The Wonders of Adoption

CHAH Updates

The ASPCA reports that roughly 6.3 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every  year.  Each year approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized. Since 2011 there has been a decline in euthanasias that’s partially explained by an increase in the percentage of animals adopted and an increase in the number of stray animals successfully returned to their owners. No kill shelters, Not-for- profit animal adoption centers and rescue groups have been such amazing advocates for stray and surrendered pets and have helped decrease the number of animals prematurely meeting their deaths tremendously.  Adopting a pet versus buying a bred one helps not only save a life but it helps keep animal population down as they are typically spayed or neutered prior to adoption. It helps provide funds that will go toward further population control and it gives alot of pets that second chance that they need and deserve.  Below we have a few stories that adopted pet owners wanted to share.  Read them and enjoy. 

“We are so happy to have Abner in our Lives!. He was surrendered to a shelter by his owner who became homeless. His story isn’t one of neglect or abuse. He was loved and cared for before, he was just too anxious to eat at the shelter. I think it’s safe to say he’s happy now. We adore our sweet, gentle, smart boy!”

“This is my dog Angel and she’s a rescue! She has a wonderful personality but a sad story. When I came to the shelter I saw lots of dogs, all of them looked really happy and had another dog with them. Not Angel,she was in the back of her cage looking really sad. It broke my heart.  I took her home and we’ve been a happy family ever since.”

“Alex was dumped at the shelter close after Christmas. The shelter told us that he was a troublemaker. He was apparently a curtain shredder, aggressive when playing, could turn on a dime and go for you, and he was absolutely not to be let anywhere near children.

We think the shelter was told a pack of lies by Alex’s first owners, because he was none of those things. He was a kitten who’d clearly been expected to stay quiet and out of the way, not been given enough attention, and definitely not taught manners. He mastered playing with toys and not hands very quickly, I soon found he was smart enough and patient enough to learn tricks, and he purred for four days, non-stop.

He is a year and a half (ish) old now. He’s gone from clingy, insecure kitten who would yell when he couldn’t find me, to long boi who purrs when I talk to him and welcomes new guests to the house with aplomb. He loves to walk on his lead, to play with his little brother, and he is VERY gentle with my little niece. I didn’t ask him to interact with her, but he decided to get close all by himself, and eventually trusted her enough to take a treat right out of her palm.My good, gentle boy, I love you so much. Happy Gotcha Day, my little lynx.”

“In the fall of 2016, she came to  a cocker rescue as a stray that had been surrendered to be euthanized at a shelter in southern Louisiana. Even though she was in REALLY rough shape, the rescue decided to take a chance on her. She showed years of neglect: both of her eyes were bulging from glaucoma and she was completely blind (she lost her left one even before her first surgery), her coat was not only matted but she had a painful skin condition that had gone untreated, she had an ear infection for so long that the vets thought she was deaf, she was missing half an ear, had a poorly docked tail, and worst of all were the tumors that covered her body. Yet she showed a strong will to live, and has a very sweet and gentle disposition so the rescue decided to take her in and get her some much needed vet care. I volunteered to take her in to care for her as she recovered, and she quickly bonded to me and together with the rescue we decided that I would keep her as a sanctuary rescue to provide a safe and healthy home for her. She’s done SO well over the past few months, and even though its been a rough start for her she seems to really enjoy her new home. She is really a very sweet girl, and I’m happy to have her!”

“ My wife, Bobbie Sue, is the administrator for the U of H Campus Cats group. She and the students take turns caring for the kitties that live on the nearly 900 acre campus. One stormy day in August, she heard tiny meows coming from the bushes near one of the buildings. It was the sound of a very malnourished and weak 4 month old kitten. She brought him home and named him Dieter (because he was very determined) and we began nursing him back to health. After two months of care and the expertise of Dr. Faulkner at Central Houston Animal Hospital, he is a totally new cat!”

Here at Central Houston Animal Hospital we work closely with several rescue groups so we see first hand the good that they do. We are happy to hear these success stories and can’t wait to hear more.  Please share your story with us! Send it to our email at  Thank you!

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