Dog Eases Family’s Pain – 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 2016. 

Shelter Trip “Just to Look” Ends in True Love

Buddy Home 4 the Holidays Most Heartwarming Story Contest

Buddy’s first family photo

By White River Humane Society, located in Bedford, Indiana

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An 8-year-old rat terrier was so confused in the last couple of months. This sweet, loving boy went from one house to another because someone couldn’t care for him. When Buddy got to White River Humane Society in Bedford, Indiana, he was scared. He was in a new place with lots of new smells and barking. It wasn’t the home Buddy was used to, and he was all by himself. Buddy cried most of the time, and he had the most awful, lonely cries. When Buddy got out of his kennel, he shared love with everyone. He wanted to be by someone’s side when he could. Luckily, Buddy liked other dogs, and he got to join a new kennel mate. That helped pass the lonely time, but it wasn’t his forever.

One Saturday, Buddy was sitting in his kennel lonely again because his new friend had just been adopted the day before. A family of four decided to look around the shelter for a new friend after they had lost their furbaby to old age. They didn’t know if they would find “the one,” but they wanted to look. Exactly what they were looking for was waiting for them at the shelter though. This family that was visiting with Buddy got him out of the kennel, but they weren’t putting him back after his walk! He had an inner excitement because he just knew something new was going on. When one of his new owners picked him up and they all bunched together and smiled, Buddy felt like he was right where he belonged. The family couldn’t imagine a more perfect family pet either. Buddy rescued them because their heartache of losing their last pet was very hard. While Buddy will never replace their past pet, he knew he could fill in a new spot of their heart that was meant just for him. Our family pets don’t live forever because our hearts are meant to love and care for many throughout our lives. Buddy’s new family was saving him from being passed around, and they would love him for the rest of his life. Buddy and his new family needed each other just as much as the other.

Our family pets don’t live forever because our hearts are meant to love and care for many throughout our lives.

Buddy is so wonderful that the family’s landlord will be going to adopt a forever friend the following week after Buddy’s adoption. Buddy’s travels not only allowed him to be rescued and to rescue a family who needed him, but it will also lead to a new family finding a new fit for them. You can see the love in everyone’s eyes in Buddy’s adoption picture, and we couldn’t be happier for him.​

During the 2015 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2015 – Jan. 4, 2016), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by email or tagging stories with #LightTheirWayHome, 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. 4, 2016, 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 2016. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.


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