’t stop this scaredy cat from finding a new home. Her new parents were extremely excited to take Clark home and see her personality develop. They were told about her chicken self and how she is a very curious kitty but who is still hand shy at times. Clark started off here at the shelter in isolation tucked away in a corner. Then, when she was moved into the rooms she spent her first week hiding under the cages. It didn’t take long for her brothers to start exploring and she wasn’t too far behind. She finally spent most of her time out from under the cages and loved to watch and play with the other kittens. When it came to people though she just wasn’t too sure what to do. By the time Clark left our shelter she would let people hold and pet her but she still wasn’t super excited about it. Her new parents now have their work cut out for them to make Clark feel at home, but they were very confident that given the time, space, and love she would come around and become the playful, loving kitty we all know she can be.

Oliver

March 30, 2017 –  Oliver, the Boston Terrier, went home Wednesday afternoon. I think we all knew it wouldn’t take him long to find a new, understanding home. Animal Control called last Friday and asked if we could take the 1.5 year old pup and put him up for adoption. Unfortunately, Oliver did have a bite history and it was the reason he was surrendered. However, it wasn’t totally his fault he bit. He was being chased by a vacuum and got scared so turned to bite. That didn’t stop this cute scaredy cat to get attention as soon as he was put up for adoption. Within the first day he was available there were tons of calls and emails asking about Oliver. The right family finally came in on Tuesday afternoon and, after giving Oliver plenty of time to get used to them, loved Oliver’s goofy personality. Oliver chased his toys and was jumping all over the place. He now has not only a mom and dad but met his 13 year old lab sister at the shelter. Now he gets not just a home but a family.

Rayna

March 30, 2017 – The only dog last week to get adopted was Rayna. Now, as you all know Rayna had a bit of an attitude. A typical Chow Chow, Rayna was a one person/family dog and decided quickly she didn’t need many people to like her or vice versa. After about a week at the shelter however Rayna started to show some progress and wasn’t growling and any and every one. She was playing fetch with some of the volunteers and love to go outside on walks. Then her progress went to another level when she started letting volunteers pet her. She was obviously getting more comfortable here at the shelter. Well, two Saturdays ago a couple came by to meet Rayna. Luckily, they hit it off right away. She let them pet and love on her, played fetch, and even came back up to them when they called her. The couple absolutely fell in love with this goofy, slightly pain in the butt, dog. On Tuesday of last week they came back with their dog and did a dog to dog so they could take her home. Their dog wasn’t sure of Rayna at first but given time things got much better. She went home that night. A couple days later her new family called and said she had been doing great in the home and the dogs were getting along much better. Now she has a home, a family, and a little less attitude!

Buddy

March 30, 2017 – The last cat to find his forever home was Buddy, the fluff ball. Buddy was brought to us under unfortunate circumstances when the vet called and asked us to take him in. We did and he was a great cat from day 1. He was very friendly and curious and actually seemed to enjoy the company of the other cats (even if they didn’t enjoy his company quite as much). Although Buddy was a little mangy looking when he first came in, a new diet with some love and attention got him looking better by the day. His new family couldn’t pass up his goofy, adorable look and new right away that their home was now his home. So, on Saturday last week that’s just what happened as Buddy found himself headed to his new home.

Leo

March 30, 2017 – Leo was the next cat to leave the shelter last week. When he first came in Leo was nothing short of a pain! He was feisty and not happy with his new shelter home, and boy did he show it. Slowly, Leo was getting more comfortable here at the shelter. At first in his room he would hide up in the yellow box on the wall and didn’t make his way down very often, but soon he was getting more curious and adventurous and started coming down when people were in the room. Depending on the day he could either be lounging in his box or found right at your feet waiting for attention. Well, on the day his new family came in he must have known something was different about them. Leo was on the floor right away following them around. Then, he stretched up and put his paws on their leg and wanted his belly rubbed. When the little girl sat on the floor Leo found a new favorite spot to lay, right in her lap. Leo must have decided that this family would do just fine and found his way not only into their lap but into their hearts.

Dewey

March 30, 2017 – Two other kittens from Room 2 found their way out of the shelter not long before Koda. Dewey and Gus were both very sweet cats that absolutely craved attention. It’s no surprise their new family of five fell in love with them right away. Dewey would always saunter up to you when you came in her room. She had a knack of getting herself on your lap to hog all the attention. However, Gus was never far behind. In fact, usually Gus could be find right at the door (and sometimes peeking under it). Gus was quite the talker and tried to entice anyone and everyone into her room to pick her up and hold her. Now both these ‘needy’ kittens have plenty of people to love them, and one another to keep company, too!

Gus

March 30, 2017 – Two other kittens from Room 2 found their way out of the shelter not long before Koda. Dewey and Gus were both very sweet cats that absolutely craved attention. It’s no surprise their new family of five fell in love with them right away. Dewey would always saunter up to you when you came in her room. She had a knack of getting herself on your lap to hog all the attention. However, Gus was never far behind. In fact, usually Gus could be find right at the door (and sometimes peeking under it). Gus was quite the talker and tried to entice anyone and everyone into her room to pick her up and hold her. Now both these ‘needy’ kittens have plenty of people to love them, and one another to keep company, too!

Koda

March 30, 2017 –  Koda came in with his 3 siblings and all of them were quite timid when they were first brought to the HSLC. Koda was the first to really make improvements and come around. He soon was found out of hiding watching the other kittens and the volunteers who would clean his room. It only took him a couple weeks here before he was just as friendly as the other kittens he shared his room with. His two fluffy siblings found homes very quickly, but Koda and his sister Clark were still at the shelter waiting patiently to find out what a home really was like. It was because of his friendly behavior that last week Koda got snatched up by a new family. They fell in love with his tiger striped self and his loving personality. Now, Clark still waits to find her family, but Koda doesn’t have to wait any longer!

Widget

March 24, 2017 –  Widget came in to us last April when she and her siblings were found in an alley as just day old kittens. They were all put into foster care right away. In July they were finally old enough to be spayed/neutered and put up for adoption. Everyone except for Widget and her brother Bitsy had been adopted but unfortunately the two black kittens of the litter were overlooked. Today that changed for Widget as she went to her new forever home! Her new parents had just recently lost their black cat and loved Widget’s description online and her personality. When they came to visit and fill out the application they only felt more strongly that she was the one who would fill the hole in their family.

Dakota

March 18, 2017 –  Those adorable little orange and white kittens are making their way out of the shelter and Dakota was the next one to find a home. After moving in to a new apartment and taking the time to settle in themselves a family finally decided a pet was needed to make their family whole. After looking online they fell in love with Dakota right away, visiting just made it official. Dakota went home earlier today with her new family and they, especially the daughter, were beyond excited to get her home!

Louie

March 18, 2017 –  Louie was a malnourished, underweight kitten who came to our shelter from animal control. He was born last June and had lived in a cage his entire life with his siblings until he was transferred to us in December. Finally he had been gaining weight and his coat was shining. He was very social and more of a cuddler than an active playful guy. This is exactly what drew his new owners to him. His new owners and their grandson visit the shelter frequently to visit with the cats and get to spend special alone time together at our shelter, with 20 so cats! They have been volunteering with us for a few months and finally decided to take home a kitty of their own, a kitty named Louie!

Mae

March 11, 2017 – It was only two days ago that Jasper made his way out of the shelter and into his new home, and today his sister, Mae the calico, went to her new family. Her new dad wanted to do something special for her new mom’s birthday and so planned ahead and made his way to the HSLC. The couple had purchased a home a couple months ago and had been wanting to get a new family member but they wanted to be sure they were moved in and ready before bringing someone home. Well, what better time to bring Mae home then the week everything is finally moved in and a birthday, too! Mae has the run of the house now and no more kitties to pester, but I’m sure she’ll find two new people to show her antics!

Jasper

March 9, 2017 –  Jasper, a small kitten for a 9 month old, was brought to us over a month ago with his calico sister Mae. His owner had left him with a family member who ultimately hadn’t wanted him and brought him to the shelter. It took a few days for him and Mae to get used to life here at the shelter but as soon as they were moved into their new room they become the most affectionate cats in there. Jasper didn’t mind the other cats at all from the moment he was in there and loved the people even more. He was quite the chatterbox. It was in fact his talking that made his new owner, a former volunteer of ours, decide she just had to take him home. They did the adoption Thursday and now Jasper has gone to his new home, that he will share with a 15 year old sister cat who misses having a buddy around.himself!

Monty

March 8, 2017 –  Monty, one of the two boy orange kittens, was adopted Wednesday. He was a little more standoffish than his brother, Washington, but his markings drew his new mom right to him. Although he was born in a home with 11 other cats, Monty now has the run of the house to play and run as much as he pleases. In the future hopefully Monty will have another brother or sister but for now he gets the place all to himself!

Lucy

March 5, 2017 –  Lucy was an English Bulldog brought to us by her owner’s sister. She likes her toys, her food, and pretty much everything else to be just hers and doesn’t like to share. It was because of this that her owners had to give her up, as they had just had a new baby and were concerned Lucy might nip at a baby or toddler who takes her stuff. However, it didn’t take her long at all to find a new family to take her in. Her new mom and dad saw her on Facebook and knew right away that they needed to add her to their family. Lucy has a brother named Ricky who is also an English Bulldog and a Golden Retriever sister. Although it’s going to take some time for Lucy to get used to her 4 month old baby sister, her and Ricky hit it off right away. Lucy went home last Sunday and has been doing great in her new home, although she doesn’t appreciate her new diet!