Barkley Learns to Trust – 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 $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. 

Barkley Learns to Trust


By Blount County Humane Society, located in Maryville, Tennessee

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Barkley was found on Highway 68 in Maryville, Tennesee, trying to get across the road, when a passing car stopped to help. The driver tried to get him, but Barkley was too scared to come to her. While passing by, a second lady stopped and offered a hand.  This time, they tried food! With a granola bar in hand, they were able to catch him.  After his rescue off the road, Barkley was taken to a local animal shelter, where they found that he was not micro-chipped and had tested positive for heartworms.

Barkley-H4TH-2Poor little Barkley was full of fleas and ticks, and was told he would most likely be put down because of the heartworms.  The driver who found Barkley decided to go back to the animal shelter and get him the next day. She couldn’t let him die. When she found out she couldn’t keep him, she began her search for an animal cneter that would help with Barkley, and in stepped Blount Count Humane Society.

Staff at Blount County Humane Society knew Barkley needed treatment for his heartworms. They also had to find a volunteer to keep him calm during the treatment. Barkley was scared. He was afraid of not having food, so he kept hiding his food away, still not quite trusting the people around him.

Months after his rehabilitation, Barkley was ready to find a forever family. When he met Chris it was like he had always knew her! It was a match made in heaven and something we always wanted to happen for Barkley. He learned to trust again. Congrats, little guy!


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.


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