Success Stories

40907 – Cassidy

Cassidy

Cassidy


Posted 1/19/2015

Cassidy is a dachshund mix puppy who arrived at Athens Animal Control with a broken leg, most likely after being hit by a car. Thanks to Athens Canine Rescue for rescuing her and finding her a wonderful home!

Clair

Clair

Clair


To the wonderful volunteers:
I just wanted to share with you a picture of my beautiful dog, Clair. I visited the shelter in December of 2008 to find a friend for our beagle mix, Tigger (also adopted from Athens/Clarke Co. Animal Shelter). Clair and Tigger were instant friends. I kept her shelter name because it just seemed to suit her so well. Clair definitely had some quirks when she came home. She was very difficult to walk on a leash and would lunge at anything that moved: joggers, skaters, bikers, other dogs. I started taking her to obedience classes and one class led to another until we discovered agility classes. We have had so much fun learning agility and we have even competed in a few trials. Because of Clair, I have met so many wonderful people who share my love of dogs. Clair has been such a joy in my life and I love her dearly. I may never have found her if it hadn’t been for the website and the hard work of all the volunteers at the shelter. Thank you for all you do for the animals.

Miley

Miley

Miley

We adopted “Dolly” now named Miley this last January. She was very skinny and shy when she first came to live with us. Sometimes she would bark at the unfamiliar noises and seemed worried because she would follow me around constantly. It didn’t take long for her to realize that this was her family and she was safe. Now her days start by waking me up by stretching so that she “accidently” paws at me! She is so full of energy and I love to watch her run outside and have fun. When it snowed, Miley and I snuck out early in the morning before anyone was awake to play in the snow. It was so much fun!! Miley and I immediately connected and are best friends! Everyone in our family loves her because she is such a sweet dog. She is also extremely smart! She learned how to shake in just a few days. She loves our other dog and they love to play together. She has even became friends with our two cats and sometimes Miley will snuggle with them for a nap. Adopting Miley has not only given her a chance for a great life, it has also filled my life with so much joy. She fits into our family so perfectly! I’m very thankful that I had the chance to find her and I know that she is as well. She has brought a new joy in my life that I truly needed. Thank you so much AthensPets for doing everything that you do, without your website I never would have found her.

Anya

Echo

Anya

Hey there,

I just wanted to let you guys know how much progress Anya has made since I adopted her from the shelter back in September. I think her name was Skye back then, and when I met her, she had a dull grey-ish coat, was missing half her fur, had just given birth to a litter, was severely underweight, had heartworms and intestinal worms, and had her tail stuck between her legs. Within a couple weeks, Anya became best friends with my other pup (Dobby — from Athens Canine Rescue) and the dogs around town.

Within a couple weeks after being fed a proper diet, she shed her old fur and grew a beautiful light brindle coat. She knows heel, sit, down, stay, and off. She loves to snuggle and will shove her head right into your shoulder so that her body falls down onto your lap, where she gently chews and licks your hand and unintentionally shatters your pelvis because she doesn’t realize she’s reached the healthy weight of 58 pounds. Basically, she’s gone from a scared mama dog with severe health concerns to a beautiful, strong, cuddly, playful, and sassy hound (I’m thinking Plott Hound — Pit) mix.

Echo

Echo

Echo

Meet Echo!

Echo, formerly known as Spunky, is now a one year old black German Shepherd. I was extremely fortunate to adopt this sweet puppy and save her life, as her hold time was expired at the shelter. She was three months old when she came home in May of 2012 and it has definitely been an interesting journey since then. When I brought Echo home, she had whip worm, demodex (puppy mange), and severe separation anxiety. She whined and barked and howled if left alone and she used to follow me everywhere. She also had extreme anxiety with new places, new dogs, and new people. And her biggest fear? Riding in the car.

Today, Echo is in perfect health and a 60 pound lap dog! Although her overall anxiety issues have improved, new people still stress her out and she would rather hide or go into guard dog mode to protect me instead of getting to know them. Give her a few minutes, though, and she’ll cuddle up in your lap and show you all of her tricks! She is no longer afraid of car rides. In fact, that’s her favorite activity in the whole world.

Because of her unique look, we are often stopped while out in public for people to ask what kind of dog she is or to compliment how beautiful or well behaved she is. She loves to go to the dog park and play for hours. She also loves to go on walks and play in the sand at the beach! She has brought me nothing but joy and laughter over the past 10 months and I will be forever thankful to the shelter for letting me bring her home!

Thanks, Tiffany

Hobbes

Hobbes

Hobbes

Through your site, I found and adopted my dog Hobbes. When I brought him home a year ago he was malnourished and a complete wreck mentally. Being outside was a nightmare for him, he had no idea how to walk on a leash, didn’t know how to play with toys and he had many fears to overcome.

Today, I am proud to say that Hobbes is a healthy and happy gentleman. He has made so much progress and has finally found his forever home. I wanted to say thank you to all the volunteers on the Athens Pets site – without your hard work I would never have found my gentle, sweet dog Hobbes.

Kekoa

Kekoa

Kekoa formerly Fred

We adopted “Fred” in July 2011. He was listed to be 0-2 months so a May baby. Now, nearly a hear and a half has gone by and he is such a big boy at 15 lbs! We named him Kekoa, which means “the brave one” in Hawaiian. From our understanding he was just found on the side of the road! Such a little thing he was (under 2 months old). He had dermatex which caused some hair loss and was a little scratched up. When I went to see him, he was very ruthless in his need to crawl up my chest and just cling on as if to say “don’t put me down!”. Somehow the little booger didn’t have ANY adoption applications so we were able to get him the next day!

Today, he has well lived up to the meaning in his name. He is very strong and incredibly brave. He enjoys car rides and is crazed with big trucks flying by on the road. He loves the noise they make when they pass by I think and if he had it his way, would probably be chasing them. He loves to terrorize our other dogs by pulling on their tails and mouthing on their faces to entice them to play with him. He loves to play and run around. He runs EVERYWHERE! He has the most personality and the biggest heart.

Kekoa has added some chaos to our lives and we probably needed it! We love him so much and are so glad he became apart of our family! Life is more interesting and above all, he gives us a reason to laugh and smile everyday just by being his cute little self!

Thank you!

Grace

Grace

Grace

I thought you might like to know what happened to Grace. The young BC cross that the shelter listed as feral and wouldn’t adopt her to anyone but a rescue. With the help of Rufus Rescue in Atlanta I pulled her and kept her for a week. Then I sent her to her foster home in Florida. This is the Lady who discovered her on your site. When she arrived at my house she slept the first night and all the next day. After that we found her to be a joy to have. It was very hard to let her go. The following pictures were taken on the second day with us. This was not a feral pup she just couldn’t handle the environment at the shelter. Please share these photos with the shelter employees if you want.

Harli

Harli

Harli

My partner and I adopted Harli in January 2008 when she was only 6 months old. She has been our “baby girl” ever since. She has given us tremendous joy and love over the years. Now, she is a happy and “spoiled” girl who still lives in Athens and loves to give lots of kisses, cuddle with her family on the sofa, and laze in the sun on warm afternoons. The neighborhood children enjoy saying hi to her on her daily jogs, and she bathes in the attention they give her. She also now has a younger sister (pit mix) and an older “little” pug brother whom she adores. We are grateful for the shelter having taken care of her until she decided to come live with us. We are also grateful for Athenspets for helping to match us with our precious angel! Thank you for all you do.

Darwin

Darwin

Darwin (formerly Munson)

Hello! My name is Kevin, and nealy 2 months ago, my girlfriend and I adopted Darwin (formerly “Munson”). We are happy to report that despite facing a rather large move (we now live in Albany, New York), Darwin has been wonderful! I’ve grown up with dogs, and I have never met a more loving pup in all my life; he has very much become a third-person in our relationship, akin to a child, but with such consistently loving and loyal character. He loves his hikes, is fascinated by snow, and gets along famously with his brothers and sisters at the dog park. Although I can remember a time without him, those memories seem incomplete, and even a bit cold. Darwin has brought that sense of completeness and loving warmth I think we’re all looking for.

Finley

Jelly

Finley (formerly Jelly)

My boyfriend Jackson and I adopted “Jelly” this past May and brought her back home to Augusta, GA. Her sister “Peanut butter” was also adopted in the same weekend. I wonder how she is doing with her new family! Jelly’s name was quickly changed to Finley, the name I’ve had picked out for my first dog for as long as I can remember. I’m a first time dog owner and adopting was the best decision I’ve ever made. Ironically when I first met her in Athens she was a yapper! Since she’s been home with me, not once has she barked at another dog or person. Obviously she was just ready to go to a permanent home. Note to future adopters- do not let a little yapping puppy deter you from adopting! Hopeful for all of the other adoptable pets! Please adopt! Finley is now about 8 months.

Love,
Sallie, Jackson and Finley

Lucy

Lucy

Lucy (formerly Polly)

I adopted a kitten from the cat shelter in August of this year. Then named Polly, Lucy was a feisty, skinny kitten who didn’t really like to be held or petted. When I brought her home, she hid from anyone in close proximity to her. In just a few weeks it seemed that Lucy was a completely new kitten. Still as feisty, she is playful, loves cuddling up to you, and loves playing with our other cat Milo. I’m so grateful that I adopted Lucy and she has made such a joyful companion.

Scout

My husband and I adopted Scout (I think she was called Lexi then) in September 2007.  At the shelter, we fell in love with her when she crawled in my lap.  I didn’t even like dogs then, but Scout has completely changed me!  Almost three years later, she is still just as precious and funny as she was the day we brought her home.  She is such a smart dog and is so sweet with little kids. She loves swimming and hiking and going on runs.  It’s hard to imagine our lives without our sweet Scout! Thank you for taking care of her before she became part of our family!

Otis

I have a success story for you!  We adopted Otis (formerly known as Bilbo) back in the beginning of June.  My family and I had volunteered many times, and felt sorry for all of the sweet dogs, but something about Otis we could not resist.  He was a sad old man, who almost didn’t have a chance at a new life.  Adopting Otis was one of the best decisions my family and I have ever made.  He is just a sweet old love bug!  He follows me everywhere I go..and every time I sit down on the couch, he jumps right up and nuzzles me.  Even though vets have said he is anywhere from 8-12 years old, he is really just a snuggley baby at heart!  We have also started to foster dogs and cats, and Otis is so docile, patient, and tolerant of all that fostering entails!  Otis is the perfect dog for me, and he has brought so much joy into my life!

Lucy

Lucy, formerly Genie, was rescued in late August of 2010. She is a blessing to everyone she meets, and is our best friend.  She is the sweetest, smartest girl in the world (but then again, I am a little biased)! Since Lucy has been in the picture, we have also rescued a cat named Miss Maddie, and they are true sisters at heart! Lucy warms the room with her presence, and is a joy to come home to each and every day. She comforts me in sadness and celebrates with me in joy. She sees me for who I am, and that is why a dog is a man’s best friend. She does not judge, she only loves, and that is what makes her great. We cannot thank Athens Pets enough for introducing us to our new best friend! Rest assured that she is the boss around here, and I sleep soundly knowing my house is under the reign of such a sweet, loving, kind, and caring soul. Her strong, hilarious, tender, and gentle personality radiates from room to room, as well as from heart to heart. Once again, thank you so much Athens Pets, we cannot thank you enough!

Nora

My wife and I adopted a beautiful female black lab puppy from the shelter in November of ‘09. She is very loved, for instance, this past Christmas my family bought Nora more presents than they did for me!  Nora never barks, is very affectionate, and is very mild mannered. Even when she was a puppy, she never barked nor whined and slept in our bed with us from the moment we brought her home.  She now has her own bed right next to ours that she has grown accustomed to.  It only took her a couple of weeks to become house broken as well, she is very smart.  This whole process was really quite amazing, we couldn’t have asked for a better puppy!  Nora never chews on anything that isn’t her toy, except for my socks, hahaha, but I don’t mind at all. Thank you for this bundle of joy!  If there is anyone out there reading this and is unsure whether or not to adopt, I would highly recommend it for a life long best friend.

Plaxico

I just wanted to say thank you for all you do for Athens pets!!  My boyfriend and I got our dog, Plaxico, from the shelter in September and she is such a blessing!!!  When we got her, she was almost 20 lbs underweight and sick with worms, poor baby!  I don’t think she had ever been in a home before, she was even scared of the carpet!  But today she is a happy, healthy, beautiful dog and we love her so much!!

Miles

The first night he had come home, he ran away. Our back door was open just a second too long and he darted for it. He was faster than my boyfriend and I expected he could go.

I was absolutely devastated, we made missing posters for him and searched the neighborhood. After a few calls from people who had seen him but couldn’t get him to come to him, (He was very scared and VERY shy) we called your shelter and borrowed a trap.

Almost two weeks went by before I finally got that heart lifting call saying that someone had found my baby boy. He’s now home safe and sound!! He’s much more energetic and has made a wonderful addition to our family! His new best friend is my boyfriend’s Boston Terrier, Harli.

Miles was an emaciated 38lbs when we first met him, he’s now a healthy 57lbs! We hope you enjoy the pictures.

Chow

I adopted a chow mix from y’all about two years ago. She is best dog I could have every hoped to get, she was a last minute decision and the best I have ever made. I put in an application for her at the very last minute, she was on the list to be euthanized and I was her only application. She was a small dog at that point, only about 45lbs but now she is a big lean 66lbs. She goes on runs with me and my horse and even saved my boyfriend from a snake!! She loves to play in the lake and has friends where ever she goes. She is a great body guard and always makes me feel safe. I truthfully do not know what I would do without her. Thank you to whoever pulled her off the street and let her into my home!!! Y’all are the best!

Zeke

Zeke

Zeke

I wanted to share with you what a wonderful best friend I adopted from ACC animal control in 1996. I was a college student in Athens and went to ACC with a friend who wanted to adopt a dog. Long story short we both went home with a new dog. When Zeke first came home with me he was sickly looking and was so skinny. My roommates and I would cook him meals and always got so much love from him in return. Everyone in my neighborhood knew him as he was such a character. Zeke was so loving and protective of those he loved and we went through lots of life changes together. In 2001 we adopted his sister Holly and in 2003 Zeke allowed me to marry his new Dad, Oliver. Zeke and Oliver were inseparable as well. Zeke loved to go on walks, car rides, swim and especially later in life he loved to lay on a raft in the pool while on vacation!! We lost ol’ Zeke on May 12th, 2008 and as hard as it is to miss him so much I would never trade all the joy he brought into my life. I am not sure of Zeke’s exact age as he was full grown when I met him but we lived over 12 years together. He was an amazing companion and as others come to ACC I hope they will consider bringing home a new friend like Zeke that will touch and bless so many lives.

I have attached a few pictures of Zeke.

Thank you for all your hard work that you do to give the dogs and cats of Athens a second chance at a life! You are all heroes!!!

Lady

Lady

Lady

The week before Thanksgiving 2007, the Athens Banner-Herald ran its weekly photo of an animal at the Athens Animal Control Shelter. In this case, the animal was a blond cocker spaniel dog named “Lady” by the Shelter because she resembled “Lady” in the movie Lady and the Tramp. She had been found wandering alone with extremely matted and tangled hair – so much so that her hair had to be cut very short. She also had a problem called “Cherry Eye” with her lift eye. Nevertheless we were intrigued by this very cute-looking cocker, especially since cocker spaniels were our favorite dog breed.

We called Athens Animal Control near Thanksgiving to inquire about “Lady” but, when the call was returned after the holidays, we learned that she had been taken from the shelter by a Cocker Spaniel rescue organization (just in the nick of time, as we later learned, since she had been scheduled for euthanasia the following day). By e-mail we contacted several Cocker Spaniel rescue groups in Georgia and were fortunate enough to locate “Lady” at her foster home. When we expressed our interest in her, we learned that she would be part of an adoption program in Alpharetta on Saturday, November 31st. At Alpharetta we saw “Lady” for the first time and found that she was larger than we thought, redder in color than we thought, and looked rather spindly-legged with her hair cut so short. But there was something endearing about her, so the adoption was completed and she went home with us in our car. We renamed her Nutmeg (”Meg” for short) because of her color and the fact that she was adopted at the beginning of the Christmas season.

Now, Meg has been with us for five months and we would not want to be without her. She is an absolute sweetheart – loving, even-tempered, over-all obedient, and a constant, forgiving, and endearing companion. She obviously had lived with a family who took the time to train her. She is thoroughly house-broken, and also knew and obeyed many of the most common commands. Everyone who has come into contact with her – friends, her veterinarian, vet nurses and attendants – calls her “sweet”and, after attending obedience training, the instructor called her “darling Meg.” As her hair grew out, more and more she was called “beautiful,” and never more so than after her recent grooming with a “Cocker Cut.” With that grooming, our rather frowsy sweety has become a much more elegant cocker lady (one acquaintance even asked if she were a “champion” upon seeing a photograph) – but still very much our “sweety.” We would not give the world for her and only hope that she will have a long and happy life with us. We bless the day that we saw that photograph in the newspaper and we were able to track her down and make her a member of our family. Thank you Athens-Clarke County Animal Control for finding her and bringing her to safety; thank you Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Georgia for taking her and preserving her life; and thank you to the fateful day that we saw her photograph in the local newspaper and ultimately brought us together.

Joe and Agnes Stell

Millie

Millie

We were just searching randomly in Feb 2008 when we found Millie (was named Charlotte), listed on Athenspets. She’s still as laid back as the first day we met her and gaining weight everyday! Thought you might enjoy the picture of her waking up from her afternoon nap. She is the absolute best dog any family could ask for.

Thanks for all of the hard work Athens pets!!!

Molly

Molly

Molly (formerly Dreamie)

I adopted Dreamie, now known as Molly, on Feb. 1, 2007.  I have never owned a Pit Bull but her sweet face on your website grabbed my heart.  She was only 5 lbs when I adopted her, just a little more than a handfull.  As you can tell from the photos, she is a lot bigger now.  She is a wonderful addition to my home and she has learned to sleep in her crate at night next to my bed.  She knows what “night-night” means, and just as my children used to do when they were young, tries to convince me to continue playing just so she can stay up a little longer.  The photos were taken at my office, as she comes with me to work sometimes.  All of my clients love her and she is getting spoiled from all the attention.  I never thought I could love an animal as much as I do my Molly.

Ali & Kasie

Kasie

Kasie

Ali

Ali

I adopted 2 boxers last year. The first was a 2 year old male (in August) that we named “Ali”, although he has no fight in him…he is all about LOVE!!!!!!! (giving and receiving). He is an 80 pound lap dog. We thought he had an eye infection but it turns out he had permanent damage to his right eye and has no sight in it, but it doesn’t slow him down at all.

The second was a little girl that we named “Kasie”. I saw her on the website in September and knew she was coming home with me. She looked so sad and scared. I had to go into her kennel and sit with her for awhile before she would let me take her to the interaction pen. After many months she is know a happy go lucky little wiggle butt. She still has issues with strangers but we are working on it.

Just wanted to send a couple of pictures of them now. Thanks for all that you guys do for the dogs in this community. I can never thank you enough for my babies.

Savannah

Savannah

Savannah

We adopted a dog from the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control on January 9th. She is doing well and we were able to fully housebreak her within a week! A little patience and persistence can go a long way. This is a good thing because she weighs about 50 pounds and is an indoor dog. She sleeps on my oldest daughter’s bed. When she sees Rachel getting ready for bed, Savannah (the dog) takes that as her cue to jump up on the bed herself.

Bruiser

Bruiser

Bruiser

My family adopted Bruiser from the Athens pound about 2 1/2 weeks ago and he is adjusting very well! He knows his name and how to sit, and is completely crate trained! (We’re still working on housebreaking though- down to only one accident a day…) He is so happy to be with us, he follows us everywhere! He doesnt even try to run away from us when we’re outside with him! Bruiser is about 30 pounds (and growing fast) but truly believes in his heart of hearts that he’s a lapdog. When he’s not laying across our laps, hes jumping everywhere! Down the stairs, catching a ball, or even to give us hugs! We think he’s part lab and part kangaroo. He is a riot and definitely keeps us on our toes! Thank you so much to the Athens Clarke County Animal Shelter, its employees and volunteers, for giving us this wonderful and bouncy addition to our family! We love him!

Bodie

Bodie

Bodie

My family and I adopted Bodie in November 2005 from ACC Animal Control, and he and I have been attached at the hip ever since. Some of you may remember him from an article they did on him in the Athens Banner Herald at the time. They were desperately seeking a home for him because he had been with them for a long while, and time was running out. Well, when my mom showed me the article, I knew I was gone… I knew I had to go get him and bring him home with me… and so I did. He has been doing GREAT for over two years now. He is absolutely perfect in all ways. He’s such a sweet boy. And he’s spoiled rotten! He had no hair when he was rescued, and only half of it grew back, so he has thick fluffy splotches of black hair in some places, and the rest of him is simply the smoothest, softest skin! He sleeps in my bed beside me, under the covers (he gets cold with no hair), with his head on his pillow. And when it’s really cold at night, he sleeps in his sweatshirt, which he just LOVES. He was pretty shy when he first got here, and it was months before I ever heard him bark, and months before he picked up a toy to play. But he opened up pretty quickly, considering where he had come from. My family loves him too, and he expects a treat every time someone walks in the door. For two years I have meant to bring him in for a visit, but somehow time just gets away from you. I will make it a point to bring him in soon, though, and we will bring something for the other dogs, some blankets and treats. Thank you all so much for working so hard to give Bodie this second chance that he so deserved. He’s a lucky dog, but I really feel like I’m the lucky one!

Sadie

Sadie

We adopted Sadie from animal control in December of 2006. Since then she had been to clicker training (where she was nicknamed “Sadie-Runs-With-Scissors”) with great results. Tina re-nicknamed her “Zen-Sadie” by the end of the course. She is doing great, and is about to get a brother from animal control. These pictures are from her first trip to beach, where she learned a lot about waves and birds! We are so happy to have her, and hope everyone gets their next pet from animal control!

Tobin

Tobin

Tobin

This Patrick Hodge and here is a picture of Tobin who we adopted a few months ago. He is the life of the house with his constant energy and peppy attitude. He loves playing with our cat and going to the dog park. My girlfriend and I could not be happier with him.

Layla

Layla

Layla

We adopted Layla on September 11th 2007. She has made such a great impact in our lives. At first we were not sure how the crazy puppy would react with our two other dogs, but now they are all one big family. She is nuts, but we couldn’t imagine life without her. WE LOVE OUR POUND PUPPY!

Lola & Lilly

Lola and Lily

Lola and Lily

For years, my favorite breed has been the Boston Terrier. I’ve wanted one all of my life. Last year around Christmas of 2006, I was volunteering at Animal Control. I left my friend that morning joking, “If there’s a Boston Terrier there, I’m coming home with it.” Much to my surprise, there was the sweetest little Boston Terrier there named Clue who had just given birth to puppies and was surrendered. It was fate! I had to adopt her. Four and a half months later, I was, again, volunteering at Animal Control. I came upon a five month old Boston Terrier puppy with a broken leg who was surrendered. I couldn’t believe it! It turned out this little puppy was the daughter of my Boston Terrier, now renamed Lola. I don’t believe in coincidences, so I adopted her broken leg and all! We named her Lily, and she is now completely healthy! These two are known for their non-stop energy and unconditional love! Thank you so much for giving my husband and I the two greatest dogs and for reuniting a mother and daughter!
Thanks so much for all that you do for this shelter. Having a website with pictures and descriptions helps many dogs get adopted that wouldn’t stand a chance at another shelter. Thank you so much for your time and effort!

Lola

Lola

I adopted Lola from ACC shelter in Feb ‘07.  She turns a year old at the end of the month.  I love her so much and she is such a sweet and wondeful dog.  She is also very very smart and has learned tons of tricks.   I couldn’t imagine life without my Lola.  I wanted to submit her pictures to you.  The first one is the day I took her home and the second one is in Dudley Park last month.   Ya’ll are great, thank you for all you do.

Lexie

Lexie

Lexie

My name is Koren Glikin, I adopted a small black lab puppy from you about 6 months ago. I’ve been meaning to bring her by but my busy schedule won’t allow it. Here are some pictures of her since we’ve gotten her to now. She was once called ‘Pee Wee’, we named her Lexie. She is not 55 pounds and still has a lot of growing to do. She has brought so much love and happiness into my life, I can’t thank all of you enough for the wonderful work you do.

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie (formerly Mellow Yellow)

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this!  We recently adopted a beagle boy from Athens-Clarke County Animal Control and he is just doing great!  His name in the pound was “Mellow Yellow” and he has since been renamed Charlie after Charlie Brown, because when we got him he was the saddest most depressed scared little guy ever.  He is still putting on weight after his ordeal, but he is already showing off his great personality.  He has a typical hound-dog nose and howl, and loves hanging out with his new sister and playing in the back yard.  We are so glad we could bring him into our family and give him the love and attention he deserves.  If it weren’t for your website and the volunteers’ efforts, we may never have met him.

Kat

Kat

Kat

I don’t think we ever sent a letter telling how much we have enjoyed our pet we adopted from you!

Two years ago, our Rottie/Lab mix passed away at 14 years old. My husband missed him terribly.  In Jan. 06 we visited, looking for a bulldog (from Athens, of course) When your staff asked us what type pets we had had before, and we told her a Rottie mix….guess what….one had just been brought in that day!  The first photo is when he saw “Kat” there at your facility and the second photo is a few days later in our backyard!  She has been a wonderful pet…cuddly, protective, and even liked our Persian cat from day one!  For only being two years old when we adopted her, she fit into our home perfectly.

Thank you for providing the service you do. There are no animals in the world that are more appreciative and loving than those adopted out.  They seem to know how to pick their NEW homes! In our opinion…Rotties are the BEST pets around!

Stella Blue

Stella Blue

Stella Blue

We adopted her from the Athens Animal Control facility a little over a year ago. She was under six weeks old when she was adopted and the runt of her litter. We found her in a kennel with her big brother and big sister, but once we saw her cute little blue eyes we knew that she was going to be the next member of our family. She has been a blessing with her constant good humor and willingness to play. At our best guess she is a lab/pit bull mix, but as far as we are concerned she is just our ‘little girl’. She loves to cuddle and play ball. We are working on getting her used to water, but as of right now she doesn’t like it. One thing is for sure though, she certainly enjoys sleeping right on top of her daddy at night (when she’s not in her crate) which at 65 lbs makes for a restless night for dad. Anyhow, I was hoping that she might make the success page!

Ruby

Ruby

Ruby (formerly Maggie)

I adopted Ruby (formerly Maggie) just a month ago in May. Already, she has found her way into the hearts of everyone around her! She is a very energetic and playful dog, but is still sweet and completely spoiled! I can’t imagine life without her! She is so loyal and will make a great guard dog someday, but she’ll always be a spoiled house dog!!

Jack

Jack

Just wanted to share that Jack is doing very well after I adopted him on June 2nd. He now spends his days playing with lots of dog toys and he really loves to sleep on my bed…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

He’s absolutely wonderful!

Layla

Layla

Layla (formerly Eva)

This is Layla (formerly eva) I adopted her last year from Athens.

She is doing well and is so very sweet.

She was heartworm positive, but after her treatment she is doing very very well.

Chloe

Chloe

Chloe (formerly Blossom)

We adopt Chloe (formerly named Blossom) 3 years ago from the Athens Animal Control and she is the best and cutest dog ever!

Also, we have adopted 2 other dogs from Athens Animal Control for family members in Savannah, GA and they have also turned out to be great dogs!

Leroy

Leroy

Leroy

Leroy Hatsis is a bassador (basset and Lab mix). Leroy is the sweetest and best dog in the whole world. Leroy is a real airport dog, he greets all visitors with kiss. Leroy came to us by accident. We found Leroy stuck in a stormdrain at the airport where we work. Here is his story, about 3 years ago it was an average day at the airport with one exception, we had an unusual visitor, a little short legged lab, he was scruffy and a little smelly but cute as a button. He hung around all day and greeted everyone. Since he had on an orange collar I figured he belonged to someone. Well at closing time he was still hanging around, so we told him bye and left. Next day at work, no doggie visitor, so I figured he went back home. Until later when I kept hearing a whimpering, crying sound. But I could not find where it was coming from. So I did a little searching but nothing. I decided to look down the hill. As I was standing on the storm drain that runs along the ramp I looked and saw nothing, just as I was about to turn and walk away I looked down and there right under my feet was an animal in the drain. I yelled and the animal yelled. My husband came running over and freed the poor little thing. He was cut up and bleeding.  We took him to the vet and we advertised him in the local paper as a lost dog and received no results. So we now had a new pet. We named him Leroy and fell in love, as did as all visitors to the airport. Then one morning on the way to work, on the side of the road was a huge sign that read “LOST DOG”. I pulled over and read it, it was describing my Leroy. I jotted down the phone number and called it as soon as I got to the airport, I asked them to please let me keep him but they wanted him back. I asked them to please give me until the afternoon to break the news to everyone, and they agreed. That afternoon they drove up and called him and he went running. My heart was breaking as I watched him trot to their car with his little ice cream in his mouth. Everything at the airport seemed a little sad after that. For days I was very sad about Leroy. Then two weeks later I received a phone call and it was about Leroy, the owners asked me if I wanted him back. Hooray ! They brought him back to me. They said he was depressed all the time. He came back to me and is the best dog in the world. He greets all visitors and gets lots of attention. He even has pilots and passengers that fly in just to see him. He is the greatest.

Annie

Annie

Annie

My husband was stationed in Athens for Supply Corps School in 2005.

We adopted Annie while we were there.  I saw her on your website and went in the next day to take her home.  We love her so much and couldn’t imagine life with out her.

Mollie

Mollie

Mollie

We adopted Mollie in Feb of 2005. We had recently lost one of beloved dogs, and his companion (a chocolate lab) was devastated. So, we brought Harvey to the shelter to “pick” out his new companion. We had looked at several dogs, but Harvey walked right up to the cage of the skinniest, dirtiest dogs there. We knew right then that this was the one. She had just been picked up that morning, so we had to wait a few days before we even knew if we could bring her home. After we brought her home, it took her a while to come out of her shell, but now, more than 2 years later, she is the most spoiled dog in the world! She is no longer skinny. She lives in the house, and even sleeps on the bed with us at night. We were truly blessed to be able to find her, and give her a forever home!

Tulip

Tulip

Tulip (formerly Latifah)

Hello, my darling Tulip continues to make life perfect.

Another big thank you to ACC Animal Control is in order for sending the pooch formerly known as Latifah home with me last July.

Lister & Havoc

Lister

Lister (formerly Mandy)

I have 2 success stories for you. In November we found a shelter puppy at Petland (from Oconee county shelter). By May she was 10 months old and was able to knock over our 11 year old dog. So we decided to check the shelter to see if there was a young dog available for her to play with. We found #21974 (a black lab mix), which the shelter had named “Mandy” (she had been there over a week and was almost out of time). She was very shy and thin, but opened up and licked my husband’s face and acted playful when we took her next to other dogs. We brought her home and named her “Lister”. She and our previous shelter pup (on the couch) get along great, and are very happy.

Havoc

Havoc

In June we went back to the shelter to donate a bag of dog food. My husband wanted to give some attention to the dogs that were stuck in pens, and fell in love with ledger #22115. We didn’t really need another dog, but she was almost out of time and we couldn’t let her be put down. We brought her home and named her Havoc. All 3 girls are very playful, love walks, and get along great. Havoc is very big (and has the nickname “moose”) but is a loveable teddy bear. Lister can be sassy but is a good dog. We’re glad we have such a full household.

Rhysie

Rhysie

Rhysie

This is my dog Rhysie “Rhys”. I adopted her from the ACC shelter in 2002. She is wonderful and I can’t imagine not having her!

Oliver

Oliver

Chief and Oliver

In May of 2006 my boyfriend and I lost our beloved Boston terrier, Chief. We had just moved into a new apartment and Chief has certain breathing problems that limited his sense of smelling. So,the chances of him finding his way home were pretty much slim too none. For months we posted lost dog signs and did ever thing possible to try and find him. However, our search did not succeed and we eventually came to grips with the fact that Chief was not coming home. My boyfriend and I are both huge animal fanatics and our house never quite felt like a home without an animal not in it so, eventually we decided to adopt another dog. We knew off the bat that we wanted a dog that needed help.

In August of 2006, I pulled up your website and saw a little chihuahua mix and I convinced my boyfriend to at least go take a look. When we arrived at the Athens animal control, of course we looked at the chihuahua, but we also passed a cage that held a little corgi hound mix with biggest golden eyes I had ever seen! We stopped and kneeled at the dog as he threw himself against his cage and stuck he nose out to try and lick any passers by. We continued on our way to see the chihuahua but the whole time I kept thinking about that poor corgi mix that we had passed. Eventually we went back into the office to file an application for the chihuahua but, for a second we glanced out of the window and I noticed the little corgi staring back at me with those eyes. So, we decided to file an application for him too. We were told to call back in a couple of days and we decided what ever dog was meant be ours would be ours. It turns out that the chihuahua had 9 other applications before us and the corgi had none. Long story short we adopted the corgi which we named oliver (perfect name for an orphan right?).

So, here’s when the story gets good, the day after we adopted Oliver, my boyfriend’s dad got a call from a women that worked at the front desk at animal control and told us that she saw a found picture in Critter Magazine that looked a lot like Chief. It turns out it was chief and he had made it all the way to the mountains of North Carolina with a older women and her husband. Long story short we now call this Chief’s Awaking journey and feel blessed that such a horrible event brought us Oliver. As you can see in the pictures that I have attached, Chief and Oliver have become the best of friends and we have the best companions a person could wish for!

If you would please help us to post this in your success stories, it would be greatly appreciated. I think this a wonderful story of how much the animal control does!

Alexander Sonic

Alexander Sonic

Do you remember #22808? The black male neutered Labrador Retriever was rescued from the shelter on 29 September 2006. His original name was Sammy, but we decided to rename him Alexander Sonic. His first name is after my middle name and the middle name after my favorite video game character. Alex is doing well with my family and me; he goes on walks regularly, every time I go to the pet store or park, I make sure that he is in the car with me. He is such a joy to be around. Alex is a people dog; he does not enjoy the company of other dogs. He loves attention (especially from women) and gets along with everyone. The children love playing with him and I love him for being there on those days when I need him the most. If you ever come to visit, he is usually sleeping or watching television on the couch. The only concern I have for Alexander is that he does not bark enough nor distinguish complete strangers from friends that come to the house, other than that, he is a good dog. Now, if only he can get over the whole “Car Sickness” thing.

Atlanta

Atlanta

I adopted a dog back in March. I fell in love with her picture on your website and drove from Atlanta to Athens to get her. When I got her, she was only 10 pounds. Now she’s 80 pounds (at 9 months old) and still growing (although I wish she would stop). She is the sweetest dog and I can’t imagine life without her. She is spoiled rotten with numerous walks a day, dog park during the weekends, random trips to the lake and mountain, play time with neighborhood dogs, a house to run around in, backyard to potty in, doggy daycare, toys, treats, treats and treats! But she shows how much she appreciates it with the daily kisses and hugs.

Newman

Newman

Newman

Thank you so much for your website.  In spring of 2003 I spotted “Rocky” on your site.  He was an “old” beagle (estimated age was about 7-10) but I couldn’t resist his big, brown eyes.

Newman, as we named him, has now been with us over 3 years and he is wonderful.  When we went to the shelter to visit, and eventually adopt him, we actually got to meet the control officer that picked him up.  She said they called him “Crusty McGee” because of how dirty and beat up he was and she almost thought about pretending she didn’t see him because she could tell he was old and she didn’t think anyone would adopt him. She only put him in her truck because she was afraid he would get hit by a car.  She was wrong – my husband and I decided Newman was perfect for us.

He had heartworms when we got him and we originally thought he might be too old and frail to undergo the treatment to get rid of them.  He had a medical emergency because of the heartworms after we had him for about a year and we thought we might lose him.  But he was strong enough to survive that as well as the treatment to kill the worms. 

He is now feisty as ever (for a 10-13 year old beagle with mild arthritis) and completely heartworm free.  We love him to death and he tolerates us (and his sister as we adopted a rat terrier mix here in Atlanta). 

I just wanted to thank you for your site.  I would love to put his story on your success page just to let folks know the older dogs make great pets too.

Boomer

Boomer

I’m sure you still remember “Hulk #22389″. His new name is Boomer and this is a photo of him with his new dad.

He’s spoiled rotten and has probably gained a few more pounds. He lives on 30 acres which has a 3 acre lake and he gets to travel to and from his swimming hole on Phil’s ATV.

Phil has taken BoomBoom to all the neighbors to introduce him to everyone as we live in a rural area.

Boomer adores riding on the ATV and will even sit on it when it is parked in the garage.

Buddy

Buddy

This is Buddy, the dog we got from the Athens-Clarke County pound recently.  (We found him via the athenspets.net site).

It was REALLY hard to get a halfway decent shot of him, because every time I got ready to take the picture, he’d move!!!!!   I play ball, fetch the sock, fetch the bone, tug of war with his rope, catch the treat, and other games with him.  He hangs out with me most of the time in the evenings, sprawled out on my feet or legs, if I happen to be still.

Scout

Scout

This is Scout we adopted him a year ago him and my daughter have been inseparable ever since he has made a lovely extension to our family.

We couldn’t have asked for a better more loving dog. He is a very good dog and enjoys cuddling in bed with my daughter every night.

Mrs. Beasley

Mrs. Beasely

Mrs. Beasely

We adopted “Clown” in December.  We renamed her Mrs. Beasely and she has become the Princess of the family – here she is in her favorite place – sitting on my husband’s lap.  She is the most wonderful dog – I just have  to wonder every day how someone was able to give her up.  Their loss was certainly our gain. Thank you for your wonderful website, without it we would never had found her – we came from Alpharetta and let me tell you it was well worth the trip.

Thanks again. The Ulams

Shug

Shug

Shug (formerly Sugar Plum)

This is Sugar Plum adopted April 27, 2004 from Athens Clarke Animal Control.

We lived in Athens until a year ago, the moved up here to Boston.  I think she has really enjoyed the cold weather with all that fur.  We’re going to be moving again to Florida, soon, though.

She is great b/c she is so low maintenance (which is great for me)…and all my friends are amazed at how good and calm she is.  She never jumps on you, barks (unless someone rings the doorbell), drools, slobbers, chew/tear up things, or potties in the house.  A perfect well-mannered Southern gal.  She is afraid of thunderstorms and fireworks, sirens, etc. (really loud noises), and she recently developed a fear of the frying pan b/c sometimes it gets to smoky in the kitchen and sets off the fire alarm (too loud for Shug!).

Shug doesn’t do a whole lot of tricks, but she does know A LOT of words!  She’s just the best little Beastie ever!!

Meagan

Meagen

Meagen

This is Meagen, whom I’ve had the pleasure of petsitting.  She’s a bundle of love and energy, and this pitiful, sad looking face now wears a constant smile!  She was adopted on August 23, 2001.  This lucky little girl went to a home where she is loved and taken care of.

Thank goodness for big-hearted people!

Sweety

Sweety

When I saw those sad eyes staring at me I knew I couldn’t leave her there. Sweety (formerly Rachel) had been there for 11 days with no applications in site. We knew we had to save this sweet girl.

Sweety is now a big pound lap dog who thinks she’s really 10 pounds, and loves playing with our little dogs. She loves everyone, especially kids, and will sit and wait to give you kisses.

She is still looking for her forever home, but her time with us has been a precious gift.

Cyrus

Cyrus

Fido: Adopted on September 18, 2001.

This sweetie was my baby…one of the dogs that has stood out in my mind for the past year. He was injured and in pain, but as you see in the picture on the right, he was still such a sweetie. His loving little kisses broke my heart, and even though he was barely able to stand up to get out of his cage, he was adopted!! I have never heard a follow-up on this boy, though I would love to. I hope he’s as happy as he deserves to be!:-)

*Update! I finally heard from Fido’s happy owners! Heartwarming! Thank you for the update. This is why I keep going… “The dog called Fido on your page is now Cyrus and he has a very happy life now. He lives very happily with us and our other dog, Rocky, an Australian Shepherd/Terrier mix and ASPCA shelter dog from Idaho. Just like you say, Cyrus was in pain and would not walk when we saw him at the shelter. He was so friendly and loveable, we had to help him. He was diagnosed with ponosteitis, a bone problem in which the bone marrow begins to be converted to solid bone that seems to be associated with young large breed dogs. Pano is very painful and may affect one leg, then another or multiple legs at once. The good news is that many dogs either outgrow the problem or it can be controlled through diet. Cyrus began to do much better after a couple of weeks with us. He regained the strength in his hips and now shows no signs of being sick. He runs, plays, wrestles and likes to take walks.

He is a big (75lb) puppy, full of energy and love. If one word can describe Cyrus, it is love. That is all he knows how to do.

Kuma

Kuma

Kuma

Kuma’s story is a bittersweet one; I saw him listed on your site. I came down to visit him, and decided that day to bring him home. Kuma had entropion, fly-bitten ears, was underweight, and had a very bad case of heartworms.  We set about getting him healthy again.  The picture I’ve attached is from after his eye surgery.  3 weeks ago Kuma suddenly became ill, and although we brought him in for vet treatment, he passed away suddenly one Friday afternoon while we were at work.  We miss Kuma terribly, but take comfort in knowing that he had a loving home for the last few months of his life. On behalf of Kuma, and all of the other dogs you work so hard for, I thank you for your efforts.

Frank

Frank

Frank

I saw “Frank’s” soulful, pleading eyes on your website and knew he was the dog for us.

He lost that sad look the minute he came home,  almost a year ago on the day before Thanksgiving.  He had been skunked before being picbrought into animal control, so our house smelled like turkey, pumpkin pie, and skunk for the holiday! 

Jackson (Frank) is a big 90 pound, laid-back, silly who welcomes all our foster dogs and cats with licks.  He is a true love hound and we are so lucky he is part of our family.

Hannah

Hannah

Like most people, I was quite skeptical about adopting a Rottie, but I have found that Hannah (like most Rotties) embodies exactly what I was looking for in a dog. She is complex, sensitive, and loving while being a constant protector. She is never offensively aggressive and is always in tune with our comfort level in any given situation.

Most folks who meet Hannah are downright surprised with her submissive and friendly posturing. At the same time, I travel frequently, and I gain great peace of mind from having Hannah look after my girlfriend. Hannah would only become aggressive in a life threatening situation, and I am utterly confident in her ability to recognize such a situation…as well as her willingness to put her life on the line to diffuse it.

Teddy

Teddy

Teddy

Thanks for your website!!! We had been looking for a doggie friend for our 18 month old puppy dog, Bosco, when we stumbled upon your site.

After looking around for a bit I decided to give Teddy a shot at playing with Bosco, and wouldn’t you know it! They hit it off and Bosco perked right up. The first place we took her was to Petsmart, where we proceeded to gather far more toys, and treats, for her than our preliminary budget allowed, but seeing her prance around the puppy store from one squeaking plaything to another, it was more than worth it.

Other good news, she and Bosco hit it off and started wrestling and playing tug-o-war with Bosco’s toy rope.  They’re now both exhausted from playing all day by time I get home, and cuddle up at night together and go  to sleep.

Thank you so much for what you do, I refuse to think of the alternative had (Teddy) Dizzy not found her home here with us.

Ally

Ally

Ally

My Ally is doing great!!!

This beautiful chocolate lab has endeared herself to the whole family.  Even though she is a bundle of energy, she realizes that I am a senior citizen and not able to walk her right now.  She is happy just being a laid-back pampered pet.  I thought I was getting an outside dog, but Ally had different ideas, and she established herself indoors. 

I couldn’t have looked the world over and found a more lovable companion.