Since 1927, BEBHS has placed over 40,000 pets with families to love and care for them for the rest of their lives. After caring for these critters during their stay, there’s nothing we love more than to hear updates on our BEBHS “alumni” and how well they are doing in their homes. To submit your adoption success story, email a photo and story to adoption[at]berkeleyhumane[dot]org.
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Justice came to BEBHS blind and in need of constant medical attention. She kept getting infections within her eye sockets, which made her very uncomfortable. Dr. Kisamov, Medical Director at BEBHS, made the decision to
surgically remove Justice’s blind eyes and sew her eyelids shut. She is doing remarkably well and no longer has infections in her eyes. She was adopted soon after she received a clean bill of health from Dr. Kisamov and our medical team, and is thriving in her new home. She is enjoying spending quality time with both her feline and human companions.
Mia (formerly "Leslie")
"Mia has definitely brought lots of happiness to me and my old cat "Bunny". He had recently lost his life-long companion and was pretty down in the dumps. Once Mia came to the house he definitely perked up. I think he is much happier with her around!" - Chelsea
Marco (formerly "Chef")
"Marco is doing great, getting bigger every day, and seems to grow before our very eyes. He just hit 45 pounds!
Marco has a lot of good dog and people friends and keeps a busy social calendar! He loves his home more than anything, though, and his time under the trees in our back yard. I attached a few photos so you can see how big he's getting! His ears are so big, he looks like the Flying Nun when he really gets to playing hard at the park!
We are so thankful and blessed to have adopted Marco. He adds such joy as a member of our family and we look forward to our many years together." - Sheila
Izzy (formerly "Sabrina")
"Izzy is absolutely the best thing that has happened to Janine and I, we love her very much! I know things happen, but I cannot see how anyone could ever have put her up for adoption! Izzy has been doing great, and we’ve taught her a couple of new tricks, and taken her on some amazing walks/hikes…She LOVES being out on trails, especially by the various lakes here in Oakland." - Kenny and Janine
Kona and Kiwi ("Mira")
Kona came to our shelter in 2007 as an adorable three week-old puppy and he was sent to a foster home with Carrie, who lovingly bottle-fed and raised him. Carrie fell in love with the little guy and adopted him as soon as he was neutered and healthy. Kona joined a happy household with Carrie, her grandmother, and her cat and senior dog.
After her older dog passed away earlier this year, Carrie decided it was time to search for a new canine companion for Kona who was grieving the loss of his old friend. Carrie called us and put in a tall order; she wanted to adopt a large female dog who loves other dogs and can live with her cat. When brindle beauty Mira landed in our program, we thought she might just be the right girl for Carrie and Kona. When Mira was ready for adoption, our matchmakers contacted Carrie, who came to meet her and was smitten right away. When it was Kona's turn to meet Mira, it was love at first sniff! Nowadays, Kona and Mira (now named "Kiwi") are inseparable, whether they are frolicking at the park or snuggling up together on the couch. Carrie feels that their love match was made in heaven, and these shelter sweethearts feel the exact same way!
"Tyler is doing SO well. I continue to be amazed by how integral he is to this household and how loved he is and how loveable he is. He's been here now for around 4 or 5 years. I've been very intrigued by how he has gradually become more affectionate over that time. My guess is that he wanted to see if he would be staying here or whether this was just another temporary stop. As he has realized over time that this is his 'forever home,' he has become much more affectionate compared to when he first arrived. (I could tell you all sorts of stories of bedtime snuggling when it's cold outside, but I'll spare you!)
Tyler is a gem in every way. (Okay, fine, he chews up the daily mail. So what?). Tyler has been and is a total member of the family without whom I could not imagine my life these days!" - Rev. Jay
After working with him to help gain more self-confidence, Paddy was ready to find a new home. He is now happy, healthy and living with a family that includes a 10-year-old boy and a five-year-old mastiff mix. His new dad describes him as gentle, calm and wise.
On January 11, 2011, Paddy's former owner was convicted of two counts of felony animal cruelty, a first for Alameda County. We can't even begin to imagine the pain and sadness this sweet dog must have endured in his past life. But, with a lot of perseverance, Paddy is now living a life he must have known was always possible.
Oreo came to BEBHS with an injured tibia and badly cropped ears, and had obviously experienced a lot of pain. His ears were so badly mutilated they required multiple surgeries, and he had to see an orthopedic specialist about his leg. After lots of care, he was finally healthy enough to be cleared for adoption in early May.
On May 20th, Oreo survived a devastating fire that took place in our shelter. Through all of it, Oreo continued to be hopeful.
Two months after the fire, Ian and Kyle heard about Oreo through friends. They had been searching for a dog and contacted our Canine Program, who arranged a meet and greet. Theo, their resident dog and Oreo became instant friends. Oreo successfully won all three of their hearts and now has a permanent place to call his own. He even has a daily blog: http://anoreoaday.tumblr.com/
Cocoa is a young cat who's been through so much in his short life. He was found as a stray with a broken leg that had never been treated and rotten teeth that had to be removed. Despite his injury, he was shamelessly social and full of youthful energy.
Cocoa is one of our fire survivors. Immediately after the fire, he was sent to a wonderful foster home while he awaited his surgery for his leg amputation and dental work. He was full of good cheer even as he went through both of his medical procedures and hopping around on his three legs soon after. Nothing could bring this guy down: even as he was waking up from anesthesia, the doctor that performed Cocoa's surgery reported that he was purring and being a little flirt.
To no surprise, Cocoa's foster mom fell in love and recently adopted him. We are so happy that this delightful boy has finally found his forever home!
(Note from BEBHS: Joe was a volunteer for our Foster Care Program and fostered Elsie and other dogs before deciding to adopt!)
"I had heard a little of Elsie's story - she was older, had been at the Humane Society over a month, had been extremely ill and needed some time in a home. Now, I never planned on adopting Elsie because I wanted a larger dog and never really liked chihuahuas that much, but Elsie stole my heart...The staff was great in helping and supporting me...The care and love they gave to Elsie has made me their advocate for life.
"Simon plays, runs, jumps, and is a picture of a healthy happy kitty...I thank you all so much for providing such good medical care for Simon while he was with you...He loves to lay in the sunshine on weekend mornings and the other day, I found him snoozing between the potted plants and flowers soaking up the sunshine. He had a little smile on his face and looked like he was in kitty heaven. He was so adorable. I will keep you up-to-date on any significant events with Simon Sketchy boy. He is loved, kissed, and hugged everyday." - Tory
"Katie and I cannot thank you guys enough for all that you have done for our beloved Pip. He is just the most adorable and perfect dog for us, and it is ridiculous how in love we are with him. He is the center of our world right now. We have been thinking of you guys at the Berkeley Humane Society, all of you are incredibly sweet and we intend on stopping by with Pip….Pip is doing really well in his new environment. As you can see in the pictures, he loves to warm himself in the sun. Our home has an enclosed sun porch, and he loves his special little spot to sunbath…so cute!" - Dave
"Oatmeal is as cheerful as she has always been! She loves meeting people and other dogs. I take her to the dog park often and she enjoys it greatly. You should see her running, nobody would guess that she had a bad injury. She has been an amazing addition to our family!"