Dog Adoption Stories

  • Tess and Molly from San Francisco

    Tess and Molly from San Francisco

    Human: Tess Canine: Molly Location: San Francisco Type: Australian Shepherd / Mutt mix Our Story: When I was 10 years old I saved Molly from certain death. Molly is my mixed-breed dog who was two days away from being put to sleep at the Red Bluff animal shelter. I went to the shelter with my […]

  • Leslie and Uno from Santa Fe

    Leslie and Uno from Santa Fe

    Human: Leslie Canine: Uno Location: Santa Fe Type: Doberman Pinscher / Mutt mix Our Story: I spotted his picture online, a chocolatey mass of fur with a green collar. According to the description, he’d been hit by a car–and though he’d recovered beautifully–no one had come to claim him. Maybe that heart-rending tidbit of background […]

  • Tricia and Mattie from San Francisco

    Tricia and Mattie from San Francisco

    Human: Tricia Canine: Mattie Location: San Francisco Type: Mutt / Catahoula Leopard Dog mix Our Story: We were combing a long list of shelter websites and cruising the aisles of the SPCA on a regular basis when we found Mattie. We wanted a puppy so that our kids could help raise her, but learned that […]

  • Emma and Cody from San Francisco

    Emma and Cody from San Francisco

    Human: Emma Canine: Cody Location: San Francisco Type: Border Collie / Mutt mix Our Story: I am eternally grateful to the parents of my 5th grade students at Live Oak School who, through an act of incredible generosity, bid on Cody at our school auction, and gave him to me. That night, I went home […]

  • Winn and Tupper from San Francisco

    Winn and Tupper from San Francisco

    Human: Winn Canine: Tupper Location: San Francisco Type: Bearded Collie / Mutt mix Our Story: We had just received the sad news that our wonderful year-old retriever mix, Ripley, had leukemia. He was given only a month to live. We also knew that his very shy dog-buddy, Molly, around 9 months old at the time, […]

  • Anne and Bizzy from San Francisco

    Anne and Bizzy from San Francisco

    Human: Anne Canine: Bizzy Location: San Francisco Type: Pembroke Welsh Corgi / Mutt mix Our Story: Sometimes you never really know what you are missing until you find it, or it finds you. That’s the way it happened with Bizzy. From the moment my husband and I spotted him at the shelter, he had us. […]

  • Deidre and Smiley from San Francisco

    Deidre and Smiley from San Francisco

    Human: Deidre Canine: Smiley Location: San Francisco Type: Labrador Retriever / Mutt mix Our Story: I got a call from a friend one day as she was driving home from a shelter in Corning, California. She told me she had a great dog for me, right there in the car with her. She knew I’d […]

  • Clare and Casey from San Francisco

    Clare and Casey from San Francisco

    Human: Clare Canine: Casey Location: San Francisco Type: Australian Cattle Dog / Mutt mix Our Story: I’d had several heartbreaking online affairs with dogs before I finally met Casey. Seemed the dogs I connected with were sending “adopt me!” signals to everyone else as well because by the time I called they’d always found homes. […]

  • Corinne and Munchie & Muttley from San Francisco

    Corinne and Munchie & Muttley from San Francisco

    Human: Corinne Canine: Munchie & Muttley Location: San Francisco Type: Chihuahua / Miniature Pinscher mix Our Story: When I first saw Munchie, he was an inert grey wrinkled thin lump lying in an isolation kennel. He was bald. He looked and smelled awful. It was clear that the first year of his short life must […]

  • Andy and Ginny from San Francisco

    Andy and Ginny from San Francisco

    Human: Andy Canine: Ginny Location: San Francisco Type: Golden Retriever / Australian Shepherd mix Our Story: My wife and I had been looking for the right dog for a long time. We started with purebreds, but the process was long and questionable, and we saw we could do some good by adopting from a shelter. […]

  • Barry and Roxy from Eagle River, WI

    Barry and Roxy from Eagle River, WI

    Human: Barry Canine: Roxy Location: Eagle River, WI Type: Chow Chow / Mutt mix Our Story: Last March, we had dinner with friends who were very excited about the new dog they had found online and just adopted. The next day we left for Durango, Colorado, to visit our grandson. After we checked into the […]

  • Erin and Rocco from San Francisco

    Erin and Rocco from San Francisco

    Human: Erin Canine: Rocco Location: San Francisco Type: Chow Chow / Mutt mix Our Story: We first met Rocco on a cold January day at the San Francisco Animal Care and Control shelter. His fluffy, cinnamon-colored coat, large black ears and wagging tail, caught our eye. We fell for him that day, but it took […]

  • Erin and Oliver from San Francisco

    Erin and Oliver from San Francisco

    Human: Erin Canine: Oliver Location: San Francisco Type: Chow Chow / Mutt mix Our Story: My daughters and I were scouring pictures of adoptable dogs online when we spotted Oliver. His almost maniacally happy mug just screamed “Hi, I’m Oliver. I am ready to be loved!” We laughed at the image, but found ourselves going […]

  • Beth and George from San Francisco

    Beth and George from San Francisco

    Human: Beth Canine: George Location: San Francisco Type: Boxer / Mutt mix Our Story: We weren’t really looking for a dog, though I had a vague idea I might want one. Then a friend told me about George, a soulful boxer mix she’d just seen on a walk with her dog. He’d just been pulled […]