HSoP Success Stories

"Sissy and her Seven Dwarfs"
Sissy and her seven dwarves.

Sissy arrived at HSoP in spring of 2017.  Sissy was wandering around the Kendrick area, lost and scared.  


A good Samaritan found Sissy and brought her into HSoP.  Sissy did not have any form of identification, and no missing reports had been filed with HSoP. 

Soon after arriving, Sissy’s condition was obvious to HSoP staff and the veterinarians at Animal Clinic. Sissy was homeless, and pregnant with seven puppies! 

The care for an expecting mother began!  Staff worked quickly to find a way to help Sissy stay more comfortable during her pregnancy.  High stress levels can send dogs in Sissy’s condition into premature labor, and this something the shelter staff worked diligently to avoid. 

Sissy received her own kiddie pool to nest in, any appropriate preventative care pregnant dogs can receive, and then we waited. Weeks later, her seven all male puppies arrived!  Her puppies received preventative care, then mama and her puppies all found their forever homes in responsible and loving homes. 

What would have happened for Sissy and her litter had HSoP not been able to provide Sissy and her babies with their needed care or shelter?  Instead of one stray dog, Kendrick would have had eight homeless, unfixed dogs that had no preventative care provided, adding to the over pet population issue facing Latah County.  Who knows what would have happened to Sissy and her babies had she not been able to receive temporary housing at HSoP.

"Bruce Wayne"
Bruce Wayne

When Bruce Wayne arrived from Potlatch in the summer of 2017, HSoP staff knew he had been patiently waiting for his super hero.  Bruce was brought in by the Latah County Sheriffs Department.  Bruce had been abused, and was needing help. 

Bruce was needing a safe, warm and loving place to rest as well as an eye surgery.  He was suffering from microsabatosis that was causing entropia. 

Thanks to the support of our local pet community, HSoP was able to provide the much-needed surgery.  Once Bruce was healed, he quickly found a wonderful loving forever home. 

Dogs like Bruce Wayne need our help.  Without a shelter to go to, Bruce would have had no other option but to stay in an abusive home and would not have received the needed vet care.  Now, Bruce is living life to the fullest with his super hero! 

"Stud and Muffin"
Stud and Muffin.
Stud and Muffin.

By Taylor Nadauld Moscow-Pullman Daily News

MOSCOW – Stud and Muffin, the Humane Society of the Palouse’s beloved doggy duo since 2014, have been adopted to separate homes in Pullman.

Executive Director Tara Wimer told the Daily News the two mixed-breeds, once inseparable when they came to the shelter nearly three years ago and since marketed as a package deal, had recently started bickering and growing anxious living in close proximity.

Based on recommendations from a veterinarian, Wimer said, the dogs were separated. Just months later, after years of waiting, both have found their forever homes.

Pullman residents Andy and Karina Crookston adopted a timid Muffin on Oct. 20. Generally distrusting of people, Muffin was “just shaking like a leaf” when Andy finally got her in the car to take her to her new home.

It took Muffin between three and four days to settle in. Since then, Andy said Muffin has never looked back and has grown to love a good car ride.

“She’s been a fantastic dog,” Andy said. “She’s a big lap dog. She likes to sit on your lap and watch the TV.”

The family even brought Muffin back to the shelter last week for a check-up, much to Muffin’s protest.

“She wanted nothing to do with the shelter,” Wimer said. “We took it as a very good thing.”

Neither Wimer nor the Crookstons understood how much of a community following Muffin and Stud had garnered over their three long years at the shelter. It was the longest duration Wimer had seen for a dog in her 13 years with HSoP. Muffin had become a volunteer favorite and many people stopped by just to visit Stud, Wimer said.

“It’s funny because we have joked about Muffin being a celebrity,” Andy said.

Whether it’s the neighbor, his wife’s friends or the staff at Zelda’s Pet Grooming in Pullman, everybody seems to know who Muffin is, Andy said.

Stud, Muffin, Muffin’s mother Misha and seven puppies were picked up by the shelter from a “less than OK” home in June 2014, according to the pairs’ profile on HSoP’s website. None of the dogs was fixed, Wimer said.

Stud arrived covered in injuries from the other dogs, and Muffin came with a maternal instinct to protect him.

The puppies were easily adopted out, Wimer said, leaving Stud and Muffin to keep each other company at the shelter before their anxieties kicked in, forcing a separation.

Last Friday, nearly a month after Muffin had left, Stud waited patiently in his kennel, distracted by the caresses of three volunteers as he waited for his new owner to show up that afternoon.

The owner could not be reached for contact by the Daily News, though Wimer said he, a Pullman resident, spent at least two weeks working with Stud to help the sheltered dog get used to the outside world – learning how to go for walks, leave the parking lot and walk up and down stairs.

“It was very fortunate that we found somebody who was willing to take on that challenge,” Wimer said.

Stud and Muffin’s owners have exchanged contact information. Andy said he hopes to schedule a play date for the two in the future.


Forest Transformation.

Forest was found in November of 2019 after being hit by a car. Upon arrival to HSoP it was clear Forest suffered quite a few injuries. Forest was taken to the veterinarian, and we did X-rays on both of her back legs. We found two broken bones in each back leg, which meant Forest was going to have to wear casts on both back legs for roughly 8 weeks. Forest purred the entire time she was evaluated, and even after the casts were placed on her legs. She was just happy to get any attention from people. Forest required veterinary visits every four weeks for bandage changes and updated X-rays. She progressed extremely well, and after 8 long weeks of being in casts, Forest was finally free to learn to use her back legs again! Her rehabilitation took roughly four weeks of gaining back muscle and learning how to balance. The staff at HSoP worked hard to help Forest regain full function of her back legs, and were extremely proud of her determination to start walking! Forest was ready for adoption just in time for Valentines Day, and she found her forever home on February 14th! 
Without the generous donations we receive to our Merlin Fund, the care Forest received wouldn't have been possible! Our Merlin Fund is our life-saving medical fund, and it is designed specifically to give animals like Forest a second chance at life.