Happy Whiskers!

Have a Happy Whisker story about an animal you adopted from the Josephine County Animal Shelter? We would love to hear from you! Please take a moment to tell us your story and send some pictures!  Click here to share

Candy with her new family!

Banjo (aka Little Mister)

BanjoDear Shelter Friends,  Banjo’s a great, happy, laid back and friendly little cat.  I wanted to send this as a thank you for giving him such a great start in his life.  Thanks for the service that you provide and saving so many lives that would have been forgotten about otherwise.

Merry Christmas!

Sincerely, Samuel….and Banjo (aka Little Mister)

Our Sophie

We’re not sure who was the kind lady who set up our adoption of Sophie last Friday, October 18, 2013, just before closing time, but we had to write and tell you how wonderful a dog she is and how happy we are to have her with us! It is as if she was meant to be here and we with her.

She had a veterinarian check up on Monday, and a grooming on Friday, and both gave her high ratings! No surprise to us as we adore her and thought you’d like to know how your “girl” is doing in her new home with her new family. I am attaching some pictures….yes, she is already spoiled with a cushy bed and sleeps in our bedroom with us. We are continuing her special diet, and the vet thinks her hair loss could have been from fleas, but we will continue on with the “no corn” food and see what happens.

Oh yes, she has a special cushioned pad to lie on in the living room, and a blanket if she needs one. Note her bright pink collar, and she also has a tag that gives her name and phone number in case she gets lost. But we do have a couple fence estimates coming next week.

If it wasn’t for your great ad, we may never have found Sophie; thank you so much!



This is Joey (he was known as Frankie when he was with you in June of 2013). He has passed all his tests to become a Therapy Dog with Therapy Dog Inc. We are so proud of him. He is also a K-9 Reading Buddy at the GP Library and Lincoln Elementary School. He is such a sweet addition to our family. He’s a fast learner and very obedient. Thank you so much for his adoption to us.


LylaMy kids’ father passed away almost 4 years ago.  It was hard for us to find the same joy that we had found in most things after he died.  I decided after last Christmas to get a dog for the kids to have something to take care of in the hopes that it might make them feel better. I found Lyla on the website and she looked so sweet. I knew she would be a good dog.  Ever since we got Lyla she has brought happiness to me and the kids every day.  She is sweet and gentle.  She gives hugs and kisses and she sleeps in my daughter’s bed with her every night, protecting her. We could not have asked for a better dog. We are so thankful that we found Lyla.

Ravishing Ruby

Ravishing RubyNote from Ravishing Ruby’s mom:

“Hi Raleigh,
Just wanted to send this because my husband, who didn’t want a dog, has fallen crazy in love with her. She is one spoiled puppy.”


BeethovenAmber says Beethoven is doing fabulously! He sits, stays, and high fives. He’s working on lay down. She bought him a new coat and a big red bow for Christmas. Thank you, Mecha Clark, for taking the drive with me for this meet and greet and final adoption.

John with Hikin Ike

I took Ike for a hike on a leash in the forest this afternoon. This he liked very much, in fact, he was doing so well I decided to take the leash off. Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive, but I needed have been. On the second hike I stepped behind a tree when he got ahead of me and didn’t say anything.Hikin Ike Ike came back and searched me out. He has a good nose. He keeps me in sight at all times and doesn’t get far from where I am. At one point he was about 75 feet away from me when I called him, and clapped my hands. Interestingly, he came bounding with great joy to me. At that point I was quite sure he was not going to run off.

Later in the afternoon I put a chainsaw in the back of the John Deere Gator to cut some firewood. I first drove across the creek to give Ike a chance to run on a 15 acre field and see what he could do. This is an open field with a fence along the road. A good place for a dog to run. He ran alongside the Gator and then across the field at full speed, he was a very happy dog. And what a runner he is, it was easy to tell he loves the freedom of full speed running.

Later, Ike stayed close by while I cut firewood and I checked on him periodically. After I loaded enough wood for a couple of days burning, I took him back across the creek again and Ike made another run and then we went home as daylight was rapidly disappearing. Ike was very contented.

Ike is a very affectionate and loyal dog. He enjoys being petted and praised and gives friendship and loyalty in return. At this time it appears Ike may be one of the finest dogs I have ever been associated with. All that in 24 hours, I am truly amazed. I do thank you for your correspondence and help, also the lady at the animal shelter who help me. Without you folks it wouldn’t have happened.



EllieWe are keeping a watchful eye on little miss Ellie. She is full of energy and is doing well on the potty training, only a few accidents.  And, oh my, the teething and chewing.  We got her a lot of safe toys, and chew bones. (only in our supervision of course.) We love her very much.  She has been sleeping with us and we plan to get her own bed soon.



I first saw Carson’s picture on your website and just had to bring him home. I had just lost my sweet Chaka, our dear elderly Shih Tzu, to the Rainbow Bridge a couple of months before. I brought Chaka’s partner, Chico, with me to the Shelter to meet Carson. They got along okay. I took Them home right away. That was 5 years ago. Carson is the sweetest, cutest, smartest, fastest little guy. He takes care of all of us. He is a whole lot of dog in a little package.
Since then Chico has joined Chaka at the Rainbow Bridge and we have adopted Kendra, Willie, and Lily. Carson and Kendra are BFF’s and play together all the time.



I want to give my thanks and appreciation to Raleigh for allowing us to adopt our new lille girl, Sofi. She is the sweetest little girl and already an important part of our family.