Success Stories - Page 4

If you have a successful adoption story about a Dog or Cat you have adopted from the Quincy Animal Shelter, and you would like to share your story here and in our Newsletters, please feel free to send us a photo or two and your information to:

Quincy Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 690088, Quincy, MA 02269 (please mark it Attn: SUCCESS STORIES)

You can also EMAIL your information and photos (.JPG format please).

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Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We adopted TEX back in June and he is very comfortable in his new home. He loves to cuddle up next to us and have his chin, cheeks, and ears pet. The attached picture is of our bed time which, besides from breakfast/dinner, is Tex's favorite time of the day! Nothing beats a good petting session after a long day of sunning himself in the window sills and bird/squirrel watching. We are so happy to have TEX as part of our family and I am sure he feels the same!
- Laura and Jamie


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We adopted LEO and RAFFY (previously known as SPOT) last Tuesday, and we are so pleased. They have adjusted well, with LEO falling into the patient "Dad" figure who needs some quiet time to himself, and RAFFY is the kitten, endlessly playful, always in the toilet or the trash or other trouble... It's cute though.
- Monique


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We Love DAISY!!
- Love, The Eikinas Family


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Three years ago our black lab mix died - leaving a hole in our lives. We visited the Quincy Animal Shelter to see another dog but while we were there, we saw ABBY ("BABY" when she was in the Shelter), a Golden Retriever Mix. Abby seemed so quiet and reserved that she wasn't getting much attention. She was a beautiful girl but not a pup - she was 6 1/2 years old then (2005). I came back a second time - and this time I took Abby for a walk. She pulled a bit (because she had been in her cage for a while) but seemed friendly and attentive (and sweet). Well, you know the outcome; we brought her home - she instantly bonded in the lap of our youngest son on the way home in the car! She is a wonderful dog, companion, and friend - sweet, easy to get along with, affectionate, and (mostly) even-tempered (except if you are a squirrel). We love her dearly - and could not have gotten a better dog - or friend. If you want love, adopt an older dog........you won't be sorry!
- Thanks and Best Regards, John M.


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

It's LUCKY! Well, actually I changed my name to BISHOP, after Joey Bishop of the Rat Pack. Thanks for helping me find my forever home, I really like it here! I'm almost 10 months old and go to puppy day care where I play and exercise with my puppy friends! Some of my favorite things to do are go for long walks, smell flowers, lounge, play with squeaky toys and learn tricks like "stay" and "paw". And sometimes I visit my best doggy friend Lily for play dates. Mom and Dad think I'm really smart and have lots of puppy power so I'm getting enrolled in puppy training classes soon. I can't wait! I'm still a little shy around people and other dogs at first but if they're nice to me, I'll be nice to them! But everyone says I'm really pretty and like to guess what kind of breed I am...I think I look like an Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher. Miss you guys, be sending more updates soon!
- Xoxox - Bishop, Kristin & Lincoln


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We adopted ASTRID May 20, 2008. She had been left in a cardboard box at the door. She is very shy and afraid of everything from thunder to heavy rain, but she loves being brushed and comes to bed with me each night. She gets along well with the other two cats here and loves her treats. I've attached a few pictures of her for you to see how well she is doing. We've changed her name to KADIS because she looks so much like a cat my sister once had.
- Bea L. - Hull, MA


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Another update - I'm doing really great!!! I don't do that spinning anymore - I live that "lax-a-daisy" life style!!! Here I am in a fancy new "hair do". I am also getting a swimming pool cause I love the water!!!! Happy summer!
- SIDNEY (aka BENJI)


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I just wanted you to know SUNNY is doing fine. She is healthy and happy. She has a lot of energy and likes to play but is also very affectionate still.
- Karen J.


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Hi there - attached are photos of two very special FIV+ kitties (JOHNNY aka ROOQUIN, and SCHLOMO aka SPOONEY) that I adopted over a year ago from the Quincy Animal Shelter. They are so lovable and sweet. I adore them! Thank you so much!
- Diane D.


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Since LACHLAN has come into our home, he's made himself a welcome addition. He roams from room to room to find us, and relaxes in as many cozy places he can find: the couch, the stairs, any blanket, our laps, our pillows, our beds, his pet bed... anywhere. Here he is curled up on a baby blanket on the living room floor. He's been eating well and is happy constantly. Lachlan is a very handsome, vocal, affectionate cat that fits right into the house like he's been here for years.
- Yours, Mike, Michelle, Ian, Mikayla, and Lachlan


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

It was becoming quite obvious that our other Tuxedo cat, Tippy, was getting a bit lonely and needed a big brother. Back in October of 2007, that's literally what he got when we brought home 16 lb. CHARLIE! Although Charlie had a rough start with a few minor medical issues, he has adjusted well, and the two tuxies now chase each other around, and almost every night, groom and fall asleep on each other. Charlie is an extremely affectionate purr-monster who loves to flip on his back and have his belly rubbed. He has brought so much joy to our home. We could not have found a sweeter boy!
- Sincerely, Nat and Dana


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Enclosed are some pictures of BELA (formerly "BASIL") who we adopted in February of '08. He is definitely a character! But as many of the Success Stories read, I don't know what we did without him! He is a really good cat. Overall he has adapted to his new home really well and is very respectful (we were afraid that our plants were doomed!). He scratches only his scratching pad and has not shown any other signs of being outside except that he is very afraid of thunder, even when on TV. He also didn't appreciate going to the vet very much. He has his playful moments and he enjoys watching the neighborhood from "his" window. He is definitely a lover and would let you scratch and rub his face forever. Thank you to all of you at QAS for all that you do. We appreciate you giving Bela shelter until we found each other!
- Bob, Betsy (and Uncle Mike)


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I just wanted to give you an update on CHANCE (formally DIAMOND). We adopted her last Saturday. We just got back from the Vet and found out that Chance was a girl, not a boy! But anyways, she has brought nothing but joy to me and my family. She is such an awesome kitten! She purrs even if you just simply pat her. She also is such a playful cat!! Thank you so much for your kindness to your animals and for doing all that you guys do!
- Julianne and Cheryl AND CHANCE!!


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We just wanted to let you know that HOBBES has settled nicely into his new home. As you can see he has his own chair... that he is nice enough to share with me most nights!!! He started school a couple weeks ago and is doing quite well. As you can see from the pictures above, the beach is his favorite place to walk... and dig. Thank you again for choosing us to be Hobbes' family, he has brought us nothing but joy since the day he arrived and I know he is just as happy as we are. Take care...
- Terri, Bill, and Hobbes


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

This is SADIE (formerly STACEY). We adopted her back on October 23, 2007. I absolutely love her. She is a wonderful kitten. She is so mischievous and she is always exploring everything in the house. She loves to play with her flying birdie for hours, but leaves enough time to play with her big brother MIKOTO, whom she loves to dominate in playtime. Thank you for introducing SADIE who absolutely has become one of the family. Thank you!
- Nancy & Alex


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We adopted PALMER about 5 months back. His new name is CHEWBACCA, which seems more fitting. He is a wonderful addition to our family. He is in the window when we leave in the morning, and is there waiting for us when we come home. He loves to crawl into things. Whether it be a shopping bag, laundry baskets or even an open drawer, he loves to explore. He's definitely found his home and he makes us aware of that. He keeps our feet warm at night when sleeping at the foot of the bed, and loves to hang out and watch movies on lazy Sundays.
- Sincerely, Jenn and Steve


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

My roommate and I adopted ATHENA (formerly MARINA) a little over a week ago. She was a little shy the first day she was here, but she soon came out of her shell. She's found her own little hiding places, and she gets along beautifully with her friend, Isis. The two of them love to play together, and they can often be found chasing each other around the house. We are very blessed to have Athena in our lives, and we thank you for bringing us to her.
- Sincerely, Elena K., Susan K., Isis, and Athena


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Just a quick update about SASHA (formerly known as BRIDGETT), whom we adopted from QAS in February 2007. She is doing great, and is such a wonderful addition to the family!

She is an incredibly smart kitty, and had perfect house manners from the start! She was a little bit play-aggressive at first (or maybe just nervous about her new family), but, with the help of a spray bottle and a few new toys quickly learned that pouncing on hands and ankles isn't nice :) Her new favorite toys are foil balls and string, and she chases them around the house like a kitten!

She loves to come in and wake us up in the morning by jumping on the bed and nuzzling our faces. Her favorite activity, by far is EATING, and she is very good at it. She gains weight quickly, so we've had to put her on a reduced-calorie catfood diet to help her keep her girlish figure.

To our surprise, she loved her bed from the minute she came home with us - I put a pillow in a basket next to the radiator in a corner of the kitchen, and she jumped right in and curled up!

She went in for her first vet appointment about two months ago, and left with a clean bill of health! She was a little stressed out about travelling in the car, but, once in the vet's office, was able to relax enough to enjoy a couple of treats the nice vet gave her.

The picture we're attaching is of Sasha enjoying a nap in her bed.

Thank you so much to Sandra Morse, who walked us through the adoption process, and to the rest of the QAS staff!
- Michael and Elizabeth


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We just wanted to send you a few pictures of ONYX since it's been almost 2 weeks since we brought him home. He is loving every second of having tons of room to run around, not to mention the endless supply of toys he has here! He loves to cuddle too, just like his brother CHESTAH! The first few days were a mad house with the jealously issue with Chestah, but they have both calmed down and will roll around in a playful way now. Onyx was a little nervous too at first when we let him start to wander around, and figured out that under the bed is the best place to hide. Now, he's on top of the bed, or on a couch looking out the window. Chestah tried to "show him" how much fun it is to drink water out of the sink but Onyx didn't seem too thrilled with the idea of water on his head! I've attached some pictures of Onyx, as well as the two of them together. Thanks so much for everything. I'm thrilled that Chestah now has a friend to play with and I hope they continue to grow closer!
- Lindsey & Jonathan


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I just wanted to thank you so much. In late August 2007 I adopted a kitten you had named WILLA. I appreciated that even though there were a few requests to adopt her, you gave her to me. Since then she's become just another one of our family. She is the only other animal my beagle Buddy can stand, and they are so cute together. I just wanted to let you know that she's growing healthy and happy and I couldn't be happier with any other cat in the world. So thank you so much!
- Love, Nicole


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

CHIQUITA now known as LILY in her new home! We love Lily! We adopted Lily only a little over a week ago and already she's made quite an impact on our family. She's fun, energetic, and extremely loving. Within 24 hours of Lily's arrival at her new home, she was like a child in an amusement park... happily running around and checking out everything in her new environment. It didn't take long for her two new older brothers to admire her athleticism and decide to accept her invitations to play. They say that three's a crowd; however, three Chihuahuas is just right... each one gets a chance to rest while the other two run around! Lily's certainly added some spice to our boys' lives and has won the hearts of all of us. We are grateful to the Quincy Animal Shelter for allowing us to adopt Lily.


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

It's been almost 5 months since CALIXXA (known as CHIPPER at the Shelter) came into our home. She's been great since the moment she stepped out of her cat carrier. She's full of energy, and is very playful, but also loves to be petted and held. She's everything we're looking for in a cat. Calixxa is growing up healthily and well, and we're looking forward to the next decade or more of her spending time with us. PS. The attached file is a picture of her at four months.
- Michelle, Xiaoyan and Li


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Here is a picture of ROMEO enjoying his window perch. He is simply a wonderful, wonderful cat and we are totally enjoying him.

Romeo is everything anyone could want in a cat. He is everything you all said and more. He has settled in so quickly. Every day is a huge change from the day before.

Thursday night he explored, but hid under the dinning room table when either of us moved. He went up the stairs to the second floor but seemed reluctant to come down. He did, but we suspected that stairs were not something with which he was familiar. He found a comfortable chair to sleep in but kept an eye on us.

By Friday morning we could pat him in the kitchen and he purred and rubbed all over us but just in the kitchen. By Friday night, if we sat still on the floor, he would come to us in any room. Matt came up from the basement and didn't close the door tightly. Romeo scooted down the basement stairs before we could stop him. We went right down and he came right back up but it has become a game. He knows it is the one place he can't go and camps near the door waiting for one of us to make a mistake. He is very very curious.

Saturday he played with toys and was flying up and down the stairs. We still couldn't approach him and waited for him to come to us, which he did quite often.

This morning he woke us by jumping on the bed, kneading, head butting, snuggling and purring. It was pure heaven. It was amazing to us that after so few days he trusts us and likes us. It seems less amazing that in those few days, we have totally fallen in love with him. This morning he was like a kitten playing with his toys. He let me brush him and seemed to really enjoy it. He has followed me from room to room and is currently laying right outside the doorway so that he will know when I move again.

He even lets us come to him now most of the time.

We never expected Romeo to adjust so quickly and so well but you all seemed to know his potential. You were absolutely right and we thank you. Thank you and all the other Volunteers that cared for and about him until we got so lucky. Sincerely,
- Mary & Matt


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I just wanted to share a quick success story: I adopted CHELSEA back in September 2007 (I changed her name from Hayden to Chelsea). She's 6 months old now, and is an affectionate ball of energy! One minute she's racing up and down the stairs batting her toy mouse around (which somehow regularly ends up under the stove!); another minute she's quietly watching over the neighborhood from a high corner window; another minute she's on my lap sleeping and purring. She is a keeper! Happy Holidays!
- Stephen Nauyokas


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I wanted to wish you a Happy Holiday Season on behalf of my boyfriend Dan and our cat VIOLET who we adopted from QAS in July 2007. Violet is the first cat we've owned, and she has been an absolute joy. She hasn't embraced many of the cat toys we've bought her, but she loves snooping through empty boxes and playing with anything string-like she can get her paws on. She's very good at demanding our attention when she wants it and hogging my spot in bed! When she's not napping on my pillow, she spends most of her day lounging by a window watching people and outdoor cats pass by. Thank you so much for allowing us to welcome Violet into our home! We could not be any happier! Regards,
- Maria Crenshaw


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We adopted BUSTER, a black PitBull, in early September of this year (2007) and wanted to let you know that he is happier than EVER and so are we, Jake too! How could he not be, with a queen size bed to sleep on and a new loving family. He and Jake, our yellow Lab, have so much fun it is crazy. They love to wrestle - Everyday! We cannot believe how well our two boys get along. Jake will be laying on the floor and Buster comes over and just sits on him. He wants to be close to all of us. We have never met such a sweet boy and you told us so. Buster loves all the bones he has to chew on and I bet he can't wait to see what will be under that Christmas tree. He went crazy in the little bit of snow that we had, showing off his new jacket. Buster doesn't like to be cold, and it has already been quite cold. He also LOVES to come for the many car rides we take, usually just to run some errands. Buster has even been for professional grooming at my work twice and he loves it. We know how much you all loved Buster for the few months he was with you and he says - thanks for taking such good care of me but I think I'm going to stay here, did I win the doggie jackpot or what? Hope you all have Happy Holidays and thanks again - we love our new Pitty and he won't be our last :)
- Cheryl, Kent, Jake, and Buster


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Well it's been 10 months since we adopted CHESTAH, and since his birthday is this coming Monday, and also almost the anniversary date he was brought into your Shelter, I wanted to send you a picture so you can see how BIG he's gotten! He is truly a unique cat with quite the outgoing personality! We love coming home from work because Chestah is always at the door to greet us, or else is sprinting from the other side of the house. He has so many toys that are spread out through out the house, although his favorite toy is "mousie" that always ends up in our bed! Not only is he extremely playful, a cuddle bug and a purring machine, but he absolutely LOVES playing in the sink and bathtub. It's so adorable when he tries to drink out of the faucet like it's his own personal bubbler. Enjoy the pictures of how big he's gotten. We cannot thank you enough for bringing such a wonderful cat into our lives.

UPDATE!!! I wish I had put in there how he thinks he's a dog and absolutely loves going "bye-bye" to Grammy and Grampy's house. As a matter of fact, this morning when Jonathan dropped me off at the T, I was told that the whole way home Chestah meowed and howled in protest that I had to leave, especially since it's his 1st Birthday!! There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful Chestah is. Everyday is a new adventure with him. Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!
- Lindsey & Jonathan


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Hi! Attached are photos of my two cats, OLIVER and JASMINE (aka Stevie and Kate). Jasmine is the Tiger and is a real sweetheart. She is the first to greet visitors and likes to "sashay" around my home when I am showing someone around. She has a tendency to "talk" to me and loves water. I can't walk by the bathroom without seeing her out of the corner of my eye, sitting on the sink, waiting for me to turn on the faucet. She also sits outside the shower while I am there and when I am done, in she goes to lick the tub. Her favorite sleeping place is my dirty laundry. Oliver is the black and white male. His adjustment in my home after having Jasmine for 9 months was a bit difficult, and they are still not friends. I call him my "jealous boyfriend". My favorite nickname for him is "Handsome". He really is a beautiful cat with his pink nose and matching toes. He's been a handful from the start, and I can only hope with age the two of them will grow to love one another. He also has a tendency to chatter, especially when I am sleeping and he feels that it is time for me to get up. Both were foster kitties by Jan Parisi and I want to thank her and QAS for all of their hard work. It's rare that I can get a picture of them sitting together, they barely tolerate each other's presence.
- Regards, Jennifer


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We adopted SADIE (shortened from Mercedes) or "PRINCESS SADIE" as we like to call her in late August. Here are some pictures of her loving life at her new home with her big brother Zack, whom we adopted from QAS in late September of 2006. Zack loves playing with his new little sister, and they like to snuggle up and keep each other company while we are at work. Sadie was very shy and skittish around people when she first came home, but she loved being around Zack. She could have cared less about us as long as she had Zack to play and snuggle with. Thankfully she likes us as much as Zack now and always cuddles up on our laps while we watch a movie and even sneaks into bed with is sometimes in the middle of the night to sleep. Thanks again QAS!
- Kayla and Bill


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I thought I'd pass along a picture of my son-in-law Simon who was visiting with my daughter from CA recently. As you can see, HOLLY who joined our family in September felt quite relaxed as she joined him on 'her' recliner. Thank you all so much for this very bright and friendly little girl. She has brought so much joy into our lives, and to think we almost passed her by because she was hiding in the back room up in a corner.
- Elaine and Joe


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I just wanted to share two other pictures I took of Penny. She just loves my computer chair. She will sit in my lap while I'm on the computer, but always willing to take the chair when I'm done. She's a funny cat. She has so much to offer in the way of companionship. It's too bad people didn't realize adopting a "senior" kitty doesn't mean an old sleepy cat. She is well behaved but has lots of spunk in her. She loves to run around and we play hide and seek! Then when that is over, we both sit on the couch and rest. It's a perfect combination. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks again,
- Maureen


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

On behalf of myself and my family, we want to thank you so much for helping us find the perfect little kitten. We had been searching for a few weeks, before instantly falling in love with CLOE. She is just a joy...purring up a storm, giving kisses, and snuggling into anyone that wants to hold her. In addition she has been wonderful with four young children, who want to hold and play with her at all times! A special thanks to Margaret Kinsella and Janet Parisi for going above and beyond in assisting us, and to Mary Helen who was so nice and informative in completing the adoption paperwork during a very busy/crazy day at the Shelter. Thanks again...we will take very good care of her, and she is already instantly loved.
- Cheryl, Wally, Jack, Julie & kids


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

FANTASIA has been with our family for 1 year now, and life could not be better for all of us. As you can see, she is all tired out after a wonderful birthday party complete with a new birthday dress, party hats and a delicious cake! That is just one of the highlights of her first year. She also has taken a trip to Syracuse to attend her brother's college graduation and met all her upstate relatives with whom she was a big hit. While there, she attended all the festivities wearing her SU bandana and shirt. She has a wardrobe to fit most any occasion. She has also become the socialite of the dog park where she walks several times a week. She enjoys meeting and greeting all her canine friends and has even met another adoptee from QAS, his name is Jake! This family could not have made a better choice when we decided to adopt this pup, she brings us joy each and every day and we again thank all of you for the chance to make Fantasia a part of our family.
- The Smith Family


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We adopted MERLIN, MARVIN, & MELVIN (BOSCO, COOPER, & COLBY) between March 2007-April 2007. Merlin and Marvin love to play and run around the apartment, while Melvin is more content to sit in the middle of the living room floor and watch the action. Merlin is definitely the boss of the household and always demands first dibs at the food, the treats, the laps and the bed. Melvin is a very sweet cat and he is slowly coming out of his shell and becoming brave enough to leave the bedroom to hop up on a lap. Marvin is the most vocal of the three, he will always tell you the play by play of the action and let you know if there is something that he is not pleased with (such as not enough treats, etc.) They have been a joy to have and we love them all very much. Thank you QAS!
- Martha & Matt


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We adopted HOBIE & HUNTER (formerly DAPPER & BEAU ) from QAS in March of 2007. They are now almost 1 year old and are doing great! They love to play and we continue to buy them lots of toys (very spoiled cats!) Hunter has bonded with my husband while Hobie is "my" cat ~ it's so funny how each one follows around their respective "favorite." They also love to cuddle and our king size bed is crowded at night :) Their favorite place to play is in our big bathtub (see photos!). They really are a HUGE part of our family now and we can't imagine life without them. Even my husband who wasn't a "cat person" has now been converted! Thank you QAS!
- Allison C.


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I just wanted to send you an e-mail about AMELIA . My husband and I adopted her from QAS around September of 2005 after our wedding. She is still very shy and sometimes skiddish, but we love her to pieces. We moved from Quincy to Kansas a little over a year ago, and she came with us with a 6 week old kitten someone gave us as a going away gift. We named the kitten Leia, and they are inseperable. Amelia is definately my baby, though. We recently introduced a German Shepherd/Yellow Lab mix puppy to the pair, which at first was a challenge, and even though Callie (our puppy) isn't Amelia's best friend, they have gotten to the point where they tolerate each other.

Amelia is such a joy. I am awful with names, and cannot remember the name of the lady who adopted her to us, I know that she worked with QAS. Could you please let her know that Amelia is doing great, and that she is a very loved and cherished member of our family?

Thanks! Have a good day.
- Kaylene


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Adopting our little RAMONA was the best thing we have ever done! She is the sweetest, best cat and we are all very happy together. She loves to nap in the sun on her window seat and bat around her toys all day (and night!) Ramona has become quite the loving lap cat and loves to chat away, too. Everyone she meets is very impressed by her special double paws.Thank you so much for all you do and have done for all of the wonderful animals you take care of. We are so pleased with our first adoption we are seriously considering adopting a friend for her too! :-) Thanks again!!
- Jamie, Ryan and Ramona, too!


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I adopted JASMINE from QAS in the Spring of 2006. Jasmine, (aka GLENDA , because she was found on the porch of a home on Glendale Ave.) is an absolutely adorable and sweet tuxedo kitty. She's a tiny thing, weighing in at about 6 pounds. She and her companion "Phoenix", adopted at the same time from another Shelter, enjoy sharing their favorite perches. Here are a few pics of Jasmine, and her not-so-petite friend Phoenix. Thanks for all the great work you are doing! P.S. - special thanks to Kathleen Hefner for making the match!
- Kathy K.


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

It's been a wonderful five weeks! I brought JASPER (aka UNO) and ESMERALDA (aka RAMIRA) home with me on May 8th. Since then, they have made my condo such a happy place to be. Ezzie spent the first few days hissing at Jasper while he just looked at her quizzically. Then, something must have clicked; because now they get along just fine. They regularly chase each other, wrestle each other, leap on each other and lick each other (occasionally this is in my bedroom at 3:30am and causes a temporary banishment to the rest of the condo). Jasper is pretty mellow: he likes his nap-time and window-watching time. When I'm watching TV he often naps on the back of the couch and occasionally will put a paw on my shoulder to remind me he's there. His nap poses are often comical--he'll have his legs in the air, one paw over his brow and his teeth showing (one time I put my ear to his chest just to make sure he was okay and breathing!) He is a good watch-cat: always alert to noises around the building. Ezzie likes the same lounging and window-watching, but also likes to take time to entertain herself by throwing things down the stairs and chasing them to the bottom (you'd never know she is only 6 pounds if you heard the racket she is capable of!). Ezzie likes to wake me by licking my hands and arms; I often pull the sheets up to my neck to stop her--but, on occasion, she then decides to give my nose a lick. She is just adorable! I feel so blessed to have two such perfect little animals. They bring me such joy! They have pages on Catster.com - and started a group called "Quincy Animal Shelter Alumni Association" - so far there are only 3 members, but hopefully there will be more to come. I thought it would be a nice way to keep up with the animals that found their forever homes after leaving QAS, especially since I'll be Volunteering at the Shelter soon and would love to see the happy trails for the animals I help care for.
- Susan


To all the wonderful people at the QAS,

This is a note to THANK YOU for all you do, and especially to thank you for taking such good care of our baby CHIEF (aka BUBBALICIOUS) before we adopted him. It only took Chief about a half hour to become head of our household and a very special part of our family. He is a very loving, active and talkative cat. The very first night he was home he slept on our bed purring as loud as a motorcycle. He loves to sleep on our laps when we are relaxing, enjoys watching the birds from his window seat, and rides in the laundry basket. He follows us from room to room all day and will "talk" back when you talk to him. We are not sure what to make of his strange affinity for hair elastics but he collects them up and carries them everywhere he goes. He is great at fetch and loves to have the elastics shot into the other room (preferably under the closet door) for him to hunt and retrieve. When the warmer weather came, he impressed us by stalking and exterminating any unwanted intruders to the house such as ants, spiders, flies and on one remarkable occasion, a bee. It is so nice to have someone meowing at the door to greet us when we come home. We even think he prefers his new name "Chief" and he comes when he is called. As I am typing now, he is seated in front of the screen with his tail wagging onto the keyboard. We can truly sense he is grateful to be in a loving home but equally as grateful for all the special Volunteers at the Quincy Animal Shelter who loved and cared for him during his stay between homes. Thank you for all you do and for our new best friend.
- Sincerely, Christine and Patrick J. and Chief (aka Bubbalicious)


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Hi there! My husband and I wanted to write and tell you all how happy we are with CHARLIE (now named ADRIC , a name he started responding to his second day home), whom we adopted in January. When we went to the Shelter we knew we wanted to take someone home with us but we couldn't decide. Then a handsome tuxedo cat made himself known and wouldn't let us go without him. When I get home in the afternoon he waits until I'm settled, then hops up next to wherever I'm sitting and makes his funny little croaking meow until I give him the attention he wants. He seems happiest camped out next to me or at my feet, purring away, or playing with whatever catches his interest (almonds are a favorite). He's a total sweetheart and we're so glad we have him. Thank you! (I attached a picture of him with his favorite toy looking very smug about catching it).
- Amanda and Andy


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Just wanted to give you all an update on the two cats we adopted: RINNY (formerly ARDIS ) and ROO (formerly RONNIE , and before that, VERONICA ). Both are doing extremely well and are happy and healthy. We picked up Rinny in early March a few weeks before we got Roo. Rinny is still a bit shy and tends to keep her distance, that is until it's time to eat. Then she will come over and rub against your legs and squeaks (yes, she sounds like a squeaky toy when she begs) relentlessly until you put her food down. She's bonded with Corinne and will let her approach and pet her, but still pretty much runs from me. Roo has adjusted amazingly well. He jumped into bed and slept with us the first night we got him and has spent every night with us since. He's more like a dog than a cat, as he comes when you call him, follows us around everywhere, greets us at the door when we come home, tries to block the door to keep us from leaving, and pants when he gets over-excited or after playtime. He even enjoyed the bath we gave him in the sink. When he gets riled up and mischievous, we call him "Frank the Tank" after Will Ferrell in the movie Old School. We even grab and pump his paws back and forth like Frank does.
- Lawrence & Corinne


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We wanted to share this adorable photo with you and all your online animal lovers. We adopted TARYN (gray and white) almost 5 months ago. As you can see, she and her brother, MIDNIGHT , have become best friends. They enjoy many hours of play, every day. Taryn is very special and we love her so much!
- Betty and Amy M.


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

My husband and I adopted a 4 month old kitten named JESSICA in August, and thought we'd give you an update on her!

We very soon renamed her MONKEY due to her love of climbing any and all things (including my husband!)

She has settled in very well, and is now a beautiful, playful, affectionate, docile and smart young adult. She loves to lounge in her "cat tree" and look out the window. She also loves the furry toy mice we buy her.

She plays fetch with the mice and will often drop them on us in the middle of the night when she wants to play. She is not your typical cat, and enjoys water, often hopping into the tub after anyone has showered, catching any drips that fall with her paws and attacking the shower curtain. She loves having her paws and belly rubbed and will greet us each night we come home from work by chirping at us, winding around our legs and then flopping onto the ground so that we can rub her belly.

She is the sweetest cat I have ever met. She never bites or scratches (except very rare occasions when she mistakes a foot or hand under the blankets for something that needs killing) and even when she plays she is always very gentle, never using her claws with us. When a friend visited with a toddler, Monkey didn't run away! She allowed the child to hug her (and even ate some Cheerios the child offered her!) and was very gentle and docile.

She loves affection, and loves being near us. She follows us around, chirping at us, and flopping down beside us whenever/wherever we sit (including the bathroom!). She sleeps on our bed every night, and when she wants pets and we aren't delivering will burrow under the covers to find our hands!

She is an expert bug-finder, and will chirp and "point" at bugs by sitting as close to them as she can and staring at them, until either we kill them, she eats them, or they disappear.

We think Monkey might have some Maine Coon in her, as she's got little tufts on her ears and between her toes, and a bit of a ruff around her neck. As well, she is getting quite large (not fat -- big all over!) and has many of the Maine Coon personality traits.

Monkey has become a true member of the family and we could not imagine life without her.

Thanks for helping us to find our kitten!

Sincerely,
- Carrie and Stephen


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

My experience as a Volunteer....In my first week it was love at first sight with a Sheltie Pomeranian mix. He took a liking to me sitting in his cage petting him. At the Open House he would bark like crazy. I couldn't understand it as he was always so friendly with me. After about three months he was fostered to adopt on a Friday. I cried so hard it wasn't pretty. I vowed that if it didn't work out I would take him. When he came back on Monday I didn't hesitate to adopt him myself. He is settling in to his new home. He loves to play with my father's dog. He also did well at his first sleepover with my brother's dog. He is getting better with strangers and barks quite a bit less. He is still very playful and loves all the attention he gets. When it is time to go out he literally runs up my leg into my arms. And he has to bring his ball outside where I must throw it at least twenty times before he stretches out for a rest. I feel very blessed to have him and hope that all the dogs we care for while they find their forever home has just as much happiness as SEAMUS !!
- Kerry


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Greetings All!

I don't know if BORIS & BUSTER's "Saviors" "Thelma and Louise" are still there, but I am FINALLY getting a chance to send photos of these two crazy boys I adopted back in March 2005!!! As you will see by the photos, they are COMPLETELY SPOILED ROTTEN, have Pekingese "brothers" along with 2 older boy cat "Mentors" and 2 DIVA kitties who live downstairs! All in all, there are now 7 cats, 2 dogs, and a fish in the happy dwelling now known as "The Franklin Pond Street Zoo!"

Boris and Buster were quite skittish for a long time. I was very surprised to see how much they came out of there shyness when I brought home my Pekingese, Baxter and Elvis, in July or '05. They were 8 weeks old. You would swear by the look on Boris face that it was Christmas and I had just brought home for HIM, the best present in the whole wide world... 2 puppies!!! Needless to say, Boris & Buster, Baxter & Elvis, have become hard and fast BROTHERS!!! One minute the cats are chasing the dogs and the next, the dogs are chasing them down the hall!! It's hysterical to watch Baxter crouch as if to pounce on Buster and Buster to crouch and pounce on Baxter first!!!

My other boys, Thomas and Jerry (I call Jerry their Pappi since he's a Tuxedo as well) are quite different. Boris and Buster love to hang out with Jerry. He's taught them the ropes of "Cat-dom" in the house. Jerry also is accepting of the dogs tho' nothing like Boris & Buster. Thomas is my hold-out. He pretty much keeps to himself and doesn't care much for the dogs. Boris, Buster & Jerry like to tease and taunt Thomas because they know he's a total baby! Thom and Jerry were 9 this month! I can't believe it. They're my California boys, if you remember. I had brought them back with me when I moved home from Cal after 20 years out there.

My only girl kitty, Abbey, lives downstairs with her "Grandmama" and "Auntie Cats" Cleo and Sheba! When I brought home Boris and Buster, she decided that she'd had enough of boys, trotted her poofy pants down the stairs, and never returned! She now dwells with my Mom and the other Diva cats downstairs. Every now and then, Boris and/or Buster, manage to sneak downstairs if the door is not closed properly and try to cozy up to one of the girls. They want nothing to do with them!! It's pretty funny. They definitely keep me entertained AND themselves.

People tell me I have more cat furniture than "human" furniture. I tell them I work to keep a roof over their heads, food in the bowls, and litter in the boxes! Boris' favorite relaxation is cutting in on my massages! I have a Homedics hand held massage and when I try to use it, he comes from out of nowhere, comes right up next to me and waits for his turn!!! It fits perfectly on his spine with the other two legs on either side. I gently drag it down his bag and he just loves it!! Buster (whom I call Pygmy since he's still the size of a flea!) is still more cautious but he loves shredded Monterey Jack cheese... did I mention FRESHLY shredded Monterey Jack?! He even likes to nibble on the dogs Pedigree on occasion.

So, there's the latest on "The Quincy Boys!" I can't believe they're already 2 1/2 years old! I'm still single and my niece once asked me, "Aunt Monica, what if you meet a guy and fall in love but he doesn't like animals?" I told her, "That's simple.""For starters, it would never get to the point of love since it would never be "like" if he didn't LOVE animals!" Because as we all know... your animals will be around a HECK of a lot longer than any man will ever be!!! Plus, you can sleep with as many of them as you want at ANY time and no one can call you dirty names!!! : )

Take care. Be well, be safe and be happy!

Warm regards from the "Head Zookeeper!",

The Leaning Tower of Kitty has Jerry in the Crow's Nest, Buster on the Center and Thomas on the bottom. Baxter is the tan dog (we call him "Lump-A-Load") and Elvis is the black and white (we call him "Scrappy-Doo").
- Monica Gibson


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Sometimes WINSTON does stay still long enough for a photo-op. He is not really as gray as he appears, but he does have a gray outer coat over the black. The light gray blaze on top of his head is really almost white.
- Katharine Parisi


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

ROMEO the dog is doing fantastically well. He is feeding well and is apparently happy with us. He is not alone much - when we are at work, Barbara MacDonald and her staff come by two times a day to walk him. Although Millie the cat is playing hard to get, he keeps working to make friends. She is beginning to come around. He was thrilled to see the grandkids. They were thrilled to see him.
- Sam Sullivan


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I just wanted to email to give you an update on MAX and REX , formerly known as BOSCO and WILSON . They're both doing great, and growing like weeds! They're great buddies... almost too great, because they give each other mischevious ideas and we find them trying to get into the oddest things! They've both taken a liking to water, and love to jump into the shower when someone has just gotten out, or play in their water bowls... it's a riot to watch! They've also grown on big sis Zoe, who at first wasn't so sure about sharing her family with two little ones! Now she loves to groom them and cuddle with them for their longgggg naps! Thanks again for the great new additions to our family... I couldn't imagine our home without them!
- Lisa


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

It has been almost 2 months since we adopted CHESTER (now spelled "CHESTAH" ) and he is thriving in his new home. Chestah is an incredible kitten who keeps us laughing at his endless antics. He absolutely loves sleeping in the bed with us and can't seem to get close enough. As I type this he is curled up in my lap purring away. Needless to say, Chestah is a very spoiled kitten and we can't imagine our lives without him. Thank You for keeping him loved until we were able to bring him home! Purrs and Meows, Chestah - Thanks for everything!
- Lindsey and Jonathan


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

This is an update on BABY CLARISSA (now SHADOE). Shadoe was adopted on October 28th, 2006 and I am so glad we have her. She is a such a love (I call her my little lamb) and she is so active. She likes to jump up in laps to curl up and either watch television or fall asleep (she always has to have a least one paw on you just to let you know that you are hers!). She is so precious to us and has really filled the void left by our last kitty, whose name happened to be Baby. I was lucky to be a Volunteer at the Shelter so I could snatch her up before anyone else could. Thanks for my little lamb!
- Kimberly A, QAS Volunteer


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Here is an update on FANTASIA who has now been with us for seven months! As you can see, she spent Valentine's Day lounging in her favorite bed modeling just another one of her colorful outfits! Fantasia has had no difficulties adjusting to the "good life" and our family has enjoyed every minute we have had with her. One of her favorite pastimes is lying in her comfortable bed basking in the warmth of the gas stove! One of her least favorite things is cold walks outside, but layered with a sweater and polar fleece, she manages to cooperate and quickly return to her favorite spot. Again we all thank QAS for this wonderful member of our family; she brightens our days with her perky personality and gratefulness for each and every kindness we provide. This adoption just could not be a better match! Thanks Again,
- The Smith Family


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

We adopted PIPER and LEO in September after losing our beloved "Socks" of 7 years. They were 4 months old when we got them. They had to be adopted together and you can see why. They are so sweet and friendly. I can't imagine my life without them any more than they could imagine life without each other. I treat them like my kids. I feel lucky to give these two best friends a loving home.
- Lorraine Lynch


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I adopted SAMANTHA and ATTICUS (now GRACIE and MAX ) almost a year ago. They were both a little shy at first, but now they are very loving, friendly and playful! Gracie went through a bout with eye infections when we first got her but that has cleared up nicely. Gracie loves to play with her catnip filled mice, and Max loves to chase his sister all around the house. They can both play for hours, and then they love to curl up with each other and take a long nap. I am very happy to have adopted the both of them together. They are great cats! Thank you QAS!
- Amanda Patrick


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Introducing "HARLEY", who was known to the QAS staff as "Kirstie Alley" due to her arriving at the Shelter a very overweight 23 lbs. She is now a very healthy and happy 19 lbs. I adopted "Harley" after losing my 21 year-old calico "Sadie." I never thought that I could fill the void that "Sadie" left, but every day "Harley" reminds me of how sweet and loving a kitty can be. Although everyone says that "Harley" was lucky to have been adopted, I am truly the one who benefited. Thank You!
- Lindsay Dowd


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Hello, it's MARLEY (formerly known as VIOLET ). I just wanted to let you know how I've been getting along since I got adopted in September. When I first got to my new home, I had to make my new owners put up gates all over the house so I would not be disturbed by those small fur balls that call themselves "the cats". The cats and I have come to a mutual respect. We don't love each other, but we tolerate each other's presence. Once I established what areas of the house were mine, I had to let it be known where I will be making myself comfortable at any time of the day. Usually, this is on the couch or chaise lounger or anywhere on the floor, but definitely not on that huge pillow they call a "dog bed". I also make sure to take up as much room as possible on the furniture so these people will have to be aware of my presence. These people had no idea what I wanted for toys so I made them take me to the store many times so I could pick out the correct ones. It is such a process when I have to make them take me for a ride. It is like they are doing me a favor of getting me out of the house every now and again. It took a while, but I finally got these people to understand what I like for food and how much of it and when I want it. They figured out that I will do "tricks" for treats, but it is all just an act so they will not figure out that I am in charge. Do not let them fool you, but that "dog obedience class" was my idea to show them how stupid other people could be with their dogs. I was so good at dog obedience that the trainer said I could skip intermediate obedience and go straight to agility. Yeah right! You think this rotund rump is going to be jumping through hoops! Anyway, I have been making lots of doggie friends and enjoying the good life. P.S. - Shea (one of "the cats") says hello to all his former QAS friends.
- Marley & Jeremiah McGrath


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

My boyfriend Bill and I adopted ZACK almost three months ago; here is a picture of him during his first week home. He was in quarantine when we first got a look at him through the glass with his 4 brothers because they had upper respiratory infections. I fell in love instantly. We had to wait a week or so for the infection to clear up and then we finally took him home. He has grown a lot since then and is about 6 months old now. Zack meets us at the door purring everyday when we get home from work. Everyone who meets him can't believe how affectionate he is, he purrs constantly!! He is doing great and we cannot imagine our lives without him. Thank you QAS for bringing Zack into our lives, you do a great service for cats and dogs in need of good homes and love.
- Kayla Hutton


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

My husband and I adopted "MARY" from the Quincy Animal Shelter about 1 month ago (she was a tiny tortoise shell who came to the Shelter with her 2 kittens, Peter and Paul). If you remember, we were a bit nervous about how Mary's first meeting with our first pet Cosmo (a big orange guy) would go. Mary stayed in our upstairs bathroom for about the first week or so. My husband, Chris (never big on patience), wanted to introduce them right away. We had our first meeting of the minds on the first day..for about 15 minutes (until Cosmo trapped Mary on the stairs and wouldn't let her back up without a fight). So, we went back to the separate quarters for a little while longer (about a week). You'll see from the attached pictures that they certainly do get along now!!! Cosmo is always giving her a bath. The only time things get frisky is when Cosmo has decided Mary is clean enough (and she gives him a thump to show him that she disagrees and would like some more!). Thanks so much for helping us to bring home our "Mary Cricket" (her full name). Also, thanks for making special arrangements to get her on a Sunday (we couldn't bring her home when scheduled, since she was in need of her distemper vaccine).
- Katie Brazeau-Dowling (& Chris)


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Just wanted to send a few pictures of "REX" . He is adapting very well, and is running circles around Elvis, my 2 y.o. Plott Hound. He is doing well on eating and doing very well on house training. He is very smart and loves to walk with Elvis and I here in the woods of beautiful Maine. He is very playful and has a house full of toys already and loves to run and jump with them all. He LOVES being held and thankfully, also really enjoys riding in the car - in my lap or on my shoulders. He is totally comfortable wherever we go. He acts like he has been in our family since birth. I am so glad that he chose me and Elvis - we are thrilled! Thank you to those of you that "helped" Rex made the decision to come live with us.
- Debbi Brown


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

I adopted "CARA" from your Shelter back last winter of 06. Cara has added so much love and joy to my life. I never need to worry about anyone coming over because she shows everyone love and affection as soon as they walk through my door even if they have never met her before. She spends her lazy afternoons sitting on my windowsill with her baby stuffed lamb in her paws.
- Lots of Love, Cheryl


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

"Life is for Living" - I adopted "WHITEY" after meeting her at the Shelter and learning that she had been living there for nearly a year. Although Whitey is eleven years old she often acts like a kitten. So, it goes to show that you are only as old as you feel. Whitey is a complete joy! When I come home from work she rolls on the floor and treats me to quite a circus act, rolling side-to-side so I nicknamed her Rolly Poley. In the morning when the alarm goes off, she jumps on the bed and runs along my body as if springing off a diving board. I start my day enthusiastically! Whitey is a beautiful, sweet girl and I am so lucky.
- Sally


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Here are some shots for Success Stories. "LOU" is the former "SEARCH", who went for neuter at VCA and was adopted by the Radiologist.
- Kath Hefner, QAS Medical Officer


Dear Quincy Animal Shelter,

Recently, I adopted "HERSHEY", and she is doing very well. She is active, eating, acting like a normal cat. She is a lot of work, but its worth it. She's not a lap cat, but will sit with you and follows you everywhere. She is very affectionate. Also, I know someone who adopted a kitten from you a year and a half ago. "LUZ" was her name, now "ELEANOR" . She had became a part of the family, she's a runt, but she's a ball of energy and so much fun. Thank you for the 2 additions to the family!! They have filled a hole in our hearts.
- J

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