Thursday, December 26, 2013

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Monday, December 9, 2013


Dear HSNY,

During this holiday season, I wanted to thank the Humane Society for all the great work you do. We adopted this lovely orange boy almost 4 years ago from 59th Street. Monks has brought us nothing but love and joy.
He's the most wonderful cat and I consider us so lucky for finding such a great addition to our family.

Happy Holidays and thanks again for all you do for these animals.


Thursday, December 5, 2013


Lily was taken from her mother far too early to be sold as a puppy.  She almost immediately fell ill and it turned out that Lily had a rare disorder called Puppy Strangles.
Fortunately, it is treatable but the original owners did not want a "defective" puppy and surrendered her to our adoption center.

Once she was recovered, she was able to go to a home where she is loved by ALL the species that live there.  She even got her first kiss!

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Shrimp

Dear Humane Society of New York,

It was a lousy, wet spring day and over four months since we said goodbye to our beloved Wobbles, a special needs cat that had stolen our hearts.  I was really on my way to the gym but the lingering effects of a migraine left me feeling less than motivated and I detoured to your doors.  I had been logging on to your web site for a month but just couldn't get the courage up to visit in person, knowing that the tears would come and knowing that meting any of  your cats would only serve to remind me that Wobbles was gone, and that he was irreplaceable.  It's not like I hadn't tried to fill the void by spending time with other peoples' cats, but every time I just felt nothing.

I can't say exactly why that was the day, but I think it was just that I could't imagine feeling worse and I was so tired of feeling sad.  As I filled out the paperwork and waited to meet Bonnie for the first time I think I almost bolted for the door at least three times.  When I did meet her and stumbled to explain what brought me, the tears came as predicted and Bonnie was beyond wonderful.  I think within five minutes of meeting me she had me pegged and knew which cat would eventually be coming home with me, though I was still unconvinced any cat would be coming home at all.  A little female cat (I wanted a boy), only nine months old (I wanted an adult), with a name I couldn't bond to, but at least she was black.  I didn't even hold her that day as she had just had medicine applied.  We just looked at each other, and I wasn't entirely sure I would come back.
I think I looked at this picture a hundred times.  And I came back.  And I held her, and for the first time in months I didn;t feel awful.  My husband R, who had never cared for cats before Wobbles happened into our lives, reminded me that he was not a "cat" guy...he was a "Wobbles" guy...and though he would be supportive in any way I needed he warned me not to expect too much.  He asked if I was going to let this "impostor" play with Wobbles' toys, and as we put away the last of this thinks I cried some more and questioned how fair it would be to this little cat knowing  how much we still missed our W.  I just reminded myself how many cats were there waiting for a home, and that here was a home in desperate need of a cat and I pushed forward.  

The first few days were a little rough, and as this little tiny thing cowered and his I think R's heart melted.  
Fast-forward a few weeks and she was tearing around the apartment.  She had spent most of her life in a cage she would play until she was panting, tongue hanging out, mouth wide open like a dog at least once or twice a day.  She made it her mission to knock over every single water bottle she could get her paws on, knocked over the garbage every night, and played in the toilet whenever we forgot to put the lid down.  This little impostor was a handful and eventually earned the name Imp, but she hasn't really grown much and gets called The Shrimp most of the time! 
She wouldn't let us hold her for months, but followed me around the apartment chirping and meowing constantly.  Finally over the past two or three weeks she curls up with me all night and climbs all over me when I'm sitting on the computer.  We sometimes find her curled in one of Wobbles' old favorite spots and can now smile at the memories.  She still occasionally plays hard to get with R, who is coming to realize maybe he is a bit of a cat guy after all.  

So thank you, Bonnie, for your kindness on that lousy spring day.  It turned out to be the perfect day for a migraine!  And thank Stacey for rescuing the Shrimp and her litter mates from a life on the streets, Lowell for teaching her that toenails must be trimmed and teeth must be brushed, and the vets for getting her healthy enough to come to her forever home.  She really is just the perfect cat for us, and we were rescued just in time.  



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Twins

Hi Sandra, Bonnie and Lowell,

Just wanted to send you a quick update on Humphrey and Bogart.  They are doing great and we are really enjoying them so far.  They are eating better now and the house training is going well.  We have a dog walker that started coming once a day last Tuesday and they seem to like her, so that has really helped.  

We took them to the park yesterday to test out their new sweaters and I think they had fun.  Below is another photo of them resting at home afterwards.  We will try to send more photos as our collection grows.  

Thank you for all you have done to take care of them and help them transition to their new lives.  
Enjoy the photos and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lavinia To The Rescue!

Dear Humane Society of New York, 

Back in January, we were looking on your website and I saw (and kind of fell in love with Lavinia),  my Husband thought she looked nice, so we made an appointment to come in.  That first day, we met Bonnie, who was lovely, helpful and talked to us at length about the dogs available.  My husband was keen on bulldogs, but knew I was half sold on Lavinia.

We met her first, she was very underweight, skittish and full of life.  She bounded over, licked Eric's hand and it was game over.  We did look at the other dogs, but she was the one.

Like all new parents, we took her home and were clueless, what we did know was to play and make use of the park next door to us.  We also started to take Lavinia to various dog runs across the city to socialise her, and what we found was that having that play time with other dogs, made her happy, calmer and just a more joyful dog.

While talking to other dog owners in our area, we realized that we had no access to off leash, safe, play areas for our dogs. We talked and talked, but couldn't get it out of our heads about the happiness Lavinia had shown each time we went to dog runs/parks.  So we formed our own little committee and from then have started to campaign to our council.

At present we have a facebook page: 
a twitter account:

I guess you could say, that Lavinia has changed our lives completely.  We have gone from socialising in the city and never visiting the park, to hosting puppy halloween parades and political petitions.

We have been so blessed with Lavinia, we adore her so completely, she comes everywhere with us, to work, on vacations etc.  We are so thankful for you rescuing her so that she could choose to come live with us.

Many thanks

C & E 

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Here's a story that will warm your heart on this cold November day! 

Shane's original owner was going through some hard times and could no longer keep him.  This was not an easy decision because Shane's best friend was the owner's son.  It was an emotional goodbye but she knew it was necessary and that we would find him the best new family and take care of him in the meantime.  

Shane was a good dog but he's quirky and we learned that he would require a particular home that understood him and his needs.  Finally, the right family came along.  We are proud to report that Shane has another best friend and brother who takes great care of him. We are really proud of this happy ending!   

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Boogie & Max

A couple of Sunday's ago, Max & Boogie were the featured dogs on CBS Sunday Morning Furry Friend Finder.  They are two senior Cocker Spaniels looking for a home together.    

At CBS Furry Friend Finder. 

That afternoon, we got a call from someone who had seen them on TV.  We met her and she met them and the rest is history!  Max & Boogie went to live out their golden years with her a week later!  We wish all three of them the very best! 
On their way home! 
V writes: 

Here is a first picture of Boogie Girl and Max exploring their new back yard and the block where we live in Roslyn, Long Island. We had to take a long walk as soon as they got out of the car because they were VERY curious about everything. We are now in our special doggie room -- the addition to the house, a large den with four picture windows, where I work at home. We are all very tired, and are ready for an afternoon nap.

Thank you again for taking such wonderful care of these sweet pups. I will send more photos soon."

Monday, November 4, 2013


If you visited the Humane Society of New York in the past year or follow us on any of our social media outlets, you almost certainly met or heard about Edgar.  If you are not familiar with him, please read his full story HERE.  Edgar is a story of survival, luck, strength and love.  He had a tough road and a lot of supporters behind him.

We are so proud of this Sandy survivor who found his forever home almost exactly a year after the day we met him.  Hooray for Edgar and his new family!  
In the car on the way home! 


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Elsa and Penny

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to forward a couple of pictures and update you.  Both Penny and Elsa are both settled in and seem very happy.  

Penny plays with my other cat Maxwell a lot.  They run and chase each other until one or both are exhausted.  Penny takes care of Elsa and is very sweet.  She sleeps on  my pillow at night.  She is not cuddly during the day but at night she is all snuggles.  She was afraid of the dogs initially but not anymore. She doesn't particularly care for them but they know she doesn't like them sniffing around and respect that.  

Elsa is a trip.  She is crazy to eat in the morning then settles down on my lap for a morning nap while I have coffee and read the paper.   During the day she is either running around or sleeping.  We find her in the bookcase, on the steps, on top of boxes packed for moving, or just about anywhere.  She has us trained to turn on the lights before going anywhere  so that we don't step on her.  

They fill my heart with love.  I couldn't have asked for a better pair. 

Thank you again,  

Elsa, in the sink and Penny perched on the windowsill.  

Monday, October 21, 2013


A big, huge congratulations to Sasha's parents who got married and had her at the wedding.  How romantic! Sasha also recently celebrated a birthday and her one-year adoption anniversary.  Lots to celebrate! 

Monday, October 14, 2013


Dear HSNY,
My name is M and I am writing to update the wonderful staff at the Humane Society of New York about the adorable kitten, Griffey, my boyfriend, D and I adopted last week. Please be sure to share this email with Bonnie and Lowell as they were integral in helping us to select our little guy.
Since coming home last week, Griffey (formerly Mascot and now named after baseball great Ken Griffey Jr.) has completely blossomed. After spending about a day and a half under the sofa, Griffey emerged and has since become a wonderfully social kitten. He is extremely cuddly, plopping himself in our laps whenever we are on the couch and purring loudly. Griffey has also become quite the athlete and rockets himself around the apartment with his stuffed owl or chasing the ball around the track in his scratching toy.
While he may have lost the timidity that he had at the Humane Society of New York, he still has the same voracious appetite, to which Bonnie and Lowell can certainly attest! He gobbles all of his food the minute it is put in his dish and is immediately ready for more. The second anyone sets foot in the kitchen he comes running just in case there might be the possibility of more food. Overall, Griffey is a very quiet kitty, but he squeaks up a storm (he still hasn't figured out how to do a full meow) when we are in the kitchen, making his case for another can of food!
D and I could not be happier with our little guy and our so very thankful to Bonnie and the Humane Society of New York for helping us to find Griffey! Attached are some photos of him from his first week with us.

M, D, and Griffey

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Puppy Pippa

Pippa (formally Celeste) was from the group of five rambunctious pups from earlier in the year and is now in a wonderful home where she is treated like royalty!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monty Update

Monty is a senior dog whose previous owner's fell on some hard times and were unable to care for him any longer.  We just got the most wonderful update from Monty's next chapter: 


My girls wanted you all to know that Monty is adjusting well to country life.  He loves the farm next door and the stream he discovered today.  He sat in the stream and ran through it for hours.  Here is picture from this morning.  Please let everyone know that Monty is a happy dog and sleeping as I type from all of the activity.  All four legs are moving as if he is dreaming about the stream and running through it.  Pretty funny actually when you think about it. 
Thank you again.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Best Dog

Hello everyone,

Here are some pictures of Yalla (adopted February 2007) as Best Dog, on our wedding day.

He's the happiest dog in the world and he's given me (and my husband) so much love and joy over the past 6 years.

If we're ever back in New York we'll swing by and say hi! 

With best wishes,

F, P and Yalla.

Congratulations on your marriage!