Success Stories

We frequently get progress reports and thank-you's from people who have adopted animals from the shelter. Nothing warms our hearts more than to see former residents whooping it up in their new digs and hanging out with their new parents. We think you'll enjoy these stories too.

If you have a story about a BRHA adoptee that you would like to share, please do! Email us or send your story by regular mail...and don't forget the pictures!


Summer 2015 - Snacks/Max


The first night he whined in the middle of the night - just to go potty - and hasn't done that since.

We haven't had any problems with digging and although he likes to jump, he has yet to be on a child and is getting better every day. He understands "no jump," and "no bite," when playing and has also perfected... "sit," "down," "stay," and "crate," with verbal and visual signals and will respond to either.

Despite his high energy as an 8-9 month old, we have found ways to wear him out. Recently, my family was in town and we spent two days hiking and letting him run around with the other dogs, and two days doing social things (often involving other dogs) and walks. The day following that I had to physically remove him from his crate, our sidewalk, and my car because he was too tired. We have now started to refer to it as Snacks being "hungover."

He's been doing well on and off-leash and is particularly content when both Max and I get to walk him together (usually our varied schedules allow for a late morning and early evening walk each day).

He pulls on leash, but only when he's determined to use that nose of his, which is frequently. He and the cat are still figuring each other out but have started to regularly touch noses which makes my heart nearly burst each time. Right now, Snacks is happily playing with his toys inside after going out in the rain once this morning; turns out he's not water dog... Yet.

We couldn't have asked for a better family member, adventure pup, and snuggle buddy. Thank you for taking such good care of him and bringing him into our family!

Summer 2015 - Nala


Nala stopped in to say, "HERRO!! Glad to see you again!!!" She is turning into a beautiful girl!

Nala Pet Adoption Success

Summer 2015 - Maximus (aka Gregorie)


Successful pet adoptionOther than some allergies, the sisters and roomie sound like they are so happy with their new addition -Maximus (was Gregorie). Playing ball, riding in the car and playing in the sprinkler! Annie (dog) is showing Maximus the ropes and keeping him in line as well!






PETFEST 2015 - Rudy (aka Oscar) and Zoey (aka Sammy)


Rudy visits Petfest<--

6/18/2011 - That's when Virginia adopted "Rudy" (aka Oscar)! Just another BRHA alum at PETFEST 2015.

Zooey at Petfest



Zoey (aka Sammy) came for a visit with his forever family from last year's PETFEST. All is well!










Summer 2015 - Moe


Moe and his forever family"Moe" was out on foster and what a great thing it was for him! He has found his new home!!









Summer 2015 - Blue Mama


Blue Mama at home"Blue Mama" is feeling at home!










Summer 2015 - Madeline


Jim and Madeline"Madeline" (now 18 years of age) checking in to say, "Hi, all is well from her forever home in Corvallis." She loves the rustic fenced side yard and the shade trees and grass and just the right amount of cover!







Summer 2015 - Hope


Hope and FriendsHere is "Hope" on Easter with her new friends Saki (pink sweater) and Duke (bird dog)!!!










July 2015 - Rey


Rey pet adoptionI wanted to drop you a line as to how Rey is doing. He is learning his basic commands quickly. I attribute this to Char and your staff working with him while he was with you.He will continue his basic commands until we feel he is ready to move on to the 2nd level of his training. Meeting and greeting other animals politely, interacting with children of all ages, learning to ignore distractions in his environment.

Public Assit TrainingOur hope is, we can train him to the point where he can pass his PAT (public access test) so that he can eventually become the ambassador for Adam’s Warrior Buddy. He will master all the levels of training that a PTSD service dog is required to. He will educate the public, demonstrate what PTSD dogs are trained for and he will visit hospitals. We believe in working with him over the last 4 days, that he shows great promise. He has been off lead, followed commands and has learned how to play fetch (with returning the ball) all while ignoring distractions around him.

We are excited about our future with Rey, not only as an ambassador but a cherished member of our family. Thank you to you and your staff for your high standards and caring about every animal in your facility.


April 2015 - Hoss


Hoss adoption storyThis is Justice since he came to that name. He is fitting right in. Loves our cat and other dog, as well as sleeps in our 4 year old daughters bedroom at night. We love him and he is fitting in amazingly.










March 2015 - Jynxie Bug


We adopted this guy on June 7th 2014, and his name has been changed to Jynxie Bug. He enjoys life indoors with his brother cat Tiki and his sister dog Kelby Sue, and surprisingly he has taken well to our guinea pig and chinese water dragon. It's hard to imagine life without this little fuzzbutt. He is such a mama's boy and has become quite the lap cat lol. He had some issues with a bladder infection when we brought him home but after changing his diet and antibiotics from the vet he is in tip top shape. We are so blessed to have him in our life. Thank you guys!


March 2015 - Nico


Awww Nico came in for his visit!

He loves his mama!!









March 2015 - Jordan


HURRAY!! Jordan stopped in to say HI!!
Great seeing you!!








March 2015 - Milo


This is Milo ( aka Poncho) and Lilly, his buddy.

Milo was adopted about a year ago and is apparently doing quite well with one of his canine companions!






Shelby and BuddhaFebruary 2015 - Shelby and Buddha


We wanted to give an update on Devi – formerly Shelby – since we haven’t communicated with you yet. I’m sorry it took so long!

We are extremely grateful for Devi. She came in to our lives after we lost our dog of 10+ years and has enriched our lives so much. She is such a loving, intelligent, sweet pup. We love her SO much. She’s doing great! She got her jaw wire out about a week and a half ago and is such a happier, healthier dog now. She and Buddha are still attached at... the hip and they do EVERYTHING together. They are the best of friends.

She is currently enrolled in a basic obedience class and is top of her class. We are very excited to do agility with her.
Thank you for bringing Devi in to our lives. She has been such a joy for us and once we fix a few kinks – she will be the perfect pup! The future is very exciting for our family.

Buddha is also doing amazingly. He loves having a big sister and has made the transition so much better by showing her the ropes. He continues to practice his agility and is about to start a Calm Under Pressure class. He will also be starting his quest for a bachelor’s degree in the C.L.A.S.S. program this spring. He’s such a happy boy and can’t wait for the spring to do some major backpacking (his favorite!), so he can show Devi all of his favorite places.

We will be sure to update you in the near future. Thank you again for all you do!



February 2015 - Sitka


SitkaSitka was adopted 5 years ago and looking marvelous!







February 2015 - Charlie


Five years ago today we brought home this handsome guy! He is such a great dog and we have loved every second of being his people! We actually came to BHA to look at a different dog, but realized the dog would require more training than we felt we could provide being first-time dog owners. We decided to look around at the other dogs. Charlie was sitting so quietly in his kennel and as soon as I walked over, he very calmly walked over, put his little paws up on the bar and gave me kisses. The rest is history!

Charlie and pal Happy Charlie Charlie adopted dog from humane shelter

February 2015 - Greg and Otis


Greg and Otis pet adoption storyGreg and Otis stopped by for a visit!!! You may know Otis formerly as Amerly. Adopted 3 years ago and going strong!!!







January 2015 - Blue


Our hound Blue.Just wanted to update you ladies on Blue. Blue is adjusting really well. The only accident he's had in the house was the first day he got here and didn't know where the door was, he has learned to shake both paws, sit, and lay down. I have him whistle-trained and he seems to respond well to it, although I don't let him off his leash as he is easily distracted and would take himself to explore.

We are working on walking next to a quad or side-by-side and he seems to really enjoy it. He ...seemed very tentative when he first arrived, he would duck his head as if he was gonna get smacked. He has overcome that now but loud noises still startle him and he bolts away. We're still working on his pulling on the leash, he's gotten better (he is a hound after all). It's still a work in progress.

Over all, Blue is a really great dog and I would like to thank you guys for taking the chance on me.

Thank you: Blue and Brian - Happy New Year to all of you there at the shelter.

January 2015 - Ozzie


Ozzie, who was adopted from us a few years ago, came in to visit! What a great update!!

Ozzie visits the shelter.

January 2015 - Rusty


Claire and Rusty

BRHA Volunteer Claire having fun with Rusty, a sweet shelter dog she adopted in November.











January 2015 - Dora


Dora was a resident of the BRHA (Bitterroot Humane Association in Hamilton) until Judy of MTCAN, took her into her home as a foster. Dora is a sweet, sensitive girl who ...finally got her chance at a forever home. Judy got to visit with her in her new home with her new family. Dora is getting along just fine with Wyo the parrot, her new "brother".


December 2014 - Oscar


Cat adoption successCat adoptionIn 2012 this cat was adopted to a very happy boy! Two years later they are still best friends!


Go Oscar!







October 2014 - Tucker and Minnie


AWWWW!! Updates on Tucker and Minnie! DOING AMAZING, Tucker wearing his "cool dude" coat and taking as many cuddles as possible. Minnie wagging her tail more and more and barking when she needs attention!! This is why adoption is the best way to go!






October 2014 - Kaley and Cappy


Kaley and CappyWhat a wonderful collaboration (BRHA and MTCAN) for Kaley and Cappy. They are doing excellent in their new home, as well! Riding in the car, hanging with the kids, and relaxing is what they do best!!









October 2014 - Summit


Summit adoption storyWe were planning on giving a one-year update on Summit (formerly “Gunner”), and still will, but for now wanted to thank you for all the great work you’ve done to give Summit a great life.

We have been endlessly impressed with Summit’s ability to learn, read situations, and PLAY! Last night we took him to our friend’s house for him to play with her two dogs. After just one evening together not only did he tire out her two energetic pups, but he was walking up to our friend and not only tolerating, but enjoying her petting him.

He loves to wrestle with us in the morning, go for walks, and he’s turning into a great hiker. In just one week he’s been up Jumbo Mountain and has explored Blue Mountain. One of your dedicated volunteers called him a “goofball”, but we couldn’t see that side until we got him home. Since the first day his goofball qualities have shone bright and it has been a privilege to watch him be playful, cheerful, and trusting.

Summit has really taken to his meat-based dog food and is eating two meals consistently every day so we’re hopeful he’ll get that needed meat on his bones in good time.

I know that without your working with him he would not be as far as he is today. We look forward to sending pictures of Summit on summits of Montana’s Mountains, but before then we wanted to extend our most sincerest gratitude. Thank you.

Wishing you and your current furry residents more happy beginnings.


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