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After losing my beloved Shepard mix, I wasn’t sure about getting another dog. We are at a time in out lives that a puppy would not work for us. I started looking at adoption sites and found Leo. Leo has a rough past and needed a quite home. We arranged to meet Leo and then decided to do a trial but because of Leo’s fearful issues that was extended to 2 months. I think I knew the moment that I met him that we were destined. I signed the papers and he is mine. He is happy and we are working on his issues. What a sweetheart!!!


My girlfriend and I were looking to get our first dog together and we came across castle of dreams while searching for adoption agencies in the central jersey area. When we first met Kylie (formerly Lily) we could tell right away she would be perfect for us. I spend nearly every minute of my day with this puppy since she comes to work with me daily. She has such a calming demeanor for a 4 month old puppy and is so intelligent. She has been nothing short of amazing. Thanks so much. You guys have been very helpful throughout the whole process.


We have a 6 year old son and decided we wanted a dog. Pat and I hadn’t had a dog since we were kids but we knew the joy they brought and wanted that for our son. So secretly we were both online kind of dipping our toe in. I had found an 8 month old terrier mix and put in the application then came home and told my husband :) The foster mom Susan said they reviewed our application but most likely he was very close to being adopted by another family. I had told her I was looking for a Schnauzer/terrier mix. She said take a look at our site, we just started fostering Bandit and he is a Schnauzer mix. We met him on a Thursday and he was ours on Saturday April 11,2015. Needless to say we are in love with him. I didn’t think I could love a dog as much as I do this one, he is such a wonderful addition to our family…plus to see my son’s smile is worth it. He stole our hearts that Bandit…a happy beginning.


Jake joined our little family in March of 2015. He was rescued from the south and was very skittish when we first got him. The first night he was in the home, it took him nearly two hours to make his way from the kitchen to the living room (Which is about twenty feet.) But, here we are a month later. Jake loves going for walks down the bay, playing with the neighborhood dogs, and chasing his two feline pals (Salem and Finn) all around the house. He’s still coming around, but he has definitely broken out of his shell quickly. I don’t think that I rescued Jake, but that rescued me, and I’m so grateful we found each other! He’s my buddy and I’ve never been so happy!

Emma (Oreo)

Our German Shepherd passed away and we were looking for a smaller dog when we saw Oreo’s face. She won us over right away. She makes us laugh every day and brings so much joy into our family. It was love at first sight. Thank you CODAR for doing such a great jobs in finding homes for so many deserving animals.


We adopted Molly from Castle of dreams in March of 2013. She was rescued from down south and brought up to New Jersey. Molly was a sweet little puppy that was 3 months old when we adopted her. In February we lost our dog Hailey, a beautiful lab/ shepherd mix. What better way to honor the memory of Hailey by adopting another dog.


What can we say!! From the moment we heard about , Siren, a Great Dane ,needing a home, we hoped she would be part of our family. For the past three years, siren and her brother, Sammy, another Great Dane, have been snow birds. Half their time in New Jersey and the other in Florida. The Fitzpatrick family would love to thank Cadtle if Dreams for filling the void That was needed.


Sadly we lost our 7yr old golden Lucy to cancer in April. Our 10yr golden Maui was depressed, our two kids talked about her everyday missing her. We felt it was time for a new pet. We knew we wanted to adopt. We came across Brody’s picture “Oscar” on pet finders and immediately filled out the adoption paperwork. Clare (foster family) called me two days later and that day we went to meet “Oscar” we immediately fell in love with his adorable face. he was ours within a week. He takes turns sleeping in bed with my kids.. Loves to run all around the house. Although we still miss Lucy..Brody helped ease our sadness! We are so happy to have rescued him and brought him into our family!


I had seen Goliath (now known as Binx) on the website and fell in love with the face; filled out an application, but so many other pups “got adopted already” so I didn’t hold out much hope. That Sunday I went to Petsmart, not knowing there was an adoption even going on – and there he was!!!!! I didn’t want to get my hopes up because he had to meet my dog Sammi (13); but at the house visit that very day it was evident that there was no problem with anyone. So Binx was the best birthday present to myself; he gets along with the kitties; Sammi loves him and he’s just a great new addition; we’re one big happy family


Bentley has been with us for around six months now and none of us can remember our lives without him.

He is so spoiled and at times ends up having 2 adults petting him at once! He has all his permanent teeth now and uses them to destroy his stuffed toys. We have switched to ballistic rubber toys and unstuffed items. His reaction to rain and snow for the first time were priceless.

My son took this photo this summer when he met him for the first time. He is in love with him too! He visited for Thanksgiving and Bentley and he were inseparables .

He is a little bigger than we thought he would get – about 15 pounds and all Jack Russell in his temperament. He is a good watch dog and loves to try to dig and bury things. Of course, he won’t come unless he feels like it even after many training sessions.

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and will have a great Christmas and new year!

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