Happy Tails


Everyone loves a happy ending! Do you have a happy tail to share? If you’ve adopted a pet from our shelter, we’d love to hear from you! Please submit your happy tail to PetAdopt@verizon.net!

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Hi everyone,

Just a note and some photos to show off Cookie. She is very well adjusted and loves our Pomeranian Oreo.

Happy thanksgiving to all! – Cynthia


Hello my old friends! My name is now Winston and I am am catching on quickly. I am such a great dog for my new mom. She loves me!

I also have a new friend Biscuit that lives two houses down and we have play dates. Here are some pictures to let you see my new life.

Thank you so much for all you did for me. Your love for me really shows and my new mom really appreciates the good care you gave me.

By for now but I will say hello now and then!

Hi to all my friends at New Rochelle Humane Society!

It’s me, Juliet! Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month? A few years back, my first mom died and no one wanted to take me in. So I was taken to the NRHS. Everyone there was so nice to me but it was very hard finding a forever home because I was considered “old”. So I lay around in a big basket for what seemed like forever. All the staff and volunteers were so good to me but people who came in passed me up for the kittens and younger cats. I wanted to scream, “Hey!! I’m over here! I’m very loveable and I’ll give you lots of kisses, sleep on your pillow with you and keep you warm. Take me home with you!!! Please!!!!” There was a volunteer who came in to see me and always gave me a lovely pedicure whenever she visited. I liked her and I know she liked me too! GUESS WHAT! She took me home with her! And if you think I was old, you should have seen my new older brother! It was love at first sight! We had four years of bliss together but my older brother and best buddy passed over the Rainbow Bridge. Mom and I were so sad. We missed him so much. But GUESS WHAT! Mom got me a new brother — this time a bit younger and from the NRHS again! “Mr. Big” is my new BFF and I love love love him! And he loves me too! Mom also calls him “Big Boy” and he answers to both names even though he used to be called “Mittens” at NRHS.

Mom says that I’m about 13 or 14 now, but who’s counting? Mom gives me my medicine every day and I feel great!!! So take a chance on one of us “old-timers”! We’re worth it! You’ll see!! – Love, Juliet

Today I am celebrating the one-year anniversary date of my adoption of Benny H! It’s hard to believe that an entire year has gone bye since I scooped that scared puppy up my arms and carried him home — and it’s even harder to believe that I ever lived without him. He got over his shyness with a bit of help from Ilsa, from NRHS alum black kitty Mrs. Peel, and from me who cannot go an hour without kissing and hugging this boy. He filled a much needed hole in my heart from my loss of Spanky, and while I still miss my Spanky, little Benny is such a sweet and cuddly boy — it’s impossible to resist his cuteness and to be sad :)

Thank you for telling me about his litter that day and for your efforts which put Benny in my life. I really love this boy, as does Ilsa and the kitties! – Cheers, Liz

One year update:

We wanted to share a few pictures and update on our baby Faith (a senior dog adopted). We went to the shelter looking to adopt a senior dog, since we have an eight-year-old mini schnauzer. I knew that I loved Faith from the first time we met and she licked my hand through the cage. She is the sweetest, most gentle dog that we have ever met. We can’t even begin to tell you what an amazing transformation she has gone through. She was very timid and did not bark for the first two months that we had her. She was even frightened to walk around our neighborhood. Slowly but surely, with patience and love, she began to trust us, and came out of her shell. She now enjoys playing with toys, exploring in the backyard with her sister dog Ginger, early morning walks to the beach, laying in the sun, and playing in the snow in VT! We’ve even caught her and her sister recently sharing a bed, even though they both have their own! She even gets to go to work everyday with her dad and Ginger and hang
in the office!

We’re not sure how life treated her prior to becoming a part of our family, but we love her so much and will make sure that she has the best life from this day forward! Everyday we say to each other how grateful and lucky we are to be a part of this magnificent dog’s life.

We thank all those who give up their time and spend tireless hours to help rescue and provide for the animals. We especially thank the NRHS for taking care of our Faith and bringing her into our lives!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! – Lindsay & Matthew

Just wanted to send a quick hello to all of my friends at New Rochelle Humane Society, where my forever home mom was able to find me! As you can see, I am quite happy and I tend to fall asleep in some most awkward positions! But I would not change any of it for the world! Thank you to everyone who cared for me during that difficult time of my young life and I look forward to finding a brother or sister in the very near future! – Love to all, Foxy.

Hi to all the lovely pet lovers at the New Rochelle Humane Society! Just sending in an update for Riley, a senior Yellow Lab that we adopted in the summer of 2014. Riley is a gentle giant who can’t be sweeter — adjusting well to our extremely active family of five kids and many other animals. When we first got Riley home, the kids could not figure out why he would not respond to his name, so they switched his name to all their favorite Pokemon characters. After a few days in, we realized that Riley was deaf and decided that if he was always a “Riley” and should remain so.

True to his breed, he is just the most tame and gentle creature and voluntarily takes back seat to his new canine sister — a narcissist of a shih-poo. Thankyou for helping bring this beautiful dog into our lives.

Hello to all my friends at the New Rochelle Humane Society! I hope that you remember me. I was born there eight years ago and my mommy’s name was Peaches. I had two brothers and three sisters. I have been living the good life with my family and they love me very, very much. There is no doubt that I am an important part of my family because they spoil me a lot and buy me lots of toys and give me many hugs and kisses. Whenever my family goes on a vacation road trip they take me with them. I have been to Hershey, Lake George, Ocean City, Mystic, and Wildwood. This is a picture of me with my new winter hat. I hope you like it. Thank you for taking good care of me until my family could find me and I could have my forever family.

Thought you might want to see how well Bruno is doing. He loves his big sister, Layla. :) .

Hi to all my friends at New Rochelle Humane Society!

It’s me, Mittens, but everyone calls me Mr. Big and sometimes Big Boy. It’s been three months since I went home with my new mom, and I’m living the good life! I love my older sister Juliet and I especially love to chase her around and around. I’m still loving my Cat Scratch Lounger – Juliet and I each have one of our own now ’cause Mom got tired of telling us to stop fighting over it. Thank you for taking such good care of me and never giving up on finding me my forever home. I love you all!

In 2011 I adopted my cat Ariana from your shelter, when she was just six weeks old. Look at her NOW!!! I wanted to share her with you – Roswitha


This is Mikey just saying hello after ten days in our new home. My sister Ash keeps trying to tackle me as I paw over this. I’ll chase her later, then rest my head on her butt for a nice long nap. So a big meow to every one at New Rochelle Humane for taking good care of us, and a little squeak from my silly sister. Oh here she is. Maybe we can go chew on something. Later everybody!.

We adopted Flash last week, and on the ride home we were not sure how long it would take for him to adapt to his new home. He was crying all the way; we thought that it was going to be a very long time for him to adjust. We got him upstairs, set up his food and water, and let him out. He dashed out of the carrier and went straight for the couch. It took him ten minutes to explore the apartment, one minute more for him to find the food, and about three minutes more to go MIA. We looked everywhere for him and started to panic. Until we walked by the fish tank and felt a paw tap us, as if to say “Hi! I’m here!”

From then on, he became protector of the fish tank … his new chill spot. He sits in front of the tank for hours, curled up or straight, lying stretched out against the tank. Now he splits his time between doing that and annoying his new big brother. Runs through the house, sliding all over the place. He is such a spoiled little boy, as well as his brother, whom I adopted from the Mt. Vernon animal shelter in April of 2014. It took a few days but they are getting used to each other, playing together and lying on top of their new mommy and daddy at three in the morning. He is in heaven, and such a little devil. He definitely lives up to his name, especially at night, running around so fast like a flash of lightning.

He is so happy in his new home and we are beyond happy to have adopted him. And to think, I almost passed him up because I didn’t see him at the shelter. Thank you so much for giving me my sweet lil’ man. I am beyond in love with him.

Hi NRHS – I wanted to send you a recent beautiful picture of our dear Nyles. He’s happy, has learned to play fetch with a ball, adores his days at the Rowayton dog park, and working from home with me. He is our “Director of Security”. Thank you for rescuing him, and allowing us to receive him as a member of our family – Fondly, Ann

Hi! Just wanted to let you know its been almost a year since we adopted Simba (formerly known as Squint). He’s a treasure and he loves to zoom around the house! Coming into the shelter he was so well behaved, but now he is a bit of a trouble maker and likes annoying our older cat! Thank you for finding us the purrfect cat!

October 2nd will be five years since I adopted my handsome, green-eyed boy from NRHS. He was about a year old and abandoned at the shelter while it was closed. Milo (formerly DJ) is a sweet and curious cat who loves nothing more than sitting on the windowsill and watching the world go by. And if I do not wake up early enough in the morning, he will give me a couple of light pats on my face with his paw. Plus, he sits on command!

Thank you for my sweet friend! – Michelle

Just to let you know, Cody (shelter name: Jo-Jo) is doing great in his forever home. He has a big sister named Bella (shelter name: Kourtney). They eat, sleep and play together all the time. Special thanks to Dana … We are so happy to have Cody and Bella in our family. They have made a great addition. Thanks again for all that you do for these precious animals!

Hi to all at the Society: Here is Jack (unnamed at Society) adopted on August 19, 2014. He is a complete joy and we love him; he is already a big part of our family. He loves to cuddle and will stay for hours on our laps – when he’s not charging 100+ miles per hour in the house playing with us and his toys! Thanks to all of you who took such good care of this little boy before he came home to us. We could not imagine how we ever managed without him!!

We adopted Nala about two weeks ago and she’s pretty awesome! We decided to keep the name that she was using at the Humane Society but she also is called “The Nalanator” and Noopie. She is especially cuddly in the morning and she can’t stop rolling around! She loves to get groomed and she is very talkative! My seven year-old daughter loves pulling a string around the house and watching Nala follow it. Nala enjoys being in the room wherever we are and when she is called she will always come over. Nala has been a wonderful addition to our family.

Here is a picture of Gioia, one of Emma’s ten puppies. I adopted Gioia about a month ago from the New Rochelle Humane society and she has been great so far. I had two Miniature Pinschers that died about a month apart for each other so I was mourning and I was desperate for another dog. When I went to the shelter, I immediately became attached to both Gioia and Zoe. It was difficult to decide between the two because both were very cute, but I ended up decided on Gioia because I liked her markings. Gioia’s personality is very different than my Miniature Pincher’s personality, so it’s going to take some getting used to her. I will say that she’s very intelligent (I taught her how to sit in one day) and a very affectionate dog as well. I’m so glad that I happened to be in the right place at the right time when I visited the shelter. I wouldn’t trade her for any other dog in the world.

In 2012 I lost my love of 16 years. Norman stuck by me through chemo treatments and open heart surgery, I stuck by him through nuclear thyroid treatments and diabetes shots. Alas, an infection was too much for him to fight and he slipped away. It took me many months of searching to find another cat to fill the void that Norman left in my life.

One year ago, after spending two hours with different cats in your shelter, a volunteer who was just coming on duty told me she had a stray cat just perfect for me in the back cages. She had never handed this guy before but thought we should go back and see what I thought. Boy was she right!! Not only did he look like Norman but he had exactly the same personality. This 5 year old boy looked at me and said “take me home and I promise I will fill that void”. Rascal is a joy, he’s gentle, he sleeps with me, plays with our other old guy, and loves everyone who comes into the house.

There will never be another Norman but thank you so much for the joy that Rascal brings me everyday.

Attached are two pictures the first one is Rascal the second one is Norman Bates. – Ilene

I came to adopt a dog to New Rochelle in November 2010 when Tipsy was 9 months old. 4 years later we are still the best of friends and she is the sweetest, lovable, most loyal companion. Every day we say thank you to New Rochelle for bringing us together. We make a great team! – Christine

Sugar plumLoving my home & my family…they are taking awesome care of me…my older sisters groom me everyday & play with me…my mommy brushes my teeth & keeps me clean & my daddy makes sure I’m fed.

Love, Sugar Plum

We adopted Isabella last Thursday from New Rochelle Humane Society! She’s 5 months old and a little purr machine!!! We are soooo happy with her and must thank Ashley from NR Humane Society for introducing us to our all-black kitty. Her “look” is not what we were searching for– we were looking more for a tuxedo–and we know that most people overlook all-black cats, but—thanks to NRHS staffer, Ashley, who told us what a great little kitten Bella was and encouraged us to meet her–we have the kitten of our dreams–a real “lap cat” who is also very comical, very intelligent and very playful, not to mention having the most beautiful copper colored eyes and a shiny and soft black coat! We’re so happy! Bella is a perfect fit for our family!! Thank you, Ashley!

Happy Tail for TM, now Smokey, adopted last Sunday at the dog wash event, and for Copper, formerly Cairo, adopted in April, now 7 months old.  Both Cooper and Smokey have adjusted beautifully and are getting along great with our resident cat and dog.  All four are playful and patient with each other.  We are very lucky!  However. Cooper and Smokey have become best buds and have taken to playing, eating, and sleeping together!  Thank you NRHS for helping us find our forever friends!

Just wanted to send some updated pics of SPARKY (formerly Keller)! We can’t believe it’s been over a year since he came into our lives. He is the sweetest dog we have ever owned and he and Taffy are pretty much inseparable. Thank you again for saving him from Virginia and letting us adopt him … It was meant to be! – Mary and Don

Hi from Caya! We just wanted to let you know that Caya is doing great in her new home!
She’s so good natured and well-mannered. She has bonded amazingly with canine sister,
Abby and 2 human sisters (Maya and Sophia) and is just as sweet as can be. She has
brought a lot of smiles into our home. She’s still a bit scared of unfamiliar men
but is getting more confident with each day. We’re really lucky to have the chance to
welcome her into her new pack!-Allison, Alan, Maya, Sophia, Abby and Caya

We just wanted to send you an update of our delightful Clarence. Clarence was rescued from the wheel-well of a car at two months and lived at the NRHS for about a week, where he was originally named “Saturn”. He came home with us about a year and a half ago and has been a loved and loving member of our household ever since. He a playful mischief maker by day, and a snuggly lap cat at night and we couldn’t imagine our home without him. He especially enjoys wrestling with his sister Cleveland.

We’ve enclosed a picture of him in one of his more regal poses.

Thank you so much for all you do for animals – Amy & Andy

I wanted to say thank you long ago for changing two lives. Last August, I adopted formally named Ranisha (now Lyla) a small long haired black kitten who was just so beautiful, I could not resist her loud purring. I know the stigma of black cats, but I have learned that it is only a myth, and will gladly tell others.

Lyla is the most affectionate pet I have ever had, I dare not say owned as all pet parents know who really owns who lol! She loves to play and run through the house as well as tackle and horse play with me, she even sits and actually watches TV. (She like commercials with music.) She always wraps herself around my feet or my arm when it’s bed time and I can count on being awakened by her tapping my nose with her paw (no nails) in the morning or dropping one her wet toys on me, at least she is she is willing share. I do not know why she loves water, but she does and she shares her love of water with her toys. She also loves my plants, in fact I can always find her lying in the dirt of bigger pots as if she is on vacation on a beach, she loves the view from our bay window on the 23rd floor, and she loves to watch the birds on the terrace, she finds many ways to amuse herself in my closets as well, for some reason my most expensive scarves find their way to being a throw blanket for her.

I swore I would never get another pet after having to put my other cat (China) to sleep (feline cancer) after having her for 18 years, which was totally devastating for me … funny thing is Lyla looks just like China except China was all white with long hair (Turkish Angora w/blue eyes). I will soon have Lyla for one year and I cannot imagine my life without her. Thank you again for allowing me to have such a beautiful and fun loving pet. – Lisa

Thank you so much for caring for our newest family member until we could find her. She is one of the Lab puppies born on January 1st, we have named her Nala. At 13 weeks she weighed 24 pounds. She is very vocal so she fits in perfectly with her new siblings. She became best friends with her canine sister, feline sister and feline brother right from the start. She is the perfect addition to complete our family. – Sharon

Last year we saw the most adorable kitten on your website and called … He was to be my birthday present. I had a tuxedo cat for about 22 years and he died four years previously. I could not bring myself to get another tuxedo cat for my previous one meant the world to me. Well we saw little SAKI on your website in the middle of April and called. We were told we had to wait due to him having stomach issues and needing to get a little bigger … We waited as patiently as we could till we got the call in early May that he could come home. We have had him for just about a year and he is the sweetest most affectionate, nicest cat I have ever had … He was worth every penny and worth the wait. We have three other cats ranging in ages of six months, 1-1/2 years and five years, and he fits right in the middle. He is a wonderful animal and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. – Heidi

Hi New Rochelle Humane Society, it’s me DiMaggio aka Herbie. It’s hard to believe but this month marks three years since my mommy came and took me to my furever home. I am also turning five on May 9. Boy how time flies!! Mommy and I lived in Mount Vernon for two years and then she had to move back to her home in the Virgin Islands. Because Mommy loves me more than anything, I went with her. This shelter cat flew on a plane (wasn’t so crazy about that) and now I live in sunny St. Thomas where I love to sunbathe! Mommy also adopted a dog from the St. Thomas Humane Society in March and we are slowly becoming friends.

That is my update. I hope all the staff and volunteers are well. Thanks again for taking such good care of me until my Mommy found me!

I wanted to share this photo of Kody with you all at New Rochelle Humane Society. He decided to be a good boy and sit at the table nicely waiting for his breakfast! He does very well and has adjusted perfectly for a dog with only three legs. – Dale

We always celebrate Ginger’s birthday on Feb. 19th (she gets gifts and cake) and she loves to run in the snow. She has her sweaters for the season! We cannot think of living without her. She is quite photogenic, don’t you think? – Maria

I have attached pictures of Cooper (formerly Cairo), sleeping peacefully right next to Zoe, and it’s only the second day! The other picture is of Emma and Cooper who seem to be inseparable already. Cooper is the most mellow, sweet, loving little guy. He has already gotten the hang of walking on a leash, and has yet to have one accident! He is even close to mastering sit! Clearly he is a genius :) . We are all completely over the moon with him, and can’t thank you enough for helping us through the process, and for spending so much time with us as we made our decision. We look forward to coming back there soon for some of the training/socializing programs you offer.

Hi, New Rochelle Humane Society — It’s been a long time since we’ve sent you an update. I don’t know if you remember these two girls, Mae and Aya, but we got them from you in Nov. 2011 when they were six months old. They are now 3-1/2 years old. This past October, they got a new little sister, Hana. Best of everything to you! – Catherine, Wesley, Mae, Aya and Hana

I adopted Miley almost two years ago. I didn’t realize how much energy he had until I got him home. He has been a joy to me and my other cat. My other cat passed away in July 2013 and I plan on adopting a new playmate for Miley from NRHS.

Thought you might like an update on how Chance is doing. He is, as we all said, a complete ball of fluff and love. Manners are definitely not his strong point and he tries to grab anything he can but every day he is getting a little better, he is really just a very big puppy. We learned the hard way that he likes bright colors, my oldest son needs a new jacket! Not too many accidents so far as we work out when he is telling us he needs to go outside …. Definitely a long project but just seeing him settling in and happy is great. He is loving the space up in Pound Ridge and is slowly starting to heel when walking, though anything interesting and he is tugging away at his leash. We love him very much already and just wanted to say thank you for rescuing him and letting us adopt him – Mark and Family

We adopted Pookie (formerly known as Becky) four days ago and already have seen a huge positive change in her. She is a sweet, affectionate dog and her energy increases each day as I’m sure she’s feeling more loved and comfortable in her new home. She is quick to learn and absolutely loves going on walks. She’s a great dog and we couldn’t be happier! Thanks, New Rochelle Humane Society!! – Emily