Most Heartwarming Story Winner for Week Nine of ‘Iams Home 4 the Holidays’

Hellloooooo heartwarming! Here is this week’s ‘Most Heartwarming Story’ from Iams Home 4 the Holidays! Each Thursday Helen Woodward Animal Center announces the weekly winner of that week’s ‘Most Heartwarming Story’ from Iams Home 4 the Holidays! Animal welfare organizations from around the world are working together to find loving homes for 1.5 million orphaned animals this holiday season.

This week’s winner comes from Sumter Humane Society, Inc. A newborn Chihuahua/Dachschund puppy, weighing barely one pound, was tenacious enough to cling to life to find a forever family. That proves that size has nothing to do with will power!

“One day in November, a woman came walking into our shelter and said, ‘I found this puppy.’ Dangling out of her hand was a tiny, starved Chihuahua/Dachshund baby. This infant weighed maybe a pound soaking wet and was cold and miserable. I immediately got her into a pen with a fuzzy blanket on a heating pad and gave her some water and food which she gobbled. She then curled up to take a nap.

During the day I continually checked in to see if she would wake up, have a little snack and then go back to sleep.

That afternoon I had a husband and wife come into the shelter and the wife immediately broke into tears when she explained that they had rescued a puppy which contracted parvo and died. She was heartbroken over the loss. They explained to me that they had a poodle which needed company, and also had a mother who was home all day, and wanted a companion for both of them.

We went through all of the kennels, looked at the large dogs, the medium sized dogs, the small dogs and the puppies. Nothing seemed to catch her eye. I was at the end of the tour, and on a whim asked, ‘I have a puppy that just came in today – she is very starved and not ready to adopt, but would you like to look at her?’ We walked into the room, she took one look at this puppy, her hand flew to her mouth, she gasped, looked at her husband and said, ‘That is the one!’ She told me that she had worked that day and it was just a spur of the moment decision to come to our shelter which was about a 45 minute drive.  This was definitely divine providence.

Because of the shaky health of the puppy, I allowed the couple to fill out an application and took the infant home to spend the weekend with my four dogs and two cats. Saturday night she mostly slept on her heating pad and ate a bit. Sunday afternoon I took her out on our screen porch and she ran, and ran and ran. It was so much fun to watch her stretch her legs. Monday back to work. I called her prospective family and said, ‘I think I might just have to keep this puppy!’ We had a good laugh.

Monday night she spent one more evening with my family and was a party animal.  That little girl had about tripled her weight and was all for having some fun.

On Tuesday our little baby went to her new home.

I then received an email today stating, ‘Hope everything is going well. Here are a few pictures – her new name is Baby. Baby is one of the most loved dogs! We are enjoying her sooo much! She is wearing one of the many sweaters, jackets and outfits that she owns already!’

And Baby lived happily ever after.”

Thank you, Sumter Humane Society, Inc! Please take a moment and “like” them on Facebook!

Remember: each week we choose a heartwarming story and that organization or rescue will be in the running for a $500 prize at the end of the campaign!

If you are an animal welfare facility or rescue, you can join Iams Home 4 the Holidays, too! Click here to find more information.


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