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
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