Category: “Success Stories 2019”


Emma came from a puppy mill. She had no clue how to interact with humans, play with toys; everything was new and scary. Fast forward a year…. “Emma has come so far in this last year and has become a wonderful little companion. She loves to snuggle , go for walks and play together with her toys. Emma will approach other people and let them pet her; she also gets along well with other dogs. More than anything, she makes me happy and put a smile on my face everyday. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be her forever dog mom.”

Emma was adopted in June 2019.

Maggie (Fern) and Fudge

This bonded couple, likely mother and son, were brought to the shelter when their family moved. They are celebrating a year in their home! From their family, “They go for a long walk every morning, weather permitting.  Maggie walks with some mission in mind while Fudge prefers to take his time and enjoy the scenery.  They are still very much the bounded pair but have now included us in their family to be protected and loved – besides we give them TREATS!  Maggie is a fast eater and so has a special dish to help try to slow her down, while Fudge, yet again, prefers to take his sweet time with his meals.  Fudge likes to watch television and Maggie likes to sit in your lap and help you eat, whether you want the help or not.  Everyone needs a taste tester don’t they?  They both dislike the snow and the rain and so find that someone has to stand outside with them to prove that it is okay to be outside.  They have several sweaters and coats (who doesn’t like to dress up their family members!) and are very good about putting them on so must have worn in their previous home.

We are still learning about each other after a year, but they are a loving duo and a joyful addition to the family.  Thank you again for the wonderful work that you do.”

Maggie and Fudge were adopted in May, 2019.

Tucker (Darwin)

Tucker was rescued in mid-July 2019 from a backyard breeder hoarding situation in Arkansas. Darwin was extremely traumatized by his early life of abuse and neglect. He was so shut down and terrified when he arrived, he was desperate to hide and couldn’t be handled. Fast forward to May 2020…from his family: ” “We wanted to update you on our sweet Tucker. He has made so much progress. We have a bit to go. He is my shadow. He sleeps on our bed with one of our other dogs. He loves to play mainly with me still but he’s starting to let Mike in. He knows the routine as soon as the alarm clock goes off. Out to potty and I like to sit on the couch where he jumps all over and plays and takes my hand for me to pet him! He’s just a crazy, silly loving baby & we love him so much! I’ve enclosed a video ( to show how he has changed since we first met him. Thank you!”

Tucker was adopted in January 2020.


Elsa, a very timid girl, was another victim of a puppy mill. Her life had been spent having litter after litter, but that’s all behind her now.  Her new family writes:  “She is doing well. She loves our other two dogs, but really connected with our Boxer Beau specifically. They are together all the time. She and the other two are playing and wrestling and barking at each other and playing tug of war with toys! She is really learning how to be just a dog. She is still a little leery of humans- just a little. She lets us pet her and she eats treats from our hand and just eats well in general. I never thought about how a dog would be leery of us- I am so used to getting puppies and having them be spoiled and loved by us right form the get go. So we have all had to adjust our expectations from her and practice much more patience with her.That being said, I look at her and just smile because I am so happy and proud that we were able to get her and change her life. People I have spoken to about it have asked how we have been dealing with her and I have told them that it’s been wonderful and above and beyond anything else I am just so happy that she is bonded with the other dogs! You can just tell that she looks at them as her true family. It’s amazing.”

Update in May 2020
“Elsa, our Boston Terrier Amish puppy mill mama we got from NCCR about 1 1/2 years ago…she’s been somewhat slow to warm up but since quarantine we have all been home together since 3/17/20 and she has BLOSSOMED into an even newer, more fun and carefree spirit than she was even before!!
We love her and she loves us !”

Elsa recently celebrated her 2nd ‘Gotcha Day’ in January 2021. “We have actually had her two years now and she’s still just as goofy and adorable as she has always been. She’s still working her way around from her previous life but doing better all the time! Loves to play tug-o-war with her BT brother Chili and chase Al, her feline brother. She also loves treats and chew toys. Thanks to NCCR for trusting us with her, be assured she is loved and cared for immensely ❤️”

Elsa was adopted in January 2019.


Silvie was only four months old when she was “for sale” at gas station. Lucky for her she was rescued and brought to NCCR. Her stay was short at NCCR and after being in her home for a year her family writes, “She took some time as they all do, but adapted quickly and very well. She has taken over my recliner, but that is OK! Great Dog!”

Silvie was adopted in February 2019.

Mia (Jinger)

Jinger was another of the “Digger Dozen” and puppy of Lotus! “Mia is 6 months now and is growing up beautifully! She brings us joy and keeps us moving! We can’t wait to share Spring and Summer adventures with her;)”

Mia was adopted in November 2019.


“Liberty is doing great she’s passed Puppy school, Canine Good Citizen and just passed her Advanced Canine Good Citizen test last Wednesday. She’s going for her therapy dog test through Paws for Love with the SPCA as well as TDI. She’s a great dog and fits in with the rest of our clan!”

Liberty was adopted in September 2019.

Black Jack (Jasper)

Jasper was a pup from the “Gem Litter”. “Blackjack is my best buddy!”

Black Jack was adopted in May 2019.


Jordyn is from the “Digger Dozen”! “She’s doing great, love her to bits!”

Jordyn was adopted in November 2019.

Amanda Sue

Amanda and her companion Tucker were brought to NCCR as a pair, to be adopted together and they were. But after a short time, the family decided they didn’t want Amanda and then refused to bring Tucker back so that they could stay together. Fortunately for Amanda Sue, a loving family re-adopted her and she surely looks pretty happy! “Manda Sue is loving all her favorite people being at home! I just wanted you to know what a blessing she has been to our family!”

Amanda Sue was adopted in September 2019.