"Elsa came to us on 11/24/2020 due to her owner passing away. She was brought in by the owner's brother, but had been passed around to many families over the last year. If 2020 sucked for anyone- it was definitely Elsa. She was itchy, scabby, and her fur was missing in a lot of places.
I came in to work on Thanksgiving morning and saw her. She was at the front of the kennel whining, and she would walk around and bump into her kennel walls. I was then informed that she was blind. I took time to sit with her, and my heart melted immediately. I called my fiancé and told him that I was bringing her home, no matter what he had to say about it. She instantly snuggled up and fell asleep when I put her in bed with him. After that, it was off to thanksgiving with my in-laws. Elsa came along with us and enjoyed some turkey and cheese. I was only supposed to have her for a night- just to get her out of here for the holiday. I ended up fostering her for a couple of months.
This was the first senior dog I had fostered, and she was blind so I wasn't sure what to expect, but she taught me that regardless of all the obstacles you face, you can still come out on the other side even better, and that's exactly what happened with her. Within that couple of months, I had worked to get her hair back and just love her as much as possible. She was finally medically cleared and posted for adoption.
I was lucky enough to have the ability to be a little picky with the applicants, and I wanted to make sure that she had the best home possible- that's when our shelter manager forwarded Tami's email about her being interested, I knew it was meant to be. It was perfect. I work at AP so I could check up on her occasionally, and I know for certain that she is in the best hands possible! Stories like hers are what drives me to come in every day and be a voice for the voiceless. I am so grateful to be an AP employee, and I am even more grateful for the amazing adopters that open their homes to the animals that need it most."
– MaryAnn Gasper
APAV Kennel Assistant
"When I saw Elsa's photos pop up on Facebook, I fell in love. I contacted the shelter to meet her right away. I signed on to foster her in Mid-January, to see how my 2 dogs and 2 cats got along with her. Everything went well and I returned to make it official at the beginning of February. I am amazed at how well she gets around not being able to see. It is funny, she knows when I am putting her harness on her she gets all excited, that we are going for a ride to the cabin. She loves to cuddle, but she is very spunky as well. She is a sweetheart. I absolutely love her and cannot imagine our lives without her."
– Tami Haslett
Elsa's Mom :)
"Hello! Just a check in from Mr. Guwap. He has such a personality! Mr. Guwap is doing great! He loves to watch tv, and protects his family from all the tv dogs. He is quite the cuddler too. Mr. Guwap has never slept in his dog bed once. He likes to sleep with his humans...under the covers. We couldn't be happier how things turned out. Thank you again!"
Thank you so much for sharing! We love to see news on our Alumni!!!
"Diamond (the calico) was adopted in January of 2008 and Ash, now Venus was adopted in March of 2019!
Diamond was brought home as a birthday present for my 7th birthday and I’m now 19! Venus was brought home as a companion for Diamond after we lost our other cat that we had adopted from you guys as well.
They’re both happy and very adjusted! Diamond truly rules the household and doesn’t stand for when Venus steps up to her and Diamond quickly puts her in her place! Our family truly loves the kitties and we spoil them everyday with lots of love!"
"Hi Everyone at New Ken Animal Protectors.
Thank you so very much for everything you do and especially for allowing Veronica and I to adopt Hooch in mid-July. He is the best dog anyone could wish for.
I wanted to give everyone a status report on just how well he is doing. The first 30 minutes after we arrived home with Hooch, he was a bundle of energy running around and jumping on/off furniture. As you had told us, the family who had previously adopted Hooch sadly needed to return him since he was humping the family’s young son. Well, naturally the first 30 minutes in our household with me and Veronica, he tried the same (likely from excitement and anxiety). A few harsh “NO” and pushing him off that first day, and that was that. No more humping!!
He had his first visit with the vet at the end of July and came out with a clean bill of health with the exception of fleas and and ear infection. Some antibiotic ear ointment and a flea collar cleared those 2 issues up in no time! Veronica and I changed his call name to Bruce (sounds much like Hooch) and he answers to the name Bruce. All the neighbors say hello to Bruce during our morning and evening walks and our USPostal woman has bonded with Bruce so he looks forward to her arrival everyday.
Bruce had a one on one training session so he could learn to walk a bit better without tugging/pulling. Spectacular! What an A+ student he is. A harness and a whistle have done wonders to keep him on task with walking gently, yet I must admit that seeing a squirrel still provides Bruce with outstanding focus and desire to run the critter down (or up the tree trunk as will be the case sometimes). We continue working on that squirrel sensation, but it will be a long term thing. I mean, what dog can resist running down a squirrel - right?
So, thanks again. We are settled into our routine and Bruce loves his hugs, cuddles and naps. We are grateful for him being part of our family."
"Now Lady, who first 4 years was pretty much around women has fallen in love with my husband. She follows him around religiously.
She loves the outdoors and has plenty of acres to run and explore.
We finally got her to feel comfortable with us and she knows she belongs here now.
We adore her and she can be quite humorous."
"Pip has been such a wonderful addition to our family. We adopted him in October 2019 so we have had him for almost a year. He is so loveable but can also be feisty at times. He loves to sit with Ricky because he gets extra treats. He also loves to play with his grey mouse.
Also, we kept his name as Pip but expanded it to : Professor Ichabod Puddington, however we typically call him by his nickname "Beans" because he has the cutest little toe beans."
Thank you so much for sharing an update on Pip and how he is doing. He is so cute and we love his extended name!!! We wish you all much happiness!!!
"Two years ago we adopted a dog from you. His shelter name was Turbo, we renamed him "Smokin' Joe" because he was (supposedly) a Boxer mix. (We did his DNA: he's 50% American Staffordshire Terrier and 50% American Bulldog.) He's too smart for his own good, but very much loved. He loves meeting new people, adores little kids, and (before Covid) loved going to a local nursing home to visit the residents, many of whom still ask about him." – 08/2020
(The first photo (blue collar) is his shelter pic. The second one is from a couple weeks ago.)
– THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING UPDATES –
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IN THEIR HAPPY HOMES!!! :)
We received a very special communication from a very special young girl that touched our hearts and we wanted to share. Her name is Avery Sontheimer. What makes this message extra-special is the fact that she has Ewing Sarcoma Cancer, she has a passion for animals and it is her mission to help organizations like ours.
We wanted to share this with you all, because it is a message to all of the organization that she wants to let us know that there is someone out there that cares about the hard work we do year-round. Please read below...check out her Facebook page at:
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Thank you Avery for making our day.
"Romeo is doing great! We absolutely adore him, he fits in nicely with my family and I. Finn loves having a brother, they balance each other out. I have included some pictures and a videos of him – Thank You!!!!!!"
It is thanks to our wonderful donors, awesome adopters, fantastic volunteers and stellar staff that we are able to make matches like this possible – Thank you!!!!
"I could seriously talk about Bishop for DAYS so I’ll try to keep this as brief as possible… sorry in advance!
I’ve been involved with Animal Protectors for about 6 years now, between volunteering and being a staff member, and have adopted three cats and one dog from the organization. I would like to eventually give updates on all of them but for now I will tell you a little bit about Bishop.
Bishop and another cat (Ferguson) were left in a crate outside of the shelter on January 1st, 2017 (anyone who has watched ‘New Girl’ will understand where we got the names from!). There was no note or explanation why someone abandoned them but they were admitted into the shelter. Since I was working at AP I saw Bishop a lot and became really attached to him (just ask anyone who worked with me at the time!).
I ended up taking him home as a foster, with the help and coaxing of my coworkers (thanks Jody!), and I think you can figure out how that story ended. I was definitely a “foster failure” when it came to Bishop.
Bishop “Butterball” Caruthers has now been a part of my family for over 3 years and I honestly don’t know how there was ever a time when he wasn’t. He is a purring machine, loves belly rubs, and doesn’t hate me for dressing him up from time to time, haha!
I wouldn’t say that I was ever truly a “dog person” or “cat person” but I’ve always worked more with the dogs at AP so I always leaned more that way. Now whenever anyone asks me which one I am I just say, “I’m a Bishop person”. It’s true… I actually say that.
I still wonder all the time about where he came from and what his name was before he found himself at Animal Protectors… but I’m just so happy that I was able to meet him and make him part of my family. He is so loved. <3"
*Bishop also has his own Instagram account @thebishmanc
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