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.
Twice Abandoned Puppy Finds Perfect Family
From Wag On Inn Rescue, located in Oakhurst, New Jersey
Milton was found as a stray. The couple who found him brought him to their local vet, who said Milton had mange and that his skin was badly infected. The vet suggested the couple either euthanize Milton or turn him in to the shelter. The couple got scared when they heard this and surrendered him to the shelter right away. What a poor stroke of luck. First, Milton is rescued from neglect with badly infected mange, and then due to his illness, he is “unwanted” as a pet. This little guy was only several weeks old and yet had suffered so much already.
One of the shelter’s regular foster families happened to be there the day Milton arrived. His soon-to-be foster mom, Wanda, said, “The day I first saw Milton was when he was brought in to the shelter. He felt so bad he just slept. That’s when I knew I wanted him. I got him the next day after he’d been to the vet.”
Wanda and her family fostered Milton for 4 weeks in North Carolina. They helped clear his skin infection and got rid of his fever, and his hair quickly started to grow back. Milton’s foster family noticed he loved big dogs from the start. So once he was ready to come north to Wag On Inn Rescue in New Jersey, a special request for big-dog siblings was put on Milton’s wish list for his new home.
He felt so bad he just slept. That’s why I knew I wanted him. -Foster Wanda
Milton quickly settled into his new foster home in New Jersey. His foster family said what a great dog he was – cuddly, fun and friendly to humans and dogs! As Milton continued to improve and regain his “good looks,” his wonderful personality was shining through. He adored all the dogs in his foster home, but he had a special friendship with a very shy foster pup who was about the same age. Milton’s outgoing personality and confidence gave Rico more courage, and soon both were greeting everyone.
It took only a few weeks for the perfect family and forever home to come along for Milton. And remember that special wish list Milton had? His New Jersey foster mom Debbie said, “I LOVE his new family! Two nice BIG black dogs, two teens who are lovely, and a mom and a dad. A nice yard and regular trips to a second home by the lake. I was sad to see him go, but he will have a wonderful life!”
Milton’s story proves that sometimes, the best things don’t come in the prettiest packages and that all life is precious. Thankfully, some kind rescue staff saw through Milton’s sickly exterior and gave him the chance at the good life he truly deserved!
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.