Adoption Stories


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Peony came to us one afternoon after we were closed for the day. One of our staff members was coming back into the shelter after driving a long transport and a car pulled up in a hurry, tossed the kitten into her arms and said the kitten's mother had been hit by a car. She was only a few weeks old, too young to stay at the shelter alone overnight, so we contacted the Hughes family. They have been loyal bottle baby kitten fosters for years and of course, they took over her care without hesitation. We didn't know it at the time but Peony would become their latest foster failure! Lee and Bree have fostered countless bottle baby kittens and have ended up adopting a few that burrowed themselves into their hearts. Peony, Binx, Seraphina and even a beautiful pup named Mazie Marie who came into the shelter at only a few weeks old herself have all found a place in the Hughes family.

Possum (and Laurie)

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Mr. & Mrs. Christiansen were past adopters that found this scrawny little guy one day and graciously decided to foster him while he grew and recovered from an injury he had.  After a couple of months, they had fallen in love and could not let him go so he became a foster failure and official brother to SCHS alumni Laurie.

"I found Possum on the side of the road August 18 (2021). He weighed less than a pound, very dirty, hungry, and as you would expect very ‘bug” infested. He had a long face with a pink nose and very big ears. I thought he looked like a baby possum, in fact I checked him out to make sure I had not picked up a baby possum. He was rather ugly. My husband and I agreed to foster him. Possum had a very rough few weeks. My husband didn’t think he would survive. But he did and now at 5 months he is over 7 pounds, very curious, very fast, and very playful. My husband who at first said many times “we cannot keep him!” cannot part with him now.  We have another cat Laurie whom we adopted about 5 years ago. She and Possum are not the best of friends yet, but we are hoping that Lauries’ sweet disposition will rub off on Possum."


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Chewy came into the shelter in May 2021.  The shelter staff quickly fell in love with his bold, loverboy personality.  He loved to climb up and hug and was also playful.  Mr. Bonds and his son came to the shelter looking to adopt and after seeing Chewy, decided he was the one for them.   

"Chewy is doing great and has brought so much joy to all of my family.  He has really been a big help keeping our spirits up after the loss of my wife last September.  He has done so much for us as we have for him.  He is loved so much by all of us."




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Riley lived as a stray, hanging out behind Wal-Mart eating whatever she could find. It was a rough life. Fortunately for her, a kind woman fed her everyday, earned her trust and then brought her to our care in the shelter. We gave her medical care, including heartworm treatment, and love until she found the perfect family from Wilmington, NC.

"Riley had her first beach trip. We know she was thinking what is that! She loves to cuddle with the kids. We have her registered at Dogtrain on Kerr Ave. I've heard from several people now that the woman there is amazing and the classes are small. We are taking her as a family so we can all learn. Riley is a wonderful additon to our family, thank you!"





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Adopter Update. We love hearing from our alumni! We've shared Homer/Howie's before and after pictures because the transformation is amazing.

"I just wanted to check in and let you know how great Howie is doing. He has relaxed sooooo much and continues to improve every day! He wags his tail for me and races around the yard when I come home, and loves to snuggle on the sofa during tv time. He loves his daily walks where we usually stop to play with his friends on the street. My mom came to town to visit her new granddog last week too and it was love for both of them. Howie even rolled over so she could rub his belly! She says she's never seen a more beautiful dog! Or so sweet.
He is finding his voice finally and barks once in a while after being quiet as a mouse for weeks. He howled last night and the sound shocked us both I think. Thanks for everything."

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