"He and I are on the same side of lucky!"
These are but a few stories that make all
of our efforts worthwhile, and give us the strength and inspiration
to carry on our work for those creatures who cannot speak for themselves. Do
you have a happy ending story that you'd like to share? Please email
us your story with the subject line "Happy Ending." Be sure
to include a photograph or video link of yourself or other
family members posing with your pet.
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"On valentines Day 2011 my husband Sergio and I decided to
formally adopt Dusty, our three legged wonder Cat. We couldnt think
of a better gift to give each other, than to provide Dusty with
her Furever home. We originally agreed to foster Dusty back in July
2010 thinking it would only be for one week. Dusty was supposed
be placed into her new home, as soon as her new momma to be, Lynn,
found a home for the pit bull that she was fostering. Well, the
pit bull is still with Lynn, and Dusty is still with us. Dusty is
not only missing her front right leg, but she also tested positive
However, she doesn't let these two conditions dampen her spirits
one bit. She considers herself the Queen of the second floor of
our house and runs back and forth between the bedrooms chasing our
other cats. She's got a quick left hook and isn't afraid to use
it. She loves to to play with her toys and with her new sister Lina,
they have become best of friends."
Tamara and Sergio Schraiber
September of 2008, my husband Bobby and I adopted Halley from JAC.
We are so happy that he is part of our family. I couldn't live
without him. He travels on vacation with us and is such a good boy
in the car. And every morning he goes with Bobby for a cup of coffee
to the Minimart. All we say to him is "wanna go to Minimart?"
and he runs to the door wagging his tail.
He loves to go in the car as much as he loves to go for walks
with me. He gets along really well with his sister cats, Felix and
BooBoo, and his brother cat Oscar. Watching them play is a hoot.
Halley gets slapped in the nose a million times per second! He takes
it and continues to wag his tail.
Our house is blessed with Halley here.
Thank you JAC!!"
"Back on September 6th 2009, my husband and I adopted our wonderful
hound mix puppy from your wonderful shelter. You guys had named him
Baby Doll (probably because he's ridiculously cuddly and affectionate),
and we renamed him Monkey (because of his curiosity and his love of
mischief). When we got him, he was just 12 weeks old and 18 pounds.
Now he's almost 8 months old, and a whopping 63 pounds and still growing!
do we begin? We don't have kids (yet), so he is definitely our son.
We'll admit that he's a little spoiled -- in addition to his giant
luxury crate, mountains of toys, insulated coat for winter and the
occasional custom-made scrambled egg that we give him, we also hire
a dog walker to come and feed him, walk him and play with him every
weekday just so that he's not bored or lonely while we're at work.
But make no mistake -- we are the lucky ones, for sure. Even with
all the dogs we grew up knowing and adoring in our lives, we never
realized how much personality one dog could have, or how much joy
he could bring. He is such a goofball! He's also very affectionate,
and loves to cause mischief and get into things. He needs to work
on jumping on people since he's so big, but he has never snapped or
even growled at a person or an animal. He's just pure love, and he's
great with our 3 year old niece, too!
have so many pictures, we couldn't choose which to include! The first
photo attached is of Monkey sleeping curled up with my husband Sean
when he was just a puppy -- it shows how tiny he was then! I've also
included the photo from our holiday card which has all 3 of us, a
photo of Monkey cuddling up with me on a lazy Sunday in PJs, one that
shows how zany he can get, and one that just shows how sleepy and
cuddly he can be.
You all must sleep very well at night, with the peace of mind that
you bring such happiness to the lives of pets and people! Thank you
for letting us take home our boy, Monkey. It's hard for us to even
remember a time before we had him."
A zillion thanks,
"Just a quick note to let you know that Popeye is doing very
well. His ears seem to be clearing up, his eyes are looking better,
and I think he has gained a little weight--he's feeling a bit more
solid. We only hear the cough after he's been slurping up water. We
go back to the vet next Monday for a follow-up on his eyes and ears,
and the Monday after that, the groomer is coming to the house to clean
him up a bit (he's starting to look like a big dustmop!)
We've been taking walks every day. He tired quickly when we first
started, but has been walking a little bit longer each time we go
out. He likes to sleep on the bed with us at night, next to Kismet.
The little bums don't like to get out of bed before 8:30 a.m. Then
they both get up and I take them out to do their business, and they
have their breakfast and then go back to sleep for an hour or two.
What a life! I've been calling them "The Princes!"
I've attached a photo of Popeye in his favorite bed in the kitchen.
Hope you are doing well! Take care!"
"Rachel is a wonderful companion who loves going for walks and
for car rides, to cuddle in the couch to watch tv on Sunday afternoons
and to sleep.
She is a wonderful companion who enriches my life and gives me more
love than I can ever give her back.
Adopting her has been such a success that I am thinking of getting
a second dog, if she will allow it."
"We adopted Sammy shortly after we started volunteering at the
JAC. Here is his story: Whenever we were working in the quarantine
room, there was a friendly tuxedo cat who kept sticking his little
paws through his cage. This kitty was very persistent, and kept 'flirting'
with us to get our attention. We asked why he was in a cage by himself
and we learned that he had FIV (the feline version of HIV). Because
of his FIV, he couldn't leave his cage and interact with other cats,
so we regularly took him from his cage, held him, and walked around
the room with him. He was very calm and laid his little paws on our
shoulder as we walked back and forth.
Initially, we were not ready to adopt a cat, having recently moved
to South Orange, but, after realizing that he would have to spend
the rest of his life in that small, metal cage, we chose to take him
home. We had no concern about this because FIV is completely harmless
Now, Sammy has all of the space, attention, and love that he can ask
for - he loves to play with his mouse toys, explore all over, receive
belly rubs on his special carpet, and snuggle next to us at night
as we all sleep. His Mommy and Daddy love him so much and we can't
imagine our life without him."
"We visited JAC on Veteran's Day of 2009 with no intention of
adopting. I had lost my beloved dog Boomer the prior year and just
wanted to take a look at the dogs. An hour later, we left with our
beautiful Sandy! At first, she didn't seem to trust us and was very
distant and didn't listen to our commands very well. Two days later,
she did a total 360. I guess she needed time to trust us as well.
Although many have their ideas about her type of breed, Sandy has
been absolutely friendly and gives kisses to everyone that comes to
our home. Only problem is that she thinks she's a lap dog! Kind of
difficult to have a 68 pound dog sit on your lap! We may put her on
a diet for her new year's resolution!
She is definitely a blessing and have absolutely no regrets!! Attached
are some of her recent pics!
Thank you JAC for our princess!"
I was just browsing on your website and saw the "Happy Endings" section
and thought that I would love to share our JAC adoption stories.
I had always been a "cat person" and had never had a dog before, but
my kids had really wanted a puppy, so on August 30, 2007, I came into
JAC with my then 9 year old son and found the cutest baby, a 10 week
old, mixed breed female, described only as "long eared beagle," since
she had only been there a few days.
As soon as we saw her and she cuddled on our shoulders and gave kisses,
we knew she was the ONE. We adopted her and named her "Virginia."
She is wonderful, trained well, was never destructive, good with
the three cats already in residence and always sweet and affectionate
with the kids. She sleeps in my bed every night, so devoted and follows
The next chapter continued this spring when we were thinking that
Virginia needed a friend, and we came in and adopted another baby,
an 11 week old baby boy who we named 'Jack.'
He is a bit mischievious, but now at 9 months is extremely sweet,
well trained, good with cats and kids and just adores playing with
They are mixes and extremely beautiful with shiny coats, and I am
always getting complimented on their coats and gorgeous green/grey
She was named Virginia because she came from a kill shelter in Virginia
and he was named Jack, because he came from 'JAC.' They are members
of the family and my kids think of them as siblings. We are so happy
that they are in our lives and we love them dearly!!
Thanks for all of the wonderful work that you do. My son can't wait
until he is old enough to volunteer at JAC."
Melissa, Jon- (the parents), Jeremy, Jason, Maddie- (the kids),
Snowy, Oscaretta and Percy- (the cats) and of course, Virginia & Jack
"We adopted Zeus in May of 2008 as a puppy; he is a Border collie
black lab mix. When we first brought him home he was extremely sick
and almost lost his life, thankfully he was a fighter and was able
to come home in full health after a week, and grew to become a healthy
Since then he has enjoyed a wonderful life. He is spoiled with affection
by both his family as well as many others who cannot help but to fall
in love with his adorable personality. He loves all people, especially
babies and little kids, and adores all other dogs. Zeus has become
part of the family, and sometimes thinks he is a human. He is extremely
smart and knows many words; many times he tries to talk back to us.
His tail never stops wagging and he enjoys long walks, playing for
hours, and romps on the beach at his summer home.
Zeus is the master at being charming and loves to cuddle and give
kisses and if he is lucky sleep with his mommy and daddy (even though
he is way too big).
We love him to bits and think he is the most wonderful dog and we
thank God every day for bringing him to us. We are hoping to find
his brothers that were also in the shelter because we would love to
have a reunion for Zeus. Here are some pictures of Zeus."
"I wanted to send JAC a update on 'Miss Piggy' aka Pearl.
We adapted Pearl 2.5 years ago and she has been a joy in my familyÍs
life ever since. I never have thought of classifying a dog as having
a gentle spirit but she has totally changed my mind. My children love
her and she loves them back. My wife, who was initially weary of bringing
a pitbull in the house, has not only accepted Pearl, they are inseparable.
Thanks JAC, Pearl is the best we could have asked for in a pet."
West Orange, NJ
"Hi- I just wanted to thank you for taking such wonderful care
of Longfellow and letting me take him home. He is the best little
guy and I feel very lucky to have him. He follows me around everywhere
in my apartment even if I get up for a minute. He is adjusting to
city life well and likes to go behind the doorman's desk to get a
little pet every time we go out.
on the street stop me all the time to pet him and to tell me what
a handsome little guy he is. He really is very sweet and loveable
and is my little buddy. I can't imagine not having him around and
I owe it all to you for finding him and taking such good care of him.
Thank you all so much.
You really do a wonderful job and I just wanted to let you know how
much I appreciate it. Here are some pictures of the little guy. Warm
"Hello. About 3+ years ago (November 2005) we visited your shelter
and fell in love with a 3 month old puppy you called Tootsie Roll.
We adopted her and has grown into a wonderful addition to our family.
would have wrote sooner but I just came across your shelter and wanted
to send you an update. I don't know if you remember her or not she
was only with you for a short period of time. You rescued her from
a kill shelter in Newark. She came to you with kennel cough. I am
attaching a picture of her.
Thanks again and good luck with all your adoptions."
"Hello my family and I adopted Vanilla on April 15, 2009 and
we changed his name to Reilly. He's so loving and good, already housebroken.
He loves to have his belly rubbed and give kisses. When he's excited
his ears go straight back, his tail curls, and he runs all over the
house. He's so cute when he has one ear up and one down.
my friends love him and want to take him home. Reilly loves his walks
around the town and loves to play at the beach. In the picture attached
Reilly is in my room getting acquainted with the house. Our yard is
decent size so he runs back and forth all day getting plenty of exercise.
Also he is great with kids; my nephew is almost four and loves to
play with Reilly.
Since the day we got him, he has gained about a good 15 to 18 pounds.
HeÍs so funny when he has a toy in his mouth and is chasing a ball
around the floor.
Thank You so much for our wonderful puppy, he has made a fine addition
to our family. I couldnÍt picture life without our Reilly."
Anna, Al, and Rob C.
"Hello, We adopted "Balboa" aka "Nate" on May 24th 2009. He is
almost 6 months old now and is just amazing. The vet thinks he will
be up to 100lbs. He has gotten used to his big ol' paws. Everybody
loves his whiskers!!! He loves playing fetch with a tennis ball, chomping
on sticks, and taking a dip in the stream. We just took him to the
beach for the first time - he was a little scared, but eventually
seemed to enjoy it.
have a 15 year old yellow lab, Bud, at home and Nate is just the best.
He knows when to not bother the old man. Thank you so much for introducing
us to the little guy!"
Ali and Sean
"Hello, We adopted 'Don Juan' now Rocky almost 2 weeks ago. We
LOVE him, and best of all, he LOVES us! He is very comfortable in
his new house, and even has an 11 year old beagle, Pluto for a brother!
We wanted to say thank you for letting us adopt him! He IS a lover!
In the last week he has learned sit and has almost mastered paw! All
this before 12 weeks old! He has gained 4 pounds in 2 weeks and loves
You guys are wonderful, and I want to thank you for giving this little
mush a second chance at life! You guys do great work, Keep it up!
We will be in next week to see you all as well!
Attached area some pictures of Rocky. Sleeping with some of his favorite
toys! One of his brother Pluto sharing a bed and lending his body
as Rocky's pillow! One sleeping in dad's slipper!"
Tori, Joe, Pluto, and Rocky
"Hello Doreen and the JAC team!
I just wanted to let you guys know that Bear (formerly known as 'Cuddles'
at the JAC) just turned about 8 months and she is doing great. After
we brought her home from the JAC on New Years Eve 2008 - she ended
up scaring us after a visit to the doggie hospital for pneumonia.
But she recovered fully with medical help and lots of love and tlc.
She is super happy, healthy and well loved. Thanks for all the work
you guys do to save the lives of animals out there and especially
thank you for giving us Bear. She is our love and joy! Here are a
few pics attached from when she was a young pup and to the young lady
she's grown into! Enjoy!"
Jane, Dan and Bear
We adopted Tony (then Isaac) from the JAC 4 years ago (April 2005).
Tony is a certified therapy dog who visits a nursing home weekly.
Not to brag too much but Tony has just reached his 150th visit (he
has been going since passing his CGC/TDI tests when he was 1 year
old)! He has earned a new title TDIAOV - Therapy Dog International
Active Outstanding Volunteer.
Tony's visits are eagerly awaited by his friends at the nursing home
each week. The residents love him and he loves them. Tony is the best
and I am forever grateful that the JAC volunteers rescued him from
Georgia when he was less than 6 months old. He is just a great dog.
"I wanted to thank you for allowing us to adopt Rocha. Words
can not describe how much we love him. He is already such an important
part of our family. We can not believe that he had been at the shelter
so long without being adopted, but we honestly feel that he was waiting
for us to take him home. Although we adopted him as a full grown dog,
he is our baby. It didn't take more than 2 minutes at home before
he completely owned our hearts.
He is so much fun, walks perfectly at our side on the leash, and
never pulls. He loves to play and cuddle, and especially loves his
cuddle time in bed. (We don't allow him to sleep in our bed, because
he is so big. But we do allow him to cuddle at night before bed, and
we allow him to wake Matt in the morning for work. We all cherish
this new ritual!)
We were pleasantly surprised that he was fully housebroken and has
no interest in chewing on our things. He loves every toy and hug and
kiss that we give him, and in return, he gives us all of his love,
and never holds back. We can't promise our guests that he won't give
them a face full of kisses, and we don't care. If they can't take
it, then they can stay home, ha-ha. Everyone of our friends and family
members just adores him. When I think of life without him, I tear
up. We are so much happier with him in our lives, and are so grateful
for the work of the employees/volunteers of JAC, and what they do
for the animals. We just wish we got him sooner.
I know many of you loved Rocha. Thank you to all the volunteers who
spent time with us the day we took him home, answering all of our
questions and telling us all about him. We decided to keep his name,
as we know you lovingly chose it for him. Although, he does snore
quite a lot, and when he does, we call him "pig-dog", because he sounds
just like a piggy!
Here are some photos of Rocha adjusting to his new life in our loving
home. Feel free to put them on your website!"
Matt, Jessica, and Rocha
"Hello, I'm from the family that adopted Hailey on September
27, 2008. But we changed his name to Halley. Hailey is too girly,
and he is my little boy.
He is doing wonderfully. He loves our home, and seems to be so happy
and we sure love him. Sometimes he is so happy, he literally jumps
off the walls!! We already had 2 other dogs and 3 cats that he joined.
He and the dogs get along really well. I attached a picture of all
three of them sleeping together in the family room. Halley is in the
blue collar, Trooper is the yellow lab and Cocoa is the black lab.
We live on a large piece of property, so Halley gets plenty of exercise
everyday. We don't trust him without a leash on our property like
we do our other dogs, but we are training him to stick around. The
last thing we want him to do is run away.
Thank you so much for letting us take him home. He is a wonderful
addition to our already large family!!!"
Lisa Mosher 11/08
Beetle and Bailey
"Hi, I'm sure you don't remember me, but I adopted two of your
Danish Delights about 6 weeks ago. Thought you might like a current
picture of them.
Originally, I named them Dum and Dew, but I ended up changing it
because I couldn't call Dum, Dum, he's too smart. Their names are
now Beetle and Bailey after the Army cartoon character.
They are doing well and growing fast. They are about 19 inches at
the shoulders and weigh 37lbs and some ounces - they are only 2
ounces apart. They go for their final set of shots the end of August.
We are still working on potty training.
When it comes to finding something to get into they are terrors.
I put a hand of bananas on the kitchen table and Beetle climbed
up on to a chair, grabbed the bananas and ran away with them. For
some reason he really likes bananas."
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