My boyfriend and I adopted Bowser in Oct of 2021! Since then he has been on lots of hikes, walks, ice cream dates with mom and dad, moved and got his own yard to run around in, he even got a baby sister which he adores! We can’t thank the staff enough for helping us bring him home.
I adopted my kitties from you almost 8 years ago. They are the most loving, sweet kitties!! Their names are Smokey and Nigel. Nigel is the name you gave him, I changed Smokey’s to fit him! I thank you everyday.
August 11th, 2021
"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 :)
Samiczka the cat AKA Sam
Hi Everyone at Animal Protectors !
Many thanks for letting us adopt Samiczka the cat 2 years ago today.
She is a sweet girl ,hard to believe that she spent 8 months at the shelter unclaimed.
She's beautiful we love her. She had her teeth removed in December but still eats everything.
Thank you so much.
Cindy and Francis
Mr. Guwap – ALUMNI UPDATE!!!
"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 – ALUMNI UPDATE!!!
"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!"
Hooch – ALUMNI UPDATE!!!
"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."
Ladybug – ALUMNI UPDATE!!!
"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 - ALUMNI UPDATE!!!
"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!!!
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