I first started working at the humane society in 2007, when we were still the Payson Humane Society. Several animals have stuck out in my mind over the years for many reasons.
One dog that I can never forget is a Chow/Aussie mix named Kacey. He was surrendered by his owner in 2008 and about six months later he was returned.
Kacey was a special dog for several reasons. He had horrible allergies, which caused him to need a special diet, as well as monthly injections. Despite his minor health issues, he was always a happy, affectionate dog. He got along well with everyone and stole a little piece of all of our hearts.
To this day, I still remember when Brad and Clare came in to look for a dog to adopt. I showed them a few dogs and then they saw Kacey. Kacey is a gorgeous dog, and was known for making people stop in their tracks to look at him. But once they heard about his allergies, they would walk on.
I told Clare about Kacey’s health issues and she wasn’t bothered by it at all. In fact, she had horses before with allergies and was used to giving monthly injections and special feeding. So, on Jan. 10, 2009 Kacey finally found his loving, forever home.
I’m sure you are wondering why I am talking about a dog that was adopted more than three years ago. Well, I’ll tell you why. Last week, I received an email from Clare with an update on Kacey and a picture. Clare also sent me an update in October 2010. Following are the emails from Kasey.
You asked me to let you know how Casey (we changed the spelling) is doing here in South Dakota. He made the trip well and got adjusted after the first couple of days. You can appreciate his story. We are living in a house with a 6 foot privacy fence in the backyard and a full lawn. I know Casey has never lived with grass and for a couple of days he just didn’t know what to do with it. He just would lie on the cement patio (which is what he is used to). Then one day, it was as if his brain clicked in and he went out on the grass and just laid down. Then he figured out he can roll in it. And now, that is the norm for him. The grass does not seem to aggravate his allergies (thankfully) and he has become what we call the “living lawn ornament.” Also, we discovered he likes to chase Frisbees and balls. He never did this before, but I think because he can get such good traction on the grass, he loves it. His eyes light up and he goes for it.
So, hello from your buddy Casey.
(sent on 10-7-10)
I am guessing you remember Casey (aka Kacey). I just wanted to share a recent photo of him and to let you know he really has been a blessing in our lives. We are still struggling with his allergies and have a vet here who is motivated to doing all we can to control them. But as you know, he just takes them in stride. He is still the same gentle sweetheart he always has been. We walk every day and he gets lots of love, just so you know. It is hard to believe he will be 9 years old in a couple of months — he still has a great deal of energy and vitality.
I think about everyone at the Humane Society. We received a recent newsletter. It is so good to hear you are finally in the new building!!!! That is fantastic.
So from Casey — all the best to everyone.
Success stories like this one are part of the reason I work at HSCAZ. Getting an update or a picture absolutely makes my day; and it’s not just me who gets excited. All of the staff and volunteers who are hands-on with all of the animals every day love to hear that an animal that was adopted from our shelter is doing well.
Success stories are important. They give you that validation and appreciation that what you are doing is well worth it. Thank you to everyone who sends us updates, we love it! If you have a success story and would like to share it, please email me at Chandra@humane societycentralaz.org.
If you have room in your heart and your home for a new pet, stop by the shelter and meet our adorable adoptables. All pets have been spayed or neutered, are current on their vaccinations and will be microchipped. We are located at 605 W. Wilson Court (just south of Main Street off South McLane Road, directly behind the old shelter location), open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call us at (928) 474-5590 or visit us online at humanesocietycentralaz.org.