Furever Home Stories

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Adopted: 8/22/2020


Pet's Old Name: Mama Mia

Pet's New Name: Mia

A few words about your furry: Don’t tell me you can’t get an amazing , loving dog from a shelter !!!!!!! Mia has had a hard life and anyone would understand if she was mean or vicious but she is the most loving , protective , playful and amazing dog you could ever imagine ! She is the best cuddle partner you could ever want ! She was left for dead twice , the last time with a litter of puppies to take care of as well as try to take care of herself , left in a yard with grass grown up as tall as me , almost ran over and killed , she lived 3 years in a shelter , people would adopt her and bring her right back ( we can’t understand that either ) she is NOT mean , she loves kids , she doesn’t bite , she’s house trained ! I will always believe in my ❤️ God had a plan for her and He knew where her forever home was supposed to be , you see Brian lost his pit Jada on Easter 2 years ago , he’s been lost without her ever since and I will always believe God meant for Mia to be with Brian and knew they needed each other , she has been such a blessing to us and especially to Brian ! The moral of my story is PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE #adoptdontshop! Go to your nearest shelter before u decide to buy a dog from a breeder , they are looking for someone to love and take care of them ! Thank you to Brandi Harrell & Friends of Animals Shelter in Lynchburg for our amazing baby girl ! We can’t imagine life without her , she brings us so much joy! We will forever be grateful!


Adopted: 5/24/21


Pet's Old Name: Violet

Pet's New Name: Violet

A few words about your furry: Violet is doing great! She's a bundle of sweetness and pure energy. She's incredibly vocal and affectionate and has cozily fit into her new life and home. She's definitely filled out to become one of the prettiest black cats I've ever laid eyes on. Her coats taken on a lot, of grey and brownish red, not to mention how soft it is. She's got a very goofy but intelligent personality and honestly I couldn't be happier with how she's turned out. I'm absolutely ok with you posting about her and the pics included. Thank you for all you and your volunteers do, you guys definitely give these animals tons of love and care. 


Adopted: 7/5/21


Pet's Old Name: Asher

Pet's New Name: Moose

A few words about your furry: 

We adopted Moose (formerly named)"Asher" on July 5th 2021. Ever since then he has been settling in great at our home in Knoxville. He loves watching all the wildlife on our property including squirrels, birds, deer, skunks, and bunnies! He is learning all sorts of new tricks and has mastered sit, off, down, and shake thus far.

Although he is still skittish with strangers, especially men, he has warmed to many of our friends and family. He is also working on socialization with other dogs but has been a few friends at the dog park!

Most importantly, he has learned to love being inside and spoiled with treats and warm beds. He plays with his feline brother, PJ and we hope to find them napping together soon (he also loves sleeping in his brother's bed even though it is much too small for him). 

We love our Moose and are so happy he has joined our family!

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Adopted: 7/19/21


Pet's Old Name: Sparky

Pet's New Name: Sparky

A few words about your furry: 

Sparky is a very happy, sweet, lovable dog. He has the best personality, and loves to be anywhere close to us. He likes to lay his head in your lap, and of course loves belly rubs. He doesn’t really enjoy getting a bath, but will give in to being washed. He likes to greet you when you’ve been gone for a little while, and usually will meet you at your car. From the first day we brought him home, he wants to please you, and doesn’t like to for you to fuss at him. He is getting use to his crate and will often go get in it without us. I really think he adopted us instead of us adopting him. Sparky is so sweet and just wants to be loved and so full of energy. He does like to howl every so often, and it’s absolutely hilarious. He is like a child sometimes talking back to you if he doesn’t get his way. I’m so glad we found him. 

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Adopted: 6/9/21


Pet's Old Name: Bella

Pet's New Name: Piper

A few words about your furry: 

Piper (aka Bella) has been an absolute joy in our lives. She has the sweetest soul and loves her snuggles and tummy rubs. She loves on every single person she meets but most importantly, loves on our little son Conan! We had our son two weeks after we adopted Piper and she has been an absolute gentle Angel to him— they’re two peas in a pod and they just love each other! I don’t know what we would do without Piper in our lives. Thank you, Friends of Animals!

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Adopted: 03/2020

Pet's Old Name: Pallo

Pet's New Name: Pallo

A few words about your furry: 

When we adopted Pallo he was very unsure and untrusting. It took him time to warm up to Rigs (his new running partner). He worked thru some back trouble but now he is wide open and is always ready to ride in the side by side. The rest of his time is spend playing with Rigs or sleeping.



Adopted: 12/8/2021

Pet's Old Name: Grizzy

Pet's New Name: Rey

A few words about your furry: 

Hi! I'm Jenna, Rey's mama. She was formerly named Grizzy but I wanted to name her after one of my favorite star wars characters and she definitely lives up to the name! Rey loves adventure and observing everything going on in the house. She is a super chatty girl especially when she wakes up full of energy. We have formed such a close bond and she loves to be in the same room with me at all times. Everyone who meets her says she is the prettiest kitty they've ever seen! Rey's favorite toy is her little fuzzy rattle mice, which we call her mousey :) she LOVES to play fetch with these and will walk around with them in her mouth all the time! She also loves to perch on her window hammock and drink from the faucet. Rey is my little baby and my life is so much better with her!



Adopted: 1/12/22

Pet's Old Name: Wenda

Pet's New Name: Wenda

A few words about your furry: 


We recently adopted Wenda and it has been incredible to watch her go from uneasy to such a happy, loving dog. She has been a perfect addition to our family, and she does great with our 3 year old. She loves to cuddle and thinks she is much smaller than she is. We couldn’t be more thankful for her. 



Adopted: 1/29/22

Pet's Old Name: Nova

Pet's New Name: Nova

A few words about your furry: 

Nova has been a big ball of energy since they day I got her! She adjusted very well to her new home and was very easy to train. She has been nothing but sweet and loving to everyone she meets. She loves toys (especially ones she can tear up) and belly rubs. She is a big baby and thinks she is a lap dog. She loves going on walks and meeting other dogs. Nova has been so happy and entertaining, and I absolutely love her!!



Adopted: 5/19/22

Pet's Old Name: Felix

Pet's New Name: Felix

A few words about your furry: 

I had recently lost one of my cats and going through a rough time missing him when I  saw on Facebook a message about adopting kittens/cats.  I probably looked at at least 100 cats ( some 2 or 3 times) online.  I  wanted them all but I was limited to one.  My senior cat that I had was crying every day for her brother that had passed and it broke my heart. One day I came across another post from Friends of Animals Rescue in Lynchburg showcasing a black cat that had been there for over a year. I thought about it and messaged the shelter that I wanted him.  We scheduled a meeting time and I brought my cat carrier to bring home my new child! Three black cats met us at the door and I thought one had to be mine. Noo! He was in a sleeping box and didn't want out. He was not given a choice. He was going home with me. I was told that I should give him some time to get used to a new environment and other animals. I have a boxer, Bentley and a Shi-tzu mix, Bella, and cat, Chevy. If he didn't acclimate in 3 weeks I could bring him back. Long story short Felix was in my lap the second day! The rest is a love story. He has a cat tree, a window seat, a water fountain, all the toys I can get from Amazon and the most love I can give him. Thanks to the Friends of Animals Rescue of Lynchburg! Adopt don't buy!  

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Adopted: 6/18/22

Pet's Old Name: Chip

Pet's New Name: Victor 

A few words about your furry: 

Chip is now known as Victor, as he resembles the dog on the old 1898 Victrola advertisement. He has loads of personality, and energy, and is excellent with  other dogs and cats. I’ve adopted three dogs and one cat from Friends of Animals. They are all a joy. Victor came home June 18, 2022. There is always a bit of adjustment, but it didn’t take him long to fit right in with the other critters. It’s fun to see animals interact and play with each other. Animals are a big responsibility. They require care, love, and sometimes patience. If you bring a puppy home, be prepared for some damage. Puppies chew, and you can’t always control what they chew. It pays to keep plenty of chewable toys available for them all the time. Put your sandals and shoes on a high shelf if you want to keep them intact. If you have some old pairs of socks, they make good play toys for dogs and cats. Also, be aware that animals are a financial responsibility, and require some work and effort on your part. They require feeding, veterinary care, cleaning, and litter if you have indoor cats. Pets are not something you own, they are your friends. You should enjoy and love them, and they should enjoy and love you.  (Reciprocation is not always guaranteed with cats.) They should be kept comfortable, and loved. No animal should be mistreated in any way. There are always great dogs and cats at Friends of Animals, and they all deserve a great home. They are well cared for, but nothing is like a real home and a real family. Hopefully, you can bring one home with you.

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