Each year we’ve seen hundreds of cats and dogs come through our foster homes, ultimately happy tail can be written when they are placed in their forever home. The animals are big part of our lives, we love to stay connected. This is a compilation of adoption stories, helping us stay connected even once we’ve found a new home for the animals. They’ll always have a place in our hearts. Learn more about getting involved with the Paws For Life to contribute to the next one, or consider adopting one of our pets and writing your own happy tail… You could live happily every after too!
Arwen, now Twix, has been adopted! After a week long home trial it was love and a great fit for her new mama, Angela. She will be a spoiled only pooch who will get to soak up all the love she wants after being rescued from one of the local shelters. Happy trails baby girl, foster mama is going to miss your happy wiggle butt around the house! Thanks for fostering Jess!!
Our Hank was returned after one night the family was not ready for a puppy. But great news is he found his forever home Friday!!
He will be the only spoilt puppy with 2 cat siblings to play with!! Also, he'll have a neighbor beagle called Bacon to play with daily, and a mom that works from home!! Life couldn't be better for sweet Hank!
Thank you to Anna for persisting in finding him his forever home and fostering this sweet boy!
A few weeks back a litter of 10 Australian Shepherd lab mix puppies were being given away. That's when I had undercover volunteers step in to get the puppies out of harm's way. They were given up at 5wks old because owner wanted them gone. They were covered in fleas, and had a belly full of worms. When they came to me they would only eat canned food. We made sure they got the vetting, love and attention needed to grow strong. Now they will all be headed off to bright futures.
A Double Adoption Night
Rosemary was the first to be adopted out of the litter of 10! She will enjoy life with her new family in Greensboro. What a lucky girl to have 4 kids to keep her company and a puppy pikenese sister to grow up with! She will be one busy, but happy girl!
Poppy went home just an hour later to join her new mom and dad in Wake Forest. Her new parents had recently lost their furbaby and really missed having one around. When we took Poppy over to her new home tonight they had already bought her lots of goodies to enjoy. We know they will enjoy raising another beautiful girl to have by their side!
We are so thrilled to announce the adoption of our sweet girl PUMPKIN!! She has waited and waited for the right people to come along. Pumpkin was found walking around the Bunn area heartworm positive, skinny, sick and sad looking with nails for miles. That was back in 2015. She has had a couple foster homes during that time and even a stint in boarding Heritage Animal Hospital Wake Forest, NC when we were short on a foster for her. She was treated by Paws For Life for her heartworm and doing so well now.
The Mohlmann Family saw her photograph and heard her story. They wanted to do a trial within 3 days they knew this was the gal that would become their family member. She is adjusting so well to living with this family. She is obedient and smart and gives them all love and attention. Thank you to Colin, Melanie, Ethan and Kailey for adopting Pumpkin. It was obvious how much she loves you all already!! Furthermore, a big thank you to all the fosters along the way – Cindy, Noel, Juli, Cecile and Pete, (and anyone we else missed during) – during the 18 months she has been in our care!
Introducing for the first time with a new last name Pumpkin Mohlmann!!
I remember getting a call asking to save your life from a shelter worker right after christmas. What they explained to me was a stressed husky who was freaked out. After waking up from your neuter you were not ok with strange people vaccinating you, so you bit the vet tech. The shelter called you a pain in the butt and allowed no one to touch you. Staff got in touch with me thanks to Danielle Jones and we were told if he couldn't come to rescue he was set to be euthanized. Many people just don't understand the husky breed and how they react in stressful situations. Without hesitation or meeting you I said yes I'll take him.
A Different Dog
The day we picked you up in the target parking lot where staff met us you instantly tried to bite. You were scared, not treat motivated, and not willing to get in my crate to hold home. After 30 mins of looking like a crazy lady in target parking lot I outsmarted you and you were in the crate and on the way to our house. You were orange stained, smelled horrible with matted fur in spots. I had no idea how I was going to give you a bath considering I wasn't your friend yet. Thankfully you loved Stuart Adcock and gave him hardly any trouble.
Over the last 2 months you've learned to trust and turned into a completely different dog then we had picked up. You overcame your food aggression, and learned to listen. I couldn't be happier to hand you off to your new family who I know will take the best care of you. After all, your mom's a vet tech who has a sister for you to be best buds with.🐺🐺
A Life With Chrystal & Kiki
Thank you Chrystal Ann for wanting to adopt this crazy boy and make him part of your family. I know he will get to enjoy long walks with you and Kiki. He will learn even more and have a great mom who will make sure he has everything he needs and then some. I look forward to seeing updates on him. Thank you for adopting! 💜
My son and I started fostering kittens for Franklin County Humane Society of NC in . We had assorted kitties come through our home and stay from one week to maybe three weeks at the most before finding their forever homes.
This past February we welcomed to our home sibling kittens with classic Turkish Van markings and the softest bunny like fur. These kittens were sweetest most gentle kittens and they were very bonded. They did everything together, walking in unison and hooking their tails while they slept. We named them Sugar and Cookie.
Sugar was adopted in early April to a wonderful family who fell in love with her and just had to have her. I tried to have them adopt Cookie too, but they couldn't adopt two at that time. Poor Cookie cried all the way home he missed his sister so much. Cookie had three adoption applications that fell through, it just wasn't meant to be. May and June passed and he was growing into a very handsome young cat and we just couldn't understand why no one was interested in him, everyone who saw him said he was beautiful and gentle but no takers.
On July 12th I received a heartbreaking email from a couple Marco and Ludmila who were interested in Cookie, their beloved cat Pierro passed away. He was 16 and had a bone marrow disease. They were devastated and Marco was looking on Petfinders and was amazed to see Cookie, who was Pierro's double! and they wanted him. Through many phone calls and emails his adoption was finalized in a few days. The only obstacle was his new family was in Boston MA. So Ludmila his new mom made arrangements to fly down to Raleigh NC early Saturday morning. My son John and I meet her at the airport with Cookie too and it was like we were already best friends. She is such a loving wonderful lady, smart, beautiful and generous. WE spent the day together going to the vet and getting Cookies health records and certificate visiting our home in Knightdale and meeting the other FCHS foster families at Petco. That afternoon Cookie flew home on the plane! He had his own ticket, no cargo for our special boy. Saying goodbye at the airport was bittersweet, we were missing Cookie already but we knew he found his most perfect forever home where he was meant to be.
We receive weekly updates from Cookie and we are friends on Facebook with his wonderful new family. Cookie helps Marco give piano lessons and is pretty much head of the household.
This past summer Marco and Ludmila traveled to the Czech Republic and of course Cookie had a first class seat right next to them. I posted on Facebook how Cookie has become a world traveler. Much to my surprise my sister Linda wrote that she met Cookie on the plane. She and her family were traveling from France to the Czech Republic and they met Cookie on the plane! Such a small world made better with a kitty!
~ Barbara Coe
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Unfortunately, Chi-Chi was returned to Paws For Life when her adopter died unexpectedly. Not only was she likely sad on the inside, she also looked sad on the outside (not to mention a bit stinky, too). With a quick request to see if anyone in our wonderful community would donate a free grooming session, within minutes Bonnie Keyes, a Kennel Tech at Canine Country Club and Pet Hotel and avid animal advocate/lover offered to help! They provided the pampering Chi-Chi needed to get ready for her new debut to find her next fur-ever family. This was further appreciated when Chi-Chi was brought in for her grooming session, and to say the least, was not the most pleasant client. She did not love her toes or face touched but CCC staff was very patient and kind throughout the whole process!! XO
Canine Country Club & Pet Hotel
Canine Country Club & Pet Hotel has been in business for over 30 years with the same owner Susan. In addition Melissa, who is both a talented groomer and the steadfast office manager has been with them for about the same amount of time. They pride themselves in having some of the same clients since the 80's who continue to bring their 4-legged babies to CCC. They know with all the new grooming places that come and go, you have lots of choices but their FOCUS is quality of service and relationships. We can not thank Canine Country Club wonderful staff enough for their big hearts, warm hands, and generosity.
Once upon a time, a sweet, gentle, black-and-white kitten was dropped at a high-kill shelter. Luckily, she was spayed by a local group so once placed on the adoption floor, there she remained. For months. And months. We were finally able to rescue her and bring her into our program but by then the poor little girl was almost a year old and extremely fearful. We named her Patience, knowing it would take a patient adopter to win her over. Even in her new foster home she hid in her carrier, the litter box, the covered bed placed in her new room. Finally, she came out for wet food and then allowed her foster mama to pet her. She flourished under the healing power of human interaction. Within weeks she was roaming the entire house, making friends with the other cats...and craving attention. Then, within two days of being placed in an adoption condo, she won two more hearts. A couple wanted a shy cat to be friends with their other shy cat. Their home would be the perfect, loving, patient environment she needed. Truly, there is a home for every animal and a true reward for patience.