Ever wonder what it’s like finding forever homes for the animals that come to the Animal Rescue League of Boston – particularly not-so-easy-to-place animals – possibly older or shyer or having a harder time adjusting to new situations?

This past weekend saw 27 cats 2 guinea pigs and a dog adopted from the Boston shelter, and the staff-volunteer internet grapevines were humming! Some comments:

“Whoo hoo! We had both quantity and quality in adopters this weekend! Best of both worlds!”

“Great day for adoptions … Sooo glad I could make it in for my Sunday shift! Special shout-out to the volunteers and staff who rocked it today :-): Javier (left) went to a phenomenal couple who have an older, deaf dog at home… I looooved these people!!! Valkyrie (below) went to an awesome lady within the first 10 minutes of adoption opening! She walked in and asked if she could see Valks who she had fallen in love with online. Valks climbed into her lap and sat there for 20 minutes while she filled out the app – the decision was made by 1:10.”

“Today was great not just because so many animals moved out the door, but also because all the adoptions that happened were great ones.”

“[Initially shy] Dusty was amazing with her adopters. She let both of them pick her up and hold her and she gave them headbutts. They could not have been happier. [Eight-year olds] Moe & Bandit’s people initially came in for just one cat but fell in love with M&B’s looks and had to have them both. (Note: two 8-yr adoptions cost less than a single kitten: $150 compared to $155.)”

“[Initially very shy cat] Top Hat’s adopter was super awesome, too. She came in for Javier (met him yesterday) but was a few minutes too late today; she adopted Eloise 2 years ago (tabby w/ white face) and has an 11-year-old dog. She liked Top Hat (top right) more than [not-so-shy] Sherlock because Top Hat was more of a challenge. But by the time she was done with Top Hat, he was curled up in her lap and taking treats out of her hand. Great adoption! ”

“Schone was adopted from the back. She’s going home to a really nice couple who have another cat at home. Two younger females adopted [longer-time resident] Hunny Bunn. They wanted an older cat and spent time with our older cats in adoption, but fell in love with Hunny Bunn in the feline suite. She was a total love and lap cat with them – maybe she’s just particular!”

You can view a list of all available dogs here, all available cats here  and other animals here.