Alumni Update: Maddie


I wanted to share with you all that today is Maddie’s (formerly Smarty Pants) 10th anniversary living with me! I adopted her from DHA on 2/26/05, in a snow storm.

She means to world to my family and I. When she first came home she was mute, and afraid of everything, including her own shadow. It was a lot of work, but the best reward I could have asked for is the loving, smart, well-balanced dog that she’s become. She’s at least 11 – but don’t tell her that… she still thinks she’s a puppy! All she wants to do is romp in the snow! 


Alumni Update: Timber

Timber (formally known as Clover) was adopted from DHA nearly a year ago:

In June 2013 we were married, and because Timber (known as Clover at DHA) is such a huge part of our lives she was there for pictures! We wanted to share some of the professional photos.  She’s doing great—we couldn’t imagine life without her. We may have become those crazy dog parents.  :)

Tori & Kevin

Alumni Update: Blu

A few weeks ago, 6 month old DHA kitten Blu found his forever home and wasted no time settling in:

After the adoption, I dropped Blu off at home before I went off to class. He was under the supervision of my mother. I thought that when I would return home he would be hiding under furniture, afraid to come out and nervous, but I was wrong. When I got home he was upstairs watching the football game with my mother like he has lived here his whole life.

Blu is a total sweetheart. He is always full of energy and does not like to be alone. His roommate, our other cat, Razcal, has not really taken to him yet. She is not sure why he wants to play all the time. But they both shared my bed without too much of a fuss. He is great and also ready for Halloween.


Alumni Update: Brody

Brody (formerly known as Tritan, adopted in May 2014) was spotted upon arrival at DHA and it was love at first sight!

“My husband and I have owned 5 dogs before adopting Brody, our adorable 6 month old Australian Shepherd mix from DHA.  Four of our furry friends had been rescues either from DHA or other shelters.  Our last puppy was a Christmas morning surprise purebred German Shepherd we named Sable.  As you can see, 5 months later, Sable welcomed Brody into the family with open paws! They are the best of buddies and are often snuggled together or side by side as pictured here.”


Alumni Update: Lil’ Momma


Lil’ Momma’s adopter sent us an update recounting her first night and morning in her wonderful new forever home:

Hi! Just wanted to let everyone know that Lil’ Momma is under a quilt on a queen size featherbed right now snoring away… it’s 11:28 pm. She had a big day! Her new sofa was delivered and she found it a perfect place to view wildlife in the park. And also to snuggle and nap with her new brother, my grandson Jax, who stays over occasionally. He came with me to finalize the adoption.

Then at 9 pm, Momma finally got on her elbows, tail wagging and rear in the air, and played and chased me through the bedrooms. Jax and I were so excited to see this emotion in her, to see her having fun.

First morning after adoption… after sleeping in till 9 am, Momma got her first good look at her new never ending backyard… “Mom, so many trees to sniff, I only have a lifetime!”

She’s so perfect and loves the smells in the park. I feel my Pointer in Heaven, Bird, sent her to me as a gift.

Thank you so much for everything!


Alumni Update: Frances

Frances by the window

After my 19 yr old cat passed away over the holidays, I was devastated. My vet encouraged me to adopt a new kitty from Delaware Humane. He told me to ask for Kathy Sarnecky when I went over to the shelter on January 2nd, 2014. I met Kathy and she said “I have someone in mind for you!” I walked up to the cage and saw Frances (formerly Chloe) and immediately fell in love. Her markings were so unique and her huge golden eyes sparkled. As soon as I reached into her cage, she rolled over and showed me her tummy. Kathy put her on my lap and she immediately started purring and didn’t make a move to hop down. I knew then and there she was the one for me. She is only a year old and still has a lot of kitten in her! She makes me smile and laugh constantly with all of her antics. She is so loving and sleeps with me every night purring up a storm!

I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter kitty to keep me company. Thank you Delaware Humane for all that you do!


Alumni Update: Mya

We adopted Mya a Dutch Shepherd in August 2013 when she was 6 months old and she has been wonderful addition to our family! Mya has made many wonderful changes in our lives and we could not ask for a better dog. When we went to the shelter to pick her up, I felt a burst of happiness. When we first brought Mya to our house, she was very quiet and didn’t want to come in. But with a little TLC she was fine. Mya has learned many tricks like sit, stay, come, roll over, bark, dance, sit pretty, high-five, and paw. She loves long walks and be careful when you say “treat” she has big ears and can hear you from a mile away! She still gets excited when we come home from work and school! Crazy dog! Thank you DHA for the best dog ever. We are so lucky to have her!

– Kenny, Dawn, and Ivey

Also, a submission from Ivey:

One day I was walking in the DHA with my parents and we weren’t expecting to get a dog. When we got to the dog area we looked around for a couple minutes until I found Mya. At the time her name was Queenie. I told my mom to look at her and the first thing she said was “Ew Ivey, look at her ears, they are so pointy.” I realized that no dog is perfect and neither are people. After we left, I told my dad that we had to go back. When we got there AGAIN, I went back to Mya and talked to her. I said “Hey baby girl. I know that you heard what my mom said but that isn’t true. I love your ears. Be strong. Someone will adopt you.” I spent 10 minutes at her kennel and then walked away. Out of all the barking I heard her whine. I walked back to her and said “Do you want us to take you out?” So then my dad asked one of the workers if we could take her out. Of course they said yes. When we got out into the play area Mya jumped up on us and licked us. I knew she was ours! I begged my dad to put an application in for her. After what seemed like 20 minutes of begging him, he finally said yes. I was crying with joy. When we put her back in the kennel, another lady took her out. I was getting really nervous. She even beat us to the adoption forms. When we were filling it out, I had my doubts. But then again I would’ve been happy for whoever got Mya. A least she had a home. We turned in our application form and they said we had to wait 2 days for a call. On Tuesday August 13, we got the call. I was jumping up and down with joy. We had to pick her up that day and have a brief meeting. After the meeting we got her out of the kennel and took her home. Right from the beginning I knew she was ours. I saw something in her that others did not see. Maybe she saw something in me. I will never know but, I do know that they say “We don’t pick the dog, The dog picks us.”