Happy Tails

Hancock County Animal Shelter loves hearing heartwarming stories of Animals who have found their fur-ever homes. When receive these wonderful stories, we like to feature under the “Happy Tails” page. Happy Tails is a story that shows the benefits of adopting a pet.  Selected stories will be featured on our website and Facebook page.

Shelter adopters can contribute letters and photographs to our “Happy Tails” page and let everyone see their pet’s happy ending in its forever home!  Take a look at these heartwarming, successful adoptions.

Are you the proud owner of an animal adopted from Hancock County Animal Shelter?  We would love to know how your pet has enriched your life and is doing! To submit your story to be featured, click the “I Have A Tail” link below which will bring you to our submission page.


  • Female
  • Mixed
  • Zoey

    We lost Gwennie, our beloved 15 1/2-year old dog on Father’s Day 2012. I didn’t think I’d want another dog, but eight days later, I was at the Hancock Shelter looking to adopt. My heart had a huge hole in it. I couldn’t replace Gwennie, buy I felt our family needed another dog. I knew what I was looking for…a young dog weighing about 20-pounds with wiry fur (less shedding). Zoey fit the bill perfectly. I adopted her that day and brought her home two days later.

    It was a rough road at first. Gibson, our other dog who is now about 15 was not a fan of Zoey, and she certainly didn’t care for him. They fought so much that we debated returning Zoey to the shelter. I was devastated and couldn’t imagine returning her, so we decided to giver her one last chance. We took her to obedience training which helped greatly. We also learned to all keep an eye on her whenever she is around Gibson. In the seven months we’ve had her, she has become a very important part of our family. She is the funniest little dog, and we couldn’t imagine her not being with us. And, as you can tell from her picture, she’s pretty darn cute too!


  • Male
  • Catahoula Cur
  • Charlie Blue Eyes

    I adopted Charlie Blue Eyes at Barktoberfest in Bay Saint Louis. He is a Catahoula Cur and is quite the Tasmanian Devil. By that, I mean he is a whirling dervish. He runs as fast as a greyhound and jumps as high as my head and I am 5’7″. When I got him in October, he weighed 8-pounds. He is up to 30-pounds. He is a very smiley dog. I had to go up to Pennsylvania for the holidays and when I called Pet Haven to see how he was doing they said he had been caroling since I left. he has many toys. I am looking to hook up with a 12-year old to play with Charlie to expend some of his energy.


  • Male
  • Domestic
  • Domestic
  • Oliver

    Oliver’s story starts many years before I found him. I adopted a very sick yellow kitten from the YMCA Shelter in Ocean Springs, I actually brought him home to bury him since he was so sick. He lived for almost 13-years. I named him Ratty Rat and everyone loved him. he walked on a leash and would actually go with me on events with the Humane Society. he also loved to go on bike rides. I would put him in a backpack and away we would go. After he passed, I so wanted another cat. I searched the Humane Society for weeks and never found the right one.

    One Friday I happened to stop by Pet Smart in D’Iberville and I couldn’t BELIEVE it. There was my new cat. he was just like Ratty! I called my husband at work, I was in tears. I couldn’t believe how much he looked and acted like Ratty. We adopted him that day. He was a 9-month old yellow tabby named Reese.

    When we brought him home, he looked and acted so much like Ratty, our dogs thought he was Ratty. He fit right into our family.

    Since we adopted him from Waveland Animal Shelter, I wanted to give something back. I saw an ad in the Sun Herald saying they needed volunteers to help at Pet Smart. I applied and have been helping Georgia at Pet Smart for Saturday adoption events.