German Shepherd Wins Heart of Foster – Heartwarming Story Contest

This pet rescue story is an entry in the Most Heartwarming Story Contest, by Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Most Heartwarming Story Contest is open to any and all participating Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays pet organizations. The winner will win $500 for their facility or rescue! Your organization can become a Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays partner today. This story will now have an opportunity to be featured in the finalist pool in February, 2014.

German Shepherd Wins the Heart of Foster Family

By MarrVelous Pet Rescues of Key Largo, Florida

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Koda was found wandering the woods; lost, afraid and alone.

Koda was found wandering the woods; lost, afraid and alone.

It took about two weeks of patience, love, and a little know-how to coax this beautiful three-year-old German Shepherd out of the woods and into the care of her rescuer.

After successfully coaxing this abandoned dog out of the woods, she was taken to a veterinarian, who determined the dog, who we named Koda, was about 15-20 pounds underweight and had probably been used for breeding purposes. She was extremely timid and walked in a low crouch with her head down.  One of the veteran fosters, Michelle, took Koda into her home to foster her.

Michelle spent the first night sleeping on the floor with Koda to make sure her new foster dog felt safe and secure. She then began to work with Koda to help her gain back her strength, her weight, and her confidence.  Koda started to hold her head up and her tail wasn’t lodged under her belly in fear and submission. Michelle began to socialize her and introduced her to different people and situations. Michelle read books, consulted with a trainer who volunteers his services to rescue pets, and used her best instincts to help Koda recover from what was seemingly an abusive past.

Koda was rescued in July.  Michelle, our wonderful foster mom who’s fostered numerous dogs in the past, had grown very attached.  We received an application for Koda; a sign that her foster had done her job well! Michelle realized Koda was one foster dog she couldn’t let go. Koda had come to her so broken and afraid, and she was now so strong, loving and whole, she wasn’t going anywhere.  Koda is home at last!

We’re happy to report Koda is very happy by her mom’s side!

Every week during the 2013 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2013 – Jan. 2, 2014), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by snail mail, fax or email, and at the end of each week Helen Woodward Animal Center will select a winning story to be featured on this very blog! After the campaign ends on Jan. 2, 2014, the weekly winning stories will be compiled into a pool and voted on by partnered organizations, animal welfare fans and the public. The story with the most votes will win a $500 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February, 2014. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.

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