Update 3/8: Please do not vote in the comments below. To read complete stories and vote, please click here!
Since the inception of Iams Home 4 the Holidays in 1999, Helen Woodward Animal Center has enjoyed the privilege of giving out a special award for the most heartwarming animal adoption story during the adoption campaign. Receiving and reading these amazing success stories is always rewarding for us. They encapsulate why the campaign is worth all the hard work. We feel so many emotions as we read the entries; amusement, sadness, but inevitably, joy, knowing that these animals have been given a second chance at life thanks to our hard working Iams Home 4 the Holidays partner organizations.
This year, we are giving our friends, families, and fans a glimpse behind the walls of our animal welfare partners to witness the change they are making every single day. We are relying on you, dear friends, to help us make this decision:
Which organization should win this year’s prize for most heartwarming success story?
Next week, we are sharing, and asking you to vote on, four special success adoption stories, two dog stories and two cat stories. These four stories were chosen from all the entries submitted as our favorites, but we cannot choose just one! They all illustrate each animal’s unique journey; journeys that begin in abandonment, betrayal, or serious medical issues, and end in fulfillment, safety and most importantly, a loving home.
Here are previews of each story!
Darby was maliciously burned with chemicals and found wandering the world, alone and uncared for. Planned Pethood, Inc, located in Toledo, Ohio, cared for her life threatening wounds and even invented their own medical device, lovingly called “Darby Tubes,” that helped rehabilitate her back to full health.
This three-legged mama cat was found with her three kittens by a loving volunteer of Cat Guardians, located in Lombard, Illinois. Due to her poor health as a result of the abandonment, only one kitten survived. After her rescuer, the love of her life, suddenly passed away, how would she cope?
‘Frostbitten, then smitten’
Fred, a yellow lab puppy, was a victim of neglect and frostbite. He lived alone and forgotten in his family’s backyard. When he was rescued, he met a very special boy named Austin, a junior high volunteer, at Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue, located in Belleville, Michigan. Austin and Fred bonded immediately, proving that age doesn’t dictate the change you can make in this world!
‘Throw Away Rose’
Rose and her family were found in a box on the side of a freeway. What’s worse than that? Their abusers had wrapped the box so there was no possible escape route. Would a good Samaritan find them in time to help? Only Hilltop Humane Society in Randolph, Massachusetts, knew the end to that story.
How can you vote?
Voting will begin on Tuesday, March 8th, at 10:00am (PST), at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog. (Which is right here! So bookmark this page!) The contest will run for two weeks and end at 5:00pm (PST), Monday, March 21st. There is a limit of one vote per email address, so make it count! We will officially announce the winning animal organization on Tuesday, March 22nd, at noon (PST), on this blog, so make sure you come back and see if your favorite animal won.
These animal organizations need you and your friends in order to win the prize for best adoption story. Only you can ensure that your favorite organization gets selected, so spread the news, tell other animal lovers, and win the prize for your favorite!