Success Stories

Short Tales About Happy Tails

Kiki was adopted in February 2016 and while the road has had some bumps, we are so thankful to her family for their patience, love and commitment for her. “Just wanted you guys to know how happy, healthy and loved Kiki is. Yes, she still has a ton of personality quirks and oddities that night have deterred most families, but we committed to her wholeheartedly, and are willing to handle her and her issues with patience and understanding and never a raised voice or hand. She has fears and idiosyncrasies no amount of love can ever completely erase but we love her through all the weirdness, maybe in part because of it. She has manners of gold, never steals food and patiently waits her turn for a biscuit. And, at the end of the day, when she climbs up in my lap (she has no idea how heavy she is) and falls asleep with such trust and abandon snoring like a buzz saw, I know all is as it should be. She and her “sister” Lilly are the best of friends who sleep side by side, and love each other so they often lick each other’s faces and even tongues! We could not be happier that we convinced you to let us bring Kiki into our lives. We could not imagine life without her, and truly believe she is where she belongs.”

Kiki frame________________________________________________________________________

Lexa (formerly Brin) was adopted in July of this year.  Her family states; “She is doing wonderful. It does feel like things are finally settling down. She is still putting on a pound a week and weighs 23 lbs.  I can’t begin to tell you what a joy she is and she is very special to everyone at our household.”

Brin now Lexa collage


Squiggy formerly Benji was adopted in July of this year.  His family says “He is doing great!! He is very busy with his brother Lenny. They love playing catch and he is a champion retriever. His legs are short enough to scoot under his brother and always brings the ball back. I just love him!! He has the sweetest personality and he is my little snugglebug!!

Benji now Squiggy collage ________________________________________________________________________

Buster, who was adopted in July of this year has been renamed Lupin!  His family says: “Lupin is doing great, we absolutely adore him!”

Buster now Lupin collage________________________________________________________________________

solomon now norman done


Jagger, a handsome German Shepherd was adopted in July 2018.  His family says,   “He’s doing very well. He loves all kids and is very attached to my husband.”  He gets excited about going for a ride.  When left home alone he has run of the house and doesn’t get into anything.



Remy was with us for quite a while as she waited to be chosen.  She was finally adopted in July 2018 and her family says: “Remy is doing amazing…she is definitely full of energy and spunk and keeps us on our toes!!!  But she’s eating with no problems and getting along with everyone in our household.  She’s the only pet so she gets plenty of love and attention!   We are going to start this week with some training of her now that it’s been 3 weeks.  We wanted her to be able to adjust before we did that…just little things like coming when called, etc. And she’s a very smart dog so I don’t anticipate any problems.”

remy done


CeCe and RJ, now Penny and Copper are growing up together  They were adopted in April 2018 (top left) and here they are in August 2018.  Their family says “Copper and Penny are doing great. They are each at about 50 pounds now (and growing!) and they are such a joy for our family. They really are amazing dogs that are so patient and gentle with the kids, yet so fun and playful, too!”

CeCE RJ now Penny and Copper


Louie done


Howie, formerly Bill, was adopted in November 2017.   Here he is enjoying a vacation in the south in August 2018.

Bill now Howie


Dutch was adopted in June 2018.  His family says, “He is doing great. He’s so good with people. He’s a loveable dog, a sweetheart.”  

Dutch still Dutch


Hustler, now Midas was adopted in July 2018.  His mom tells us, “Midas is doing great! Slowly but surely learning to hit the bell to go outside. He also gets along really well with his big brother.”

Hustler now Midas


Rocky was adopted in August 2018.  His “dad” says he’s doing great, loves to ride in the truck and to go hiking with friends.  Inside the house he’s a lap dog and loves to cuddle! 



TJ, a very handsome Collie Hound mix was adopted in April 2018.


These photos are of the day we brought Olivia (formerly Hayley) home! Her and Dazie have been inseparable since then!  She has been a wonderful new addition to our family. We are so glad you choose us to be her forever home! Olivia was adopted in July 2018.

Olivia formerly Hayley________________________________________________________________________



Sadie (formerly DeeDee), a collie mix puppy was adopted in April 2018. Her family says,”She is definitely a handful and loving life! 28.9 pounds and long legged,  all puppy!”😍

DeeDee now Sadie

Here is Sadie at 7 months now weighing 40 lbs.!

Deedee now Sadie at 7 months


Axel (formerly Cheers) was adopted in February this year. From his family: “Here is a collage of Axel! The top left is when we got him, top right is about 4 months old and the bottom two are 6 months old! He is amazingly smart and loving. He lives for running and chewing all his toys! But he is the most lovable puppy!” What a handsome boy!!

Cheers now Axel________________________________________________________________________

Ollie’s family says: “Ollie is doing so well. We love him so much.  He loves everyone and is so friendly and happy. He loves hanging out at the family cabin and loves baseball games. Next weekend we go camping so we will see how he likes that.”  Way to go Ollie, looks like you have found your forever home!

Ollie Collage


Here is another happy adoption tale from Watson’s (formerly Winchester) family. “Watson came to us in July 2017 and instantly made himself part of our little family. He loves cuddling, going on walks, watching football, and sometimes going crazy with a squeaky toy. When he loves you, you know it, because he’s so expressive with his eyes and his little noises. We couldn’t have asked for a better buddy for ourselves and for his brother, and we are so thankful to have gotten the chance to love and to earn the love of this wonderful boy.”  

watson formerly winchester


Little PJ, now Dwayne left for his new home in April 2018. His Dad says, “He’s doing great! He LOVES to sleep on his back, enjoys trying to help clean up by taking his potty pads to the front door for trash and LOVES bath time.” Sounds like Dwayne is off to a wonderful start in his new home!

PJ now Dwayne





August 2018 update! Here Dwayne is when adopted, at 3 months and at 5 months!

PJ now Dwayne August update


Roman’s new family came quite a distance to meet him. He was adopted in April 2018 and his family tells us, “Things are great with Roman!  We have kept his name and he is eating, sleeping and adjusting well.  We have no other pets so he is the king of the house and doesn’t need to share our attention with any other furry friends. While we are at work and school he has the house to himself and hasn’t had any accidents.  He is a terrific dog and just wants to be with us and be loved.”  Yay Roman!!



CINDY LOU was adopted in February 2018 after spending considerable time at NCCR raising the puppies she had shortly after her arrival.  She was a supermom and was loved by all of the volunteers.  Her new family says “She’s very lovable and great with the baby.  She loves running around like crazy in our back yard…she’s doing great!



Sparkle, now Hazel was adopted in January 2018.  Her family says, “She’s growing, but still a tiny little girl.  She has a BIG personality and is full of spunk, we adore her💓.”

Sparkle now hazel


Dante, now Nico was adopted in January 2018!

Dante now Niko3


Divvy now Davee was adopted in January 2018.  “She is doing good, very smart puppy.”

Divvy now Davee all


Journey, an Australian Shepherd mix pup, was adopted in September of 2017. Affectionately known as Journ-Journ, she’s growing up to be quite a beauty!



Emma, formerly Paris, was adopted in January 2017.  Here she (top pics) in June 2017.

Paris now emma done





Dizzy, now    was adopted in May 2017. “I’m emailing you to just say thank you for the process as a whole and how wonderful Dizzy has been. We renamed him Louie. He’s so rambunctious and lively and it’s really great to have a puppy in the house again. He brings us a lot of joy. Adopting from you guys was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Once again, thank you so much.”

Dizzy done









Zoey is a wonderful addition to the family.  She is spunky, loving and so much fun to be around. Happy that she found her forever home with us!  Zoey, Duke and Oreo are best friends. I want to thank NCCR for our new best friend, she will never need or want for anything. Spoiled rotten!😆

zoey collage


In the fall of 2015, little Mater, formerly Buckwheat, didn’t spend much time at the Rescue before he was scooped up and taken to his new home. Now and Indiana resident, Mater is well loved by his family. “The whole family and friends group love him. He has won us over for sure.  I’m so thankful that I was referred to  your shelter!”

Buckweat now mater


Back in 2011, Gideon, a rough around the edges kind of guy, landed on our doorstep.  How lucky for him that someone saw all the potential he had just lurking below the surface.  His “mom”  tells us that Giddy is doing so well. “He’s my best friend in the whole world… Goes everywhere he can with me; hiking, camping, horseback riding, road trips, you name it and if he’s allowed he goes. He truly is the best dog I’ve ever had the pleasure of having and gives me more love than I can imagine. I’m so lucky to have him. He’s definitely a special boy!!!”

Gideon collage


Tasker (now Ruger) was just a pup when adopted in February, 2014. The family had been looking for a dog for a long time and weren’t sure they wanted a puppy but….”We have to tell you, this pup is not only cute, but he’s super smart, and he has the nicest disposition. He’s very protective of our home and especially Michael. He is just the absolute best fit for our family. He got bigger than we thought he would, we spent a small fortune in jackets and training crates that he grew out of, but now at a year and a half old we don’t have to crate him anymore. He’s such a good boy, causes no trouble at all!

Tasker aka Ruger


Rocky a hearing impaired adult Lab came to NCCR when the shelter he was at ran out of space. A wonderful family had been waiting for just the right dog to mend their hearts after losing their two Senior dogs who were also former NCCR residents.  Rocky’s lack of hearing hasn’t kept him from enjoying all of the family activities.  His “dad” says,  “He is a true blessing for our family. He is definitely my dog.  He goes with me everywhere and never leaves my side.”  rocky adopted___________________________________________________________________________

Doolittle, now Baxter, arrived at NCCR as a stray. This poor boy had been terribly neglected and was definitely in need of medical care and lots of TLC;  he landed at the right place for that. It took him many weeks to get back on his feet, but little did he know that as he was recovering, he already had the possibility for a wonderful home.  Now in that home, Baxter’s family says: “He is just the absolute sweetest boy. He moved right into my house and immediately acted like he’s always there – no transition issues at all. Everyone loves him! Thanks for bringing us together!” And our thanks to Baxter’s “mom”, for giving this senior fellow the amazing life he deserves!

Doolittle new


Hagar was just a pup when adopted in the summer of 2013. He’s all grown up and here he is, showing two of the fosters that his family cares for, how things work in his home!



Ty now HenryWhen Ty came to NCCR shortly after the first of thisyear, it was apparent he hadn’t been well cared for, but that’s all changed now!  His new family tells us- “Ty” or now Henry or Gus (he is slowly revealing his personality to us, so we are undecided about his name), has fit in just perfectly in our home.  He has a very playful, sweet spirit and is quite the little character.  We are still working on some of his inside skills (namely, potty breaks), but it took our other beagle rescue, Sherman, a few weeks to get the routine down, so we are confident Henry will eventually figure it out.  He loves to go for rides and often rides in the co-pilot seat.  He has a great appetite!  Thank you for all the wonderful things you guys do at your rescue.  We are so happy to have “Henry” or “Gus” in our pack!”


HerculesHercules was just a pup when adopted in October 2014. His family says: Hercules is doing great!! He’s such a good boy! We kept the name he responded so well & I didn’t want to confuse the poor guy. The Vet said he’s most likely done growing and weighs 37 pounds. He’s completely house broken & can sit, lay down, shake, speak & roll over. He loves the snow. He pounces right into it & hops through my footprints lol. It’s so cute. (March 2015)



From Harvey’s new family:
Just wanted to send some pictures of Harvey since he’s been adopted. We absolutely love him and he fits right into our family. His sister Zoey absolutely loves him too. Thank you again! (March 2015)