Love Stories to Warm Your Heart
He spent 47 days with MHF and he finally found his perfect person. His new mom sent in a sweet note says, "He is totally at home and very sweet and loving. The adoption process went smoothly, everyone was very nice and caring. I have a lot of pictures that I have been sharing with friends and family!"
Cooper became an instant member of our family from the day we brought him home. He is a sweet, silly boy who seems much younger than 11. He is patient and gentle with our two year old daughter, although he has a tendency to steal her breakfast. He is always looking for a snuggle, and at close to 90lbs fancies himself a lap dog. When they aren’t finishing each other’s meals, Cooper and our Boston terrier Oscar are snuggled up on the couch in close proximity (they haven’t started spooning... yet).
Last January we adopted Gatsby as a barn cat, but it was too cold to leave him in the barn, so he made himself at home in our basement. Not long after my son Stuart had emergency eye surgery and was home from school for over a month---and Gatsby was his constant companion--cheering him and helping him recover. We are so glad he joined our family! Come spring, he transitioned to being a barn cat, but he still has basement privileges when it suits him (which is most nights these days).
April has settled in with us and is actively enrolled in levels training. She is intuitive and knows how to communicate her needs. She's been an absolute joy, and it's been wonderful to see her becoming healthier and her coat growing in fuller. She is learning socialization with other dogs at her own pace, she enjoys car rides, squeaky toys, and long hikes. She is everything we needed, wanted, and more. Thank you for helping us all find a happy beginning.
Featured below are two goats who were adopted from MHF in February of 2018. They recently got a new goat house and wanted to show it off! While they were at MHF, they had the names of "Anna", "Elsa" and "Baby" but their new owners have renamed them "Kinda" "Maybe" and "So". Thanks for sharing with us and loving these girls so well!
When Pinball was at the shelter, he was considered obese and in need of a home who was willing to socialize him. "He is a totally different guy than when I brought him home. We call him Dexter now, and he is such a sweet guy. If we come in the house in the middle of the day, he comes right out of his igloo to say hello. Every night around 8 he comes to his door and waits to come out."
We are so excited to have Alfalfa as a forever part of our family now! He fit right in from the start. He loves snuggling with his humans, but most especially with his new best friend, our cat, Wombat. His favorite hobby is just following her around. A cat and a rabbit...best buds...who would've thought?
After 1,541 days in the shelter, we are so excited to announce that Cheyenne is officially ADOPTED! Don't you love when the good things come to those who wait?! We wanted to say thank you to her adopter Bobbi! Not only did you give Cheyenne a chance to find her forever home, but you are loving her unconditionally. We are so glad that you were ready for another horse from MHF and you decided to take a chance on our Cheyenne.
"I adopted Lola back in December and never imagined the wonderful dog she would blossom into. For 11 years old, she is so spunky and still has tons of Jack Russell energy. She loves to go for hikes, play in the water, go for car rides and then take a nice long nap. Lola was quiet and nervous for a couple weeks as she adjusted but now she is nothing but smiles and loves attention!! Thank you Middleburg Humane for not giving up on her. She is truly a part of the family."
Love Story: It's prime kitten season, and so we wanted to share a cute story of last year's kittens who went home and have found their place in the world. Thank you for loving them!
"We only planned on adopting a pair of kittens, but another sister in the litter literally reached out of the cage to get our attention as we made our final decision. The three mischievous sisters, renamed to Cinnamon, Ginger, and Nutmeg, share an unbreakable bond and can be found together whether it's sleeping, playing, bird watching, and especially eating.
Nutmeg, the black tortie, made it her mission to become best friends with our 13-year-old black cat who recently lost his sister to cancer before we adopted these kittens. He was not quite sure what to do with these three new furry bundles of energy. Her persistence paid off as he can now be found grooming them, joining in on playtime, and on occasion, even sleeping with them. I've lived with cats all my life, and these are the most adorable I've ever had!"
A recently published article goes into some detail about the "Rockville 66", a group of animals that MHF participated in taking care of after their seizure. One of the dogs that MHF took in, Katya, is especially significant to the staff because one of our Senior Animal Care staff, Brooke, took her home!
When the six dogs from this case first came in, Katya was a stand-out. She wouldn't allow anyone to touch her, go near her cage or help out with her matted hair. When Brooke first met her, she was immediately drawn to her. She was the first person that Katya learned to start trusting and even let her touch her belly to start with. It took about two months of living in our Isolation Room before Katya would allow Brooke to work with her. Brooke decided that she was going to foster Katya and ended up adopting her shortly after that. Brooke says, "Katya isn't like any other dog that I have met before. She's very sweet and a huge couch potato now, but she took a lot of work to get to this point. She loves me and sleeps in bed with me now, but she really made me work for that!" Brooke wouldn't change a moment of her time with Katya and now, couldn't imagine her life without her.
Read the article and learn more about where the "Rockville 66" came from and find more in-depth information about hoarding and animal cruelty. Link: https://www.animalsheltering.org/magazine/articles/when-animal-rescue-isnt