Happy Tails & Rescue Stories

These are YOUR happy adopted “tails” of Bond County Humane Society pet’s from YOUR letters, stories, pictures, memories and thanks.

Have you adopted a pet from Bond County Humane Society? If so... We’d love to hear from you! Send us an email bchs4pets@sbcglobal.net or write a new post to our Facebook page! Let us know how everyone’s doing at home and/or how your pet has changed your life for the better! Include an updated photo of your fur kid(s) for a chance to see it included here and/or in a future issue of BCHS’s Newsletter! Thanks so much!

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14 week old Cash was rescued, along with his brother and sister, by Bond County Humane Society from a shelter in Tennessee that was full. They look like Jack Russell Terriers but are definitely mixed with a larger breed of dog. Cash is a friendly and affectionate puppy. He’s the thinker of the litter. He’ll play for bit then hang back and observe everyone else. He also really likes food... a lot! Cash found his forever family in early June, 2019.

Cash’s family checked in with this email update:

Dear BCHS, I wanted to send a quick note to update you on Cash, the Terrier mix we adopted through one of the adoption events held at Fairview Heights Petco.

“Cash is a very fun and energetic puppy who has fit right in with our family. Our 3 year old boxer, Bailey, is loving playing with Cash. Cash is growing rapidly and learning the rules of the house pretty quickly.

“We love having him as a part of the family and we thank you for making that happen.”

— Sincerely, Susan Marchant, July 2, 2019

And another note!

We love our Cash!”

— Susan Kraft-Marchant, August 7, 2019

Here’s some 2019 photo updates of Puppy Cash with his new sibling Bailey the Boxer

Cash hangs out, ready for a walk with Bailey
Cash knows just how to accessorize with a plaid bandana


In February 2017, Caramel, an American Staffordshire Terrier estimated to be between 2-3 years old waited in Bond County Humane Society’s shelter for her second chance at a family. She’d been confiscated by Bond County Animal Control from a home after her owner died under suspicious circumstances. Her owner’s family then surrendered her to Animal Control for re-homing. Before she was taken to Animal Control, Caramel shared her household with a potbellied pig and some pet snakes. She was friendly to everyone and to other dogs. She listened well, had some basic manners, and following a good playtime session was usually content to lie next to a person and relax. BCHS was happy to rescue Caramel and begin a search for a great new forever home match.

And soon a young, active couple with two kids met Caramel and KNEW she was the family dog for them. Our adoption counselors agreed, and the rest, as they say, is history. Although as it turns out, Caramel’s fairy tale would not last as long as it should have, her impact on her adoptive family’s lives is a precious testament to rescue and love.

rainbow icon Maggie with mom and kids Maggie with dad

Caramel (now Maggie)’s family wrote to update us:

A few years ago, we [adopted] ‘Caramel’ from you all at Petco. I fell in love with her and her story the moment I saw her, and knew that my purpose was to give her the best life a dog could ever have. After going through the process, we adopted her and changed her name to Maggie. We didn’t realize a dog we thought we were rescuing would change our lives forever.

“Maggie has been [everyone’s] best friend since the moment she walked in our door. She is the most spoiled princess, and we indeed have given her the best life a dog (or person) could ever have. She picks who she will sleep with every night, (whether it’s with one of the kids or us) and makes sure she has her head on the feather pillow. She is known for liking to spread out, and ends up kicking whoever she is sleeping with off the bed — haha. When she wakes up, she goes on her favorite car ride to take the kids to school, and then goes to the car wash where everyone just loves her! Since my husband and I both work from home, Maggie is NEVER alone, and is with us wherever we go. Everywhere we take her, people are in love with her! She is everyone’s favorite, and she truly is our third child, and my baby!

“Maggie opened up a part in all of us we never thought it was possible to have. We always say we weren’t looking for Maggie, Maggie found us. Maggie showed us an unconditional, beautiful love and we believe she was truly an angel sent to our family.

“Wednesday, May 1st, Maggie woke up a bit lethargic. It was odd, because she had just been to the vet for her yearly shots and all blood work was perfect. I decided to call the vet right away, because like I said, she is our baby, and we knew something wasn’t right. When we got to the vet, everyone was so happy to see her because they all adore Maggie because she’s such a sweet girl. The vet couldn’t find anything wrong with her and so they ran blood/tox and that came back fine too. Her being very lethargic was stumping everyone there. They decided to take her back to the hospital area to start her on some fluids and oxygen to see if that could solve the issue. Maggie unexpectedly quickly declined and the vet came in saying there was no explanation for what was going on and they were diligently trying to figure out what the issue was.

“A few minutes later, Maggie went into cardiac arrest and died. The vet and his assistants were all in tears and he said in his 20 years of being a vet he’s only seen this kind of sudden death without cause 3 or so times. We were/are devastated. Maggie was perfectly young and healthy, and so taking her into the vet that day, we never expected we would leave without her. Words cannot express how crushed we are to lose our baby bear, but we know the moment Maggie walked into our door, we gave her the most incredible life.

“I just wanted to write to thank you. You caring for ‘Caramel’ after she had been through so much allowed me to adopt what would become the best friend I could ever have, and my baby. I decided to include some pictures of Maggie’s incredible life and travels. She was so loved and will always be what we truly believe was an angel to our family.”

— Lydia Bishop and Pierce Widham, May 20, 2019

Maggie happy at her new home
Maggie takes a winter car ride
Maggie with her human kid
Maggie celebrates with cake!
Maggie loves a party in her honor
Maggie helps mom sunbathe: time to turn over!
Maggie goes on hikes with her family


Barney, the shorthair kitten, and his brother had been rescued by Bond County Humane Society from Bond County Animal Control when they were about 12 weeks old. The kitty boys were identical twins except for the color of their eyes! Barney was known to be the most playful kitten in their community room. He’s also affectionate and starts purring as soon as someone picks him up. We were able to match Barney, now 10 months old, to a great forever home in April 2019. Barney picked out his new dad as much as his dad picked him, so we know our little man is in the right place now.

Barney is happy on a chair in his furever home

Barney’s family eagerly writes:

Hello, Just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that Barney is doing great and adjusting to his new home very well.

“He is quite the playful kitten and loves wearing himself out, as well as us, chasing toys around the house. He is also so very loveable and often wants to cuddle up later in the evening while we sit and watch TV. He has been the perfect little gentleman with our younger kitten Gracie, and has been very patient with her and respectful about sharing toys and attention with the humans. He is quite the companion and has fit perfectly into our home. I truly could not have asked for a better fit. We have already grown very fond of him and look forward to being together for a very long time. A big thank you to you and the rest of the gang there for all you do.

“We also had a little celebration for Barney on his birthday. He got special treats along with a new scratching pad and some new toys. He has a way of going through a lot of toys! LOL He seems to be very fond of the feathery type of toys.”

— Sincerely, Steven Goodnick & Patrick Hendershot, April 18, 2019

Barney and Gracie enjoy Barney's birthday party
Barney and Gracie at home


Bond County Humane Society rescued Onyx and her litter mates — Labrador Retriever mixes — from a high kill facility in Tennessee when they were about 11 weeks old. When they arrived to our dog shelter they were not very social and even afraid of people. BCHS volunteers worked hard with the puppies and they’re so much better. Onyx learned the command “Sit” very well and while leash trained, she was still very unsure about going new places. In February 2019, Onyx was now 4 months old and we matched her into a new family with a doggie big brother to help bring her all the way out of her shell; there’s a confident pup in their someplace, we know it!

Onyx (now Riley)’s family shares:

Hello, I’ve attached my questionnaire in regard to our adoption on February 23 for Onyx who is now called Riley.

“She is adjusting quite well; still working on potty training which is going much better after a month. We have a set schedule and crate training is helping. I have teenagers and it’s very helpful in the training and orientation process. They are actually able to assist in her care, etc. LOL

“We take her on walks, play in our basement which has lots of running room, we visit the dog park. My older dog wasn’t too thrilled [at first] but after a month, they have moments when they nap together. He is annoyed when she wants to play, but they are doing better as time goes on.

“We begin puppy training at PetSmart in April and may also enroll in Kennelwood after that. I attached a photo of her relaxing in our living room.

“Thank you so much for all you did in our adoption experience. I was impressed with the care and concern displayed in the process. It is very clear that your staff care deeply about what they do!”

— Lee Bohannon-Smith and family, March 19, 2019

Here’s a 2019 photo update of Onyx (now Riley):

Onyx, now Riley, relaxes in her new living room


Bond County Humane Society rescued Boomer, a yellow Labrador Retriever mix, from Bond County Animal Control after he’d been found as a stray. BCHS volunteers worked to get Boomer used to socializing with people. He was very skittish of new things and strange noises, but had a good time playing with toys when another dog was around to teach him what to do.

On October 21, 2017 Bond County Humane Society participated in Purina’s Better Together adoption event in Soulard Market, St Louis, Missouri. And 6 month old Boomer drew a special couple’s attention! His new adoptive family was ready to spend a lot of time with him helping to teach and reinforce proper training, increase his confidence in new situations, and of course give him tons of patient, loving affection when he’s ready for that.

Boomer with mom and dad

Here’s a pup-date on Boomer:

Hi! We just wanted to give a happy tails update on Boomer. He was so scared when we got him and it’s amazing to see how confident he is now and his goofy personality. So thankful for you guys and giving us our fur baby! Here’s a few of our family pictures we got done.

— Chaley Thode and Matt Rotan, February 12, 2019

Happy Boomer loves picture day! Boomer is a gentleman who knows how to shake


Jewel & Nubbin

happily adopted kittens Jewel and Nubbin sports a fun necktie

Nubbin’s mom was pregnant when Bond County Humane Society accepted her into our shelter system in April 2018. One day later, she delivered her kittens. The gray shorthair kitten with a stub of a tail we called Nubbin. Tiny Nubbin grew, mischievous and playfully affectionate, in one of BCHS’s foster homes. Jewel — a striking longhaired tabby with tan and black striped fur — was rescued along with her littermates from Bond County Animal Control when they were twelve weeks old. She’s especially loving and friendly and found plenty of fun with toys and the other kittens in BCHS’s cat shelter community room. This charming and active feline pair found their forever home together with a local Greenville family with two boys when they were both four months old on August 18, 2018.

Jewel and Nubbin’s parents write:

About a year ago, we filed an application to adopt [from BCHS] and were approved. Unfortunately Alison’s dad turned critically ill and passed away soon after that, so we put the idea of adopting [a pet] on the back burner... [Then this summer we saw a kitten, Jewel, was available and thought about adopting two at once, perhaps] a sibling of hers or another she got along with especially well. At your Petco adoption event, our family decided to choose Nubbin in addition to our new Jewel.

“We were thinking of changing Nubbin’s name to Jack and then we would have Jack and Jewel, but the votes were split so we’re staying with Nubbin. They’re both so affectionate and sweet. These babies have already brought us so much joy!”

— Alison and Willy Sears, August 2018

Nubbin kitty hangs out with one of his favorite little boys


Minnie puppy with her parents

Minnie’s owner surrendered her and four litter mates to Bond County Animal Control and Bond County Humane Society rescued them when their time was up there. The large breed puppies, mixed with perhaps St Bernard or Great Pyrenees, were so shy they didn’t even know what toys were for. Minnie found her furever adopted home in early 2016.

Minnie’s family has shared this delightful pup-date letter:

Hello BCHS! Just wanted to give you an update on one of your rescues! We adopted ‘Minnie’ on February 13, 2016 at 9 weeks old when you guys were at Fairview Heights Petco, and it was the best choice we have made! Let’s just say she might be a little spoiled ;).

“Her name is now Ava Sophia Santana NA NAJ. She is a pro at obedience and climbing the titles in AKC agility competitions. We have been competing at Purina Farms, WestInn Kennels, and Dog Sports at Kim’s. We’ve been playing and training at Dog Sports at Kim’s in Caseyville, Illinois for 2 years now! Thank you, guys, for all your hard work in rescuing these beautiful souls. It is wonderful to see the potential in these mixed breed dogs that are saved!”

— Brooke Santana, April 7, 2018

Ava (shelter name Minnie) shows off her many ribbons she's won so far!
Ava (shelter name Minnie) smiles in her new home!

Another Update on Minnie, now Ava

We adopted ‘Minnie’ Feb 13th, 2016. Ava Sophia Santana AX AXJ NF is working towards her MACH! She is the sweetest, smartest, spunkiest obedient border collie/aussie. Such a fun dog! She loves her agility and her family❤️❤️❤️”

— Brooke Santana, March 2019

Here’s a 2019 photo update of Minnie, now Ava

Ava (shelter name Minnie) cocks her head in the grass!


Sable taking over the comfy chair!

Sable came to Bond County Humane Society from another shelter in southern Illinois. She had SO much energy and had so much fun playing with our other dogs, fetching toys, and learning basic commands with our volunteers. Sable found her FUR-ever home including another dog and two kids in May 2018.

Sable’s adopters checked in right away:

Hello, Just a few pics to show that Sable is doing great. She loves to snuggle and play, a lot :-) She is great at taking walks in the park. Thank you so much for Sable. She is so smart and learning quickly. Thanks again!”

— Jessica Stover, May 28, 2018

Sable loves the park and adventuring with her brother!
Sable will share her chair with her human brother!

Sable’s family has sent more photos and another note!

Thanks, Bond County Humane Society. Sable is loving life and lots and lots of chew toys.”

— Jessica Stover, July 2018

Sable explores the creeks with her human sister!
Sable takes a car ride with her human brother!

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