Capital District Humane
Association (CDHA) rescues many dogs and cats from animal
shelters, where they are subject to euthanasia if they're
not adopted. As a no-kill organization, CDHA spends
whatever time it takes to find the right home for each
animal. Whenever we find that "ideal" match we
celebrate the hours of phone calls, adoption clinics, home
visits and whatever else has gone into making that adoption
a successful one. The letters and photos from happy
adopters are one of our rewards.
Wonderful Willow has come a long way in the almost two years she’s been with us. She no longer uses the pitiful howl when she thinks we’ve left her alone in the house. She does squeal when she wants to greet both human and canine friends. The squeal does upset some, it’s ear piercing. I think it’s cute, husband, not so much. She still likes pillows but uses them for the purpose intended and not to hide under. She loves her walks, baseballs and tennis balls. She can find a baseball that is in the woods buried under leaves, an amazing talent! We returned a dozen that she did not damage just last week. We still have over a dozen to play with not counting the ones that are no longer recognizable as baseballs. It is a familiar story but she did rescue me. She’s just perfect! for all you do.
I just want you to know that Rosebud, or Rosebutt, as we call her, is really doing great. As we've gotten to know her, we've learned about her quirks... and possibly why she ended up as a Rescue J. She's cute, spunky and has attitude to spare. She has her quirks, but she's just perfect, absolutely PERFECT for Us. We love her bunches. Thanks so much for all you do.
~ Patty G.
Connor is such a joy! What a great buddy he is
for Mai Tai! I love him to death!
Lucy and me “working” as SPCA volunteers. Lucy is a therapy-dog and visits places such as the Ronald McDonald House.
Lilah came to a home with 5 cats, but because of her diminutive size everyone is getting along wonderfully. Lilah has decided that if the cats can be lap cats she wants to follow suit and be a lap dog. She is frequently being held and carried around the house, which she has grown very fond of. We adore her and could not have asked for or gotten a better dog for our family. She has a wonderful fenced in yard to play in and enjoys her outings to Petsmart on Sundays. Thank you all for taking such good care of her prior to her selecting us as her forever home. (I do believe she picked us as she leaped over the backs of 2 large Labs at Terry's home to make sure we didn't forget her, before we left to deliberate on which dog would be best). I think she was saying pick me!! Pick me! Boy are we glad we did.
My wife and I adopted Charlie the Bassett in June. I just wanted to send a quick message to let you know that he's doing wonderful and to thank you again for everything. We love Charlie to pieces and he has fit into our family perfectly. Sometimes his hound nose can find him some trouble, but other than that he's awesome. A big big Thank You to everyone at the Capital District Humane Association for everything you've done. Thanks again!!
Now you can see why we call her our "Willow Pillow Princess". She's doing
great. Learns more all the time and will be getting the last of her Lyme
shots on the 16th.
Emitt, a darling little mixed breed adopted from CDHA this past year, got dressed for Halloween. His family wanted to share this comical photo. Costume or not, he is adorable.
Update on my little Riley! He is doing so well! His teeth were in bad shape and the vet seemed to think he had been chewing on furniture or something hard for nurishment wherever he was abandoned. Luckily, he is in doggy heaven now--meaning having the time of his life!! We go to the dog park three times a day! He gets a long with my new rescue kitty Lulu. They actually roll around together. He is the love of my life and I have spoiled him the way he should have always been. He sleeps every single night under the covers with me. Thanks again for making this happen. It was the perfect match! I love love love him!
Two years ago, today, we adopted our wonderful dog, Sugar, from the Capital District Humane Association in Albany, NY. Pat and I are so happy to have her, and we wanted to share that feeling with you.
Sugar (see attached pics) now lives with us in a townhouse complex around a man-made lake in Nicholasville, KY. She has a complete panoramic view of every movement that takes place in the courtyard around the lake. She has a great life. And so do we.
Pat and Steve
Hello All! I wanted to provide an update on our adopted dog "Barley" aka Bubba. It is very difficult to put into words how happy this wonderful dog has made us but I will try. When we adopted him in November of 2009 he was already a well behaved, good natured dog who was very much loved by his previous owner. He needed to lose a few pounds and also was in need of vet care but we took care of that in short order. He has lost 10 lbs thru diet and exercise and looks and feels several years younger!
He has been hiking with us, camping and seems to be a big fan of visiting the beaches of Maine. He likes to cuddle on the couch, likes his belly rubbed and loves going for walks back to the pond near our home. He does something that resembles swimming but I think he is actually touching bottom!
Adopting him has touched my sole in so many ways. Myself and my family love this dog more than we knew could be at all possible. My hat goes off to the volunteers at the CDHA. You should know the work that you have done to match animals in need with willing owners has been so very rewarding for both me and my loyal dog Barley. Thank You!
Here is the newest
picture of Tilly lounging on my bed with her new haircut.
She is such a wonderful dog, so sweet and loving to us and
to our other schnauzer Elliot. They both already act like
brother and sister. I am thankful that we finally got her
and that she has made a great transition into our home. I
cannot say enough about the support, information and help we
received in the adoption process. Thanks so much again for
bringing Tilly into our lives.
A brief update on Cloe who has now become Vixi (short for Vixen - "a
female fox" - because she's "foxy," and she's built and moves like a red
fox and is white like an Arctic fox). It took her no time at all to learn
her new name! She so cute and super soft, just gotta loves those ears!
She's lots of fun, loyal, loving, smart, eager to please, quick to learn,
and just plain quick! She's already conquered a large number of commands
and is quick to understand the house rules, though her nose has gotten her
into trouble a couple times. We discover new quirks every day, such as her
love of chasing water drops from the hose!!! She's met all the family
members and thinks they are all great, and gets along well with Gemma, my
daughter's Russell Terrier, who visits often. They have become good
walking partners and share all their toys, though when one thinks the
other has the best chew toy, they both will plot and wait for the
opportunity to "steal" it away, only to have the other do the same
minutes later. She's already been to our daughter's grooming shop and was a well-behaved client. We are planning to enroll her in an obedience class
and then an agility program for both Vixi and Gemma. I'm sure she'll be a
star with her speed and agility! She did have her first vet visit and
started off happy enough, but definitely became suspicious, even growled
warily a couple times when being examined, but no nipping or showing her
teeth, and responded well when corrected. We're planning to go to the vets
every now and then just to stop in and visit, ask her to do some commands
and reward her, so she gets used to it . . . not sure if she had a bad
experience previously. She is sometimes a bit shy when meeting new people
and other times not. The more we socialize her, the more relaxed she gets.
We can't thank you enough for your honesty and helpful advice during the
All in all, she fits right in and is already a beloved member of our
Thanks so much to all the people at The Capital District Humane
Association - Jennifer, Diane, Jennifer (Chelsea's volunteer handler at
PetSmart), and Cloe's foster mom - for going that extra mile to help
"Vixi" find her forever home!
Roxane and "Vixi" (and all the family, too!)
We just love Jebbie.
Thank you so much!
We'd be honored if you used the picture of Bean for the 'success stories.' It definitely turned out to be a perfect match! He may just be the most spoiled dog on the planet. And he knows it, too! : ) We will definitely keep in touch, continuing to send updates on Beansie. Keep up all the wonderful work you do. The animals are so fortunate to have people like you that work so hard to find them good homes. Little Bean has brought us so much joy - he's the perfect mix between angel and devil all wrapped up in cuteness. Thank you again so much!!
Allie is with out a doubt--amazing--she is so smart-she knows the difference between four toys. If I tell her go get bunny-she goes and gets bunny. If you throw all four toys and say which one to get---she'll get the right one...She is so loving and kind, what a joy in
my life. I thank-you so much. I'll be in touch... Love Sheryl and Allie
Hi, Jen. Timmy is such
a riot! Love him, thanks!
adopting Oreo in September 2009 I just can’t picture life
without her. I feel lucky every day when I come home and
have her waiting for me at the door to happily great me! She
is loyal, obedient, smart, affectionate, and she does always
strive to please me and my boyfriend. Even though she had
some minor territorial problems in the beginning I was able
to nip it before it escalated by becoming a pack leader.
It was a lot easier to do then I expected. Now Oreo is very
calm and balanced. Oreo’s former foster parents Cody and
also Marie went above and beyond by providing me with great
advice answering any questions I had following the adoption
about minor behaviors that were coming up. I think it is
great how dedicated the volunteers
I worked with are before and after the adoption process
(especially Cody). They continue to strive for the
well-being of their former foster dogs by providing whatever
knowledge they have to adopters before the dogs are adopted
and then they are readily available afterwards if their
advice is sought. It is comforting to know that with CDHA,
nothing is hidden about the dogs so that adopters are
prepared for many
of the behaviors that can come up and former foster homes
readily suggest any strategies they have that can help.
might enjoy a holiday update. Biff is such a wonderful dog.
He loved helping pick out the Christmas tree and truly loved
the snow. He's asleep at my
feet while I type. We all
couldn't imagine life without him. Hope you have a wonderful
Hi Jennifer. I just
wanted to follow up with you regarding our adoption of Riley
last month. I told you I would send some photos so I have
attached a few. He is coming along wonderfully and I see
improvement in him everyday. He is finally starting to have
the energy of a young dog and his coat is coming in
beautifully. He is still on medication and is seeing the vet
regularly, but again, there's a huge improvement during the
month we've had him. He's a wonderful pet that I feel truly
blessed to have each and every day. Thanks so much for
making him part of our family.
helps many people and their pets throughout the year.
Frequently, veterinarians refer clients to us. In the case
of "Dudley," his mistress wanted to provide him with the
medical care he needed, but at this time couldn't afford to
pay for the full treatment. CDHA was glad to assist.....
Hello every one, this
is Dudley again, I just wanted to inform you all of my
surgery, I just had my surgery on may 13, 2009, everything
went well. And for the most part I'm feeling better, but my
leg is still kind of sore, my mom is taking the best care of
me, she is home with my 24-7, she took a leave of absence
from school for 2 weeks so she can be home with me, I
go back to the vet on May 22,2009 so they can remove the
staples in my leg. I just want to say Thank You again, CDHA
for helping us.
Dudley & Mary Wescott
I just had a birthday,
and decided to donate my gift to the CDHA, rather than buy
something I really don't need. We've had Tex for a year now
(may 15th), and the time has flown! Every day is pure
pleasure with him. He's the best dog! He makes us laugh, at
least once a day. I've enclosed some pictures. Tex doesn't
photograph too well, with that little black face! He and our
other dog, Milo, are best friends. Our BEST to all of you!
~ Shar Rodd
We love our new
addition to the family. She is looking forward to her first
christmas in her new home.
~ John, Jennifer,
Staines and Chloe (formally "Rascal")
I asked my mom to
write an update and send a picture to you on the anniversary
of my being adopted. My name is Timber and I have a forever
I live with my mom and
dad and Ginger, who is a cairn terrier, too. She and I have
become good friends and I love having her with me. I have a
lovely big back yard to run around in and enjoy chasing the
squirrels that dare to come down the trees. There are some
warm, sunny spots where I can sprawl out and relax next to
the flowers. I don't play ball very much, but I have a good
time watching Ginger run around like a crazy thing after
that ball. I prefer sunning myself on the soft grass.
It was such a big
change from living in a barn! I was scared at first and
stuck really close to my new mom, but I feel very
comfortable now and have the run of the whole house. Instead
of sleeping in a barn, I now get to sleep on my mom and
dad's bed with Ginger! I get good food and treats every day
along with a daily walk with Ginger. I guess you'd say I've
I send my thanks to
CDHA, who took care of my while I was in-between homes. I'll
never forget the love and care they gave me. Thanks for
being there for pets like me who don't get the best start in
life...at least we get a new leash on life (tee hee), thanks
to all of you!
Timber, Joanne and
Chester was given to a woman by her neighbor who was losing his apartment and just dropped chester off, the nice lady called one of the volunteers (cody) from CDHA to foster him and find him a good home.
Which indeed he found a good home. As recently reported Chester is doing great in his new home, is finally housebroken , and loves his beagle friend. Hooray for Chester and his new family.
"Probably the biggest mistake we made is letting him in our bed. "
~ Theresa Maloney
Hi, we adopted one of
your cats back in Nov. of 2007, 1 month after the passing of
our beloved feline of 14 years..His name was Apache and he
was found up in Warrensburg near a trailer park. He had
apparently been abandoned and a neighbor took and interest
in him and got him to your organization. We adopted him on
his first day and only 10 minutes after he was available to
be adopted.. WOW.. was that quick or what! When we got him
home he wouldn't acknowledge the sliding glass doors leading
out on the patio or even a window for 6 months! Even when we
took him outside he scrambled out of our arms and back into
the house. He wanted no part of the outside world.. so we
decided to let him choose on his terms. It took about 9
months and his interested peaked..well, it's now over
1 1/2 years and he loves the outside.. He made friends with
the cat next door, and they are best buddies..they hang out
together all day.. it's really cute. On a more personal
note, we changed his name to Wilson (from Castaway) because
he was casted away.. and as for his personality.. what a
doll! He is the most affectionate cat I have ever met.. He
constantly rolls over on his back.. puts both front paws up
in the air when he wants to be picked up.. Like a little
kid..follows me everywhere , loves to be brushed and
massaged (with the electric massager ) and gets ornery when
you stop..we whistle for him to come home and he comes
running..I think he is part dog.. Anyway, he is well loved
and he knows it. He gives us so much in return I can't help
Thanks so much for allowing him to be in our lives.. we all
win...and one very happy kitty thanks you.
P.S. On the day we adopted him, we were so excited, we
forgot to go to a wedding that afternoon!
I was adopted on 2/7/09 from CDHA. My shelter name was
“Ella”. My new mom, Dad (he’s in Iraq), and sisters named me
Taysa, which means “new beginning to life”. They thought it
really fit me. I had been caged for a year so they say. The
first day mom kept me quiet, to relax and smell the scents.
The 2nd day I met my sisters, 1 smooth Chihuahua, 2 long
hair Chihuahuas and my 18 year old Siamese sister also. We
all got along famously. I actually went to them more than my
mom at first. They have been showing me the ropes; showing
me that I can trust living here and trust the 2 legged
creatures called humans, also the ones that visit us once in
awhile. When I am in my safe areas I do let them pet me.
Well as the weeks have gone by I get new toys to play with.
Love that Catnip! Mom plays with me also-A LOT. She throws
balls or my mice and I fetch them. I also play by myself or
with my sisters. Sometimes they slobber on my mouse so mom
picks it up to dry it out. I don’t go to my safe petting
areas as much. I love the petting and rubbing of the belly
thing. Just, when it is someone I haven’t seen for awhile. I
got to my safe zones. I do talk now for mom a lot.
Life is good, food is fine. Sunning myself is great; looking
out sliders and windows is good too. My playmates-I LOVE.
What more could you ask for! Oh yeah.. I can actually look
forward to meeting my new Dad instead of hearing him talk to
me from Iraq on the webcam. That will be happening in June
When mom says "night-night" to us we all go upstairs to bed
and pick our spots. Sometimes I sleep right next to mom or
at her feet. I still don’t like to be picked up yet, but in
time maybe I will. I do like to go on to laps for the
Like I said my name suits me “A new beginning to Life” Cat’s
meow and how!!!!
Taysa & my new family
Check out pictures of me and my sisters.
“I am amazed at how well Cooper has acclimated to our
home, which includes an eleven year old Rhodesian Ridgeback,
cat, guinea pig, and two children. As someone who had never
before adopted a dog, I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily,
the foster mother “Patti” who we worked with was a wonderful
guide through the entire process and provided us with
constructive and honest feedback about Cooper that helped
make the transition from foster home to forever home
manageable and stress free. Thanks to this knowledgeable and
caring person we knew what to expect and were prepared.
Cooper has greatly enriched our lives even in this short
period of time. He is well behaved and fun loving, loyal and
affectionate, and an all round wonderful companion. We are
so happy this journey is finally over for this sweet and
loving dog. We are grateful to the committed foster families
at CDHA for rescuing dogs like Cooper, thank you!”
- Erin and Doug, Glens Falls, NY
It's me, Buddy (aka Parker). Just want to let you know I am
doing great in my new home. I have been here one year and am
so happy! As you can see I am very spoiled and loving it!!!
I love my new mom and dad, and they love me a lot. Don't
worry about me any more. Thanks for finding me a great new
To All Pet Lovers,
I had adopted my kitty for CDHA.
Winkie was born with pneumonia which settled in her right
eye. They had to be remove but she plays, and is loving and
such a wonderful kitty.
I urge all of you to take a second look back when you are at
Petsmart or any other humane organization to adopt one of
God’s precious creatures and give them a happy and loving
Dear Friends (CDHA),
I am writing this to tell you about my new home and my new
Mommy—Dawn. She is taking very good care of me. The food is
yummy and I have a nice home to play and sleep in. My mommy
has gotten me some fun toys and I’ve made toys from rolled
up tape and paper bags. Mommy has some new nicknames for me
like “Little Monkey” because of how I climb on her
shoulders. And “Nusse” which is an endearing Norwegian term
meaning “sweet one” (My grandma is for Norway and I can’t
wait till I meet her). My grandma has a cat that is the same
color as me named Max. But I haven’t met him yet as he lives
in another state. I am being taken care of very well and my
Mommy hopes that I continue to grow strong and healthy. I
know I will. I hope that my friends out there find as happy
a home as I have. I can’t believe that I have been with my
new Mommy for 7 weeks already—but time flies when you’re
giving fun—Hee! Hee! By the way, my new name is “Sophie” and
I like it a lot.
Well, bye for now,
Your friend, Sophie
We adopted Bailey in
January after losing our previous dog. We could not ask for
a better dog. He is amazing and wonderful. We wouldn't trade
him for anything!
"Tigger and Lola"
Tigger came to live with
us on July 25, 2007. He is one of sweetest cats that ever
existed. He is very low key and not at all high maintenance.
He loves to look out windows and sleep in his kitty condo.
He also loves the furminator. He waits for me in the morning
for his treats and is my official greeter when I walk in
from work. I am so happy that Tigger has his forever home
with us now.
Lola is a 3 year old
Boston Terrier who is an absolute love bug. I was so happy
the day she came to live with us. She has some of the
funniest tricks I have ever seen in a dog. She twirls in a
circle standing straight up on just her hind legs when she
wants a treat. She has a wonderful personality and the
sweetest disposition. She ahs a younger brother, Mustang,
who is also a Boston Terrier. They act as if they have known
each other all their lives and they seem to be a perfect
match. I am thrilled everyday when I see Lola and so happy
she is such an important part of my life.
"My family and I
started looking for a dog to add to our family in mid-May.
We saw several postings and were immediately drawn to a
lab/hound mix named Foster. I e-mailed the girl who was
fostering him for CDHA and she told me all about him. While
he was being neutered and fixed up from being on the
streets, his foster mom and I stayed in touch and we met him
and we all fell in love with him. We brought him home and he
is the absolute best dog a family could ask for. He is very
obedient, he gets along with my other pets and is great with
my children. A big thank you to the Capital District Humane
Association for being so responsive to all my questions
about Foster. We couldn't be happier with him"
"Finally, a photo of
Buddy! He is such a wonderful little guy, who gets along
with everybody and he is a great companion. We are lucky to
have him! Thanks!"
and everyone at CDHA,
I would like to thank
everyone there at CDHA for all your hard work that each of
you do each and everyday! We adopted Macey (formerly Mittsie)
at a cat and kitten adoption clinic back in October of 2007.
She has brought such joy and love into our lives. She is the
most loving and Charismatic kitten we have ever met! She was
the best choice for us! Enjoy these pictures of her that
we've sent. Thank you again and keep up the wonderful job.
Stacey, Matt, & Macey"
Danny is a
2 year old grey male kitty, a real sweetheart! He
loves to curl up in a little ball and purrs when you
rub his back as he sleeps! If you came to
visit him, he would not hesitate to come up and play
Danny was found
wandering the streets of NY city by a shelter with a
small wound on his hind leg, in addition to his
older fractured right hind leg which gives him a
slight limp when he walks. He has been to the Vet
and has had all shots, neutered, and is very healthy
despite is little limp.
Danny has overcome all of these misfortunes, and now
has his own home in
He doesn’t seem to be letting the bandage or the
injury bother him too much. I went to go take a
picture of him and he immediately forced himself to
get up so that I can take a picture of him. He loves
to be petted and just likes being close to some
human comfort. When I started to close his kennel he
went back to the back of his cage and sat back down
but I decided to stay with him a little while longer
and he turned around to stay at the edge close to me
loving the attention that he was getting.
Howard went through a lot &
now has a great life.
The horrible things some people do to animals are simply
unbelievable. Poor Allison (A749915), a 1 year old female,
came in as a stray on 2/22 bearing the evidence of her
terrible treatment. It appears that someone cut off her ears
with a pair of scissors! It’s just unfathomable why someone
would put a cat through such pain. Even though Allison will
always bear the scars inflicted by cruel people, her
wonderful personality has escaped unharmed. She’s just about
the nicest cat you could imagine, always wanting to meow a
friendly hello and curl up in your arms.
She now has a wonderful home
with a very special family. She only weighed 4 lbs
when I got her. She is doing fine.
She is now gaining weight and is
very happy in her new home .She is a very sweet cat with a