Happy Tails Adoption Stories

Every day animals come to the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter searching for forever homes. These are their stories. 

From Foster Fail to Happy Tail for Lilly

Brenda and Terry Schiesler heeded the call to help the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) and foster a dog. But then, they met Lilly and realized they wanted to be her forever people. So their Foster Fail turned into a Happy Tail!

Woman with a dog in her lap

Ducky and Ivory get Discovered

Ducky and Ivory (who is now called Squirrel), are now living their dream lives in Los Angeles after a TV commercial production crew member discovered them at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter. Ducky also found himself in a starring role in the ad.

Robbie and Ducky
Ike Hatchback with Kevin and Lucy





Three Veterans Find a "Battle Buddy"



The Train a Dog Save a Warrior (TADSAW) organization visits the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter and matches three dogs with wounded warriors.






Meet Ike, a 16 month old Bullmastiff

Ike was owner surrendered to the shelter in January. His new family lives in New Mexico, but when they saw his picture online they knew they had to drive over 600 miles to bring him home. 






Jamaal and Chelsea