We would like to share with you some of the happy endings from some of the many 1000s of animals that we have rehomed over the years. It's always lovely to hear good news and see photos of pets settled with their new families.
MARCH 2014 UPDATE
COOKIE - LUCKY
MAX - Let sleeping dogs lie.......
MAX & MIA - Remind me who's 'Top Dog'again....
Happy Christmas from Max & Jack!
AUGUST 2013 UPDATE
Hi , Just thought I would send you some pictures of the Somerville clan who have all come from your good selves over the years.
Lima came to us in November 2000 (now 13 and in rude health apart from her arthritis)
Cassie (known to you as Lexie) in June 2010
Bob in December 2012
The pictures were taken on one of our regular trips to Otterspool
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELMO
JULY 2013 UPDATE
DB is doing just fine. She is so affectionate. I am looking forward to letting her go outside as she keeps looking wistfully out of the windows and conservatory.
JUNE UPDATE 2013
CASSIE AND KAY
A quick update!!
I adopted Cassie and Kay from you two weeks ago!!
In retrospect I initially wanted a puppy but that soon changed when I looked on your website and seen so many dogs in need of homes.....
Then myself and my partner met Cassie and Kay.. We fell instantly in love with them both different in looks and character!!...
'Old girls with charm'they have been called by all that meet them. There is no doubt puppy's come with charm and cheekiness but rescued dogs come with this and more they have a wiseness about them that can't be matched, a complete desire to be part of the family.
They have brought not only me and my partner joy but also my nephew, who was terrified of dogs, loves them as they are so calm and seem to know that he is a little scared.
Thank u animals in need for looking after my girls and helping others find forever homes.
One thing I would like to say to anyone thinking of getting a puppy is to please have a browse at the rescues I guarantee the dog for you is waiting there somewhere for u to give them a home.
Michelle and Antony
MAY 2013 UPDATE
POPPY & TIGSY
POPPY HAD JUST ENJOYED A LOVELY WALK WITH HER OWNERS, THEN HAD TIME IN THE AFTERNOON FOR A CUDDLE WITH TIGSY THE CAT.
MARCH 2013 UPDATE
We adopted Digby from you in mid December and we thought we would give you an update on how he is doing, he has settled in so well with the family so well and he always gets spoilt so much. He still likes to kick off at times and go on a wild one but he's getting a lot better though and he loves his comfort as you can see by some of the photos I have attached from the photos below, he was truly the best Christmas present we ever got.
MARCH 2013 UPDATE
Timmy & Tommy were 2 very timid kittens that came to our Sanctuary in January 2013 after being found in a garden.
After just a few weeks with us they found a wonderful home with the Pope family.
Mr Pope said - Timmy and Tommy - now officially Henry and Billy are doing well. They are eating well and getting more confident each day.
March 2013 Update
I'm Tom, who has had Chico (Chicky!), the cross doberman something, for a few years now.
First an update after some time that he is still doing fine!
FEBRUARY 2013 UPDATE
Here's Barney with our cat Trigger all settled in.
He's doing really well and still hasn't stopped purring!
BOB AND HIS NEW DOGGIE FRIENDS
I thought you might like to see a couple of pictures of Buster the Lhasa Apso we got off you 2 years ago this month!
As you can see he has settled in very well and loves nothing more than playing with his toys. He is very lively but has really calmed down since we got him and I really couldnt imagine us being without him.
Thank you very much for rehoming Buster with us!!
Claire, Will & Buster
BUZZ AND CHARLIE
BUZZ (brother to Skittle & Lola who are still waiting for homes) and CHARLIE (now called Tabley) were recently homed to Les French and Family. They have settled in quite nicely although they still have a bit of work to do with Buzz, but he is slowly coming around.
Tabley is the most affectionate cat Les has ever known, WONDERFUL!!!
DIAMOND came to us as a very thin stray. Not long after, she surprised us and the vets by giving birth to 3 kittens. Just at the right time Joanne Bonner enquired at the Sanctuary about fostering. So Diamond and her babies went home with Joanne for just a few weeks until they were old enough (8 weeks) to return to us for rehoming.
Well that was the plan. Joanne couldn't bear to be parted with them, so decided to adopt them all.
So DIAMOND AND HER BABIES - SMUDGELINA, PUNCHARELLA & TOMMY MUNCHKINS stayed.
GARFIELD AND ANGEL
Pixie (was Bertha) was adopted a few years ago by Lynda and family. She is now a well loved family cat.
Ginger & White TANYA and Friend
Busby & Max have now settled in to their new home with Brian & Dot.
UPDATE 2011 - It's now been a year in their home and the boys are still having fun.
PICKLE NOW CALLED PEBBLES
EMAIL FROM HER NEW OWNERS - Thought you may like to see these recent photos of the kitten we adopted from you on 6/1/2011.
She has been renamed Pebbles by the family and is comming along brilliantly. She has settled in really well, eats for England and is very confident, she has started playing in the garden while we're out there, but we havent let her out properly (for obvious reasons!!)
We're delighted with our new family member, and our other cat Tom (also seen in one of the photos), now gets along famously with her, we often find the two of them curled up together on the kids beds !!
we'll see you next month for her Chipping
Lorraine, Ian and family
LOUIS - LIVING THE LIFE OF A KITTEN
I've been in my new home for a week now so thought I'd write and tell you how it's going.
My new family have kept my name as Louis but I don't really listen to them when they call. I've found loads of new hiding places and love exploring behind the couch, under the stairs and under the beds!
I've got a lovely soft bed and blanket, a great scratch post that I love and some great toys but I prefer playing with the tv wires or blinds they are so much fun.
I jump on the table but get told to get down and the family don't let me eat their tea - how rude!!!! But they did give me some chicken on Sunday it was lovely!!!
The house is so big compared to where Simon and I where. I miss Simon - how is he? Has he found a family yet?
I have a mad half hr each day and night where I chase my tail and run mad around the house jumping on the furniture. My family just laugh at me they don't see the things I'm chasing for them!
The little girl gives me cuddles and kisses each day and then goes out but always comes back and plays with me.
I sit on the mums knee most of the time being stroked and cuddled she loves me and talks to me all the time. I sometimes answer with a little miaow if I can be bothered.
My favourite toy is the tunnel the little girl bought me it has balls at one end and I run through it trying to get them off. They haven't yet but I'll keep trying. I love watching football as well, but the man doesn't like it when I try to get the ball. He puts me on the floor and then strokes me and says he's sorry - he should leave me there and then he wouldn't have to say sorry!!
I hope you are all well and my friends there are over their flu and have been seeing lots of families who they can choose to go live with.
I really miss you all but have settled in well here and they all love me even the visitors they have, so I won't be coming back but I'll send you plenty of updates and pictures of me.
Please take care of everyone.
Purrs and licks
FEBRUARY 2012 UPDATE
Please find enclosed pictures of our lovely cats that we adopted from yourselves.
Arthur(wasNorman)the lovely big bruiser of a cat but the gentlest of boys,and Rosie who was just a 9 week old kitten who is also the most affectionate cat that you could wish for.Both have settled down lovely ,play well together and provide lovely additions to our home.We would recommend the sanctuary and especially Shirley who was always honest about the cats and showed she cared for them .she "sold them" to us in the the selling of their lovely natures.
Colette and David
21st Jan 2012 update
This is Tigger. He is one of a few Animals In Need's cats that have gone to live with Debbie and her husband. It is the most, wonderful, caring home a cat could ever wish for.
We will upload more photos soon.
ABBY NOW CALLED MADDY
PHOTOS TO FOLLOW...
APRIL 2012 UPDATE
Thought I'd just send you a couple of up to date pictures of Olive who
we adopted from you just over a year ago. She is doing great and has fitted in
very well despite stealing a leg of roast lamb from the dining room table a couple of Sundays ago!
EDDIE in his new home (June 2012)
Hi - we adopted a kitten called Felix from you on 3rd March. You asked that we keep in touch with photos and let you know how he is.... well here you go:
We have named him Eddie, and he is fantastic, he is a little star and as you will see from the pics he likes to help with homework !!
Thank you very much for our lovely little mate.
The Ledson family
Hi Animals In Need, we got Tikka an English Bull Terrier off you in January 2009. When she came to us she was under weight but from day one she was part of our family, now she is treated like the princess she should of been treated like to start with. She loves going on walks and playing with all her toys we have got her, our family wouldn't be right without her were so glad we've got her.
Thanks so much Animals In Need x
MARCH 2012 UPDATE
BARNEY & HAVANNA
Thank you for two wonderful dogs, getting along fine both are very happy and spend all day playing with each other, unless the sun comes out and then its a bit of sunbathing time, we still have the training cage and will return it soon as Barney is still in the chewing stage when left for short periods.
Thank you very much the Unsworth family
I've attached the latest photo of Charley just after she has come in from the garden. She's still mad as ever, is a bit timid around dogs she doesn't know but is still getting on with our German Shepherd, Rudey. She still hasn't got the hang of putting her toys back in the toy box when she has finished with them (as you can see from the ball in the picture) but I am watching out for them more now - I don't want another broken foot.
She is still a bit boisterous with the cats. Gambit and Jags (the tortie we got from you last year) cope ok and just hit her when she is too much. Purdey and Cleo (the black kitten we got from you in 2004) just keep out of her way as much as possible. She doesn't mean any of the cats any harm - she just wants to play like she does with Rudey and doesn't understand that they are so much smaller. We quite often find her in perfect harmony on one of the beds with Gambit.
Will keep you informed of her progress.
JUNE 2012 UPDATE
I've attached the most recent photos of our dog Charley and mum's little dog Chloe on one of their walks. We got Charley as a pup last July and mum (Joan Flynn) got Chloe (was Boo) from you earlier this year after her little dog Scottie (was Bam Bam) died. We couldn't manage to get them both to stay still long enough to get them both in the same picture.
In her picture, Chloe hasn't long had a professional shampoo and hair cut so Paula may not recognise her immediately. She was introduced to Charley first as we were told she had been bullied by the other family dog in her previous home. Charley is the most timid of all the family dogs when she is around dogs she is not familiar with. We needn't have worried - they get on like a house on fire and Chloe is certainly not frightened of her. She gets very excited when she sees us come in with Charley as she associates us and her with "walkies". We've introduced her to my nephew's dog, Scooby (a collie), and she is ok with him but nothing like her and Charley. They were real pests when we went down to mum's to watch the cup final - they didn't stop playing the who;e time we were there. Only big Rudey to go now, but being a large german shepherd we may wait a little longer before introducing him to her as he may look a little daunting to her. Mum's little tortie, Mitzie (was Jasmine at AIN nearly 2 years ago), is now coping better with her and torments her. She was used to ruling the roost with Scottie and has taken a bit of time to get used to this little live wire.
Charley is still digging up the garden and stealing any food she can reach on the kitchen worktops or if I'm a bit slow closing the fridge door. She likes delving into my pockets to see if she can find any paper hankies - the name lurcher apparently comes from an ancient word for thief and, in her case, it's very apt. She is a very affectionate dog though and still gets on very well with Rudey.
Will continue to keep you updated re their progress.
Sam has recently been castrated and was grumpy for the first couple of days but cuddles from his friend Izzy helped and he is now back to his normal self! Absolutely full of beans and wanting lots of attention from everyone he meets J
Deb and Richard xxx
OSCAR CAME TO US AS A 8 WEEK OLD PUP CHRISTMAS 2010.
WE NAMED HIM 'SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER'
THE HILLON FAMILY KINDLY FOSTERED HIME OVER CHRISTMAS AND INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE.
OSCAR CELEBRATED HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2011
Stan & Ollie (Now Harry Houdini and Dante)
Settling into their new home after a long stay at the Sanctuary. They have stolen the hearts of their new owners Lee & Clare and their other pets Mina, Salus, Samael, Solomon, Lumina, Willow, Moxie, Morticia, Digby, Phoebe and Libby.
Thank you to Lee and Clare for giving them such a loving, caring home.
Just a quick update to let you know that Jessica is settling in well.
She's really starting to come out her shell.
She is getting on well with our other two cats and has even started to play with one which is a joy to see.
She's a beautiful cat and already an irreplaceable member of the family.
Thanks so much
KIA - a beautiful American Bull Dog. She was adopted 3 years ago and became a member of Roberts family since day one. Also seen her with her best friend Valcore.
RAFA - adopted in Jan 2007 by Gill Horlick. He is loved by all his family.
LIMA - a beautiful Belgian Shephard. Adopted many years ago and is still remembered by Caroline and Cathy at the Sanctuary.
REX - handsome poundie now enjoying a new life with Kathrine & Gina and pets Yuki the dog and the cats. Life could have been so different for this fella, but thankfully he is one of the many whose lives we save.
LULU - Rescued from a dog pound and from being destroyed. She went straight into boarding kennels then she came into the Sanctuary. Lulu is a lovely, friendly girl and is now enjoying her new life with owner Mrs Kasper and her cats.
MOLLIE (Was called Jilly) was another pound doggie.
SANDY - Enjoying her new home.
EMAIL FROM HER OWNERS -
Hi Animals in Need
Please find a picture of Purdy, on her favourite walk at the beach. We take her weekly on the family walk with 3 other dogs, and children. She loves running up and down the sand dunes, running into the sea, fetching balls and every stick that she comes across.
She is a fantastic example of a perfect family pet who enjoys the company of humans, cats, dogs, guinea pigs and most of all children. We are so pleased to have her in our lives. Please dont let the dreadfully undeserved reputation of Staffordshire Bull Terriers prejudice you in your opinions about these fantastic breeds. Its mainly down to the owners!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought I would let you know how Cassie (previously called Molly) is doing. She was adopted by my mum over the Summer and is now a much loved member of the family and absolutely crackers!! She is in excellent condition with a really glossy black coat. She has settled in with mums 2 cats, who frequently share her bed now, whether she likes it or not! Cassie loves her walks so much and is happiest when she is let off the lead for a good run anywhere, she is doing well with her training and sits on command and is good at coming back when called. She is extremely fast and agile, so we think she may be a lab/whippet cross.
I have attached a picture of her on holiday at her best friends house (Ida, a black lab) in Anglesey. They adore each other and are partners in crime, racing around Idas farm and jumping in the fish pond to cool down!
She is the most loving and adorable dog and my mum is so pleased to have her as part of her life.
Hopefully we may come back and visit you soon with Cassie.
Sian Anderton and Sue Fisher (mum)
21st January 2012
STAR (NOW CALLED NEO)
He came to Animals In Need from the dog pound, destined to die if no one wanted him.
Here is an email sent from his new owners -
Neo was neutered on Tuesday and all went well. Our dog Darcy has taken to him a bit more now and they play rather than being wary of each other. She's a bit of an old grump but we are sure they will be good buddies eventually.
Neo loves his cuddles and although he loves his walks he loves to be settled on the sofa with you. Two dogs and two humans on one sofa can be a tight squeeze!
He's a bit of a chewer but we got a crate for him and he's quite happy going in it. At least we know he is safe in it whenever we are out.
He loves the beach and took a fancy to a little girl dog last week ;). Darcy is obviously too old for him.
All four of us are going to start canine classes once his stitches are out. We've taught him paw already and he's very gentle the way he lifts his paw up.
We will keep you updated on how he's going. All the best.
John and Jane Helm