Alumni Update: Valentino

miagi-cannavo-1We picked up Miagi, now Valentino, on February 15th, and he’s doing great for only being here 1 1/2 days. Of course, to be expected, he hid for the first two hours but opened up as the day progressed. He loves being brushed. He is getting used to being held, but actually comes to you when called, as he really loves being petted. Today, he is actually sitting on my lap, so he really is doing great. Still skittish with some sounds. He is quite the character, runs around the house like crazy, sleeps with us , follows me around like a dog, carries his toys around the house and is truly a little love bug!

Charlene and Chuck

Alumni Update: Daisy & Sky

We wanted to let you know how well Daisy (ask Tazzy) is doing since she’s come to live with us. Our daughter was smitten by her when we went into our local Concord Pet Store in the Graylyn Shopping Center end of May 2014 where you had a special cat adoption that day. Sara gave a little attention to the adorable kittens but she went back and stayed with Tazzy the beautiful, serene white cat. Undeterred when she was told that Tazzy is 9yrs old, she insisted that I go home and convince dad that we should adopt her while she stayed with Tazzy. Fortunately, just a cell phone call home was enough to convince him. Tazzy was brought home, rechristened Daisy and she’s made a smooth transition into our family. She was initially wary of our old gentleman dog Sky (also a DE Humane alumni, aka Duffy, adopted back in March 2001) who gave her one curious sniff and accepted her. At first, Daisy would only stay in whatever room she was placed in, but she’s gotten her confidence and discovered the joys of free reign of the home, aided by Sky, the dear dog that he is, that he just lets her do whatever she wants, even deferring to her when she wants to sneak some of his food right in front of him.

I’ve had the pleasure of living with 3 previous cats and now with Daisy and I marvel how each one is a unique personality unto their own. Daisy is a quiet cat who emits a soft “meep” for her meow when she wants attention, especially for her meal. She’ll follow us and then just flops down in the middle of the room onto her side as she waits to see what we are up to. She loves to attack shoelaces, especially, when you’re in the process of tying them. She’ll keep us company on the sofa but despite her gorgeously soft fur she is not a standard lap cat, preferring instead to curl next to us  (if it’s a cool evening, she’ll grant us the pleasure of climbing onto our lap, curiously it was my husband’s lap she first deemed worthy, much to my daughter’s and my dismay) and she loves to sleep at the foot of our bed or just window watch. She also has the curious habit of scooping water from the water bowl with one paw and drinking from it. She’ll do this over and over, it’s the funniest thing to see. If we ever catch it on video we’ll have to send it to you.

In summary, Daisy has been a perfect addition to our home whose easy going unoffensive behavior has even redeemed cats to my husband, (who after our last cat Cosmo, who was a charming but very bad boy, that had my husband vowing no more cats), now had quickly accepted and acknowledged how Daisy was a good pick (so for other families out there, don’t overlook those older cats or dogs, your perfect family pet may be among them!). Sara and I like to toy with adding yet another cat, but my worried husband warns we have harmony in the household, so don’t mess with it.  I understand where he is coming from, but I don’t know, 3 is a good number, we might meet another special one out there who will also blend in nicely to our family. But for now, we’re a happy family.

Before I close, I have to reiterate how special we feel our dog Sky is. He has been the perfect dog for us. He had been easy to train and has the right energy level for us, (a daily walk suffices. And we don’t mind that he’s never been a play dog, not seeing the point of fetch.)  He is a wonderful companion, he follows me around the house but yet, we give each other space. He is such a good dog that my husband would ponder who would give up such a dog (it was said that Sky was just left tied at Delaware Humane’s gate with no explanation. Thank you again to the foster family for taking him in until space was available at the shelter. We arrived the day he was acclimating to the shelter and I felt an instant connection to him even though he was shy and a bit aloof.) Although now at approximately 14yrs of age, his hearing and sight are not quite as good, he is still always quick to go for a walk, although that walk may not be as long as before, especially, in the summer heat, but the cooler weather reinvigorates him. He’s a pleasure to walk too, doesn’t chase after things, doesn’t bark at others, even other dogs. He also enjoys patroling our backyard and then laying in a sunny spot as the squirrels run by him (he must categorize them with cats, content to let them rule)  He is a dear, sweet dog and a much loved member of our family.

A big thank you to your staff, volunteers and foster families for all that you do in giving these animals their proper opportunity to be matched with a forever home because we are grateful to be able to give that for both Sky and Daisy.

Thank you!
Kathy, Greg and Sara,
Sky and Daisy

Alumni Update: Maria

Just wanted to pass along an update about “Maria” who was adopted out in January. She has found a passion for running while her owners are bike riding. Other than that, she is loving life and her new home! We have a trainer working with us every weekend. We know she needed to restart fresh with commands and obedience. She is doing great! We go for about a 2 mile bike ride every day if it is not cold of course. I am so glad we have her. With a little brush up on commands and obedience she is going to be the perfect dog!

Jill and Joe

Alumni Update: Ella

On Sunday February 15th, my husband and I adopted “Squirrel,” a one year old female tabby for our daughter at the PetSmart Store in Brandywine. Just to let you know she is adjusting very well – eating, playing, and sleeping are among her favorite things to do. We have all fallen head over heals for Ella! Thank you much for all the care you gave to our baby, now we will provide her with all the love she can handle in her lifetime. She has certainly made a place in all our hearts we love her dearly! Much success to your organization, I am so happy we connected that day!


Alumni Update: Luna

I adopted Luna (DHA Marti) a pit bull mix from you last summer. Luna has been an absolute godsend to my family. Everyone loves her, she’s quite literally the sweetest dog. I know that previously Luna spent a lot of time alone… that doesn’t happen anymore. She goes where I go, or someone is always home with her. She’s extremely affectionate and is never more than a few feet away from me. Luna loves to run – and you might notice that she’s been doing a LOT of running, as she is in almost perfect physical health. Thank you so much.


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