No matter where they come from, every animal who leaves the Joybound campus embarks on a joyful new chapter. While many faced uncertain futures earlier in their lives, it’s all smiles from here. Some go on to become Pet Hug Pack® therapy animals, taking their love to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other places where a dog or cat can reduce isolation or stress. Some are trained as psychiatric service dogs as part of our Shelter to Service program. Most become beloved family pets, giving and receiving unconditional love with their adoptive families and community.

On Thursday, March 8, Joybound completed its 50,000th adoption since starting our lifesaving rescue and adoption work in 1991. With that in mind, we’d like to share a few stories of the special dogs and cats who have touched our hearts:


Adoption #5,551

November 21, 1997

Hope made national news when she was rehabilitated after a car accident and learned to walk on her front two legs. The Hope Fund was established in her honor, funding our shelter animals with special medical needs.


Adoption #18,359

May 24, 2008

Before she was adopted, Bokeh was the first foster animal of a Joybound volunteer who has since fostered more than 350 animals.


Adoption #23,744

May 20, 2011

Figaro is one of the most popular pets in the Pet Hug Pack® program. He has been proudly visiting resident facilities for more than a decade.


Adoption #30,759

January 19, 2015

Molly was declared a hero in 2019 when she saved her neighbor’s life. The brave beagle mix pulled her guardian to the neighbor’s front door.


Adoption #32,924

December 16, 2015

Pepper, the pride of our Shelter to Service program, was our first service dog graduate. This smart, empathetic kelpie mix set the standard for future Joybound service animals.


Adoption #37,000

September 13, 2017

Rocky was among 150 animals we helped evacuate from Broward Humane Society in Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma.


Adoption #39,685

November 26, 2018

Bijou suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation during the 2018 Northern California Camp Fire. We patched her up and reunited her (and a dozen other felines) with their guardians.


Adoption #44,120

July 1, 2022

Mel spent more than a year in our care, rehabilitating from paralysis in her back legs. Through a combination of physical therapy, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy, this incredible Pit Bull Terrier regained functionality of her back legs.


Adoption #49,000

October 7, 2023

Karma found his lucky forever home last fall. A precocious, extra-playful kitten, he and his siblings drew eyes from across the adoption floor as they played and tumbled with one another.


Adoption #50,000

March 8, 2024

On a beautiful day in March, Joybound crossed the threshold to 50,000 adoptions when Duckling, a one-year-old cat, left our building with his new family. They left with a care package from our in-house boutique and to the cheers of Joybound’s staff and volunteers.

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