"Here is a picture of our dog, Bailey who we adopted 5 yrs ago from your wonderful organization. She's the love of our life, and favorite customer at GasUp. They give the neighborhood dogs treats, but she's the only one that is so appreciative. I think she looks great in her festive necklace."
- Helen Sutherland
Keesha and Brendan
Brendan and I adopted Keesha on June 3, 2008. She came to us with such a sweet disposition and a desire to be loved!
We were bringing her into a home that already had two large and spoiled dogs, both of whom had been with us since their puppyhood. Keesha has definitely come from a different life than our other two dogs. [ACN rescued Keesha from a controversial no-kill facility in Hendersonville after the state shut them down.] But I'm proud of the effort I have seen in her.
Keesha in her new home
Really, it has only been four weeks since we've had her. I think she's made great progress. I attribute this to the love and compassion she received while she was with ACN. I think that everyone who worked with Keesha gave her a sense of ease and security that allowed her to come into a large family and thrive.
I can not tell you what a blessing Keesha has been to our home. I was a little concerned that three dogs would be too much, or would cause a disruption to our little herd. I've since realized that it's actually the perfect number. There is always someone who wants to play and someone who wants to chill, and that means no one is left out.
I commend the job that animal compassion does. I commend the volunteers that worked with us to approve our home (We nicknamed them DSS, "Doggie Social Services"). I think they chose wisely and asked the right questions. I hope that they feel good about their choice. I know that Keesha was very much loved and cared for with ACN and I want ACN to know that she is very much loved and cared for by her new family.
Bless you and all the volunteers,
Cindy and Brendan"
"Wow, thanks so much for finding Charlotte and taking her in! We love her - she's such a little imp and is running her new best friend Mia ragged.
We decided to adopt from the ACN because we wanted a kitten we knew would be healthy and well adjusted. With two other cats, we're not willing to take a
chance with their health or happiness by getting a kitten just anywhere.
When we walked to where Charlotte was curled up asleep, she woke up, looked
at me and stretched out a paw. I was in love right then. (Of course, it didn't hurt that it was on my birthday too!)
I attached a picture of myself, Charlotte and Mia (the new kitty love of her life).
Happy endings all around for Suzy Q and her family.
Suzy's puppies Winston, Lucy, Cordelia, and Lulu
In the following months, all of the puppies, including the blind ones, were adopted.Cordelia and her sightless sister Lulu were adopted together. Lucy (formerly Batgirl) and Winston were also adopted together. Their family reports they are coming along beautifully. Winston has even taught his sister to walk down stairs by grabbing her collar and tugging her along. Now Lucy does it on her own. Mom Suzy Q was adopting in June.
John and A.K.
A.K. (then known as "Dippy") and his three littermates were found abandoned on a roadside, when they were about 2 months old. ACN was contacted to help place them in homes.
A.K. was the last of the litter to be adopted, which was lucky for him. John had been looking for a companion and happened to come to an adoption event. It was love at first sight, even with a name like "Dippy". They are a great team! (adopted in 2001)
Winnie and her new family
One day a stray dog wandered upon a nice gentleman. She was pregnant and had several pups. He contacted ACN for help in placing the puppies. Winnie (red bandana in picture) was one of those pups.
While in foster care, she had various problems arise with her hind legs. It turned out that she had severe hip dysplasia. Dr. Crouch with WNC Veterinary Referral Service, helped ACN by drastically discounting the surgeries that it took to try to fix her hips, before they totally degenerated. The outcome still wasn't great, but only time would tell.
Right after her last surgery, Winnie was at an adoption event and happened to meet Debbie. A volunteer explained all that Winnie had been through, and the potential problems that she may have with her hips as she got older. Debbie went home and told her family about Winnie. They decided that they wanted to meet her. Winnie melted their hearts and they adopted her. Winnie now has all the love and support that a girl could ever need! (adopted March of 2002)
Chief and Dianna
One fateful day (October 2000), John and Dianna stopped by an adoption event. They fell in love with a big, baby-boy, hound-dog pup named Chief (pictured with Dianna). They adopted him and returned a couple of months later and adopted his sister Ladybug, so that Chief would have a playmate.
A year later, they ran across another adoption day and fell in love and adopted another cute guy, Robbie. While there, they were enlisted as a new foster home. Soon they began their massive career as foster parents and volunteers.
Bonnie Bell and John
For the last couple of years, not only have they been a wonderful foster family for dogs and cats - they also added to their growing "permanent" family. One such lucky girl was Bonnie Bell (pictured with John). John and Dianna have "heart's of gold" for the animals. All their babies (dogs and cats) are truly lucky to have them as "Mom and Dad".