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Happy Tails: Adoption Stories
Read about some some of our furry success stories; animals who have found loving homes thanks to N.O.A.H.!
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N.O.A.H.'s 10,000th Adoption!
From N.O.A.H. Matchmaker, Terese (Dec 11th, 2010)
A wonderful family came into N.O.A.H. looking for additions to their family. The Mara's had no idea they would be our 10,000th adoption. It was an added suprise to their perfect family day. The Mara's, along with their two daughtres, had been discussing getting a buddy for their one year old cat, Beela, for a few months. Beela has fun with their family dogs, but had been longing for a feline friend. So after getting their christmas tree (they actually had it strapped to their car!), the Mara's decided to stop by N.O.A.H.. In our cat colony they fell in love with two kittens, Pom Pom and Happy. Pom Pom is a spunky little girl with a bunny-like tail, and Happy is loving and sweet long-haired kitten.These two balence each other well and are sure to be good playmates for Beela, as well as fun and loving companions for the entire Mara family!
Callie and Logan
From Adopter, Carolyn
I adopted an orange female tabby named "Roo", now named Callie. She had already been placed once, but had been a bit too feisty, so home she went with me! My Golden Retriever was excited to have another living being in our home. Callie had boundless energy, and while the Golden loved to play, he wanted his rest too. So back I went to NOAH, to find Callie a playmate. "Oreo", now Logan, was sleeping in one of the cages in the lobby. He was mostly black with a white dot above his nose. He was more shy than Callie, a real lap cat. They are great friends, and the Golden is happy to have two buddies, they all play well together, and make me smile. I have attached two photos. I am so pleased to have been able to be apart of your adoption process. Thank you!
From Adopter, Charlotte
We adopted Australian cattle dog mix Lady from NOAH a week ago. Although she was bigger than what I thought I had in mind, and not the soft fluffy kind I'm usually attracted to, she seemed to have all the right personality credentials and the Matchmaker agreed. She even hit it off with my son (the cat-lover, not a dog person) and his son (our 2 year-old grandson). So we brought her home. She has stepped right in, like she's always lived here, and has roomed with our two cats from the very first night without incident. One of our cats was only barely suspicious (and that didn't last long), but because Lady was so polite with them. She has been very responsive to the rules of the house and also has been great in public, seems willing to please, shows no tendencies toward agression at the dog park, and comes when called (by either name). In fact she has such impeccable manners, we thought it would be appropriate to name her after etiquette expert Emily Post. So now she's Lady Emily.
From Adopters Diana and Jim
I wanted to share our post- adoption success with you. We adopted Pennzoil (now named Ernie) at the end of July 2009. There were so many kittens at the shelter, but Ernie made it easy--he picked us.
At first, Ernie had a little trouble with a kitty cold, but with good food, love and veterinary care he did just fine. He also had a biting dis-inhibition issue, he learned fairly quickly though not to bite. The adoption worker at Noah was available by phone and helped us work through the biting and Ernie's adjustment to our home with one other adult female cat.
We can't say enough about our 'not so little anymore' Ernie. We are crazy about him. Anytime one of us comes home, we're greeted with a "happy to see you" sommersault at the front door. He's always good for a "head butt," a sure sign of affection. He loves to play fetch with his ball and more recently jumps up for balls in mid-air batting them back to us. He's so amazing. I'm pretty sure he could be a circus cat, but we won't let him go for anything.
He's in good hands and loved enormously.
Thank you for all you do for the animals we love so much.
Tucker, Molly, Peyton and Ella
From Adopters, Dave and Becca
In Feb. we adopted our 2 big babies, Tucker and Molly (the dogs) from you. Then just a couple weeks ago we also adopted our 5 month old kittens, Peyton and Ella, also from you! Here are some pictures to update! Thanks for everything!
From Adopter, Carrie
I have attached a photo of the kitten that my daughter & I adopted from NOAH at Jones & Co. pet store during their anniversary sale. He was known as “Paul” at NOAH, but we call him Blaze. He is in the basket with his new sister Cooper. After a couple of days of getting used to each other, they get along great now. Chasing each other and playing until they both need a nap!
Last August (2009) my boyfriend and I adopted Poppy, a Chihuahua/ Jack Russell Mix. We renamed him Otis (after a giant from Greek mythology) and he has been a wonderful addition to our little family. It took us a few weeks (and one bedroom door) to get into a routine, but we got there! He loves the dog park and even runs with the big dogs, he doesnít seem to understand how small he is. Otis is just as at home here in Bellingham or out on 12 acres at my parentís house running with their 4 dogs. He has also become the resident Gallery Dog at Allied Arts of Whatcom County where I work, greeting everyone who walks in when he goes to work with me about once a week.
I want to thank NOAH for understanding both Otisís behavior and talking to us. We had been turned down when trying to adopt another dog simply because we lived in an apartment, our active lifestyle wasnít even considered. NOAH understood that even though Otis wouldnít have a yard to run, that he would still be cared for. Otis loves our daily morning walks (saying hello to all the other neighborhood dogs), the dog park, and hiking around Lake Padden. He will be going on his first camping trip this summer and we honestly canít wait. We are constantly amazed at how tough he is! He is singlehandedly changing the stereotype of the timid, shaking Chihuahua.
Haifa (previously Peppermint) is adjusting well to us and to her new home. She is healthy, fun, cute, smart, and is close to being housebroken. We are delighted to have her run around in the back yard and tear down the stairs. She is doing well around our neighbor dogs and our chickens and greet our visitors warmly. At night she sleeps in her kennel in Jakob's room, and fortunately, due to all our schedules, she is rarely left home during the day alone in the kennel. She comes when we call "Haifa, come!" -of course expecting a treat, but it is nice to know we can call her back from the street. Our backyard is fully fenced, so she runs around in her "play pen" while boys are tossing balls or keeps Sonja company while reading. She is very cuddly and loves to snuggle in the lap at night.
Haifa is a great match for our family. Thank you!
(Photo Courtesy of Janet Tangen)
Just wanted to send a note to let you know that our adoption of Baby (now known as Spike) is going swimmingly! He's been doing absolutely fantastic with house training (only two accidents since we brought him home), he's great with his crate, and loves to play with and chase our boxer, Coco - she loves it!!. He's a sweet, snuggly little boy that is spoiled rotten, with his own share of toys, treats and his own bed (which the boxer loves to try to fit in). He's learning to sit, lay down, and stay, with progress. :o) We couldn't be happier with our choice! Thank you for all that you have done and do ~ I'm glad we found you, and Spike!
Thank you for letting us adopt little Bella. After some research, we decided she's probably a Chihuahua-Whippet mix, and boy can she RUN. She's a wonderful, sweet, well-behaved little girl, very eager to please and cuddle, and great friends w/ all the cats and Maisy (our hound dog mix from NOAH). Bella is right at home here and we love her! Hope you can see this photo of her after her bath, wearing her new sweater.
Our first night home with Gracie May was full of laughter!!! We were worried that she may have trouble getting along with our dog Joe Joe, but they seem to be getting closer everyday. Maddalyn our 1 year old daughter follows her around the house and even learned a few new words!!! HI KITTY!!!!
To Laura, Emily, and everyone involved in our adoption of Edina (now Dot),
Thank you so much for everything. You were very professional, thorough and informative during the adoption process. We're already very pleased with our choice of Dot. We crated her on our way home. She whined a bit initially but adjusted rather rapidly.
When we got home Dash acted like a true gentleman. He showed Dot all around the house and yard. Dot sat on my lap for a bit while I was on the computer. I wondered if Dash would be jealous of Dot. He wasn't.
Right now they're napping on Marj's lap. I'm sure it was a tiring day for both of them. I took some pictures. Dot has her arm around Dash. They have such similar temperaments - two peas in a pod. If what has happened so far is any indication of the future I suspect they will get along famously.
It's so typical of empty nesters to treat their pets as if they are their children. And we're proud parents.
Dot is a very sweet young lady. We feel very fortunate to have her as our "girl." She completes our "family." I suspect that Dot will be everything we wished for. For both us and for Dash.
I believe that NOAH is an organization of impeccable standards. The service you provide is much needed. Your attentiveness to the needs of the pets you care for awaiting adoption is outstanding. Any concerns about their health are obviously treated expeditiously. NOAH doesn't overlook anything.
Thank you so much for the service you provide.
Fiona And Punchie
On September 26, 2009 our family stopped by NOAH. It was intention to just visit the animals and say hello. When we arrived we were greeted by Fiona and Punchie (they were in the cage behind the reception desk). We continued with our visit and kept going back to check on Fiona and Punchie.
Our family discussed adopting Fiona. She was quite the talker (salesperson)! She reminded us of our beloved Sammy who went to kitty heaven July 2008. We already had two other cats at home (as well as 3 dogs). We were hesitant at first but Fiona convinced us that she had to come home with us. Done deal, almost.
While we were waiting for our match maker to get the paperwork together, we noticed the sign about adopting one and get the other one for half-price. Being the bargain shopper that I am, I went back to the family and pitched my position. Since Fiona and Punchie appeared to be ìtwinsî (they came to NOAH on the same day and from the same location), they were so much like Sammy, and it would only cost an additional $50, letís keep the girls together! My significant other thought Iíd lost my mind! We brought both of the girls home with us and have never looked back or regretted our decision.
Lucy (fka Fiona) and Lily (fka Punchie) has brought us so much happiness and hours of entertainment. I can not express how much we have thoroughly enjoyed them. While they arenít twins and may not even be related, they are the best additions to our family we could have asked for. I never thought I would have gotten two cats at the same time. The family actually thought it would be more work than we could handle; especially, with the other pets (i.e., making the transition and introductions). Guess what? It was a breeze!
If anyone is interested in getting a cat, think about taking advantage of the adoption special. Not only are you helping NOAH place a defenseless, homeless animal, you will be adding hours, days, weeks, months, and years of unconditional love, happiness and entertainment.
With wags, scratches, barks and meows,
To all N.O.A.H. Volunteers,
Last month my daughter and I drove up from Monroe to N.O.A.H. to adopt a cat. I came wanting to adopt a cat with a certain type of personality. I wanted a friendly cat that was a lap cat. I brought a book to read so I could spend time in your visiting rooms with each cat. I wanted to see if the cat truly was a lap cat and whether the cat would initiate sitting in my lap. We decided to adopt Echo (whose new name is Juno). I truly appreciate that the actual adoption process was quick and painless.
We had a wonderful experience at your facility. I really appreciate everyone's help and patience as we took our time trying to find the right cat for our family. The facility is wonderfully accommodating and the visiting rooms are a brilliant idea. They allowed us the time and environment to choose the right cat.
Gumby and Jeepers
Hi N.O.A.H. Staff and volunteers!
Your staff was so great in assisting us thru the process. Especially( i think her name was Kristina- sorry we met a lot of great employees and volunteers there) being sensitive to our situation, since we had to put our kitty of 10 years to sleep. and helping us with the final adopting of 2 cats.
They had colds when we 1st brought them home, but the staff was great on providing medication to make them healthy again! and they are not showing any signs of colds- It worked -YAY!
I can tell you that both cats have been so fun, loving and great to our entire family. Mady being a little older , was hiding out for a couple days in her bed until she felt comfortable to wonder into my daughters room to visit with her. Abby on the other hand was eager to play being a 5 month old kitten, had no problems with boundaries.... she even tried to nuzzle to our Corgi ( who wants to play with both of them, but is still reserved and leaves them alone-I'm sure it'll take some extra time for bonding :) )
now going on the 2nd week, they remain indoors- with limits of rooms they can venture in, due to the fact they are much more active and playful as cats always are. Its so wonderful to see both cats love us all. I think having adopted both of them has made their transition easier and much more comfortable for them.
Thank you so very much from the bottom of our hearts for giving us these wonderful kitties!!!
"Here is a picture of Beauty, n.k.a., now known as, Gerty and her "big" brother Gus. As you can see they're getting along so well! She is also having fun playing with our young cat, Fritz. We have really enjoyed watching her get her confidence.
I just wanted to let you know that we're so happy we adopted Gerty!"
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