Success Stories

Below are some stories from people who've adopted a rescue pet from DCH Animal Adoptions.

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Melba

Melba

Some friends of ours were minding some dogs, who were actually with a DCH carer – but the DCH carer was also on holidays. It was in the lead up to Christmas, 2006. Our friends had a Christmas party, with lots of folks over for a celebration. There was this goofy black puppy, that was all legs and ears, and like everyone else at the party – I had a play with that goofy black puppy - called Melba. She had a real spark though – and for some reason – latched on to me and did not leave my side the whole night. From that night on, Melba was coming home to our place.

Melba has been a loyal mate ever since. She has grown in to a beautiful, tall dog – with a shiny black coat and limitless energy. She looks to be a cross of Kelpie and German Shepherd – but has a few other strange traits. As a puppy – she loved the water – and still loves nothing more than running and diving for a stick. She swims almost as fast as she runs – and is a great pet for our family. She is quick to adopt folks in to the pack, once she is comfortable - and does not have a bad bone in her body. At first my wife was hesitant to get a big dog, but now says “I can’t imagine life without Melba”! We also have had two kids since Melba – and she is great with them – playing gently and protecting the young members of her pack.

Have attached the Original DCH pic of Melba as a puppy, and two current shots.

Thanks so much to DCH for saving the life of this wonderful animal!

Porscha

Porscha

We adopted Porscha into our family 4 and a half years ago. We were her 4th or 5th home in her 5 years so we knew when we adopted her that she had needs and issues. We decided that we could accommodate those issues and opened our home to her. She definitely needed a secure backyard and lots of company. She became a sister/mother to our other fur baby a shelty called Forrest and it wasn't long before she embedded herself into our hearts. She has the most gentle nature,loves her walks, pats, cuddles and is completely obsessed with playing ball. Her favourite place to sleep is in our ensuite near us. She is now starting to show signs of old age. She has cataracts, the occasional episode of incontinence and has been diagnosed with the early signs of canine dementia, but she is ours and we will continue to love and care for her the rest of her life. Adopting Porscha is one of the best things that we have done, the love we have given her is nothing compared to the love and devotion that she has given us. Opening your home and heart up to a dog is one of the most satisfying things that you can do.

katie (lola)

katie (lola)

Katie was 6yrs when we were lucky enough to have her join our family. It has not been an easy journey, she had a bad skin condition that has taken 2yrs to get under control. she has a great personality and we love her. How someone could put her on the street, I don't know. Happy birthday 10th birthday Katie. Our family is complete,
thank you Kelly for bringing her into our lives.

Honey

Honey

I am Honey. I came here to my real home exactly one year ago from DCH after I went to St Clair Animal Hospital to get ready to come here. I was skinny and I had had sooo many kittens... My final batch was 7 kittens and I am pretty young, really. Now I no longer spray, and hide, and eat like there is no tomorrow. I play a lot. I can jump straight up in the air. My favourite toys are macadamia nuts. They roll around and my mum makes sure she gets them out from under things when I cant find any, and curtain rod knobs are good toys too, and curled up cardboard, and clothes pegs. The other cat likes me but she thinks I am a bit immature. She lounges around a lot but she is very nice. So is my mum. I hope you like my photos. I am very happy you are ten years old. Bye for now. Honey

Sascha

Sascha

Sascha came to us at the beginning of February as a tiny 8 week old kitten. She has grown in size, confidence and derring-do ever since. Our dog has fallen in love with her new play friend and our 4yo daughter is besotted. "I can't go to (school/sleep) until I've kissed Sascha!" is heard regularly. Sascha can often be found up a tree, on the garage roof or asleep in a corner (or the dog kennel!) and is now a firm member of the family - smiles all round!

Luca

Luca

Hello everyone at DCH Adoptions,

On November 16th, 2009 I adopted the beautiful 'Simba' (rottweiller x staffy). He was a chunky stray pup who was found lost in the middle of Liverpool. As soon as I saw his photo on your website I said to myself 'this is my dog' and was lucky to adopt him a few days later. That was almost six years ago, and his name is now Luca and he has grown into a handsome muscly man with the sweetest temperament.

Always trying to do the right thing, Luca graduated from puppy school not long after he came to live with me. We went to class every Thursday for four weeks, and on Graduation Day Luca was given the award for being 'The Most Willing Worker' in his class. It was a very proud moment and his certificate is still on our fridge!

Luca's favourite activities are going for walks, wrestling, chasing a tennis ball and swimming at our local dog beach. He has lots of pals for company, and he and his little mate Hansel (Maltese X) make a funny pair. They always get lots of attention when they are out and about.

Luca and I are soulmates. He is my best friend and the love of my life. We do everything together and I can't imagine my life without him. Thank you to all the kind staff and volunteers who first spotted him in the pound, and for keeping him safe until he came home with me. Attached is a photo of my beautiful boy for your website - this is Luca's puppy school graduation day photo.

Thanks again, Nicole

Wolfie

Wolfie

Wolfie was adopted in March 2007 at 6mths old. He was called Hans but we thought he had wolf-like features so we changed his name to Wolfie. Apart from his good looks he has an outgoing friendly nature and gets on well with people and other cats. He is inquisitive and loves to explore the garden. He likes flying insects particularly dragonflies and will leap several feet in the air trying to catch them. He will often sit gazing out the windows observing anything going on outside. Wolfie has been a delightful addition to our family and we hope we can enjoy him for many years to come.

Minke

Minke

We adopted minke from a foster home almost 3 years ago. She was about 1 and no one knew what her previous like entailed. She was a little nervous and gittery when we brought her home but now she's part of the family. She's become a very content and happy cat and loves dearly. She's runs to the table when we get home for her hello scratches.

Monty & Zoltan

Monty & Zoltan

After 6 months without a dog I was lonely so I started looking at the pound and RSPCA for a small to medium sized poodle. There were none to be found. Then I remembered a notice at the vets about adoption. I rang immediately and was told there was a poodle called Monty ready to be adopted. Monty was Julian's mother's name and I said, "I think he is meant for me."

When I arrived to meet Monty, there was a cat sitting on the doorstep and I said hello and stroked it. Then I saw this lovely white and apricot poodle. The carer said that when I spoke to the cat, Monty wagged his tail and got excited. And that was it we fell in love.

As I left with Monty, I told the carer that I would like another dog to keep him company. She said there was another dog, but someone was looking at him that afternoon and she would let me know if he was still available later.

Zoltan, a Jack Russell/Whippet cross weighed 3 kilos and you could see the light through his skin. "How can I tell her I can't take him, because he is too ugly," I thought. Of course I didn't tell her and the dogs really liked each other so Zoltan stayed.

In 2015, they are 11 years and 9 years old. Monty has no sight due to glaucoma and Zoltan weighs 10 kilos and still has some PTSD!!

We all love each other and are growing old together.

Adopt a dog, it works.

Kenzie

Kenzie

In 2006, we decided to add to our fur family as Oz, our then staffy cross was a bit lonesome during the day without us. I came across a female 3m old ‘staffy cross’ on the DCH website with similar markings to Ozzie and I was sold. We drove out to western Sydney to meet her.

I fell in love with Kenzie on the spot and before we knew it, we had ourselves a new pooch! We took her home and introduced her to Oz. He was not impressed and within moments had her cornered in our front yard. This is when we learned Kenz had a fighting spirit, once cornered, she went on the attack and Oz was suitably chastened. It wasn’t long before they were absolutely the best of mates.

The website was wrong in stating that Kenz was a staffy cross. She grew. And grew. And grew. We think she is cattle cross kelpie, possibly with a bit of dalmation. She is an integral part of our family, obedient, gentle and loving dog although extremely timid after a neighbours dog attacked her a few years back but good ole Oz came to her defence. She has seen some changes in our family, 2 interstate moves, 2 children and the passing of Oz. And she remains as ever, my Princess Mackenzie!