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Heartwarming tales to melt your heart

You've heard us say it.... "they're not just animals." Don't simply take our word for it. Below are Success Stories from adopters within the community. Have a story of your own? Click the button to tell us about it. Your experience could change the life of an MCAS animal.

Dixie and Pippa
Dixie being held by her new family

Two Pups Find Their Forever Homes Together!

One of our very own volunteers, Joi, was inspired to adopt when she least suspected it. It started with a Friends of MCAS adoption event and Joi had the responsibility of taking Dixie as her adoptable pup. "I thought she was a great choice because I wouldn't be tempted to bring her home. She wasn't the typical dog I was drawn to." At the event, Dixie was amazing. She laid there quietly and welcomed any attention that came her way. However, no one had inquired about her which left Joi shocked. "When the event was over, I was devastated to put her back in her kennel. The drive back was torture for me. Dixie just crawled up in my lap and fell asleep on the way back."


Joi and her husband adopted Dixie as soon as they returned to the shelter that day, making her an instant part of their family. "𝑺𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒔 𝒊𝒇 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆. 𝑺𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒅𝒐𝒈 𝑩𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒆𝒚 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑." But it doesn't stop there...


A few months later, Joi's husband was volunteering and a sweet, little pup continuously caught his eye. That dog was Pippa. Before Christmas, Joi and her husband fostered Pippa so they could let potential adopters know what a great dog she was. Well, that lasted all of 24 hrs! Just like Dixie, Pippa was also adopted blended right in with their family. Timing was everything with this adoption, as one month later, Joi's husband lost his companion of 16 years and Pippa helped him through that tough time.


"Our dogs complete our family and I am so happy that MCAS has brought us all together!"


Winnie's Life Takes a 180-Degree Turn

Winnie (formerly Willow) was one of 22 dogs rescued from a horrific hoarding property in mid-December of 2023. There was no electricity in the home she was found in, nor was she socialized or exposed to human contact – the same can be said for all of the dogs brought in. Despite her circumstances, Winnie stole the heart of one family in February and we're so happy to share that she's doing great! After losing their beloved dog five years ago, Winnie's new family didn't think they would find room in their hearts to love another dog, but she was "worth the wait" they said. 

"Winnie is so sweet, smart and loves a good treat! She's a champion sleeper, doesn't bark much, does zoomies after breakfast, and loves to go on walks. And she's crate and house trained! Winnie is still scared of certain situations but has already come so far in just a week and a half."

Coconut sleeping peacefully in her new home

Coconut Found Her Paradise

Coconut was brought to MCAS in January of 2003 at just two years old, when she was found by a creek with her healthy pups. She was incredibly sweet but very quiet and skittish– having been through a lot in her short life. During her stay at the shelter, she began to open up and even enjoyed some time in play groups that were arranged for her. In April of 2023, Coconut found her forever home with one of our very own volunteers! Here is what she had to say about this cutie pie:

"Coconut has brought me immense joy this year and has helped me in more ways than one. I’m so thankful to be a part of her story. Knowing she likely spent last Christmas as a pregnant mama to be not knowing where or when her next meal would be, I’m sure glad I get to spoil her every day and especially at Christmas."

We're so happy for Coconut and her new family! 

James at home with his new family

Long-time Resident, James, Finds His People

James spent a LOT of time at MCAS. In January of 2022, he had been there for over 100 days, off and on – having been saved from a house of domestic abuse, which created a lot of anxiety for him. By that point, James had seen a lot and had been let down a lot in his two years of life. Despite his circumstances, this gentle guy had (and continues to have) the best sense of humor. In 2023, a family of humans came to James's rescue and they've bonded so much that when his dog papa came down with the stomach bug, James didn't leave his side for a minute. Here's what they had to say about this sweet soul: 

"This boy is just amazing. We don't know why he had to go through what he did before we decided to round out our pack with him, but we're thankful he's ours and will have a home for the rest of his days."

Words can't express how thrilled we are for James and his humans! 


Peyton smiles with laying on the floor of her new home

Our Tri-pod, Peyton, is Thriving!

Peyton (now Choco) was a super smiley pup who shined despite his handicap. Choco had only three legs but it didn't stunt his joyfulness one bit! In October of 2023, a family attended a Friends of MCAS adoption event where their hearts were stolen. Here's an update we received from them:

"The whole family absolutely loves Choco! Our youngest, who is 3, has pretty much adopted him as her own. They cuddle frequently. We have to pick him up to put him on our bed, but he loves the cuddles. Choco is a blessing to us and we feel that he has the same feeling for us, his new family. We are thankful we got to meet him and bring him home. Thank you all for that opportunity!"

Congratulations, Choco! You deserve a forever home like this.

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