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Did you find a forever friend at Willamette Humane Society? We want you to share your Happy Tail and photos! Happy Tails are featured on the website, on the shelter’s social media, and in our seasonal Brief Paws magazine. Questions? Email marketing@whs4pets.org.

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I was walking through my local mall when I decided to walk through the Kitten Kaboodle. I had no intention to get a cat at that time, maybe in a month or so when I had moved. My older sister, who was following behind me, let out a gasp and an "Awwww". This little orange kitten had grabbed her through the bars of his cage. She had asked to hold him, and he immediately fell asleep in her arms, legs splayed, flat on his back, mouth agape.
She handed him to me and went to find her husband. I sat with him four a total of two minutes when I knew I would't be leaving without this little furball. He had curled himself into my sweater, and people were walking by and petting him. When the handler took him so I could sign the papers, he clung to me 🙂
He is now my constant companion and in much better health and spirits (He had a bad upper respiratory infection that he was being treated when I got him). I regret nothing. I'm so happy I went into Kitten Kaboodle that day.

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When we arrived at the Humane Society early this month, we didn't plan on coming home with a new kitty. My boyfriend and I already had a 16 year old Golden Retriever and a 14 year old American Bobtail. However, while visiting the cat room there was one kitty who caught my eye, Tatertot. She seemed so friendly and had an adorable face so when a volunteer offered for us to go to a visitation room I couldn't say no. Tatertot had won me over; the only catch was she was very sick. Tatertot was a hospice adoption because there were multiple masses in her abdomen. At that point I'd already fallen in love so I still took her home and promptly to the vet. My veterinarian said that along with the masses, Tatertot had a heart murmur which makes it very difficult to predict when she might pass away. Despite all this Tatertot is happy as a clam and so are we. The other animals act as if they've been siblings all along, and I've never met a kitty who likes to cuddle more than Tatertot. One of her favorite activities is headbutting and purring. In the morning, I'm awakened to two meowing kitties on either side of me, begging for breakfast, and it's so cute I can't be mad. She has also created a very close bond to my Golden Retriever; they will sleep on the same bed, drink out of the bowl at the same time, and they have even begun taking leashed walks together! I feel so lucky that my boyfriend and I were there to find Tatertot and welcome her into our family. She is treated like an absolute princess and knows that shes finally at home. We look forward to spending many more years with Tatertot.

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Hey I'm destiny last year we went an decided to sign up to be a volunteer and an in we I mean my mom an my brother an I but I saw copper an it was just how he was.He's a great dog he gets along well with my brothers dog . he's my best friend that may sound weird but its true he's an amazing dog I'm so glad we came an I cant thank anyone enough for him he is truly a blessing in disguise I an my family love him with all our hearts he's my family an I love him dearly thanks Willamette humane society.

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Bentley is so much fun! I love him so much and I'm really glad he can keep up with all the things I like to do. So far I've taken him to the beach for the weekend, gone on long hiking trails through the forest, bike rides in nearby neighborhoods, and taught him new skills (tricks). He loves to be outside in the early morning, and let the summer breeze blow against him in the evening. He also enjoys barking at random moments, and he takes pleasure in sitting right in front of the TV when my favorite show is on. When I was first interested in adopting a dog, I was looking for a younger and energetic dog. But I fell in love with Bentley when I got to interact with him in another room. Bentley has been in my family for two years now and he's all I've ever wanted.

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Buddy came home with us as a rescue for our senior family member Bear who had also been adopted from the Humane Society in Lafayette Indiana 14 years before. Bear was traumatized from abuse and starvation and not considered highly 'adoptable' for us because of our young children. The children became his saving grace as he fell to nurturing them and took them on as 'his kids' to raise. Bear became not only a member of the family but a neighborhood favorite, but sadly he was starting to age and loosing interest in much of his world and what he had enjoyed in his youth. We went to the WV Human Society hoping to find a friend for Bear, someone to inspire his energy. Buddy was a great fit. He was found stray and was very anxious, he was kept in the back cages by himself to help keep Him calm. It was love at first sight for us and an instant connection with Bear! We had found a fountain of youth for our old friend! Buddy has sadly seen his friend bear pass on in 2009. Since then we have grown our family by another dog, Champ and a stray rescue kitty, Salt. Buddy has always been among our greatest Blessings in his genuine desire to be a part of the family as a friend and caretaker of all in the household. We can't imagine what life would have been like for Bear and us without him.

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Bunny's foster parent brought her to the into clinic where I work. She instantly won me over! We brought her home as soon as we could! This picture is from our trip to the coast to visit her human auntie.

Copper has been the most amazing companion. He is such a sweet calm boy. He is great with kids and other animals. Now if only I can talk my better half into getting him a brother or sister. 😉

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Copper has been the most amazing companion. He is such a sweet calm boy. He is great with kids and other animals. Now if only I can talk my better half into getting him a brother or sister. 😉

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I went in to the Humane Society looking for a dog with my best friend who decided we should stop and look at the cats first. I was never really a cat person, so while she was walking around looking I was standing by the door waiting in anticipation to go check out the dogs when this handsome guy caught my attention. He's been part of the family ever since and I can now say he has turned me into a crazy cat lady. He goes almost every where with us as he loves riding in the car and visiting new places. He is quite the character and although it is hard to choose just one photo, our story is a happy tail nonetheless. Thank you Willamette Humane Society!

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After months of writing up stories about shelter cats for the WHS blog, I got hooked myself. As an all-black, senior cat, Troy wasn't the first choice for many adopters. But he kept his sunny outlook, and he doled out affection to anyone who would so much as look at him. Finally, my husband and I decided to take this sweet guy home and add him to our pack. He's been here less than a week, and he's already fitting in beautifully. He has yet to fully meet our cats (still doing introductions), but he has the dogs whipped into shape. And he has us wrapped around his little paws. We couldn't be happier.

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Josie is just the greatest dog!!!! Loves to sleep in and lounge around all day but doesn't mind a bit play and long walks too 🙂 She is currently sleeping on our couch which she has claimed as her throne. She grabbed our hearts and has never let go and she is our little princess.

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I went to Petco for food for my then 14 yr cat Goober. I made the mistake of looking at the cats and noticed a little black and white kitten calming watching me. "Would you like to hold him?" No, no ....ooh he's adorable and so calm. That was it I went home with Goobers' food, kitten food (which immediately became Goobers food of choice but that's another story) and Roberto. Goober is such big, ole mellow cat I wasn't too worried about him but you never know. I let Roberto out of the carrier, they checked each other out and it's been best buds ever since. They both stand at the door together and demand to go "Outside" on the porch(enclosed) where they munch on grass I have in a planter for them, when they get a dry food treat Roberto runs back and forth making sure Goober knows the good stuff is coming, and they wrestle off and on all day, Goober has known how much is enough without hurting Roberto from day one. I had always thought I would get an older cat as a buddy for Goober ( that is a morph of Good boy by the way) but Roberto has been a perfect addition for both of us, I cannot imagine this home without him.

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Faith started as another foster kitten that needed to gain some weight prior to being spayed. She instantly fit in with my other three cats and two pit bulls. After the first week it was clear Faith and my first foster failure Onyx had become the best of friends. By the time Faith weighed enough to have surgery I knew there was no was I could let her go !

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Beauty was named at the Humane Society. I kept her name because she was a "beauty." She has been so much fun and a wonderful companion. I am so happy I chose her.

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I was diagnosed with an Acustic Neuroma, a brain tumor when We adopted flora in October. After my surgery Flora (now called Hazle) spend endless hours keeping me company when I was recovering. Most time confined in bed or to the home. Always ready for a pet or a closer snuggle. She was taged as feral and aggressive. I don't know how. Shy at first but definitely not aggressive. Now she thinks she is queen. She likes her special treats and has developed a gourmet taste. He favorited spot, right in the middle of the bed, soft and cozy, just purrfect for a cat nap

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Bonnie and Clyde are brother and sister. They're my babies. They love to play and chew on your hair when it's wet. They're trouble makers so their names fit perfectly. I've lost count at how many things they have broken. It's all e with it though because they're so cute. They love to cuddle and sleep with each other and they hate being apart from one another.

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When we came to WHS to adopt a kitty, we had no intention of adopting a medium length hair one, especially one without a tail. But when we walked into the room and saw Dot playing with a volunteer, we fell in love immediately and no other cat could compare. In the nearly two years since we adopted Dot, we've learned that Manx cats are excellent jumpers and fast runners. He's become an important member of our family.

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We waited for Stanley for several months as his mom was in hospice and Stanley was living with the gang at WHS. He was definitely worth the wait. He has quite the personality. He loves to sleep with us and lick us in the middle of the night. He talks a lot and is getting along well with his big sister Maggie the Ragdoll. He even gets along (finally!) with his other big sister the Great Dane.

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I am a young, newlywed, college student and for my 21st birthday, my sweet Husband bought me the only thing I want… a kitten! It didn't take me long to choose the perfect kitten for me. I took one sweep through all the rooms and came right back to my little Dr. Bruce. Even at the humane society he was playful and loving just like he is now. He loves his brother Zeus who we adopted the same day. They are literally best friends. They like to cuddle and fight. Dr. Bruce loves his sparkly, jingly, ball and playing catch with us. He's the best kitten I could have ever asked for. Thank you to my husband, and the humane society for the best birthday present ever.

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I adopted Rucifee in 2012 after falling in love with a friend's cats while I was cat-sitting. I named her after the cat in my favorite childhood movie, Disney's Cinderella. She's a sweetie though, nothing like Rucifee from the film. She is obviously loving the attention from me here in the photo (hah!). Usually she's cuddly, but that day she wanted to play instead of get loved on.

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We needed to give a an abandoned kitten a new life full of love, and happiness.

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My kids and I adopted Rosie at the Humane Society. We asked for the sweetest cat they had. They recommended "Jersey". Jersey had been pregnant but lost her babies. We loved her immediately and adopted her. My daughter, Kezia, renamed her Rosie. Rosie is the best cat ever, very cuddly. She likes to sleep under the blankets.

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Leo and his sisters showed up one day on our porch to eat. Leo tried to come into our home but we moved him out. then we noticed that his sister was with babies 3 of them to be exact. we brought them all in and cleaned and fed them all then another sister of Leo's showed up with her little ones. again 3 of them. well we got them also cleaned and then taken too our vet to be fixed. we took them to the WHS in Turner Oregon where they were adopted out, but Leo came back.. then we went and got him to make him apart of our now family of 8 cats all rescued of course but Leo is our first adoption. With his love he makes this big family laugh and have so much fun.. and Bialu he has taken Leo in as his own boy.. how cute is that..

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After 13 yrs without a cat it was time to have a pet again

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When we got Raja, she was a shy, scared cat! We've given her a lot of love, and now,she is the queen of the castle!

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