Rescued Dog Makes Family “Right” Again – Heartwarming Story Conest

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 Rescued Dog Makes Family “Right” Again

Saving a shelter dog

Aaron on his day of rescue

By P. A. W. S. of Central Louisiana, located in Pineville, Louisiana

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Aaron-H4TH-3P. A. W. S. did not know much about Aaron, the young scared spaniel / labrador mix, before he arrived at the county shelter, but this sweet-faced boy was running out of time. There was only a day to arrange a foster home and the funds to rescue him, but a volunteer from P. A. W. S. did everything she could to ensure that Aaron’s life was spared.

A volunteer from P. A. W. S. arrived at the shelter on August 9, 2014, to arrange for his ride out of the shelter. When the volunteer got him home, she discovered Aaron had a knack for kiddos and loved all living things. The once terrified shelter dog played with the volunteer, all the other dogs and took advantage of the playtime with the volunteer’s young son, too. It was hard to believe such a great pup would have died the next day. Aaron was promptly neutered and vaccinated, and then listed on to begin the search for his FUREVER home.

They wanted to make their family ‘right’ again by adopting another dog

After one-and-a-half months of patiently waiting for a family to fall in love with Aaron, a family from Monroe, Louisiana, spotted him on in early November and and sent P. A. W. S. an email. The email sadly stated their family dog of 14 years had recently passed away due to cancer, and the family wanted to make their home, and their five-year-old son, “right” again by adopting another dog.

After exchanging a few other emails, the White Family came down to Pineville to meet Aaron and see if he could fill the void in their hearts. Aaron absolutely stole their hearts, and their son, Brunson, was the happiest he had been in a long time. The White’s begged to take Aaron home that evening but had to wait for the proper steps to be taken to ensure a happy adoption.


Brunson and Aaron – happy together!

On November 4, the Whites were approved to take Aaron home! It was probably the most exciting email P. A. W. S. had ever had the pleasure of sending, because of what the news would mean to the White Family. They were ecstatic and instantly made the hour-and-a-half drive back down to us to pick Aaron up. After receiving him, they could not stop thanking us for all we had done for their family, specifically five-year-old Brunson, who needed this adoption more than anyone.

Aaron's new yard

Aaron’s new yard

Today, Aaron, who came within days of losing his precious life, is now enjoying his very own amazing family. He has his own five-year-old human to give him all the love he so much deserves and to make up for the lost time he spent as a neglected stray. Even more heartwarming– the White Family donated to P. A. W. S. after adopting Aaron. Their reason for donating: “to help another five-year-old boy be happy again.”

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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