Get Ready for Yeti
Our 2018 Remember Me Thursday Rescue Pet Hero
The 6th annual Remember Me Thursday takes place on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Animal lovers around the globe will light candles – and light up social media – to bring attention to the millions of pets waiting for forever homes and remember those pets who never got a second chance.
All those pets’ whose lives were cut short had the potential to do amazing things. In their honor, Helen Woodward Animal Center created the Remember Me Thursday Rescue Pet Hero award. We are thrilled to introduce you to the very first recipient: Yeti!
Third Time’s The Charm
Yeti’s life hasn’t been easy. The big white dog ended up in the Verde Valley Humane Society shelter in Cottonwood, Arizona three times. The first time, Yeti was relinquished by his owner, but the owner came back for him the same day.
Seven months later, a different person dropped off Yeti – who now had a severely broken leg. In another situation, Yeti could have been classified as medically unadoptable and put to sleep. However, the folks at VVHS wouldn’t give up on this sweet guy. They funded his surgery and set him up in a foster home for several months while he recovered.
Yeti’s leg healed, and he was soon adopted! However, as sometimes happens, the adopter was no longer able to care for Yeti. Two months later, Yeti found himself back at the shelter.
Day after day, Yeti waited patiently for his forever family (all the while winning over the staff with his goofy, charming personality!) Nearly 80 days after his third trip to the shelter, the Lennox Family arrived.
The Lennoxes weren’t looking for a dog Yeti’s size, but they were somehow drawn to him. They decided to take a chance on the once unwanted pit bull. Adopting Yeti would turn out to be the best decision they ever made.
Yeti to The Rescue
Several weeks after his adoption, a fun family day at the river almost turned tragic. Fallon (Yeti’s 6-year-old human brother) accidentally slipped into the water and was swept away by the current.
Yeti was the first to realize that Fallon was in trouble. The dog jumped into the river and pushed the drowning boy toward the rocks, where relatives were able to pull him to safety. It was fate that the Lennoxes came to the shelter the day they did; they ended up adopting the dog who saved their son’s life.
Any Pet Can Be a Hero
Each year, millions of shelter pets are euthanized. One of these pets could have been the next Yeti, but they were never given the chance. Not every shelter pet is able to physically save a life, like Yeti did, but they all have gifts to share with the world (even if that gift is sitting like a lump on the couch while keeping their human company.)
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