Our First Success Story: Bootsie Finds a Home Thanks to Classic City Paw Print

by Amanda Newsom

 Photo: Circle of Friends Animal Society

Photo: Circle of Friends Animal Society

Our first issue of Classic City Paw Print was met with a good deal of positive feedback from the community, but our favorite email was from Circle of Friends Animal Society (COFAS) to say that Randy, a dog who was featured in our May issue, had been adopted as a result of someone seeing him as she perused the magazine. 

Randy came to COFAS when one of their foster parents found him in a church parking lot in Commerce, GA right before Thanksgiving. The maintenance man said Randy had been there for over a week already. His rabies tag led COFAS on a month-long search for his owner that took them to South Carolina, but they had no luck. 

It might be better that way anyhow, as Randy seemed to have been abused by a previous owner. He was very afraid of brooms and being put in his crate, but he opened up in his foster home and learned to trust and love his foster family. Cathy Wood of COFAS says, “Randy’s foster mom called him ‘the Velcro dog,’ as he was always at her feet following her everywhere.” He loved to play with toys and his blanket and to climb on his foster mom’s shoulder to snuggle.

Meanwhile, Kirsteen DeVorsey had recently lost her 14-year-old dog to cancer and was becoming open to the idea of adopting another dog as her companion. She started browsing adoptable pets online and happened to pick up the debut issue of Classic City Paw Print. While looking through the adoptable dogs to see which might be a good fit for her, she came across Randy. 

She said his “profile described him as ‘snuggly, affectionate and feisty.’ He sounded perfect. It also mentioned that he had been up for adoption since November. The fact that he had been available for seven months concerned me, so I decided to visit [him] that Saturday when Circle of Friends would be holding a meet and greet.”

When she met him, after their introduction, he walked right up to her and let her pick him up. She didn’t know this at the time, but Randy had never done that with other perspective pet parents. Some people had been interested in adopting him, but he just didn’t seem to be comfortable with them. But with Kirsteen, it was love at first sight for both of them! “She told me that I was the first person [he] wasn’t afraid of. I adopted [him] that day.”

Randy became Bootsie and is loving life with his new mom, Kirsteen. He really enjoys playing fetch in her fenced yard, and she takes him on walks each morning around her neighborhood and then on another walk later in the day at Sandy Creek Park. 

After just a week and half together, Kirsteen said, “He is so happy with his new home, and neither of us have any regrets. Even in this short amount of time, he has brought me so much happiness. I can’t imagine life without him. And watching him slide across the hardwood floors with a toy in his mouth never fails to make me laugh.” 

Do you need a tissue yet?


Our hope is that this story about Bootsie will turn in to dozens (and hundreds) of success stories for other homeless dogs and cats in our area. It is the main reason Classic City Paw Print was launched, and we want it to be the main reason it keeps going. 

You can help pets like Bootsie by telling people about the featured adoptable animals in our monthly magazine, which locals can pick up in person (distribution locations are listed on our website under the current issue), and anyone can view the issues and articles online at www.ClassicCityPawPrint.com. While Classic City Paw Print is published and edited as a mostly local effort, the articles we feature and the adoptable pets looking for homes are not restricted to Athens, GA!