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

The holidays are going strong with thousands of adoptions worldwide! 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 Home Fur-Ever, located in Detroit, Michigan.

“Our handsome Rusty was one lucky guy.

We received a call from an Animal Control Officer who said he needed our help. His facility was closing and he needed our help saving dogs or he would be forced to put them down. He was most concerned about a certain handsome pit bull. He said that this pitbull, who we named Rusty, just wasn’t acting right.

We immediately went to the pound to take pictures of the dogs and gather information about them. Our volunteer saw Rusty and discovered that he was badly injured.  He was in shock and very lethargic. She examined Rusty more closely and discovered why. She made a call to our director pleading for help.

Rusty’s hind leg was badly damaged. He had a tear from his scrotum to his knee and the bone was showing.  We pulled Rusty right then and there and drove him an hour and a half to our vet even though we did not yet have a foster home for him.  The vet did surgery immediately to save Rusty and his leg.

After Rusty was released, we were able to find a wonderful foster home for him. We learned that he is great with other dogs and cats!  We were thrilled to learn that he is a true ambassador for the pit bull breed!

After Rusty recovered, he was able to come to our adoption events and show everyone what a good boy he truly is. A wonderful family saw Rusty and after a couple of days, they knew Rusty was a perfect fit. He was adopted on December 17, 2011.

We couldn’t be happier for our handsome boy! Congratulations to Rusty and his new family!”

Thank you, Home Fur-Ever!

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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