Meet the forever families of the animals who have been adopted through Companion Animal Foundation over the past 15 years!
"This is Natasha, previously known as Mystery She spent a year as the store cat at CAF before coming to live with her new brother, Sammy, and I. Some of her favorite things about her home are the backyard, cuddle time, playtime. the backyard, meal time, her assortment of favorite places to sleep, drinking out of the bathroom sink, the backyard, and spoiling potential photographs by moving before I can snap the shot.
Nat is an extraordinarily joyful little girl, full of energy and enthusiasm. She is only allowed in the backyard when I am home to keep an eye on her, and now prefers that I stay outside with her. She loves to lead me down to the base of the plum tree and roll over for a good pet before taking off to play chase with Sammy, hunt bugs, or thoroughly sniff her domain. She is not a lap cat, but often comes and snuggles up against the side of my leg while I sit in the grass. And if she is feeling neglected, she has a particularly high-pitched squeak that she uses to remind me where my priorities should lie.
She and Sammy are fast friends, even if she thinks that he sometimes plays too rough and he finds her a little too free with the sniffing. Sammy developed a seizure disorder last year, and throughout the process of finding the right combination of meds, Nat has kept him active and healthy. He's been seizure-free for 8 months now, but still has a bit of weakness in his legs. The other day he tried to jump up on the porch railing, fell and landed hard on his back. Nat came racing from the other side of the yard and gave him a thorough sniffing to be sure that he was all right. I can't imagine a better companion for him, or little cuddle girl for me. Thank you for my pretty lady, baby girl."
"We had been living in sequoia national park for 2 yrs before we moved back to Arcata. In those two years in Sequoia (the Central Valley was an hour away down the mountains) we rescued 2 pups that we found emaciated on dark country roads, we found homes for both, and the time we had them in our care was amazing. Needless to say, once we moved back up to Humboldt, we were ready for a pup of our own; of course this would be a rescue as well. A couple of months into being back, we were told of the trio of pups at CAF, and we went to see them immediately, they were described as malamute Shepherd Pit mixes, a very interesting mix, and by the looks of them they were going to be big! From the pictures of the puppies that we had seen online, we had our eye on Aries (the darker Pit looking puppy) but once we met the two that were available, Moose (Zeus at the time) caught my attention with his calm demeanor and interesting colors, we took him home and he was PERFECT.
We set up an adoption date, and took him home. He now lives in harmony with an 11yr old cat and 3 humans. At 11 months and 90lbs he is the most sociable and loving dog you can ask for.
Thank you CAF for the work you do! " -Ceasar Velasquez
"We adopted Bucky (former name Beau) March 8th, 2017. He was the runt of the bunch, and he was liter mates with Tristan and Cupid. He was part of that big liter of 7. He used to sleep in my lap and arms every night but now he's too big. He's the best pup and we love him so much." - Marissa Holguin
"My BF and I adopted Diana (formerly named Honey) from you last thanksgiving. She has settled in and her personality is huge. She gets very jealous of anything that takes my attention away from her (my BF, my phone, the garden), and she is very vocal about it. She loves to cuddle up under the covers in bed, and her favorite place to nap is anywhere she can hang her arms off the side. She watches our ten chickens with interest, but is too afraid of them to get very close. She plays fetch with anything she can get her moth around, and particularly she likes to steal my makeup brushes and bring them to me to throw. She begs for our food like a dog and runs to the door when she hears my car or my BF's car pull in the driveway. She is the sweetest and most affectionate cat who will like you like a dog to let you know she loves you, and tell you loud stories all day long in her sweet voice. She is so loved."
"We adopted Remy (former name Pippen) in July 2015 when we realized that our home needed a fur baby. Remy brought so much joy into our lives and helped our family feel more complete! He has always followed Mommy around like a little shadow. About a year later and after multiple, extremely pricey vet visits for Remy engaging in pica behavior (ingesting inedible objects--he had to have surgery on his stomach at 10 months old to remove one of Mommy's hair ties that was clogging up the sphincter muscle in his stomach), we decided that he needed a playmate. We had tried everything from discipline, to ignoring, to food changes, to play therapy, to outdoor visits, but alas nothing stopped Remy from ingesting inedible objects and from attacking Mommy's legs every time her attention wasn't on him. So we adopted Archie (former name Jack), who was affectionately known at the Blue Lake CAF as "The Orange Bullet." Ever since the initial introduction that is always difficult for 2 cats, they have been inseparable. Now Remy doesn't attack Mommy anymore and is too busy playing with his brother to ingest inedible objects! And better yet, Archie feels welcome and happy in his forever home and loves having a big brother. Now we are an even bigger happy family!
Elizabeth, Quentin, Remington "Remy" Steele, and Archibald "Archie" Henderson"
The above pictures are of "Rolo" who my wife and I adopted about two years ago. Two years prior to that our two old dogs passed and we were not going to get another dog as we were so devastated. But in time we realized we were missing something in our lives and began to look at the web sites of local shelters. Low and behold there was a picture of "Rolo" the Plott Hound cross. One of our prior dogs was a Plott so he caught our attention. A meeting was arranged with his foster family and the rest is history. He was eight months old when we got him and his puppy like exuberance was startling. He was like a toddler who needed constant supervision. We quietly said to ourselves, "What have we done?", but we knew or trusted that he would mellow out in his two's. He's now about three and is a big love. He loves to go for rides anywhere and loves to go for walks or runs, especially at the beach or in the woods. King Salmon is one of our favorite places. He'll swim out for sticks or birds and is most happy to run with other dogs. He's good off leash, will heal and come if asked and won't get out of sight from us. We're so thankful for "Rolo" and your mission and the great and precious joy he gives us."
- Steve Anderson
"I adopted Quarry from CAF in August 2013. She was a beautiful girl. Loved toys, loved dogs and thought she was one. She would go on walks with us and snuggle each of the dogs. She was the sweetest most beautiful cat, unfortunately this past June (2017) she wandered a little too far from home and was tragically hit by a car. There is definitely a hole in our family since we lost her. But she will be remembered and loved forever." -Amber Heidinger
"I adopted Eureka (her original name was Norrie) in February of 2012. Over the past 5 years she has become my best friend. She followed me from California to Minnesota and now Washington. While she always looks mad in photos, but she is quite happy playing with toys, looking out the window, and being rubbed behind her ears! I've attached some photos of us throughout the last few years!
Thank you for introducing me to my best friend!"
- Nathan Meints
"Attached is a photo of Isis (she also goes by "yiddle"). I adopted her as a kitten back in March of 2008 making her nine years old now. She has a brother named Minkey and is really the happiest cat I know as she purrs constantly, even when you talk to her from across the room. We currently live down south in Fort Bragg, CA." - Justin Fricker
"Over 10 years ago, I walked into Companion Animal Thrift Store to meet my new puppy. Upon entering, I thought I was in the wrong place. But rounding a clothing rack, I heard a little bark and followed the sound to find a dog crate tucked in between some belts and some shoes. Cuddled on the bed of the crate was the new love of my life. His name was Sputnik (later to be changed to Voodoo). He was abandoned in a box with 8 other puppies on the Trinity River. A fisherman, who went to a different part of the river than he usually goes, discovered the box on a chilly December day. Sadly, only 2 puppies survived and were taken to Companion Animal Foundation.
Voodoo has been the best dog. He is so loving and accepting. He has to bring you a gift when you walk into the door. He has brought so much joy and love into our lives. Thank you, CAF!" - Nicole Scarce