Alumni Stories

We always love to hear stories of how our dogs and cats are doing. When we become tired and life becomes difficult, reading stories from our alumni helps to remind us of why we work so hard. We are so proud of how well our little ones are doing that we wanted to share their stories.

If you have an Alumni Story you would like posted on our website, please send it to the Webmaster. Feel free to include digital photos with your Alumni Story. Stories without photos are welcome too!

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Minoush & Stuart - December 22, 2022
(Formerly Peter Pan)

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In 2013, we came to HART looking for a companion for our cat Marco. Kim told us we should consider Minoush. We weren't sure, but we agreed to foster him. Within a week, his personality came out and we made it "forever." In 2014, we came back to HART to find a companion for Minoush after Marco's passing. Stuart (then called Peter Pan), who had just arrived from North Carolina, chose us. Minoush, the low-key genius, just turned 14. He continues to carry all kids of items around the house, including wallets and passports, but mostly his toy Mousie. Over the years he has trained us humans in all kinds of ways. Stuart, the snugglebug, is around 11 now. He loved the stay-at-home days and hates that sometimes we have to go to the office now. They bring us so much joy. The moral of our story is that when someone at HART says "this is your cat," listen to them.


Ace G - November 28, 2022

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We adopted Ace G from his foster mom in June, and it was the best choice we've ever made! He is a spunky and energetic pitbull mix who sticks to his favorite people like glue. Since adopting him, we've gone on lots of adventures together, including lots of fun rides in the car which he LOVES! He gets brand new toys every month, but he loves to go back to his classic favorites such as stealing one of his owners' lacrosse balls or chewing on his bone. He cuddles us to sleep every night and loves to plop down for a nap on our laps when he has a lull in energy. However, most of the time he's always excited to run and catch his frisbee in our yard, play fetch, or get chased around by the hallway monster (his owner in a big hoodie) so he can get his zoomies out. He gives big hugs to new friends when they walk in and slobbers kisses all over our faces whenever he sees us, and he's not afraid to ask for attention and belly rubs when he wants them (how could we say no?). He's an incredible addition to our lives, and he's one of my greatest blessings. Thank you HART for leading us to our perfect boy!

Rowdy - May 9, 2022
(Formerly Rowdy A)

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I am so thankful that you all found Rowdy and took him in! After reading his story I just knew we HAD to have him. We had no idea what to do with a tripod and had no idea if his care would be any different, but he runs faster than ALL of us!! You'd never know he only has 3 legs! He definitely has some anxiety and he is on medication to try and rectify some of that but he has settled in SO well. He is such a cuddly little lover and his fur brother, Maxwell, has decided to tolerate him. They get along well! We love this guy so much and I can't imagine life without him!

Melissa Carlisle

Wilbur - February 14, 2022

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I'd like to thank your organization for helping me find my best friend and fur child!

Millie (my sweet rescue Angel of 10 years now) and I went to the adoption event in Chantilly back on July 28th and as Wilbur walked by with the sweetest volunteer, I said, "May I see him and get to know him?" - The rest is history. I immediately fell in love with his absolutely sweet personality and gentle nature. We finished up our adoption contract since we had already been fully approved and snuggled Wilbur up in the car for his ride to his furever home! I was told that the nice lady fostering him had almost not been able to come to the event that day, but something told her to put Wilbur in the car and take him there, and I'm incredibly thankful that she did!

Wilbur is the definition of personality and he knows it! He's my hiking buddy, my wants to do the right thing SO badly for Mommy pup, his sister's best friend and my absolute snuggle bug! He LOVES digging for rocks, and is SO smart and learning to not dig up Mommy's entire backyard! Everyone he meets falls instantly in love, and his vet has even said he would make an incredible therapy dog! He's the perfect addition to our family, and he is truly the one who rescued me!

I will forever rescue my fur children and am so grateful to your organization for your help in bringing Wilbur and I together!

Kobe - January 27, 2022
(Formerly Nolan)

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We celebrate our 4th anniversary today. He continues to be a delight and perfect companion to this old lady.

Pickles - October 11, 2021
(Formerly Dylan)

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Today I celebrated the fifth year "anniversary" date of having adopted my pup from your incredible foundation. I adopted my sweet beagle, Pickles (then Dylan), who has been the greatest companion to come into my life and I have you all to thank for it!

Since that day five years ago, we've moved to Richmond where he now shares a fairly large, fenced in backyard with his younger brother, Benny (also a rescue)! They have the best time chasing and barking at squirrels out there. Otherwise, Pickles' passion is cuddling on the couch :)

Thank you all so much for the work you do and for being such a critical piece to helping me find him. He's the biggest, and one of the most meaningful parts of my life. Sorry for the long email, but thank you!

Best Regards,
Suzie Gissen

Bruce Wayne - July 20, 2021
(Formerly Jim Bob)

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We adopted Jim Bob in February 2020 and changed his name to Bruce Wayne (his ears tell the story). I had read his profile before we went to meet him and his foster Mom said he will change somebody's life and he has ours for sure. He is the funniest dog ever. He rarely barks but when he does it is hilarious. He loves to cuddle and thinks everyone is his friend. He has neighborhood dog
friends that come by to play in our backyard with him regularly.

He was heartworm positive when we got him but with his treatments he's recovered and is thriving. He loves all people food (we can't eat Cheetos anywhere near him) mashed potatoes are his favorites. He loved the snow we had this winter but was not a fan of the beach at all.

He's brought so much happiness to us. I'm so glad we found him.

Ladybird - June 6, 2021

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We adopted Ladybird on January 11, 2020. After adoption, we learned that she had adult heart worms. Two months later she had recovered. Today, she is doing great!! She makes every day better!

Cosmo - December 15, 2020
(Formerly Tater Tot)

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Cosmo (originally known as Tater Tot) came to live with me in July, 2020. We've been working through some fear issues, but he's such a delightful addition to my home! He's been great with my two resident cats, and helping him grow in confidence and begin to show his happy, wiggly, silly self has been incredibly rewarding. Thank you, HART, for bringing him into my life.

Minne & Bella - December 2, 2020

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We'd been searching for a bonded pair since the lockdown started in February. Finally, in August, we found Minnie and Bella on the Hart website. They have been an absolute joy since the day they came home with us. Alternatively cuddly and goofy, not a day goes by that they don't bring a smile to us. They're originally from South Carolina, so they're not fond of the cold morning walks, but they're very fond of the couches to snooze on, the occasional treats and all the petting and belly rubs. Bella is very insistent about those. As evidenced by the pictures, they alternate between excited and sacked out. They've really made this year a lot better just by being themselves.

Tucker - August 24, 2020

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I adopted Tucker in 2010. He was one of the dogs that HART rescued from a hoarding situation in North Carolina. Sadly, Tucker passed away a few days ago at age 17. He was an absolutely fantastic dog, and we had so many fun adventures during our 10 years together. He had quite the strong personality (some would say attitude) and regularly made people laugh at his antics. Additionally, he was the snuggliest and sweetest dog imaginable. He added immeasurable happiness and joy to my life. I loved him so much and will miss him terribly. Thank you so much HART for rescuing him and all that you do for animals.

Gracie - June 12, 2020

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I adopted Gracie on Jan 25, 2020. She was one of a litter of pug mix puppies. I kept the name that she was given from HART. She is now 6 months old and is the sweetest little girl. She loves snuggling with me and my other pup. She has brought nothing but joy to this family.

Thank you HART,
Patricia Cipparone

Jin - May 11, 2020
(Formerly Shawn)

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My husband adopted Jin (formally Shawn) in may 2008. I come along 2 years later. Jin was a bless in our lives and was a VERY spoiled puppy. He was adopted from HART when he was about 2-3 years also, survived cancer twice, moved all the way from the US to Brazil in Jan 2018, was the proud owner of an insane amount of toys, and passed away in Dec 2019. He was a love bug (in his own way) and absolutely love to eat chicken feet!

It has been a long while since Jin was adopted, but I would like to thank everyone at HART for allowing us to be the parents of the most amazing and special puppy!

Tucker - April 10, 2020
(Formerly Jager)

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I adopted Tucker (Foster Name Jager) back in February 2020 and wanted to give you an update on how spoiled he really is! He is now a whopping 30lbs and is an absolute treat monster. He is super smart and knows come, sit, and stay really well. He is a huge fan of couches and human beds as he thinks they're more comfortable than his bed. He always has to be touching me no matter where we're lounging - couch or bed. He absolutely loves my parents dog, Bear, and has to be near her at all times when we come to visit. He enjoys puppacinos from Starbucks and lots of naps.

Bailey - January 2, 2020
(Formerly Elle)

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Hi! My family adopted 1 1/2 year old Elle (now known as Bailey) in September 2019. We love her so much and she is the best dog! She is really smart and knows come, sit, lie down, stay, and she loves to chase squeaky toys on the lawn! She greets us every day with a wiggly bum and a tail wagging at the speed of light. I take her on runs 3-4 days a week and she loves it- she is quite the athlete and makes a great running buddy. But when it comes time to cuddle, from day one she sits with her head in our laps and takes a nap. If anyone is worried about adopting a dog for the first time, it is worth every moment we have with her! Thank you for all you do to rescue dogs! It is so worth it for them!

From, the Murray family

Faith - October 11, 2019

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Faith is settling in with us. She likes yogurt from her small humans, exploring the woods, basking in the sun, "working" in the home office, and curling up in the reading chair. We love her wiggle butt when we return home and her little zoomie to run back in the house. It's her house now too, and after 6 weeks, she seems comfortable with that.

Thanks for Faith!
The Kostenko Family

Remy - June 30, 2019

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Good afternoon,

We wanted to give you an update on our little girl, Remy, adopted from you in July of last year.

When we first met Remy, it was clear that she chose both Stacy and I as her doggie parents. At first, she was a scared little girl (the strong thunderstorm at the time didn't help), but my wife snuggled with her on the way home - her first sign that her new life would be very different from her old. Although we were challenged with some separation anxiety issues, she has evolved into a happy, healthy, confident dog. On behalf of Stacy and I, we want to thank those who made it all possible to save her and make her the perfect addition to our family

Abby Tay - June 3, 2019

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Back in February of this year, my family and I adopted Abby Tay. She is doing wonderful! Her and sister, Pebbles, get along fabulously to the point that friends call them Yin and Yang.

In addition, she no longer has any hot spots/chew spots on her. Abby Tay is a riot when it comes to her toys that we keep in a wooden box; she will carefully go through the box to pick out a toy she wants to play with and often times will try to get Pebbles or one of to play tug of war with her.

Thank you so much for letting us adopt Abby Tay!

The Boni Family

Panther and Puma - May 9, 2019
(Formerly Mr. Storm and Cashew)

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Just wanted to send an update on the two I adopted last week - they are adjusting to the house really well! Panther (Formerly Mr. Storm) and Puma (Formerly Cashew) love to run around the house until exhausted - and then fall asleep hard. Panther literally passes out on me - picture attached of him on his back, mouth open, tongue hanging out. All is quiet for about 30 minutes and then they are up and off again - setting the land speed record for time up and down the stairs, around the kitchen, then back to the sunroom. The big cat tree is in their sunroom overlooking some bird feeders so they have entertainment. The other smaller cat tree is in their front bedroom so they can catch the morning sun.

Don Raines, cat dad once again

Hershey - May 8, 2019

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Hi everyone at HART,

This note is long overdue but wanted to give you an update on Hershey! He is doing just great and has definitely been the piece of the puzzle that completes a perfect picture of our little family!

He is so easy going that his canine and feline brothers and sister immediately took to him. He LOVES treats and adventures and at the end of the day loves to snuggle up with me on the sofa and relax. He is just the most perfect little hound and as sweet as his name! Thank you again for introducing us!


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