For his 12th Birthday, Tommy Webster
asked for donations instead of gifts!
Thanks for your kind consideration for the welfare and care of the animals Tommy!
Luciano "Luke" Donovan
Angela Donovan of Dover, DE adopted Luke from the KCSPCA on January 4, 2013. Angela states she had a wonderful experience with the KCSPCA shelter staff and that they were very friendly and accommodating. The shelter staff took the time to be very clear about the responsibility of taking home a new pet, most specifically a kitten. She arrived about twenty minutes before closing on Jan. 3rd and was told that it was too late to adopt that evening, but that she was welcome to look around. Angela mentioned she was looking for a kitten and states that the gentleman working in the back allowed her to see kittens that had just been spayed and neutered that day, but that were not as yet-adoptable. She considers herself very fortunate as that’s how she was introduced to the newest love of her life Luciano “Luke” Donovan. While she wasn’t able to take Luke home the evening she met him, she was able to go back, Friday, January 4, 2013 and “officially” adopt him.
Shelter staff was able to share with Angela that Luke had been an owner surrender due to the family moving and not being able to have pets in their new home. While in the shelter Luke was referred to as “Lil Guy.” Angela stated that the staff was very knowledgeable about Luke and were able to tell her he was a purebred American Shorthaired kitten. Angela chose Luke’s name because it means bright in Italian and with his coloring of black and grey with pops of white, it reminded her of fireworks! Luke knew his name within a week of becoming part of his new forever family and was one hundred percent litterbox trained when he was brought home. Angela admits that she was initially an overly nervous new Mom and had questions about anything that seemed out of the ordinary. She states that Amanda at the shelter gladly took all her phone calls and answered all the questions she had, which truly put Angela’s mind at ease.
Luke has been Angela’s shadow since coming home to his new family and home. Angela and her husband Dave train Luke on a daily basis. His behavior is similar to that of a puppy and he responds to being told no, sit and lay down! He loves attention and is so playful that training is treated like a game where the reward is a new toy or a kitten treat. Due to Angela’s allergies, their bedroom is an off limit area and all it takes is telling Luke to, “stay” and he will stand at attention at the bedroom door threshold. He is an excellent listener and a VERY smart kitten!
Luke joined Oscar as the newest member of the Donovan furbaby brood. Oscar came with Angela’s husband Dave as part of a package deal when they got together. Luke has put a pep in the step of 13 year old Oscar and keeps him on his toes. After the first few days of getting to know one another, Angela states Oscar and Luke became buddies. Not really because that’s what Oscar wanted, but because that’s what Luke insisted on.
Recently, though Angela had heard cats and kittens were not fond of water, she caught Luke in her shower. She had turned on the water to get it ready and walked out of the room for just a moment and came back and found Luke enjoying the warm water. Luke makes it his business to get into everything and has brought much happiness and joy to his new Mom, Dad and brother.
Angela Downs of Felton, DE adopted Zoey from the KCSPCA in October 2012. At the time, Angela and her friend Amy had just stopped by the SPCA after work on Friday to see about possible short-term fostering due to impending Super Storm Sandy; which was coming that weekend. When they arrived at the shelter, they saw Zoey and Angela fell “in love”. Angela went home that night and talked to her 6 year old twins McKenzie and Maddox about what they thought about having another doggy in the house? Angela had just recently lost her beloved Great Dane-Allie Blue and knew that she and her family had a lot of love to give another animal. After a family discussion, it was decided that Zoey should become a member of the Downs household and Angela went back on Saturday for her.
I met Zoey for the first time that Saturday evening. Angela, Amy & I had previous plans for a girls night and dinner and a movie. During the course of the day, I received a call from Angela asking if I minded if we changed our evening plans a bit as there was a new family addition. I was VERY EXCITED and couldn’t wait to meet Zoey. She greeted me at the door very nicely and stuck very close to Angela all evening. I could not get over how well-behaved and well-mannered she was. Angela showed me how she would sit, lay down and even stay and she hadn’t even been in the home for more than 6 hrs at that point. The twins were loving all over her and giving her hugs and kisses, but it was clear from day one that Zoey was a Mommy’s girl. Amy and I asked where Zoey was going to sleep and were told that she would most likely sleep with the kids or be able to sleep wherever she liked. We told Angela that for Zoey’s first night in a new and strange place, she ought to be able to sleep in the bed w/her Mommy. This is where Zoey sleeps every night, to this day!
Zoey is now a happy and healthy doggy. She had some skin and other health issues when Angela adopted her and everything has been taken care of. Zoey joins Cody who is another dog that Angela had rescued from an Amish Farmer. Angela is a passionate and devoted animal lover and has rescued and re-homed many animals herself. She leads by example for her friends, relatives and her children in teaching how to respect and love ALL animals! Zoey is one lucky furkid to have found this angel on earth as her Mommy.
Thor's Success Story
January 8, 2013
Erin Frazer of Bowers Beach, DE adopted Thor Thunderball Frazer from the KCSPCA on August 20, 2010. At the time Thor came home to his new “forever” home, he was a little puppy and is now about two years old. Erin had seen a picture of Thor’s sister and actually came to the SPCA to see about adopting her. When Erin got there, they let her see the little girl, but told her there were already several applications on her. They asked if Erin would like to see that little girl’s brother and Erin answered with an enthusiastic, Yes! Erin states that everyone at the SPCA was very helpful regarding Thor and his sister and seemed very knowledgeable. The process for Erin to adopt Thor was very thorough and even included a home visit. Erin stated that she thought the home visit was probably necessary due to Thor’s breed (pit bull/pit bull mix). Thor was named after the Norse god of strength, thunder and war; his middle name comes from Erin’s love of James Bond films!
Thor is a very spoiled furkid and even at fifty pounds, thinks he is a lapdog much of the time. As Erin is a student, having decided to change careers after several years in the environmental industry; Thor splits his time between his grandparents home (on the days Mommy has school) and his own house. At his grandparents he is a spoiled pup, allowed on the furniture and even sleeps in the bed with grandma & grandpa. However, at home, he understands there are more strict rules and that he isn’t allowed up on the furniture and has to sleep in his own dog bed (which is in the bedroom with Erin, next to her bed). Erin does admit that occasionally, house rules are bent and Thor will find his way into Mommy’s bed.
After Erin adopted Thor he was enrolled in Puppy Kindergarten. He is such a well behaved furkid, that Erin takes him visiting at her grandfather’s Nursing Home/Assisted Living facility (w/the proper paperwork and permission, of course!). Thor has also visited other Nursing Homes, and Erin states that contrary to what most people might think, the people always seem extremely happy and excited to see Thor and aren’t at all intimidated or frightened by him or his breed. This is one tale with a VERY HAPPY ENDING!
Elizabeth Brode of Harrington, DE and her family adopted Nala from the KCSPCA in April of 2012. Elizabeth states she had a good experience with the KCSPCA shelter staff and that they were very helpful and kind. Shelter staff was able to share with Elizabeth and her family that Nala was a pugle (pug & beagle mix) stray and that she was partially house-trained. Elizabeth states that while it did take some time getting Nala used to her daily routine, there really haven’t been any issues and she’s blended in with the family quite nicely and her daughters Halie and Chrissy absolutely love Nala! When Elizabeth and the girls are gone to visit her family in Texas and it’s only Nala and Daddy, Nala gets very sad and misses them terribly.
Elizabeth says that she has allowed her older daughter Halie who is nine, to work with Nala on some informal training. Halie now has Nala sitting and staying to receive a treat! Nala sleeps on Mommy’s bed, on her feet every night and puts Mommy to sleep with her snoring! She’s such an awful snorer that the girls call her, “our pigle” because when she snores, it sounds like a pig.
When she’s not practicing her sit and stay commands or sleeping (and sawing logs), Nala likes to sit by the back door at night and bark at the rabbits and cats that wander around the neighborhood and “chase” them through the house. When they are all home, Nala rarely leaves Elizabeth’s side and is like her little shadow. Elizabeth and her family cannot imagine a life without Nala, who is a complete and adored member of the family.
Rhyder's Success Story
I adopted Rhyder (previously named Tweedle Dee) in October 2011. He was a 5 month old border collie/ jack russell mix at best guess. He was a terrified little puppy that would hide at the back of his kennel. Would crawl across the floor and pee when people would pet him. Being one of the dog trainers at PetSmart in Dover, De. I saw something in him than everyone else had over looked. His brother (Tweedle Dum) got adopted very quickly and Rhyder ended up sitting for weeks. I would go visit him every shift I had seeing if he had found a home. Which he had not. I made the choice that if my dog Roxy, a great dane, liked him that I would think about adopting him. She is very picky about who is in the doggie family. She is a very big mama dog. She took to him pretty quickly, I don't think she realized he would be coming home with us. That night he was adopted and changed our lives for the better! He has bloomed into an amazing dog. He is a rowdy, out going, energy filled, healthy, happy dog. He is almost 2 now and I couldn't picture my life with out him. He even will come into PetSmart and train with me.
Moral of the story never under estimate the shy dog in the back of the kennel they might just change your life.
Meet Chance Bishop
Melissa Bishop and her family, of Camden, DE adopted Chance from the KCSPCA about eight months ago. Melissa states that everyone at the facility was very helpful and knowledgeable regarding Chance. Employees were able to tell the family whether he was a stray or owner turn-in and staff was able to provide a lot of detail on Chance’s background.
Melissa states that there were no major issues with Chance when he was brought to his new forever home; save for some separation anxiety that the family worked through. Chance just loves his family so much that he would get all anxious and sad when they were not at home and he was left alone. Melissa says Chance immediately integrated into the household and became a very loved and valued member of the family (I would guess an occasionally spoiled one too).
While Chance has had no formal training, Melissa states that they have worked with him on some training at home. Additionally, she said when Chance was adopted that he already had an understanding of commands. This is one smart canine that was given a second chance by Melissa and her family and truly lives up to his name! Another tale with a VERY HAPPY ENDING for everyone involved!
This is teddy!
I adopted him on Friday afternoon! His brothers are also up for adoption! He is my third adoption from the KCSPCA.
I only adopt my animals!
On Friday, I went into the shelter to sign paperwork for a foster program. After I filled out the paperwork, I walked into the Kitty room when I noticed a cage with adorable little kittens.
There was this one that looked so lonely!
His name was Teddy.