SPCA of Texas Love Stories

Everybody deserves to be loved, and every homeless pet deserves a loving family to call their own. Please keep reading for just a few of the thousands of love story adoptions that happen at the SPCA of Texas. We sure hope that your story will be the next one featured!

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Jack

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Jack was a kitten that was found in the engine of a car. He had taken quite a ride and needed to rest and recuperate in a foster home.  After weeks of caring for Jack, his foster mom took the steps to become his adoptive mom. This update letter is from Jack's mom.

“Jack is a big boy! He's about 10lbs. He's doing great though. Jack was really shell shocked when I first took him home. He was really freaked out by the car ride home, even though he was inside this time. At first, he did not want to have anything to do with me. He needed a bath from all car grease. He tried to socialize with my two other cats. They hissed at him and looked at him like he was insane whenever he walked right up to them not scared at all. He reacted by puffing up and hissing back though he was only 1/10th of their size. He hid in the closet for the first week. Every time I went home I pried him out of the closet to socialize with me. After the first week he made himself at home.

I was supposed to foster Jack until he was big enough to neuter. He became extremely attached to me during this time. He followed me around, cuddled on the couch, and slept on my head at night.

 I really was going to return him, but then he got ringworm. I spoke to my foster sponsor and he gave me the option of bringing him in or treating him at home. Being treated at the shelter, he would have been in a cage quarantined until he got better. I decided that I would treat him at my house which added another two weeks to his stay.

One Saturday I was vegged out on my couch watching TV. He cuddled the whole day. He has to touch me at all times when we are on the couch together. That's when he won me over. He's a lover. He starts purring at first touch. My other cats "love" me but they aren't "in love" with me. Little Jack is in love and so am I. It's Jack’s place I just pay rent! I would tell people that want a pet to try the shelter first. The animals are so appreciative! Also, to the people who only want a pure breed from a breeder; puppy mills are raided all the time and those animals that were potentially for sale from a breeder end up for adoption at the shelter. Look at the shelter first.”

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Lucy

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You might remember Wills Point #139, also known as Shirley the Basset Hound.  She was rescued from inhumane conditions on January 25 from a property in Van Zandt county.  The SPCA was awarded custody of the 185 neglected animals and put them up for adoption on a case by case basis.  Shirley was adopted on February 6.  Below is a letter from her new dad.

"We have renamed Shirley to Lucy. We got her home and acclimated.  Here are a couple of pictures for you.  You can see from the photos that she is settling right in and making herself at home.  We are so glad to have her as part of our family and I think she is glad to be here.  Thank you for your efforts in rescuing her and your help in her adoption.

Lucy went to the clinic today for her 5-day follow up exam and except for a bit of an upper respiratory infection that the vet wants treated with some cough medicine and some antibiotics, she's in good shape and had already gained four pounds!"

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Eddie

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Eddie was found after a call came into the Perry Rescue Ambulance.  This poor, neglected dog was found with burns coving the length of his back.  Eddie spent time in foster care and was able to heal and recuperate from the two surgeries needed to close the wound.  After being at the SPCA of Texas for more than seven months, Eddie found his forever, loving home.  Below is a letter from Eddie’s new dad.

 Eddie is doing fine. He has become a true member of my family. My daughter and Eddie have become so close. It seems that he is slowly adjusting to home life.  Eddie has been my buddy. You all thank me for adopting him, but it’s me that should thank you all. Eddie has gone from a sullen, withdrawn and scared dog to a very happy, content dog.  He now has a voice of his own. This would not have been possible without the SPCA of Texas.

Thank you all,

Eddie’s dad

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Sunny

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I adopted Sunny the Parakeet from your McKinney location. She is no longer an "only child."  She is enjoying the company of her new roommates (Calypso (blue), Kiwi (solid green), and Sprite (green/yellow).


The staff there was very friendly and helpful.  Sunny is adjusting very well to her new surroundings.  She's still a little shy, but, that's to be expected after moving into a new environment.  Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will be able to start hand training her.  I've already let her fly around in the bedroom. 

Thanks again for all of your help and assistance.  Sunny is the perfect addition to my home and she is well-loved!

Sunny's Mom

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George

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My son saw a photo of George on Petfinder.com.  George is an 8 year old cat given up by his family because of allergies.  I went to meet this cat at the SPCA of Texas in McKinney.

 George was living/hiding in a cat scratching cubby in the cat room.  He seemed in shock and I could tell he was so unhappy about not being at home.  I certainly couldn't leave him after meeting him!  In about 24 hours it was like he had always been a member of our family!  He is the sweetest cat and is loved by every member of our family. 

 I highly recommend taking a chance on one of the older cats.  George is litter box trained, trained to use a scratching post, and he is so well-mannered!  A real lovely boy who jumps in our laps for cuddles and even likes to have his tummy rubbed!

George's Mom

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Hello Friends - I am writing from my new home with Michele, my new Mom.I have been with her and her 'hairy son'  Walker now for a week, and it has been great. I am finally settling in. We go on walks with Mom and Walker - I walk so nicely on a leash, she says... We have a yard with lots of things to explore and ivy where I like to lay in the cool mornings. Inside, she set up a crate for me, but I really didn't like that. So now I get to sleep in the bedroom with my brother and mom. I like that very much. It is nice and quiet here. She plays classical music and the piano and I really enjoy that. I lay under the piano where I can hear it really well.

I have already transitioned to my new organic dog food and my mom puts some flax seed oil or meal on my food to make my coat shiny. I think it is starting to work!

Mom gave me a new name that I like and am beginning to remember... It is "Lilly". In fact I have a name tag now with my name and her phone number - I guess I am going to stay for awhile. That's good, because I really like it here.

I wanted to let you know I am doing really well and thank you for taking care of me those many months in the McKinney shelter.

Sugar (aka, Lilly)

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This incredible love story began when a timid, lonely and desperate Pit Bull named Pudge was rescued from inhumane conditions by the SPCA of Texas on February 24, 2010.

Pudge, along with several other animals, was living in filth without access to proper water or veterinary care inside a property in Bonham, Texas. This precious 2-year-old was very underweight and suffering from hair loss due to demodectic mange. He also had puncture wounds and scars on his sweet, loving face. Needless to say his life had been less than desirable up to this point.

But even after all the challenges, mistreatment and stress he faced, he was a resilient boy who never gave up on himself or his future family. He was a staff favorite.

Pudge carried the weight of the world on his shoulders, and he had overcome all odds. The deck seemed stacked against him. He was a big, black dog, an American Pit Bull Terrier mix; one of many who wait and wait in animal shelters to find a new, loving home. And he had lived most of his life in inhumane conditions which would lead most people to believe he would have trust or worse yet, aggression issues. But Pudge was the strong, silent type who was terrified of his own shadow but who longed for love and companionship all the same.

April 28, 2010 would be the first day of the rest of Pudge’s wonderful life. Mathew Sprinkel and Tanner Teel of McKinney, TX had seen Pudge on the SPCA of Texas' website, and came to the shelter to meet him. Mathew and Tanner, along with their dog Biscuit, had recently grieved the loss of their beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback named Max, and they decided it was time to add a new member to the family.

They watched as person after person walked by Pudge’s kennel, tried to get a reaction out of him, and then, failing that, kept walking.

“I did see Pudge, and he looked so sad, [he] just wanted someone to love him. My partner and I went and visited him a few times, but he seemed very standoffish so I wasn't too sure,” Mathew said.

Pudge would cower, look at the floor and curl up in a ball on his bed when people attempted to give him attention. Mathew, Tanner and Biscuit met and visited several other dogs before formally meeting Pudge, but Biscuit never seemed too interested in playing with any of them.

After several trips up to the SPCA of Texas, Mathew and Tanner just couldn’t resist those sad, puppy dog eyes.

“After several visits to the SPCA of Texas, I decided to take Pudge. After watching several people go up to him and try to get his attention, and he would lie on his bed and shake, I knew there were few people who would give him a chance. Every time you look at him he just makes a face that makes me think, 'before, no one loved him, and that is all he wants.’ It broke my heart.”

Well that was then and this is now! Pudge, now named Grady, is the happy-go-lucky, energetic, playful pup he always wanted to be. Biscuit and Grady are now partners in crime. They love to play together, get into trouble and will even share the couch for a nap after a long day of mischief.

Biscuit has met her match when it comes to a need for speed. When the pups play in the backyard, Grady can beat her in almost any race. And of course, like any young dog, his favorite game is “chase.”

“He loves to play chase. I put my arms in the air like I'm going to get him and he goes spinning in circles around me then makes laps around the back yard. He plays rough, he likes to jump off the couch and land right on [Biscuit] but she takes it and does it right back to him.”

Grady is also a huge cuddler. He is the first one to run into the living room when the front door opens and jump on Mathew’s favorite seat in the house. He arranges himself in a position so that no one else has room to sit on the couch, unless of course they are coming to shower Grady with love and affection. Not only is he very playful and extremely loving, he is not completely free of his 'puppy phase' just yet.”

When Grady first became a family member, Tanner and Mathew thought it would be best for the two dogs to keep each other company while their owners were at work. And boy did those pups have fun! They entertained themselves by pulling out everything that was hiding under the bed and “cleaned out” a few things.

Grady is one of the strong, lucky pups who was able to overcome the harsh conditions of a life of neglect, and accept all the love and companionship his new family had to offer.

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The SPCA of Texas celebrates another happy ending with a wonderful love story about an adorable kitten named Lucy. Lucy (formerly known as Pig Pen) went from rags to riches when the SPCA of Texas’ humane investigators rescued her from inhumane conditions on May 21, 2010 from a Fannin County property.

Lucy was just one of 75 animals rescued that day, and one of the many who was rehabilitated and adopted into a loving family. Lucy weighed less than 1 pound and was about two weeks old when she came to the SPCA of Texas. SPCA of Texas veterinarians easily identified her as the runt of the litter as she was much too young and too small to be weaned from her mother. A wonderful SPCA of Texas volunteer fostered Lucy until she was healthy and old enough to be adopted into a wonderful family.

Being the high spirited girl that she is, Lucy quickly made a comeback and her health improved significantly thanks to her foster family and the SPCA of Texas’ care. Within a few short days after her foster family returned her, Lucy was adopted by the Iwasaki family who fell in love with her the moment they saw her. “We needed a younger cat to help keep Doc (our older cat) active, Shelley Iwasaki said. “Carl, my husband, came by one day and saw Lucy, and she was all kitten, running and playing and having a great time. We usually can be counted on to adopt the more active animals,” Shelley laughed.
Shelley and Carl have been longtime supporters of the SPCA of Texas and previously adopted a puppy and a cat from the McKinney location.
“We don't have children and pets have been a part of our lives for as long as we have been together,” Shelley said. “They are ‘our children.’  We have become accustomed to always having [two] cats and [two] dogs…Lucy evened up teams,” Shelley said.

Although Lucy is small, she is mighty, and according to the Iwasaki family, she keeps them all on their toes. She especially loves to play with Duke, their 110 pound, chocolate Labrador Retriever. She loves to nip at his heels while playing her favorite game, “fetch.” Lucy’s nickname is “The Hamburglar” based on the McDonald’s character because of the black markings across her little face. Lucy has boundless energy and a big personality, which is entertaining for the whole family. She keeps her feline friend, Doc, active and young at heart due to her silly, playful nature. Lucy’s story is a favorite of all the SPCA of Texas’ staff and volunteers. She was a special kitten who was nursed back to health and was given a second chance at life and love. Lucy was the perfect fit for the Iwasaki family, and you too can make your family complete by adopting an SPCA of Texas animal in need of a loving, forever home.

 

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This adorable pooch is Fly, the unforgettable, lovable girl who awaited her new, loving family far too long. Fly was a staff favorite at the SPCA of Texas’ Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney who, and just one of the many sweethearts who was surrendered to the shelter for just being herself. The SPCA of Texas was her temporary home on four different occasions due to no fault of her own, until finally her dream family came to take her home earlier this year.

 

The now 3-year-old, American Blue Heeler mix is having the time of her life, chasing cattle, swimming her heart out, and playing with her new, best friend, Schmoozer. Fly has truly found her dream family who is as loyal to her as she is to them. She loves to run and play in the great outdoors just like any true, working dog does. And of course, cuddling up with her family for nap time is one of her favorite activities after a long day of fun. Fly truly has found her forever home, and we hope all her friends at the SPCA of Texas will be as lucky as she is!

 

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Dazzle is one of the most beautiful and gentle horses to ever set hoof in the SPCA of Texas’ McKinney shelter. SPCA of Texas investigators rescued this beautiful, 9-year-old Apaloosa from inhumane conditions from a property in Kaufman County. She had been forced to live in a stall almost her entire life. She was also underweight and walked with a limp due to an injury to her right knee. Needless to say, this sweet mare never knew a human who loved and cared for her until the day she was rescued.

SPCA of Texas staff member Kelly Stephens was asked to assist with the rescue, and that day, she knew Dazzle was coming home with her. She led Dazzle out of the barn, and knew instantly that she wanted to give this stunning and good-natured girl, the wonderful home she deserved. But Dazzle wasn’t out of the woods just yet. She had a long journey of recovery ahead of her.

“At first, Dazzle had a hard time adjusting,” Kelly said. “She didn't know what to do with herself; she would stand in the barn all the time. It was like she didn't know how to be a horse!”

Because she was kept in a dirty stall for such a long time, Dazzle’s hoofs chipped and they were extremely tender. After three months of wearing boots to protect her hooves and strengthen them, she has improved dramatically.

“Now she is out grazing and being a horse,” Kelly reports.

Not only have Dazzle’s physical conditions improved, but she is more emotionally up-lifted as well. Dazzle adores Kelly’s young nieces, and she is extremely patient and gentle with them.

“My nieces brush and bathe her, and even put bows in her hair, and she takes it all,” laughs Kelly. “It's like she knows they are kids!"

Kelly also loves how affectionate Dazzle is. Now that she knows how it feels to be loved and cherished, she just can’t get enough attention. Dazzle loves to be rubbed and kissed, and she always waits for Kelly to come home with great anticipation.

“My favorite thing about Dazzle is her personality,” Kelly said. “She is always so sweet and happy to see me. She even runs up to me like a dog when I call her name.”

Dazzle and Kelly are the perfect match, and each of them is so happy to have found each other. Dazzle currently has horse friends at the SPCA of Texas’ McKinney shelter, who are waiting for their second chance at life and love. Please consider adopting a horse who has suffered immensely, and giving him or her a loving, forever home.

 

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Imagine the excitement of two girls on Christmas morning 2010 when their daddy said they could get rabbits, which they had been dreaming of for years! Their first thought was to get cute, baby bunnies like the ones they had seen in local farm and pet stores. Then, the girls started wondering if there were any older rescued rabbits needing homes, perhaps ones that were being overlooked for adoption due to their age.

One day during a “just for fun to see what’s there” visit to the SPCA of Texas’ Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, the girls discovered “Bunny” and “Clyde” taking naps in the small animal hutch in the front lobby. They fell in love with the rabbits instantly, especially after hearing their story about how Bunny and Clyde were brothers that had been together all their lives, had been waiting for an adoptive home for several months, and that SPCA of Texas staff was hoping they would find a home together.

This was all the girls needed to hear to decide to adopt! “Bunny” and “Clyde” are now named “Boomer” and “Slink.” The girls take them out for exercise every day in a special play area designed for them in the backyard. After they are through hopping around, Boomer and Slink settle into a corner and take a nap in the sun, huddled as close together as they can possibly get. Thank you, SPCA of Texas, for rescuing all types of animals and making this “match made in heaven” possible!!

- Michelle Stockton

Thank you, Michelle, for sending us your wonderful adoption love story!

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Meet Esther Bauer and Wayne Epperson, one of the first families to adopt one of our newcomers, Blossom, a 1-year-old, Beagle mix.

Esther and Wayne of Frisco, TX visited the SPCA of Texas’ McKinney shelter in search of the perfect four-legged family member, and they instantly fell in love with Blossom.

“Blossom is just what we need,” Esther said. “We're writers, and I’ve always wanted a dog to sleep on my feet while I was writing. That's just what she does.”

Esther and Wayne, both former writers for the Dallas Morning News, refer to Blossom as a little Velcro dog who follows her mom wherever she goes; even outside to water the garden. Esther reports that Blossom’s favorite activity is going for morning and evening walks. Blossom transforms into full Hound Dog, and she immediately begins tracking the scent of all the bunnies who thump through the neighborhood.

“Blossom is a delightful little Cajun dog, and my wife enjoys her as a daily walking partner and companion," Wayne said.

They have already begun teaching Blossom some basic commands, and they’ve found that she is quite the intelligent, eager, little student.

“She knows “sit” and “down,” and she is learning to “wait” and “come,” exclaims Esther.
“I wouldn't say that she is leash trained, but she is borderline perfect. We learned that when she turns around and around in the house that's when she needs to go out.”

Like any playful, young pup, Blossom did explore a few things around the house and found a new favorite toy that she is willing to share with her parents.

“She did pick up a shoe this morning, Esther laughed. “I asked my husband “did you put that shoe there?" He said he didn't. Blossom strolled through the kitchen, dropped the shoe and kept on going to her bed.”

Her parents agree, they wouldn’t be surprised if Blossom previously had a family of her own due to her calm, gentle nature. Blossom seems extremely gracious to her new parents for adopting her and providing a life filled with love, affection, treats and shoes.

“She is a blessing,” Esther said. “I feel a great obligation to be as loving and kind to her as her previous owner would have been. “She has been my salvation.”

“I would recommend anybody, if you've got space in your heart, to adopt an SPCA of Texas dog, especially a Louisiana dog, Esther said. She is a great little Cajun.”

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We recently received a heartwarming story from Mary Waite Cook and her husband, Charley Cook, who lost their beloved dog, Max, on April 1, 2011, exactly five years to the day they “adopted” him. Mary and Max’s unique story begins in February 2006 when they coincidently met right in front of Mary’s home in Carrollton, Texas. Max was trotting through the neighborhood accompanying a couple of young boys he happened to see along the way. When the boys told Mary that he wasn’t their dog, she found his SPCA of Texas microchip and returned him to his owners who had recently adopted him from our Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney.

Mary could already sense there was something special about that 8-month-old pup, and she asked his owners to let her know if there ever came a time when they would not be able to care for him. April 1, 2011, she received a call that changed her life forever. Max’s adoptive family had a toddler at home, and while they truly loved Max, they felt that he was not receiving the love and attention he deserved. They wanted Max to live with a family who was completely devoted to him, and they just knew Mary and Charley were the right people to love him. Mary jumped in her car and picked up her new best friend, and both of their lives changed in an instant.

“[It was] as if we had known each other before and already had a deep love for one another,” Mary said. “I think of him every single day and sometimes I cry, sometimes I smile and sometimes I laugh out loud. He had an incredible sense of humor for a dog. He was a jokester and loved playing pranks on us humans as well as his “brother” Otis.”

Mary and Charley had an incredible five years with their 110 pound love bug. Although they never quite figured out if he was a Shepherd, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Boxer or a mix of all three, they cherished this special boy like he was their own flesh and blood. Mary remembers extraordinary lessons Max taught her, like to never take life too seriously and to always appreciate those who are a part of your life because you never know when your circumstances may change.

“Given the fact that he suddenly appeared in my life on April Fool’s Day 2006 and suddenly left my life on April’s Fool Day 2011, I think there is a lesson or message in that for me.

We are so glad that Max and the Cook family found each other and enriched each other’s lives. We know Max was able to provide great love to two families, the one who adopted him and gave him a fresh start after his stay at the SPCA of Texas and the family with whom he shared his golden years.

Mary and Charley are generously planning to donate a brick to help support the SPCA of Texas’ new animal shelter in honor of their beloved boy, Max. His legacy will live on and his life will continue to bless other pets who are waiting for their divine love stories to begin.

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