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.
Who Rescued Who?
By Save One Soul Animal Rescue League, Wakefield, Rhode Island
While hard to read, this story ends happily and embodies the true meaning of Christmas. Combine that with what Save One Soul Animal Rescue League does — TWO souls were saved with one adoption.
In August, 2014, a Rhode Island family lost their only son to a violent crime. He was killed during a random and violent home invasion. The young man’s mother, who desperately tried to save him during the attack, was also shot. She had part of one of her fingers bitten off during the struggle.
Recovery for her was long, and is ongoing. Due to the location of her wounds, the bullet remains unable to be removed. The physical scars are nothing compared to the scars on her heart from losing her only son.
Then in comes Bodie. One September day, Bodie found himself in a North Carolina animal shelter. A cute little guy, at three-years-old and weighing all of 15 pounds, he was saved by one of Save One Soul animal Rescue League’s rescue partners in Asheville, North Carolina, Brother Wolf Rescue. No one is really sure how Bodie ended up in the shelter. He had a wide-eyed, wire-haired, terrier look that so many adopters love. As he got comfortable in foster care, it was evident that he would be best as an only dog – he bonded quickly to his caretaker and become protective of his foster mom.
As recovery for the Rhode Island family began, they crossed paths with a dog-loving nurse who was also a great supporter of Save One Soul Animal Rescue League. The mom was so intrigued by the nurse’s photos of all of her dogs on her desk. When the nurse told her she that thought she was making progress given her injuries, the mom told her that she had nothing to even live for. Discussions began on how everyone could pool together to help this family heal.
Meanwhile, Bodie had been patiently waiting in his southern foster home since September for someone to notice that cute face and give him a second chance. No one could not understand why he hadn’t been scooped up a hundred times over. Bodie had not received a single inquiry.
And then it happened – the recovering family took one look at Save One Soul Animal Rescue League’s website – and made that connection that every rescuer hopes to happen for all their dogs. Bodie was their dog!
We had only one son, we want only one dog
Except – there had to be disclosure about Bodie’s minor personality traits. Upon telling the family that Bodie needed to be an only dog, the family’s response was,”We had only one son, we want only one dog.”
Bodie was brought to his new home last night — through tears of joy — the mom expressed that her heart was warm again. A true Christmas miracle for all involved—and leaves us with that famous question: “Who Rescued Who?”
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.