Hachiko, or “Hachi” for short, is a true “ugly duckling” turned swan story. He found his way to the shelter after he was left injured from being hit by a car. Bruised, scraped up, and underweight, it was clear that this big sweet boy just needed a little extra TLC. Despite his injuries and unsightly cuts around his head, it was nothing short of love at first sight when one of our volunteers first saw him. The connection was instant as all Hachi longed for was to cuddle and be loved. His owner recalls, “I knew as soon as he laid his head in my lap and looked up at me that he was going to be my dog. Out of all of the dogs I saw as a volunteer, there was just something special about him I couldn’t pass up. It was going to be me and him, my best buddy, no matter what.” Today, Hachi no longer has to worry about running the streets as he spends most of his days cuddled up and lounging on the couch. And his injuries? All have completely healed and he is now one handsome dog.
Tiffany, Tonka, Toyoda, and Thor
Tiffany, Tonka, Toyoda, and Thor are all doing wonderful in their forever home and couldn’t be happier. As you can tell from the photos, they all LOVE to lounge in bed and snuggle with us. Toyoda rules the house and is often playing rough with Thor. Tonka loves to get attention and sleeping in her perch by the window; she has become so affectionate since her days as a semi-feral kitten in a 6 month quarantine. Toyoda, Thor, and Tonka LOVE playing with their feather bird toy. Tiffany thinks she’s the boss of the house (typical calico mentality) and is always eating! We are currently looking into programs for her to become a therapy pet as she loves going on adventures! We took her to see Santa this past Christmas to get her photo taken, and the photographer was amazed at how good she was! Our four babies are all a great example of how loving, loyal, and affectionate feral kittens become to their people! I can’t believe how fast they have all grown up, and I don’t know what I would do without them!
For recent photos of them (or to follow Tiffany’s adventure’s and future therapy fun) go like Tiffany’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Tiffanylechat?ref=hl
“Daisy Darling” Now known to her family as “Babe”
In a society, the environment that we live in can dictate what we will become, and the course of our lives. In clean, safe surroundings, we are comfortable to be ourselves, and offer to those around us the best of what we are. We are healthy, happy and eager to give back to those that have made a positive impact on our lives. Meet Daisy Darling. Daisy Darling was a shelter transfer from a sister Rhode Island animal shelter that was in need of assistance due to construction. Housed in a large, oversized kennel, Daisy Darling was surrounded by much larger, rather nasty dogs. She was afforded no bedding, no comforts, no sense of security and the food offered to her was a large morsel dog food. There for months, Daisy was thin, dirty and had eyes filled with a fear that was overwhelming. Her surroundings were covered in dry urine and waste. When approached, this thin, three pound terror screamed out as though she were possessed with the spirit of a werewolf. Unapproachable and frightened, Daisy Darling was lost, panicked and striking back at those trying to offer her help, but given her difficult disposition, even cleaning her cage put a caregiver at risk. Daisy’s care- givers had evaluated her as having a vicious nature. Bristol Animal Control saw that something special in Daisy Darling, and knew that there was more to this frightened companion animal. Daisy was carefully leashed and walked out of her dark surroundings. Once scooped up and held, she buried her head and shook, looking up just once to kiss a cheek. Daisy Darling quickly adopted to her new surroundings, following staff and volunteers, eager to jump up and offer excited kisses. Daisy has been fully vetted, groomed, and adjusted quite well to life in the office. True to the mission statement of the Friends and Bristol Animal Shelter, in two short days, she found her forever home. In her new home Daisy now called Babe. She has flourished and has healed the hearts of her new owners. They thought they could never love again after their loss of their beloved pet, but Babe taught them that love lives on in their hearts always. Babe brings joy to them every day of their lives and they feel lucky have her.
Maxwell, Cami and Ella