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

Did you hear? Did you hear? We reached our 6 millionth adoption for Iams Home 4 the Holidays!

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 the Humane Society of McCormick County, located in South Carolina.

“It takes a village…

Thank goodness a caring couple was around when Pumpkin narrowing missed being run over by a large truck in the rural town of McCormick. The couple stopped right away and scooped Pumpkin up. She was just a little puppy, sweet and scared. Unfortunately, they were not able to take her home so they did the next best thing: they brought Pumpkin to a friend’s house that was involved with the Humane Society of McCormick County.

Even though Pumpkin was being cared for, she was still scared. It just so happened that the Humane Society of McCormick County had a young terrier named Koko that had recently helped a shy puppy become more confident. So Pumpkin was moved to a new foster home so that she could be in the same house with Koko. The two dogs instantly became friends and started to play.

Pumpkin soon went to PetSmart for her first adoption event. The store atmosphere was just too much for Pumpkin and she curled up in the corner of her pen. Several of the volunteers took turns holding Pumpkin and she started to relax.

Her second visit to PetSmart was not quite so scary because her playmate Koko was there to help her. That is when she was first spotted by Mary. Pumpkin was still a little shy and this tugged at Mary’s heart. Mary had a golden retriever at home that was shy when she was first adopted at 8 months old. Mary had been looking for a friend for her dog so she went home and brought her golden retriever back to the store so they could meet.

The two dogs started to play and got along great. Unfortunately, her husband and three boys were not home and Mary did not feel right bringing home Pumpkin without talking to the whole family. Mary called her family that night about Pumpkin and her husband said, ‘You should call right now. Pumpkin might still be available.’

Mary adopted Pumpkin the following Saturday. Pumpkin found her forever home and it took a village of friends to make it happen!”

Thank you, Humane Society of McCormick County! 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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