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Success Stories

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

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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!

Coco

Coco

We adopted Coco as a kitten for a present for our Chihuahua Luna’s 1st birthday. They adore each other, right from the day we brought him home they have been best friends. Coco has a beautiful nature and we love him very much.

Dawn

Lily

Lily

I adopted Lily who was previously known as Libby. Lily was in foster care after being seized by the Blacktown pound. She was severely abused for the first 6 months of her life. She suffered from severe anxiety, to the point she would wet herself and hide under anything she could find in order to feel safe. It took a lot of time and patience but she has come a long way in 3 years, and is now an obedience champion and all around beautiful, happy and outgoing girl.

Hallie

Mao

Mao

This is Mao.We adopted him in July 2008.He was formerly known as Blackbean but our nieces chose his new name.He lives with 2 other rescue cats, Goe and Chrissy and a rescue german shepherd, Narls.He is the cat that keeps the peace.We love him to bits.

Chris

Kinkie

Kinkie

Kinkie, the pussycat with a kinked tail (like on Facebook!) became a member of our family 4 years ago. She has been a gorgeous well behaved cat since day 1 & impresses us with her loving smart personality every single day! Her hobbies are fetching, hanging out with Barnie, her toy owl friend, who was bigger than her when she arrived!

Karen

Dot

Dot

I adopted Dot as a kitten in 2009. She was brought up in a student sharehouse, quickly accruing friends and felt right at home amongst the many people who would come through our house each week. Life's a bit calmer for her these days, but she still comes running every afternoon when I get home, and aside from digging up my planter box occasionally I couldn't ask for a better cat and companion.

James