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 $1,000 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, 2015.
A Dog Named Katt
By Home FurEver Rescue, located in Detroit, Michigan
On a cold fall afternoon, in 2012, a Home Furever volunteer was walking in his neighborhood in Detroit when he came across a severely emaciated dog in an alley. He was shocked at her condition and it was obvious she may not be strong enough to make it through the night. She could barely stand, but after a little persuading with some treats in-hand, our volunteer made fast friends with Katt, and her road to recovery began.
Katt was rushed to our emergency veterinarian to receive the urgent care she needed. She was placed on IV fluids and several tests and x-rays were done. She was severely dehydrated and had eaten garbage just to stay alive! After tests and her examination, our staff was relieved to hear that surgery was not needed to remove the trash that she had ingested just to stay alive. She was released from our veterinarian into a foster home to begin her recovery.
Bringing home a starving dog requires much care and diligence. Proper feeding is essential to an emaciated dog’s recovery and her foster mom was committed to putting weight on Katt safely. As Katt’s strength was regained, so was her sweet personality. She learned love and trust in her foster family. She learned that she would never go hungry again and she showed everyone just how grateful she was.
Katt blossomed into a wonderful dog with confidence and a silly personality. She adored everyone she met and became friends with the other dogs in her foster home. We could never understand why she was always overlooked at our weekly adoption events.
Katt’s Freedom Day
For two years, Katt waited for a family to fall in love with her. Her beautiful disposition was overlooked, until one day, the perfect family found her. On October 18, 2014, Katt was adopted into a wonderful home where she has another dog to play and snuggle with, and two parents who adore her. It took almost two full years for her family to find her, but we are sure she’ll agree that it has been worth the wait!
During the 2014 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by email or tagging stories with #BBH4TH, 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, 2015, 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 $1,000 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February, 2015. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.