Tank has brought so much joy into our lives and I couldn't have asked for a better dog. We adopted him when he was 3 months old and now he's about 10 months old and 95 pounds, he's one big boy! He's so loyal, the best guard dog, and the best puppy to snuggle with, ever. He hogs the bed at night but he's the type of puppy that you just can not get mad at! He's nosy, and likes to chew on everything so the amount of bones we have is ridiculous! I'm blessed that we have found our bestfriend, and I wouldn't trade him for the world. Thank you Sicsa, for giving us our Mister Tank!
I adopted my wonderful companion, Sabrina, fourteen years ago from SICSA when she was a therapy puppy for Hospice of Dayton. My mother was in the last stages of terminal pancreatic cancer at Hospice of Dayton in late August, 1999.
One of the things she looked forward to was when SICSA brought puppies and placed them on her bed. This brought her and I so much joy. One of the puppies was Sabrina. Sabrina had the warmest eyes and when I looked into them, I fell in love.
After a few weeks went by and my mother was having a very bad day, I needed to take a break. I drove over to the SICSA facility and decided to look for the puppy I had felt a connection to. To my surprise, the puppy was still there and just put up for adoption. I guess it was meant to be, because I brought Sabrina back to Hospice where she gave much happiness to my family and many others while we were there.
After my mother passed at the end of September, Sabrina had another job. When I went back to work full time, she became my dad’s caregiver. She stayed with him throughout the day and helped him overcome his
loneliness. She stayed right by his side, giving him her undivided attention.
After several years, my dad’s health declined and he had to live in a extended care facility. Sabrina would go with me to visit him. She brought so much happiness to not only my dad, but to the rest of the residents.
Sabrina was with me through a very difficult period in my life and comforted me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She never leaves my side and follows me wherever I go. She is the dearest friend I have and I love her dearly.
She is now fourteen, getting cataracts, losing her hearing and showing signs of arthritis; but she still has a puppy heart. I tell everyone she came from SICSA and what a wonderful organization you are.
Hi! I wanted to share our success story about our dog Gwenyvere (now Gracie) who we adopted in September.
My husband and I had stopped by SICSA in August go to look for dog. We walked around and played with a puppy, but there weren't any who seemed like they were "the one" for us. We looked around at some other shelters but about a month later I stopped by SICSA again on my way to work just to see if there any new dogs that might be right for us. Thats when I saw Gwenyvere, a 2 year old American Eskimo/spitz mix laying quietly in the back of her kennel. She was so adorable-- underbite and all! She had just been spayed a week prior and was not available for adoption yet, so I came back the next day to meet her. She was one of the sweetest dogs I had ever met! I called my husband and said "She's perfect-- definitely the one for us!!". The next day when I husband got off work we came in again so that he could meet her as well. There was an instant connection and we just felt like a little family right away. We took her home that day and I am so glad we did!
The first two days were a little rough. Gwenyvere (who we renamed "Gracie") was extremely clingy and would whine and cry if we walked out of the room. Clearly she had been abandoned at some point in her life and was afraid we would leave her. But as the days went on, she grew to trust us more and learned that if we left we would always come back. Gracie is an absolute angel! She is simply the most loving, cuddly dog and I am so happy that she has found her forever family with us! Thanks for everything SICSA!!
Makenzie & Travis
I adopted Sadie and Boots a month ago. I was worried about how to introduce two new cats to each other and to a new home, so I was ecstatic when I found the sibling pair who were still together. Now they would have each other to lean on as they became used to their new environment and to me. They spent much of the first two weeks living under my bed, coming out to explore at night, as cats will do. But now they truly realize they are home and I feel like we're a new family. They have moved from under the bed to anywhere they want in the rest of the house. At night, they both shun their own beds to join me in mine. Sadie (now Seren) is a true lap cat who loves to be brushed, while Boots (now Ghetti) is content to just be in the same room that I'm in where ever that may be. He is also a good big brother, always teasing his sister, and grooming her and she just adores him. They both came to me very well adjusted - extremely gentle temperaments, no scratching problems and no litter box mishaps. I adopted these two cats to fill a void in my heart after losing my cat of 14 years (16 years in the family). I still miss my friend, but this pair was just what I needed!
Mia has adopted me and accepted me without reserve. After the initial couple of days of finding unusual "hiding" places, (Missing In Action) - she wants to be in my presence most of the time! I love that!
Her "coat" is so beautiful and "velvet-ty" and she reminds me of my previous cat MIKKI, that I gave her the full name of: MIA VELVET MIKKI EWELL! She enjoys being brushed and held. Sleeps at the foot of the bed at nighttime. Even enjoys being held when I am in the glider rocker here in the living room. She uses the litter box. She is well behaved and with good manners. Her quiet me-oww is heart-touching.
She is my Thera-puss, my Survival Kit, my Psy-cat-trist, my Cat-tent-ment, my Purr-Fect Cat-panion - and she belongs HERE! I feel so fortunate that she was posted on your web-site because I chose her from that info. When I came, I stated to the volunteer greeter that I was there to see MIA!! Well, as you know, the rest is 'her-story'!
Beverly (happily owned by Mia)
Ming has been part of our family for several years now. When we came there to get her, we were told she wouldn't let anyone around her. She came straight to us! We were told we had to take her home! I had no intentions on leaving her there! She was abused in her previous home and still does not like for you to touch her front paws. However, she is the most loving dog I have ever owned. Ming loves almost everyone, yet is very protective of her humans. She is the perfect dog! She recently had a mastcell tumor removed, which was a bit of a scare for us. We will do what we can to keep our "old lady" around as long as we can. She is approximately 8 years old now. Our trio of girls won't be the same without her around.
My husband and I adopted Charlie (formerly Bobby) in June, so we've had him for almost three months now. I had owned cats before (of course, everyone knows you don't really "own" a cat!), but my husband was a little leery about it. It turns out there was nothing to worry about! Charlie had both of us wrapped around his little paw from his very first night in our home. He is the "purrfect" mixture of everything wonderful about kittens; he's playful and active, and he also has his sweet, loving side. Of course, like most kittens do, Charlie also has his ornery side! He loves to find "treasures" (his toys, balled up paper, my wedding ring one time, etc.) and hide them either in his water bowl or inside our shoes! We feel very lucky to have been chosen by Charlie to be his fur-parents. I say he chose us, because when we went to visit SICSA, he walked right up to the front of his kennel and stuck his paw out, as if introducing himself to us. We knew right then that he was who we had been looking for, and we've been the perfect match ever since! The picture is Charlie showing off his new collar.
My friend Jackie and I were SICSA volunteers a few years ago and decided to foster Max. He had severe separation anxiety, but with some work, overcame this. Needless to say, he never made it in to any of his foster showings, and turned out to be a "foster failure," haha. I've had him for 4 years now (He's 8, and I picked him up from SICSA on his 4th birthday,) and he is the sweetest dog in the world. I couldn't have gotten a better companion. He's quite spoiled now, and attends many SICSA and other charity festivities. (Photos is Max at a Cincinnati Reds game). He is such a joy to have, and I'm so glad to have found him!
Jennifer & Max
My husband and I had been married about a year, when we decided to open ourselves up to potentially getting a dog. I had always had animals growing up and my husband had not. We decided to just visit SICSA. JUST VISIT!
We walked back and rounded the corner and spotted, a 3 month old puppy named Rolo. He was thought to be a Chesapeake Bay Retriever (later we found out he is a Flat Coated Retriever) he quietly wagged his tail and I looked at my husband and he knew we were getting a dog. We changed his name to Maximus and even though we haven't had him for even a year yet we love him. I could not imagine my life without this fun little guy. He's playful, and loving. -Hyper at times but loves to cuddle as well. We are so grateful that we were given the chance to make this guy a member of our family. THANK YOU SICSA!
Adam and Nancy Bender
"Tucker is such a docile, sweet boy and we are really lucky to have found him. Here he is awaiting Santa. "
I had been been helping a non-profit home for abused and neglected children, One Way Farm in Fairfield, for about a year. Barb Condo, the One Way Farm's Director had developed and instituted a very unique animal therapy rehabilitation program. The premise of the program is that children who have suffered abuse and neglect are often afraid to touch. Their trust is of great issue. Through the Animal Therapy Program, they can begin to trust and touch again.
Having spent about a year at this point working with One Way Farm, I felt compelled to demonstrate in some way a reflection of the caring and compassion that I saw happening there in my own life. I had seen commercials and flyers for various animal shelters and adoption programs around town, and I concluded that adopting an animal from a shelter would fulfill that desire. After searching online, I became fond of a Jack Russell Terrier that was being boarded at the Dayton SICSA. One Friday afternoon, I left work early and drove over one hour to see this dog, but when I got there I came to the sad realization that I would not be able to provide a dog of that particular breed and size a happy life given my busy schedule the spatial confines of my apartment.
In the cage directly next to the dog I had come to see were two tiny Chihuahuas. They had been given to the SICSA after their owner passed away. While I had no intentions of returning that day with a Chihuahua, I remembered growing up how one of my best childhood friends owned a Chihuahua, and still does to this day after 17 years. I had it in my mind that I was going to return home with a pet that day, and I knew that I would be able to provide one of these friendly, well-behaved (not to mention already housebroken) Chihuahuas a long and happy second life. Unfortunately, I could only take one home with me. As sad as it made me feel to separate the two siblings from one another, I consoled myself in the notion that at least I was going to provide one of them with a better life.
When I brought Gus home to Cincinnati and introduced him to my friends and family, my sister, who had just moved into a new house just a few blocks from my apartment, immediately fell in love with him. I joked with her that if she really liked Gus that much she could drive up to Dayton and rescue his brother. Just about one week later, Feisty had a new home in Cincinnati.
In the months since Gus and Feisty have been been adopted they have been enjoying separate lives with their new owners, but they get the chance to reunited with one another on a very regular basis. They could not have more distinct personalities. Gus is cool, calm and collected - content just to sit by your side, not very interested in toys or treats. Feisty on the other hand lives up to his name - full of personality and energy. But when the two are together they are inseparable - clearly very happy to be two siblings reunited.
Andy and Alyssa
Griffin’s previous owners had Griffin for about seven years and, sadly, someone in the family became allergic to cats. The family had to give Griffin up.
Griffin, being eight years old, was SICSA’s oldest cat. He was a sweet, laid back kind of guy who captured many hearts at SICSA. However, he was overlooked by adopters because of his age. It was Tuesday, October 11, that we found the perfect home for Griffin.
A gentleman came in to find a cat for his wife. Normally, it is required that the whole family comes in to pick out an animal, but this was different. This man’s wife had severe MS and was bed ridden. She wanted a cat to keep her company and to be there for her. The family was looking at all of the wonderful cats at SICSA and the Adoption Manager knew just the cat: “Let’s take a look at Griffin,” she said.
The family thought Griffin would be perfect for the woman and took him home. Griffin was the perfect choice to lay by the woman’s side and comfort her. After calling the family for a follow up they shared what a pleasure Griffin was. He adjusted perfectly to his new home and loves being petted. The wife adores him and Griffin loves to jump in bed to snuggle with her.
A win for an older cat who desperately wanted a home to call his own and a win for a woman who desperately needed a friend.”
Zeus has been a part of our family since September 2010. We were so lucky to have found him at Sicsa that Saturday afternoon, he was the last of his brothers and sisters. Ever since we brought him home we have been so blessed. He is such a smart, happy puppy! He loves going on walks and playing in the snow! He picked up several tricks very quickly. Everytime we come back he is just as excited to see us as the last time. We just recently celebrated his FIRST birthday and he had a blast!! We had all his friends over for homemade puppy cake! We love him so much and are so thankful for sicsa!
Thanks again! We love you! Ashley & Daniel & Zeus
Last Christmas, Ricky (my Minpin) and I came to the adoption fair at the Dayton mall. We went because I selected a lovely little Yorkshire Terrier for Ricky; but Ricky didn't take to him. So we were wandering through the adoption fair, and Ricky spotted "Dash", this beautiful, loving Italian Greyhound. It was love at first sight. We took Dash home and they have been best friends since. I have a bumper on my car that says "who rescued who?" because this little 20-lb of ball of fire "dashed" into our hearts and made our lives better.
God Bless you, Sisca! Love, Julie, Ricky and Dash
We wanted to share our story of how well Flip has been doing since he came home with us. He has only been part of our family for a week now but he has already taken to the house and family like he has been here for years. When we got to the shelter to look at him they said he had been there for 6 months and that he had been looked over many times cause he has a big bark. After getting him home we see what all those families missed out on. He is one of the sweetest funniest most loyal dogs i have ever had. Wee took him to the dog park for the first time and he had so much fun running around playing with all the little kids and dogs. He went to Pets Mart and picked out his own bed and his first toy which he takes every where with him even sharing it with other dogs at the park. He splits his time between me and my boyfriend making sure we are both happy and know he loves us. He has already proven his love and devotion to us when we were taking him for a walk when i stray Shepard/Husky mix went after us. Flip made sure the dog kept its distance till a SUV was able to scare the stray away and we could get away. Flip is not just a great friendly dog but he is one brave little pup who loves us. I would liek to thank SIcsa for all the work they have put into keeping him safe and healthy till we were able to take him home. I have told all our friends to go to Sicsa for their future pets.
Thanks for a great loving friend in Flip
Cole and Dana
My family and I moved to Ohio in 1995 and all that was missing was a sweet puppy. The puppy selection was left up to me a twelve year old little girl. We had recently lost our family dog before our move and the timing was right or what I thought. We made four trips, once every Saturday to Sicsa hoping to find our family pet. There were a couple cute ones here and there, but I could never decide on a puppy. On February 3, 1996 we took our fifth trip to Sicsa and I saw a new litter of mutts had arrived born November 20, 1995. I picked up the first puppy and she licked my chin and in that moment we had our precious puppy Toby Angel. Toby will be 16 this November and she has given my family the happiest years. I grew up this dog, and I will cherish every moment I have left with her! Thank you Sicsa for not providing us with a dog but with a member of our family!
Michael, Joanne and Kate
Hi everyone. We came here the 1st time back in 1985 on a tour of duty with USAF. Cheryl became an active volunteer with SICSA during our stay & it was inevitable; she “volunteered” us to foster a lab/shepherd puppy about 2 months old over the Thanksgiving holiday of 1992. It would have happened sooner, but we had a full complement of pets already. Needless to say, we became what is coined as a “foster failure” on our 1st fostering experience as Brodie stayed with us as part of our family instead of going up for adoption! Brodie was an amazing & loving member of the family. Not without his trials & tribulations; some very humorous (at least now!). He lived to be over 18 years of age as of Jan 2011 which is a great testament for a large breed dog. Brodie saw several other family pets pass away over his 18 years and definitely was ALPHA in the family pack. Ask Cheryl sometime about his early tactics for making that point clear to her! We miss him dearly, but know he’s much better off now. We want to thank SICSA for providing us the opportunity for these 18 yrs of joy and encourage others to adopt; don’t shop for their next family pet. We are in process of fostering a litter of 11 puppies and their mom and will be keeping another SICSA baby to become part of our pack. Again, we are “foster failures”, but only 1 out of 12 this time. Thanks SICSA!
Mike & Cheryl
Hello good folks at SICSA. Thought you might enjoy this happy ending from an old-timer.
Thank you, SICSA, for bringing Sparky to us. He was such a wonderful dog... so loved. He never got completely over his fear of men he did not know, but accepted John right from day one. He was completely devoted to me and to his "skin-sister." Once, he knocked a patio door off its tracks to chase a dog three times his size out of our yard. He LOVED little kids and was so tolerant of them!
I adopted Olive in August, since then she has been my very best friend. Olive was the runt of her litter, and is still a little but very healthy girl. She loves to snuggle under the covers, perch on my shoulder, and play with her toys. Olive is playful and silly, but is also a lap cat who sleeps with me every night and enjoys being spoiled with soft food and tuna treats. She loves meeting new people, is very talkative, and loves chirping at birds she sees out the window. She has a very unique personality and I couldn't be happier that we found each other. I'm so glad I came to SICSA and that your adoption counselors helped me to find the perfect friend. Thank you so much!
My wife and I adopted Bernie, formerly know as Falkor, in late October. He has been everything we could have wanted in a dog and more. Bernie is extremely outgoing for an adult dog. Each day he finds a new way to make us laugh. Whether its the way he snores when he is napping or when he is trying to bury his rawhide bone under a magazine. No matter how hard our day is Bernie is always happy to see us and brighten our day. He loves people and gets a long great with little kids. His favorite activities are walks and wrestling with his floss toss. He isn't always happy when we have to leave for work and everyday hasn't been perfect, but Bernie has definitely found a home in our house. Thank you so much
Greg and Natalie
We adopted our dog, Lucy last October and the whole family loves her! She loves laying around on the couch all day and greeting us all when we get home. Her absolute favorite thing to do is go hiking on the trail! Lucy also loves treats and chasing squirrels. Without Lucy, we would be lost.
Preston and Gay
I adopted Sadie Lou (formerly known as Sadie while at SICSA) in November. I knew she was the one for me. When she came home with me, she still had her stitches from being spayed. She was completely potty trained from the time I brought her home. Sadie Lou was very shy and timid around strangers but now, doesn’t know what a stranger is. She has developed into a very well mannered 88 pound lap dog. She is a true lab that loves the water, chasing birds and keeping an eye on the neighbor’s homes. Neighbors often refer to her as the community dog. Her favorite toys include sticks, golf balls and plastic soda bottles, none of which she eats. Sadie Lou has brought so much love, laughter and silliness into our home. I can’t imagine how it would be without her! I will definitely be back to SICSA! The picture attached shows who owns the couch. Keep in mind she is not supposed to be on furniture and she knows this. As soon as she heard the camera, she jumped off the couch. Thank you!
I bought my first house in Kettering in 1998. I remember when I signed the papers I knew what the first thing I wanted to add. A dog…a specific type of dog. A Black Lab. I looked for several weeks and one day before Thanksgiving 1998, I came across SICSA during a pet weekend. And the very last cage I came too was a Black Lab named “Chef”. I knew “Chef” was the dog for me so I went to lunch and thought about it as I knew it was a big commitment. I was just turning 30 and I lived alone so I was looking forward to a K-9 companion. I will not say it was easy the first 2-3 months because when my new friend, renamed “SHADE”, moved in it was quite an adjustment for both of us. He chewed on everything and I scolded him on everything. He never did what I expected and I was the same way with him.But we adjusted when I finally gave in and let him be him and vice-versa. He was the best thing that ever happened to me at the time. He was there when I proposed to my girlfriend. He was there when my 2 kids were born and brought home. He has been there through good times and bad. He is my best male friend and I would do anything to keep him safe and sound. It has been 12 years and I love him more each day and he does me.Thanks to SICSA, Shade will round out his remaining years in a household that loves him just as much as he loves us. He helps make our home a home. I owe SICSA my upmost gratitude for helping my dog find me when I needed him most. He has taught me about Loyalty and Love and that pets are a gift and not a gained right.Thank you Shade’O: I love you buddy..and I always will.
We adopted Britney the same year that SICSA opened their new building. She had been tied to the back door of the old building the weekend of the grand opening of the new building. She was not found for several days. When we first saw her, she was a wild child. I did not even want to bring her to the house for a home visit. My wife and daughter talked me into the home visit. When she got here, our rescued Border Collie Bandit immediately went into his play stance. They played in the back yard, he waited for her to drink first and whined when she left. The decision was made, Five years later, Britney is a laid back girl who likes to mother our two small dogs. We cannot imagine how not having Britney as part of our family
Hi my name is Brittany and my boyfriend and I adopted RC last weekend. I just wanted to give you an update of the last few days. We've renamed him to Maverick and he has been doing well. We went out Saturday night and got all the necessities and more. The dog has gone from rags to riches :) He has been doing well with the crate and potty training. I know Matt LOVES having a companion waiting for him at home. Maverick and Matt stay very active, they run multiple times during the day. It's good for Maverick because it allows him to burn off energy that he builds up while Matt is at class. Maverick has an awesome personality. He is so easy going and very affectionate towards Matt and I. We are taking Maverick camping this weekend in Indiana and I know he'll do well. Thank you so much for giving Matt and I the opportunity of caring of this awesome dog. He has quickly become my baby and I just love him dearly.
Clay (now known in his adoptive home as Skeeter) was one of the "Earth Dogs" that were pulled from a hoarding situation in southeastern Ohio. Clay was adopted from SICSA in July and here is an update from one of his adoptive parents.
"Clay is doing quite well. We have seen very slow but steady progress with him over the past two months. He no longer goes into his crate at all. He spends the time when we are home hanging out with us in the living room or on the deck, and he sleeps in bed with us at night. We really didn’t care for the name Clay so we have changed it to Skeeter. I am not sure why but the name seems to suit him and he responds to it. At night he is very playful and wants to be out in the yard a lot. He really seems to be enjoying himself more each day. He and Max are getting along just fine. The more we get to know him the more we love him, he is just such a sweet little dog. I can’t believe no one adopted him sooner."
We just wanted to tell you how much we love our girl. We adopted Trudy (formally Jillian or Jilly Bean) in June. She is perfect and loves her brother and sister. Thank you so much! Trudy is on the right.
Sarah and Jason
We adopted Rocky just after Thanksgiving. Thank you for helping us find the perfect pet for our family. Rocky is a happy, playful and well behaved dog. He loves to play fetch with the boys and cuddle on the couch while chewing on his bone. We are so glad that he is a part of our family now!
Thanks for all you do!
Glen and Cathy
Fifteen years ago, I received a call from a friend who volunteered at SISCA telling me about this cute little dog that I would just love. My coworkers and I took our lunch break and went to see "Furby". He was the only little dog in the middle of a whole pack of big dogs and he just kept asking me to save him from all the noise. Furby, a Pug/chichuha looked just like a Furby doll. This was
the name given him by SISCA and we just couldn't change it.
We found out he was one of the first of the Thomas Project dogs who had been adopted and returned 3 times to SISCA. True he had a lot of issues but when he came home with us we were very determined he was forever a member of our family. It took a lot of work but after about a year he was a whole lot better. Here it is 15 years later and Furby now a healthy and happy 18 year old is still going strong. He has been the love of our families life (dog love) and I don't know how the last years would have been tolerable without him. Furby has seen us through many of lifes ups and downs but he has been forever faithful and loving. We have gone on several vacations...he loves the ocean, and spent many hours exploring the parks and paths around our town.
I can only hope that others who chose to adopt have as much luck as we have had with Furby. He now has two sisters (both rescues) who make up a very active and fun family.
I just wanted to let you know how thrilled our family is about adopting Lita (formerly know as “Rabbitt” ), the Border Collie Mix. After losing our longtime lab to kidney disease last year, we decided it was time to open our hearts once again to a new dog. We had originally gone to SICSA to look at a completely different dog, but were concerned about some behavior issues. It was
suggested that we take a look at “Rabbitt” and I am so grateful that we did!! She is a very sweet girl who has adjusted to our schedules very easily. She has had very few potty accidents in the house and is very well behaved and has never given us any problems with her crate training. She loves going for walks in the park, playing tug with her toys, and snuggling on the couch! She is a very loving and obedient girl who learns things quickly and we feel like she has been with us forever!
My name is Cody. I am a 6 year old long-haired Chihuahua. My original owners were unable to take care of me anymore, so they brought me to SICSA. I wasn't in the best shape and had to have all my pretty hair shaved off. Around Christmas this nice lady named Sheri came to visit me. She petted me and played with me. I just fell in love with her right away. Sheri took me home and gave me a new place to live. I have good food to eat, she takes me for walks and we go for rides in the car. I even have a soft purple blanket with fringe that I can lay on the sofa and watch the television. I hit the jackpot! We have so much fun and we are best buddies!!! When she comes home from work, I jump and skip to show her how happy I am to see her
Thank you SISCA for putting my picture on the website. I have my "forever" home and am the luckiest dog in the world!
Scribbles appeared on the SICSA website home page for quite a while. She had been there for about two years and was five years old when we fell in love with her and adopted her just over a year ago. She lives to be loved, give love, eat, and sleep. In our home, that’s just fine with us. I am home a lot and spend a good bit of time in bed which she loves sharing with me. She is a source of endless love, attention, and affection. She’ll climb right on up wherever she likes and makes herself at home. She is our child and she just loves to be spoiled rotten (and fortunately for her, we love doing it). She spends about half the day by herself sleeping in the sun and the rest cuddled next to whoever will just give her some love or a little room to snuggle.
In the recent “Stray Thoughts” newsletter, it talks about how older cats are often overlooked. They can be great friends, wonderful additions to any home, and can give more love than anyone can ever expect. She’s been nothing but a blessing in our home that had a big missing hole in it from our previous cat that had passed away and she filled that cat’s 23 pound space incredibly well, even though she only weighs 13 pounds. She just knows how to fill our lives with love and smiles. Don’t pass by the older cats right away. Take a look and see. You might just find your next best friend with a cat who’s been “around the block” a while and still can provide pleasant and joyful surprises every day! Thanks SICSA for everything you do (and for Scribbles)!
Jim and Lori
We spent several months looking for a puppy to adopt until one day we saw this yellow puppy in the big dog room quietly chewing on her SICSA bandana while the other dogs were barking to get our attention. Her name was Dixie at SICSA but now we call her Maggie. She only weighed 40 pounds when we first saw her at SICSA and my wife said "Look at those paws - she is going to be a BIG dog". Well, we adopted that puppy and a year later her weight leveled off at 100 pounds - I'll never doubt my wife again! Maggie was a shelter dog from the time she was born but she has been a wonderful addition to our family. She had classes at SICSA and knew how to sit, stay and walk on a leash when we brought her home. Maggie is very sweet, intelligent and loves to play, just look at that cute face!
We are very glad we went to SICSA and adopted our most recent family member. Thanks SICSA!!
We adopted Jack (formerly Leo) just after Thanksgiving. He has many nicknames; Jack Attack – when he plays hide-and-seek and jumps out at us as we walk by, or is pouncing on his favorite toys, Cat Dog – he loves to play fetch, is ALWAYS waiting right by the door when we come home, and comes running from anywhere when we call him – just to name a couple. Here he is ‘helping’ my son with his homework. He is the sweetest, most affectionate cat I have ever met! He has brought so much joy and laughter into our home… I can’t imagine life without him! Thank you SICSA… we’re coming back soon for a pet for Jack!
We adopted Cameron back this summer and he has been a dream come true. We cannot thank you enough for matching us up with the perfect dog for us. Cameron bonded to us so quickly and has never needed to be crated or confined to a room when we are not home. He is such a smart boy and continues to learn new commands such as drop and rollover. He has done so well around strangers and other dogs and has even formed a friendship with my mom's dog when we go for visits to "Grandma's House". Cameron continues to grow everyday and has even found his love for playing with toys. Cameron is the sweetest boy you could ever ask for and we are so happy to have him as part of our family.
Tricia and Dan
I adopted Meredith about 1.5 to 2 yrs ago from you guys…I was warned that she had attitude, as the staff kept asking me, "are you sure you want to adopt this one?" She had a little rep among the staff for "slicin' (claws) and dicin' (teeth)" the peasants (caretakers) there to serve her. The young lady had to put on gloves to put her in the carrier, so I could take her home. I was told she did not do well with other cats.
Well…the "evil Merry Mayhem" has turned into the most awesome sweet pea! I have 3 cats…all rescues, including Merry. At first she was appalled! A true DIVA and heir to the throne…such as herself, should be cast among such 'rabble' as we…but true to her inborn nobility, she rose above and has become my angel lap cat. My other two angels like to be near me, though only Merry claims the lap as her own and uses it routinely.
Merry joins me every morning nesting comfortably on my lap as I drink my coffee and get peaceful before work by watching my fresh water live planted 'sorority tank' of betta splendens females (siamese fighting fish). She cracks me up! She waits 'til I sit down and then stares at me, with that look …you know…the one that says, " WE (the royal we) are NOT amused …darest thou make us wait!" You see…merry is royalty…a legend in her own mind, so to speak. She just needed someone who understood and was a willing slave with great respect for her majesty, the diva. ;)
She is a most beautiful, long haired mackerel tabby (black and cream), with slightly almond shaped pale green-yellow eyes, ringed with black eyeliner. She has the most beautiful coat and the fullest fluffiest tail! ...sorry, the pic doesn't show that gorgeous tail too well. I think, she may have some Persian in her as she has a flatter face is built kind of low to the ground and tank solid…not fat, solid and fluffy. She tolerates the rabble peasant cats and on occasion I have seen and heard some catty arguments…though no swords were drawn and all co-exist with tolerance on the 'peasants' side and royal 'forbearance' on the diva side. I just wanted you guys to know…she is a most awesome cat and I love her dearly and worship her as due her station. Thanx… muchly!
My Fiance (Tom) and I adopted Chance (formally known as Joseph) from SICSA back in February of 2008. Chance was one of the puppies from the Catahoula breed that was surrendered from his owner. Chance is from the same litter as Calvin, Freckles, and Sophie (who was deaf, but a very sweet dog). Although the rest of the litter was sent to a rescue shelter that specifies with the Catahoula breed, we were able to adopt Chance before the litter was sent away. Hearing stories about the other litter mates about how some were returned due to either their activity level, behavioral issues, or even that the owner did not have time for them, I must have been one of the fortunate ones.
At eight months old, Chance turned out to be a wonderful dog. Although a little hyper, he keeps us going and that is what we were looking for. He is extremely affectionate, gets along great with other animals and loves people, once he gets to know you. He is protective of females and of my other dog, but not to where he attacks. I have actually never had a problem with Chance being aggressive towards people. He was a part of the puppy training class that was held by SICSA (which I highly recommend) and learned a lot from the class and from the other dogs. He is a fantastic dog and I would not trade him for any other. The catahoula breed is quick to learn which Chance did follow.
Luke has been with us for a few weeks now, but you would't know it by seeing him around the house. He made him self right at home the second he walked in the door. He sleeps in the bed with me and is so well behaved at all times. The only problem we have found is he is scared to death of men and baby gates, but we are hoping to get him over that. Everyone just loves him, and we are so happy we decided to adopt him.
We found out he loves to play in the water, in the bath tub, in the kiddie pool and with the hose.. He has so much fun out side, although he would rather be at my feet watching TV with me than play a lot, which is perfect for me, because I am not that active during the evening. We recently took him to the dog park, he loved it. He runs and plays the whole time, although when a un-neutered female dog comes in the park all bets are off, other than that he does great with being off the leash and never runs from me.
In a few weeks Luke will be attending doggy day care at club k-9 (we got a free 5 day trial we won at the sisca walk) and we are hoping he does well in daycare so he can attend.He is a joy to have, and I am glad we found each other and that we can give him a forever home.
I just wanted to thank you for suggesting that my husband and I take a closer look at Shadow. She's been living with us for almost two months and she and our three cats are adjusting well. She is the perfect dog for our family ... especially for self-proclaimed cat people! We've been taking her on several walks and jogs during the week and we're looking forward to taking her to Sugarcreek Reserve for a longer hike. Thanks again and we'll be sure to keep you all updated on her progress!
Last autumn my daughter and I visited SICSA looking for a possible addition to our family. While crouched down to see a cat in the corner of the kitty playroom, I was taken by surprise when an adorable British Tortoiseshell kitty hopped into my lap and started rubbing all over me! She was purring so loudly, I immediately fell in love. I told my daughter we were going to see if we could take her home. The next day, we returned with Dad and Azula (our biggest fuzzy child, a 4 year old Siberian husky) to see if the affection was true. Everyone seemed to get along, so we adopted Trixie. She started out alone in my daughter’s room, but within two days was investigating the rest of the house and meeting her other new brothers and sisters (2 male cats, 2 little dogs). Everyone got along so well! The cats play together and Trixie gets into all kinds of mischief (hence, the Trouble suffix) on her own. A quick note that Trixie LOVES little toy mice… so much so that she opens the closet door, climbs up the shelves and gets one out of the pack! Then she proceeds to bat it under the refrigerator and then sit there until someone gets it out with a ruler!
But the most outstanding result was the bond forged between Azula and Trixie. I assume it is because Azula came with us when we first brought home Trixie, so she thought the cat was for her. Anyway, they are quite tight buddies, sleeping together at the end of my bed most nights.
I am very blessed to have such a full, loving house! And as I type this, Trixie is sitting in my lap “helping” me by rubbing on my hands…
Honda came to SICSA as a stray. I was told he was first in a home where he was left outside by himself, and finally broke free. Someone else took him to their home, but found they didn’t have the room he needed, so they brought him back to SICSA. Then I came along with the intention to foster a dog. I have never had a dog, nor cared for a dog, so the plan was to bring Honda home to foster him during the week, then take him back on the weekend in hopes of getting adopted. I had been told that he had been at SICSAfor over a year, and no one seemed to want to adopt an “older” dog. My parents are in their 80’s, so fostering an older dog was going to be perfect. I’m no young chicken either, so a slower dog is just what I needed also. After receiving his love and gratitude that first night, I knew I would never be able to take him back so that someone else could adopt him. I adopted him at the estimated age of 7. We sometimes play ball to warm up, and then we go for a mile walk every morning. He looks at me with those big Honda eyes and I just melt, so needless to say, HE gets just about anything he wants. My dad’s needs used to come first, but now he knows that Honda has taken that spot. Only another dog lover can understand what joy Honda has brought into my life. It’s truly a love affair for both of us. As you can see, Honda is very comfy stretched out on the couch, possibly ready for a nap. “Ahhh…life here is good at my forever home!” Adopting a dog from SICSA was the best thing I have ever done!
We adopted Chewey, a Lhasa Apso, a couple years ago from SICSA. My wife had never owned a dog before, and had always been a "cat person." We came to SICSA just to look at a few dogs, but weren't sure we would bring a dog into our home. My wife was sure we only wanted a female. When we came in, we looked at all the dogs you had at the time, and they were all barking and going crazy. Except for one. That was Chewey, he was sitting quietly in his crate.
After meeting him and playing with him for a couple hours, we knew we couldn't go home without him. It has been 3 years since we adopted him. We both love him like crazy. Our 3 cats would disagree with that, however. When we first brought him home, he didn't bark, and he didn't play. We have a very large fenced yard, and he would not go out without one of us being with him. We even took him for walks around the block, and usually ended up having to carry him home.
Since then he has developed a "personality" all his own. He plays when he wants to and he plays seriously. He now loves to go on walks and we can't seem to take him on as many as he wants. He loves to ride in the car.
We want to thank SICSA for alllowing us to bring Chewey into our home.
Thank you very much,
Greg and Carrie
My husband and I just adopted Wisteria in January. She is such a dainty little girl! I call her Teary for short. I had just lost my sweet cat, Lollypop, of 12 years on New Year's Day and was so sad. Wisteria has been the most wonderful friend to cheer us up! She is a complete delight. She is very talkative and I feel as though I know exactly what she is saying. She is very affectionate and playful. We are both so glad she came into our lives. She has settled right in to her new home within the first week we've had her. She loves to play with all her new toys and loves watching the squirrels play each day outside in our backyard as we put birdseed out for them. She is so unusually colored. My daughter says that they sprayed her with tortoise coloring, but she had her sweater on that day!
I want to thank SICSA, for keeping her so happy and healthy until I could come and find her and bring her home. SICSA volunteers are wonderful people whose selfless work and kindness make the lives of pets and their adoptive parents happy and make the world a better place. Thank you!
Norma and David
We met Dewey in August and SICSA was getting ready to close in 15 minutes. I fell in love with him as soon as they brought him out to meet us. I was so excited and wanted to take him home right at that moment but
realized we had no cage or toys for him so it would be better to go get that stuff and pick him up the next day. I couldn't sleep that night, I was so scared that someone would accidentally give him to someone else. I was there right when the doors opened and was anxious to get my boy.
He has been the best!! When I brought him home we bonded instantly. He is a very shy boy, even going on walks was hard the first few times. Once he gained trust in me, things got easier and he has turned around and is a lot more confident. We are still working on his shyness but he is doing great! He has two kitties that he lives with. Itty Bitty is very old so she doesn't
like to play with him but Michael Scofield, who is just 2, and Dewey play chase all the time. He has a huge backyard to run and play and we try to go on runs when I get home from work. We can trust him off the leash so we take him to open fields when we can so he can just soar. We couldn't be happier with him, what a great dog. I just wish I could get another from SICSA, what you guys do is amazing. Thank you!
I was on Petfinder.com and was looking at SISCA’s dogs for adoption (I am always interested in why people surrender their dogs) and I stumbled upon your website and noticed you had a “Success Stories” link. I thought you might want to hear the story of my Scruffy. I was a 19 year old volunteer and after seeing a news reel about a puppymill that had been shut down and the 30+ dogs sent to your organization. I brought in a bag of dog food to donate and the rest they say is history. I volunteered for about four months before I joined the military and had to head off to basic training. Scruffy was a schnauzer mix that was found as a stray. He was a young nervous dog that never liked to walk on a leash. It was a severe case of puppy love for me. He is honestly the cutest dog in the world. I adopted Scruffy. We are now coming up on our 8 year anniversary and Scruffy now has a human dad and two doggy brothers (he was even in our wedding).
I can’t tell you how much that dog has changed my life. What you all do at SISCA is wonderful and I just wanted to show that your efforts not only save lives, they change them.
I adopted Bubba, an 8 year old beagle in September. Having a 10 year old dog Suzie and Rhett, a special needs dog from SICSA, I was ready to open my heart and home to another dog. Bubba is a hoot! He has been quite a challenge to keep contained in the yard. I know why this boy was a stray! I am happy to say his escapes are dwindling thanks to reinforcements in my fence AND an invisible fence but he is well worth the effort. I think sometimes he needs a job, like maybe a taxi driver or maybe brain surgeon :) I have made quite a few new friends through Bubba recently.
Even with all the extra work, Bubba is a gem and we are thankful he is part of our family.
We adopted Luna in April after one of our other cats died. She is still a feisty cat at times (and we wouldn't have it any other way), although she has adjusted well and is much more sociable than when we adopted her and likes to sit on our laps and be petted. She also likes to lick and style our hair, which we have now figured out is why she was nicknamed the "hairdresser" of SICSA. She also loves playing "chase the flashlight."
Words cannot express the joy Luna has brought into our lives, and we cannot picture our lives without her. Thanks for all you do!!!
Blaine and Kenneth
We adopted Bailey (formerly Clifton) a little over a year ago and he continues to be a valued member of our "pack". Here is a recent picture of Bailey and his buddy Shag making certain none of the food my grandson drops violates the 3 second rule.
Thanks again, Sam and Barb
Gracie made herself at home the moment she walked in, and has been enthusiastically welcomed. She and Bailey are never more than a few feet away from one another. She is now completely relaxed in the house. She also walks well and with confidence outside – until someone gets too close, of course, but even that is better than in the beginning. With time and patience, I know she will do just fine. I have learned that she is much happier meeting new people from the comfort of her couch than outside, so I’ve occasionally brought a neighbor in as well as my daughter and son-in-law to say hello and give her her favorite belly rubs. I’ve lost my place on the couch, but I could not be happier with the way these two fit together. There is extra joy in the Gregg household these days.
Hello! My name is Shadow. I was known as Dojo until I wer adopted by Ron and Tony. They named me Shadow because I follow them everywhere. I enjoy playing with my toys, and I especially like fetching sticks. I can be seen every morning walking around the Omega Church grounds, formerly the United Theological Seminary in Dayton. I chase tennis balls and sticks in the open field there. I really look forward to going to the Bark Park, next to the Humane Society on Webster Street. I can run and play with other dogs there. I'm very happy in my new home.
Hello, my name is Trisha. My fiancee Kyle and I adopted a cat named Boba Fett from you about two months ago. I just wanted to update you I was told you guys like this. So his new name is Sig, he is getting very big. He is still very rambuncious and talks alot. He has a stuff ducked that he loves very much. He gets along very well with other animals and babies, I have taken him to my mom's house which has both, and he does great. He is so energetic and loving I couldn't have asked for a better cat for us.
We adopted Hunter (formerly "Snoot") in November. Hunter spends much of his time patrolling the yard and playing in the woods. He is a very lovable dog, as you can see in the pictures. He insists on sleeping in the bed with us, and likes to hog the pillows and covers. We discovered that he already knew commands such as sit, lay down, shake, rollover, and high-five. We love having him in our family!
Adam & Brandy
Attached are a few pictures of a couple happy kitties. They have adjusted well and are a true joy to me. My husband passed away in December and my kids are grown and live in other cities. That's why I call Charlie (black) and Stanley (black & white) my boys. They are very entertaining and are inseparable. If one does something the other has to join in.
These are pics of my dog formerly Princess; now Chauncey. I adopted her in April when she was just 2 months old. She is such a delight, and very well behaved. I could not be happier.
The first picture is from the first week she was home, and the second is at 3 months.
Thanks for all of your work.
May 4th changed our lives for the better, when we brought Border Collie-Mix, Addy, home from Sicsa. We all fell in love with her immediately, but when my wife told me she received a surprise hug while sitting on the deck- well, seeing is believing. That sure looks like a hug to me- closed eyes and all!
We lost our other dogs last year of old age, and didn't know if we were ready yet. The only reason we waited so long-well- we must have been waiting for Addy!
Thank you SICSA!
Paul, Libba, Stacy and Addy- The Markowski Family
Rosie and I adopted Sebastian after the loss of Rosie's brother, Albert. Sebastian is a joy and I thank Joann for her help in bringing him to us. Fearful at first, Sebastian has quickly become a trusting little guy who is enjoying all the love and attention we can give him.
SICSA is amazing. Sebastian was returned twice and SICSA stood by him until Joann could find him a permanent home. What a great little dog! Many thanks for bringing him into our family!
Karen, Rosie, and Sebastian
Steven, Tyson, and I are all doing great. We just moved into a new apartment in West Hollywood. Tyson likes it so much better because there are other dogs in the building and we have twice as much room as our old apartment.
The picture attached was taken from our balcony. Those are the Hollywood Hills in the background. It's a great location.
I think Tyson has finally accepted us fully. He seems to be 100% comfortable with us now and we are always seeing new behavior patterns with him. I'm so in love with him. :o) He was a little nervous in the picture because he didn't know what we were up to. I think the tripod sort of freaked him out.
Steven, Joey & Tyson
Renee came to SICSA along with a litter of new pups from another shelter. She had given birth in the overcrowded shelter and the outlook was grim for the time she needed to raise her pups. SICSA stepped in to assist the shelter and all of Renee’s puppies found wonderful, loving homes once they were weaned. Renee waited and waited for a home and waited over a year!
Pictured is Renee and her new family! The family are repeat SICSA adopters and just knew Renee was the dog for them. Good things come to those who wait. Renee is proof of that.
I just wanted to let you know that Homer has turned out to be a great fit for my family. The kids love his snuggliness. And he and Gilbert, our other new kitten, are now great pals. They chase each other around, sleep together and groom each other all the time. My daughter Claire, who has helped with feeding duties, says she thinks the funniest thing about Homer is that he scratches on the food bag when his bowl is empty. My daughter Kate says she thinks it's funny when Homer sits at the screen door and meows at her when she is playing in the yard. -- Scott
I adopted Lola in April of this year and we have enjoyed her immensely!!!! She is such a good girl, everyone that meets her wants to take her home! She had no problem adjusting to our home.....she acted like she had always been there! She loves her toys (but does not like it when mom puts her toys in the toy box!!) She has brought laughter and a lot fun (and snuggles!) into our home. She has been introduced to several dogs - friends/family - and she has behaved beautifully. Her favorite friend is a weimaraner named Lily.....they play for hours! We also attended the dog walk at Woodland Cemetery (very interesting!) and once again she behaved perfectly. We feel very blessed to have her in our home and hope that she is enjoying us just as much! Thank you for taking care of her when she was homeless and helping her learn her manners! I understand that she took part in the prison training program, she follows her commands wonderfully, she has her stubborn moments but overall, she listens! :)
Thank you, Michele
I wanted to thank you for bringing Britney into our lives. She is a Border Collie/Huskie mix that we adopted from you about 2 years ago.
She has been a wonderful addition to our family. She is a loyal companion to our male border collie, Bandit. And She is loves to "mother" our two smaller dogs.
When we first saw her, we were unsure because she was so wild. Her Foster Mom, Amy, brought her for a home visit and it was a done deal. Bandit fell in love and pouted for two days after she left. She has brought great joy to our lives.
Thank you for all your hard work.
Harley & Charley - 2 former SICSA guys adopted to separate homes that get together from time to time. This picture was taken when Harley's family babysat Charley while his family was on vacation.
We adopted Carroll exactly a year ago today. His name somehow evolved into "Bud". He was described as a senior citizen and a loner. Quiet and shy and preferring to be by himself. What a difference a year makes. He's very talkative with a variety of "words". He sleeps as close to me as I will let him. And he has never met a stranger. He loves everyone. And we absolutely adore him. And he is spoiled rotten. He and his "Daddy" are playing a rousing round of fetch the mousy even as I type. Adopt an older pet and improve your life!! (as well as theirs)!
Hi! I just wanted to give you the update on Wilbur's first couple of days here. He and Georgie are just two wrestlemaniacs and play with each other all day long. They each have their signature moves. Wilbur likes to go for the furry tail and try to drag Georgie (he does it with my ponytail to) and Georgie whips his butt around and knocks Wilbur over- it is hilarious. Wilbur is just so floppy compared to Georgie. When we went out for potty I about died when I saw Wilbur pee 5 times in a half an hour, but he already understands what the potty pad is for and I am sure he will be using it consistently in no time. Last night both the boys slept on the bed and slept through the whole night - I am sure they were completely exhausted from all the playing. When we woke up in the morning, Wilbur's shoulders had slipped out of his shirt so it looked like he had a skirt on and it was the most adorable thing I had ever seen. I have included some pictures of the boys for you to check out. Thanks again for such a beautiful
little addition to my family!