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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!


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.


 Tina (Snow)


Just wanted to let you know how well Snow (now Tina) is settling in to her new home. Thank you so much to the lady who processed the adoption and provided guidance. You were wonderful. We couldn’t of had a better experience and the transition of snow/Tina into our home was seamless. She’s happy, loving, playful, and comes looking for all our family members including our 2 dogs. Thank you again.

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!


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.

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)


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.


Update 3/10/14:  Zeus formerly Barney is my sidekick. In the car, outside, around the house and sleeping. He has made me so happy and loved. And I think we’ve done the same for him. If I’m not in my wheelchair he is. It’s ADORABLE. He is the kindest, most genteel dog and has such a desire to please. I can’t thank you all enough for letting us adopt him. It’s been 1 month today and honestly I can’t imagine our home/family without him now.1234652_10202655155452761_1475100466_n



Barney, now named Zeus, swapped his kennel with you for a king sized bed with us. He is beyond amazing. We’re so thankful he loves us as much as we love him. – Lisa Marie


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.

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.”



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.