Happy Beginnings

CAP is able to adopt out many animals to happy forever homes. Adoptive families share their joy below with pictures and stories. Help us make this possible for all our homeless animals through a donation to CAP today!

Happy Beginnings Submissions

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coco_5-3-08_sm.jpgMy name is Coco and I was born on May 22, 2007 - I am almost one year old! I
love taking my parents (Gregg and Debbie) to the dog park (as long as they drive)
and making them give me treats. My parents also like playing fetch with me!
If I see you on our walks I will say hello!

tejabear_5-7-08_sm.jpgWe adopted Teja in October of 2007. Before arriving, we decided that we would adopt a small lap dog. However, after meeting Teja, a 50 lb, chinese shar pei mix, we knew that we wouldn't be getting our small lap dog - we knew that we had met our match. With her energy and loving nature,

Teja has been the perfect addition to our family.

hunter_feb2008_4-23-08sm.jpgNicole wrote, "I adopted Hunter [named Larry boy by CAP] in January 2005.
Hunter was put to sleep today due to chronic kidney failure.
He was unexpectedly diagnosed a year ago at the young age of 4, and
we sought treatment from specialists to make certain we kept him happy as long as possible.
Hunter was a great dog--and was spoiled until the very end. Even in his final moments,
he was looking for squirrels and flies to chase! "

snowy_wascalledtrue_4-5-08sm.jpgI am Snowy. I was adopted at the beginning of March 2008. At the shelter I was called True, but my new family thought Snowy would be just right for me and I wear my new name with pride. I love to play and cuddle and I am very gentle with the two young children. My new family speaks Dutch to me and I understand them very well. I am so happy to be here, I do not even want to go outside, even when the door is wide open, because I do not want to lose my way home again.

dogJessica writes, "Pickle (was named Susha) now 3 years old...adopted her from CAP in April of '07. I had gone to pick out a rabbit to rescue after Easter, as a present to myself, but when there was a crowd at the door, I snuck into the dog room to escape it and this is the face that was staring at me. .... Pickle is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I could not imagine a life without her and her brother Sebastian (a 1 year old Beagle). She is the most affectionate dog I have ever had, and I love her "uncontrollably." Thank you so much for introducing this adorable girl to my life."

dogTerrier Finn (full name: Finnegan T. Dog) was adopted by his foster parent Gitta after having been treated for heartworms. Finn has since learned to tolerate the cat and been trained to be a therapy dog at training classes with Shannon and his fostermom. Finn successfully passed his tests and served his "internship" at two different retirement homes where he interacted with the residents very well. He is now registered as a therapy dog and ready to start work. - - When he is not out cheering up humans he enjoys relaxing on the sofa and going for walks with his mom. He is about a 25 pounds package of love and affection! 3-4-08.

catZelda (originally called "Shelly" or "Shellie") - Mom Rebecca writes, I adopted Zelda in November 2005. I remember meeting her for the first time--I sat down and she got in my lap and insisted on licking my face all over. Her whole body was wiggling with excitement. She had been in the shelter for two months at that point and was more than ready go home. .... I'm grateful for the advice CAP gave us about and for the coupon and referrals to obedience classes. When you adopt a hyper dog, those things can go a long way towards smoothing the transition...Although she doesn't have to be crated during the day, it's where she goes to take a nap or to chew a bone or when she knows she's in trouble. Zelda's a great dog. She is very smart and has lots of personality. It's been two and a half years since she joined the family, and I'm so glad to have her.

catFriends Sno(on left) and Frankie, enjoying their cat climbing posts. His dad Kevin sent this note from Frankie, "Hi, I'm Frankie! I'm the handsome fella on the right. I settled into my new kingdom toward the end of February. You can see my sister Sno on the left side of the picture. She's yet to fully appreciate how wonderful I am. She's working on it. We have plenty of fun, even if sometimes she is a stick in the mud. I like sneaking up on her. She's really good for that! I don't mind it when she sneaks up on me either... fair's fair, I say! OK, I'm through with this siesta... time to see what my human is up to!

dogBrownie - Mom Kathleen wrote, We adopted a 2 year old chocolate lab mix (originally named Brownie)from CAP in 1996 as first time dog owners. She started her life with us diagnosed with heartworms, for which she was treated. She made a full recovery and became my best friend and exercise buddy (walking & bike riding). Over time, her name became "BG" - as in Brownie-Girl. In 1999, I was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy. I credit BG for helping me through recovery as she seemed to know when I was able (and needed) to get out and exercise but simply feeling sorry for myself, or when I was truly unable. BG passed away on 25 January 2008 - 12 years after we adopted her - she was almost 14 years old.

dogHeineken, was called Angus - Lindsay writes, "I adopted my dog Heineken (then named Angus) in May of 2003. He is such a smart, sweet dog. He loves to be near me as much as possible, curled up in my lap! He is also one of the best ball fetching dachshunds I have ever seen! He now has a brother, Gus, who is a large brown lab. They look like Mutt and Jeff together. Heinken would not have been around for me to adopt if he had not been fostered while he had heartworms. Thank you for taking care of him! He is still doing great and acting half his age!