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Gia is our 11 yr old bundle of energy. She found her way home to us from ABF in October.  Seniors are so often passed over for the younger dogs.  But these older guys need forever homes, too. Give an older dog a chance.  They are gentle and loyal companions who no longer feel the need to chew your shoes!  These sweet guys deserve to spend their golden years in a home with lots of love. Try a senior. You won't regret it.  The Welch/Roth family  

 

We lost our 10 yr old Corgi, Bailey, in June. After a couple weeks of an empty house and a quick trip to the local pet store to visit puppies, we knew we wanted two puppies and we knew we wanted to adopt.  A small, poodle breed mix was what we wanted but who would be letting such puppies go to a shelter?  But there they were looking out of our browser window on the Adopt-A-Pet website. Fast forward a few days and the last three puppies from the litter were sitting on our laps in the kitchen.  Mocha and Hershey ("the curlies") were ours and Cappuccino (now "Cappie") was staying with us until he found a final home - which he did just two days later - with us! Yes, we were crazy enough to adopt three puppies at one time and we haven't regretted that for a minute. These guys bring so much joy and life to our home that we can't imagine a world without them. We've quickly learned how to groom them ourselves ($40 each every 6 weeks - yikes!) and decided we needed some puppy training help as the puppies outnumber us.  It's made a world of difference.  We have people come by early just to see the puppies and you should see the smiles we get when we're out walking three puppies on 15 ft leashes.  We're quite the pack.  Which is exactly what we are, a pack, a family.  Thank you to Animals Best Friends for rescuing these wonderful souls, nursing them back to health and then letting us bring them into the family.  The Haun family

 

Our youngest son found Blackie while searching the internet for a Labrador mix puppy to adopt. We have an eight year old Lab-Pointer mix (love of our life) and felt it was time to expand our canine family. Blackie’s eyes spoke to us for some reason compelling us to call Animals Best Friends to inquire about him. We quickly filled out the adoption application and set up a meet and greet. The connection to Blackie was real but he was older then what we originally were looking for. While continuing the search for a younger puppy we asked if we could foster Blackie instead. Blackie ended up bonding with us immediately, he was easy to train, his older age as a puppy meant that he could stay all night in his crate without needing to potty, we found him to be quick and eager to train and our older dog loved playing with him. Since we were only fostering, I made sure to send out information to all my friends about this wonderful dog to see if they would be interested in adopting Blackie through ABF. Well, there was an interest and the threat of another family wanting to adopt him was all we needed to realize that this pup was meant for us all along. Blackie has found a home. Don’t be afraid to open your mind when scouting out your pet at a shelter. You might not find what you are looking for, but something even better!

 

Henry (Snickers) and Pepper (Peppermint Patty) have become the perfect addition to our family. They are the most loving dogs in the world. Henry (aka Mr. Fluff Pants) loves to be held, will do anything for treats, and steals all of his sister's toys. Pepper (aka Miss Scruffy Bottom) is everyone's favorite dog at the dog park. She loves to snuggle and runs circles around her brother in the yard. We are truly blessed by these two puppies. Thank you to ABF for bringing them into our lives!

Christine and Dave

 

Hi Everyone! We just wanted to give you an update on Addie (June). She's grown some and loves to play hard, shed hard,  and sleep hard. She will not lay directly on the carpet; she'll find anything she can to lay on (her pillow or anything we leave out lol). She's not allowed on the other furniture, but she loves this foot stool so we gave in. She's about to out-grow it though! Thanks again for giving us such a great new family member. The McGinn family

 

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, HAELEIGH (formally Halo)
Haeleigh joined our family of 4 humans, 2 guinea pigs, 1 turtle, 6 fish, 1 snail and a feral cat that lives outside this past July. She has adapted well to all, but remains a bit shy with men and strangers. We take her everywhere that she is allowed and she is feeling more at ease with others each time we take her out. Haeleigh really enjoys going for car rides and long walks with her new family. She is currently up to about 55 pounds and gaining muscle mass every day. No more seeing or feeling her ribs. She is a healthy 7 mth old puppy who enjoys new independence with us. After 2 days, she decided that she did not like her kennel and enjoyed the freedom of having full access to her home. A few things got chewed up, but nothing that we could not live without. We keep plenty of chew toys around the house for when she feels the need to chew.
Haeleigh enjoys playing in the water. She has her own "Kiddie" pool that she has access to whenever she is outside, and plays in it nightly after her long walks to cool off her feet. She will put her face under the water and play with toys on the pool bottom. We had hoped to get her in our swimming pool, but she is not ready for that excursion yet. She will stand on the side, and almost put her face in the pool, but she cannot be coaxed into the deeper water yet. Maybe next year when she has more confidence in herself and us. Haeleigh is very smart and learns quickly. She has mastered "sit", "lie down", "fetch" and is working on shaking hands/paws, and rolling over. She has also learned that by picking up her "Kong" and throwing it in the air, usually when it hits the ground, the snacks will spill out of it. Much easier than trying to get her tongue in the little hole to obtain the treats. She also likes treats hidden in a cardboard box or shoe box. She has learned that if she pounces on the box with her front feet with all of her weight, the box will usually break open and give her access to the treats inside. Haeleigh has her own friends that live around our back yard. She looks for them whenever she is outside. Three of the houses bordering our yard each have smaller dogs that Haeleigh will play with and run with on either side of her fence. Touching noses is a plus also for her to enjoy. She is looking forward to seeing her old friends from ABF at the reunion picnic this fall, and maybe see some of her siblings that were also adopted out. One of her favorite places to run is the Sante Fe Park where she has made many new friends and frequents on a regular basis. Hope to see you there along with everyone from Animals Best Friends. Thank you all for all you do and introducing Haeleigh to her "forever home"! The Gans Family

 

Home At Last! I'm Tanner, a 10 yr old Beagle from Animals Best Friends that found my forever home! ABF found me wandering the streets of Kansas City, homeless and infected with heartworms. They took me in, cared for me, and got me to a doctor that took the worms away so I could find a new home. I have a collapsing trachea that requires daily medication and I was afraid that no one would want me because of this. 
My new mom saw my picture on a poster and asked to meet me. When I did I gave her my best wiggle butt first impression - AND IT WORKED - because she had me over for a visit that weekend and decided that she wanted ME!! Now I have my very own home and a place to live forever where I'll be safe and loved. I have a brother named Finn, a German Shorthair Pointer, who's very big, and he likes me. Except when I play with his special chew toy and he gives me that look. We work it out though. Since I gained so much weight during my heartworm treatments, my mom put me on a diet - oh the inhumanity - which I hate! And she takes me and Finn out for walks everyday - which I love! Some of my favorite things are laying in the sun on the back deck listening to the birds, going for rides in the car, and snuggling up at night with mom and Finn as I drift off to sleep. My mom even takes me to work sometimes. Oh! And I'll be going this summer on my very first vacation to meet my two-legged brother Justin, and spend some time on the river. I'm so excited!! My mom tells me all the time that she's very happy I found her. She calls me Sweet Pea and I really like that. I miss all the nice people at ABF and I miss my roommates, and hope that they soon find their forever homes. Thank you Animals Best Friends! The Weiss Family

 

Starr was a little older than we had hoped, but once she got into the house I knew I would be keeping this dog. There is a two week trial and if things didn't work out we could return her. I didn't want any of that. I just figured Starr was ours now and she would stay with us. Starr is an older dog, quite a bit older - probably closer to 13 than 10. Being a bigger dog, this age difference is huge. I was cooking in the kitchen the other day for several hours and she sat next to me the entire time. I think she was hoping for some food, but being older she just slept most of the time. After about three weeks my youngest daughter came down the steps and sat down next to Starr by the front door and said "I love this big dog". I knew then I had made the right decision to adopt Starr. Since then Starr (aka Big Dog) has shown her personality and has become a member of the family. Big Dog goes on short walks (same time every night because she knows when it's time), wrestles some in the living room with my son for fun. Her walks are limited to 3/4 of a mile if its not too hot out. She doesn't get much exercise, but I think she is getting what she needs. The foster parent for the Big Dog had her for over two years. I know that she was well taken care of and I could also tell that the foster parent was very sad to give her up. I hope that she now knows the Big Dog is in good hands. I don't know how long the Big Dog will last, I just don't know. It could be five weeks, it could be two years. I do know that she has brought happiness to our home and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Animals Best Friends is truly a life saver for many of these animals. A great organization to help those that can't help themselves. The Smith family

 

We wanted to share a picture of Abby with her brother Theo with you guys. We love Abby so much. She is the greatest addition to our family. We couldn't be happier with her. She is the sweetest puppy and we cannot believe how well behaved she is. She was the star of the two obedience classes we took her to. Her trainer wants her to become a therapy dog. She loves her "big" brother and going to doggy daycare. Thank you for our wonderful girl.  The Kuss family

 

We are so lucky and happy to have this sweetheart in our lives! She has been the perfect addition to our family. Keeta (Sara) pictured on the left, came to us just a few weeks ago and she is settling in great. She loves everyone she meets, especially her new pack mates Gypsy the cat and Rylee the beagle. Thank you so much for bringing this pretty girl to us.

The Lollman family

 

The first dog we adopted through Animals Best Friends was Winnie. We found her initially through PetFinder. After a bit of research, we learned that she was currently in a foster home. Our family discussed if it was the right time to bring a new dog home. We had lost our beloved Cocker Spaniel, Ginger, just a few months prior. We all agreed that at the very least, we would like to have Winnie come for a visit. That was almost 8 years ago.  We could not have asked for a more loving, sweet furry family member. Those first few weeks, Winnie spent most of her time on my lap and at night, she lay right between my husband and I. She was a little insecure but soon realized that she was there to stay and we were going to go right on being there with her. About 2 years ago, I saw a post from ABF with a picture of “Winnie” but the title read that she was a “new addition”. Believing that this must have been posted in error, I contacted them to see if this was an older picture of our Winnie that had somehow made its way onto Facebook. I learned that it was not an error but that another little one had been found and that she had been named “Winnie” by the staff because she reminded them so much of our Winnie. Well, we just HAD to go meet her. Although my family fell immediately in love with this little bundle of energy, I was not so sure. Winnie had enjoyed being the only dog for many years and she was quite spoiled. Loving her as much as I do, I did not want anything to upset her. Her happiness was the most important thing. Reluctantly, I agreed to a 2 week trial. There was no denying that she was adorable and also loving and sweet when she could calm down for a few seconds to actually snuggle. I tried my best to keep an emotional distance from her until I knew for sure that Winnie would accept her. Of course, the first thing we had to do was rename her. We couldn’t have 2 Winnies running about. So, we named her Ellie Mae. She needed a middle name so that I would have something to call her when she was in REAL trouble. Thank goodness I did because that middle name is used often!  Her naughtiness is born out of happiness and exuberance, however, so no one gets truly mad at her for very long.  It took Winnie awhile to adjust to all the energy this new little one brought with her. Sometimes Winnie has to put Ellie Mae in her “place” but Ellie is oblvious to it all and thinks it is a very fun game. She is an annoying little sister to be sure but they get along wonderfully. Winnie has found her “safe” spots and Ellie has learned to leave sister alone when she is in those spots. They sleep in different rooms and every morning when Winnie gets up the 1st thing she does is to go find sister.  Every morning they are excited to see each other. My emotional distance has turned into a deep love for this little furry bundle of energy and Winnie is reassured daily that she is “my” dog and while they can be terribly jealous, they work it out peacefully. We could not have asked for anything better. Special thanks go out to Diane and the whole ABF staff who were very patient with me as I worked through my concerns and fears of bringing a 2nd dog into our home. The 2 week trial turned into a much longer trial as I was reluctant to say for certain that Ellie Mae was a “keeper”. I cannot imagine our family now without her in it. Thank you ABF! The Beavers family

 

I wanted to give Animals Best Friends an update and photo of our new member of the family, Penny. Carolyn worked with me on this adoption around the time of Labor Day. This little dog has become one of the most wonderful dogs! First, she is now fully house broken and now does her business outside. That was quite the journey, but we succeeded. She also has warmed the hearts of anyone that comes through the door. She runs to her crate when she wants a break and doesn't want anyone to bother her. She sleeps there at night and is comfortable with her surroundings.   Thank you Carolyn! You wouldn't recognize this dog if you saw her! She is so incredible!  The Johnson family

 

In October of 2012, we decided that our beloved 7 year old black lab Mai needed a companion. We discussed how we were going to do this, whether it be by adopting from a shelter, by looking in the newspaper, or online. We decided that adopting from a shelter was the best choice, so we contacted Animals Best Friends. We started a 2 week trial with a great puppy, but unfortunately it did not work out. Our family was determined to find that perfect match. In March of 2013, we saw Ellie’s picture on ABF’s website and we knew we had to meet her. We met her and decided that we definitely wanted to start a 2 week trial with her. The first day of the trial, we knew immediately that we wanted to make her a permanent part of our lives. Ellie fit in with our crazy family from the start. Ellie is a loving, funny, and very happy dog. She has the most unique personality of any dog we have ever been around. When you talk to her, she looks right at you, with one ear sticking straight up, as if she truly understands what you are saying. When her family comes home from work or school or when anyone comes through the door, she raises up and leans her head on you as if to give you a big “hello” hug. Ellie is incredibly smart to! She figured out early on that for every time you go outside, you get a treat when you come back in. She has also figured out that when the freezer door opens, you get an ice cube for a treat. Ellie also likes to have fun and her energy level is extremely high! Being part Border Collie, she loves to herd the kids, their friends and even her new canine friend Mai. Mai and even the kids don’t seem to mind. They play tug of war and chase each other around the house. Mai even looks happier since Ellie has been in our home. We couldn’t be more pleased and happy to have Ellie in our lives. She is a perfect match for us! Thank you so much to Animals Best Friends, Dianne, and especially to Shari and Holly for helping us find Ellie. The Chandler family

 

Things are going great for Cha Cha and us! I am really glad that we chose her to be our forever dog. She is very sweet and we love her. She is about ready to complete her obedience course at PetSmart. She is a smart girl and she already knew a lot of the material that they covered.  It has given us more confidence with her and has enhanced her abilities.  She loves to play with her toys and her favorite toy is still her little ball that she brought with her to our house. She has yet to potty in the house and she never, ever tears anything up or even bothers anything she shouldn't. She loves to go for long walks and we go several times a day... rolling in the grass is a favorite outdoor activity. She is still not too keen on people she does not know, but she loves other dogs and she has canine friends here that she sees out on our walks. She was apprehensive about her new Dad at first and he has been very patient with her. It has paid off because now she is eager to jump on his lap in the morning to get rocked and get her first treat of the day. We love our little doggie. She is precious, definitely a keeper!  The Springer family

 

I would just like to thank you again for all the effort you put into caring for Max, the German Shorthaired pointer we adopted. He has been a wonderful addition to our family. He likes all the little creature comforts we are able to provide and he especially likes cuddling with my other gsp dog at night (both sleep together with with me). Plus, his "busy bones" that he loves to eat on the occasion I ever have to be gone from him. He's getting plenty of exercise with my other dog Petey and is consumed with hunting squirrels...although he hasn't been able to nab one yet, thankfully for that. He has become very well adjusted and has thrived in health and happiness.  The Pickering family

 

Hi There Friends! I don’t have long . . . my new mom’s in the shower and she doesn’t know that I’m computer savvy! She was supposed to write this story, but who better than ME . . . right? I know we’ve never met, but I’m sure my story will warm your hearts. I was not loved or wanted; and I was given up for adoption. Even though I’m so incredibly beautiful with black hair and piercing black eyes (yeah, I’m a diva!), I had no where to go until an angel named Dianne came along. I gave her a BIG hug and she took me AND my sister home to foster. Just before Thanksgiving, Dianne talked with a couple that were interested in providing a loving forever home for me. FOREVER! I am very shy, so our first meeting was a little overwhelming. But guess what . . I went home with them just before Christmas, and my life is FAB! You see, I’m a 6-month-old Border Collie mix that was being fostered through Animals Best Friends. They do the best job at finding forever homes for gals and guys like me. Do you know my new parents even updated their fence (just for me)! I even get to go to doggie-day care when my mom & dad have to work. I’ve met a lot of new four-legged friends there! The holidays were lots of fun too . . got to meet my two-legged relatives! They even gave me presents! I keep hearing my forever parents say, “Ginger is just the sweetest puppy”! That’s right, my name is Ginger and I don’t mean to brag, but I AM a great girl! It’s also been said that “I can’t hold my licker”. I give GREAT kisses!! Some things are private, but I must tell you that I was potty-trained in two days. And I’m learning to use a bell on the back door to tell my parents when I need to take care of business. Right now, I’ve trained them to ring it, but I think I’ll ring it soon just to amuse them. DL! (Doggie Laughs) Uh, oh . . I hear the shower turning off so I better finish up. Just remember, adopting a pet is so rewarding for US and for you humans as well! My sister Hannah still needs a forever home and she’s just as beautiful and loving as me.  Ginger and the Calvert Family

 

 

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