The Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society matches dozens of animals with new families every year. Here you can read some 'happy tails' about the new families. If you have a story of your own you want to share, send us an email and a photo of your fur baby to
Rusty & Ernie

Rusty (formally Hyde) adopted in September of 2020 and now Ernie (formally Adolfo) adopted in February are such good pals and these photos show their perfect match. We are so appreciative of all you do!! Thanks for finding us our babies! 

— Anonymous Pet Parent

He is ALLOT of work. We call him Hilo "Psycho" Ortiz as when he gets the zoomies he gets crazy it's hilarious. He has attached himself to me so much that he won't be ANYWHERE I am not! He is very sweet, loving and thinks he's a lap dog, a heavy lap dog. We took him on a mini vacay, he is doing well, and loves his bark box subscription his new toys, a poop emoji being his favorite and all his new treats, he gets very excited for those. 

— Anonymous Pet Parent

We would like to thank you all for taking such good care of B.O.B.. we decided to stick to the name Bobby for him. He's such an amazing pup, so loving, affectionate, and quite clingy (which we love). For the 1 day we have him, he's adjusted pretty well at home. He's already the big boss of the house. He follows his dad around so much, we couldn't imagine him being stand off-ish to men. Again, we appreciate what you guys do for these animals and for trying to find them furever homes. 

— Mary Malee

Marshmellow is now Violet! Vi for short! We named her Violet because of the cute little purple vest we had her clothed in and because my aunt’s name was Violet. Our previous dog passed away about two months ago, were heart broken and donated all kinds of food and dog stuff to the shelter. We realized how empty our home was without a furry friend there with us. We met Violet and fell in love. She’s home and she knows it because she can lose herself in comfort. This is the good stuff, thank you for all that you do!

— Diana and Jeff Lindquist

JoJo, formerly known as Spice, is settling in nicely with her new family! She loves her human siblings as well as her fellow kitty sibling. Callie (back) and JoJo (front) snuggling on a perch.😀

— - Anonymous Pet Parents

Corvin grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley, where he was surrendered in April by his original family, who had relocated to an apartment that, sadly, did not allow large dogs. After arriving at the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society, we noticed his energy and drive – both excellent Search Dog qualities! We contacted the National Search Dog Rescue Foundation and told them we had a dog they needed to meet. A few days later they came and picked him up and on his next adventure he went! He passed all of his tests, which included training exercises and even bloodwork and x-rays. He graduated in August 2019. Although Corvin had passed all the requirements, he was not happy working with Search and Rescue. He was having a hard time finding his footing in the intense rubble of a natural disaster. Corvin is now the newest member of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department K9 program and has received his Explosives Detection Certificate. He is the first dog to become certified at the department for detecting explosives.

Congratulations Corvin!

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— SLO County Sheriff's Dept
Tobasco cat

Just wanted to let you know that Tobasco is doing very well and we just love him!! He was a bit timid at first but now gets along with all our dogs and our other cat wonderfully.

We keep our door open to the back yard during the day and he loves to lay in the sun on the patio.  And, we haven't had one accident in the house.  

He's a wonderfully affectionate cat... just what I needed.

Thank you for providing him an opportunity to find the right home.

— Lynda

I adopted Roo (now Ruth) from you in July. I just wanted to let you know that she is doing great. When I first brought her home she was so scared it was hard to get her to go outside for her walks, but now I can bring her all the way across town to the park.  She gets a long great with my roommate's Boston Terrier, too. They've become best friends.  

We both thank you for helping us find each other!

— Corey and Ruth
Jo Jo on a chair

Just wanted to give you an update on Jo Jo. She’s doing so well and is so happy in her new forever home. And we’re so happy to have her as part of our family.

Geriatric? You should see her doing laps around the backyard. Just look at that adorable face! In doggy years, she’s younger than I am (and in much better shape!).

We are so very grateful for the all of the time, effort, and resources everyone at the SYV shelter put into this little girl in order to give her a second chance. I hope you know what a good thing you did and feel proud of yourselves for giving Jo Jo a new lease on life and for giving us such a joyful gift.

And if it turns out that we don’t have much time together, then we’ll all be richer for what little time we had.

Thanks from all of us for the work you do. You make a difference in this world.

— Anonymous Pet Parent
Happy Flanders

Hi everyone at the Humane Society!

We are the family of 4 who adopted the mini-poodle & Wheaten Terrier mix "Flanders" from you the week before Thanksgiving. We wanted to give you an update on him.

We LOVE HIM. He is now named Kona and has become the BFF of our other dog (a previous SYV Humane Society adoptee from 2011), Max. They are inseparable. We have gotten Kona several sets of steps so he can climb up on our beds and couches to snuggle and sleep with us there, and he wants to be ON US as much as possible. He is a love. He likes to chase balls and things that squeak, and hates riding in the cars unless he can sit on your lap. He likes watching movies. He has an ear infection right now, but our vet says that is common for his breed and he's being treated for it. He just had a haircut and is prancing around in his new 'do. He is a delight and is quite spoiled.

Thank you for our new family member. We are blessed because of him.

— Mark, Candice, Lachlan, Henry, Max, and Kona