According to the Humane Society, at least 4 million healthy dogs and cats are euthanized each year, just because they don’t have a home, and the shelters are full. You can change that. Today is National Adopt a Shelter Pet day, and it means so much more if you adopt than if you buy.
These animals are in need of lots of love, and are willing to be the best pet for you, you just have to find them at your own local shelter. To help inspire you to adopt, or donate, here are some hero pets that were adopted.
Roxy the pitbull helped an Autistic teen hug and kiss his mother for the first time.
When Joey Granados was 7, he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndom, and at 14, he could memorize entire books, but couldn’t show affection to his mother, or form personal connections with others. That changed when Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center of Los Angeles ran a special, any dog could be adopted for $10. When Roxy saw Joey for the first time, she immediately bee-lined to him, ignoring the workers and other shelter guests. Joey says that Roxy opened his heart, and made it easier for him to make friends and show affection to his mom. “If I’ve been having a bad day, Roxy can hear a tone in my voice. She runs up to me to give me a giant hug and lick me to death and do almost anything she can to make me happy.”
Pudding rescued his owners just hours after he was adopted.
Just hours after Amy Jung, a 36-year-old diabetic, adopted Pudding, he saved her from a diabetic seizure.Jung took her son to the Door County Humane Society, not to adopt a pet, but to play with them at the no kill shelter. However, for whatever reason, Jung and Pudding formed a strong bond. Later that night, after Pudding got used to his new home, his owner started to have a diabetic seizure. Pudding put his weight on her chest, and when he couldn’t wake her, began swatting her face. At that point, Jung came to her senses and was able to yell for her son for help. Pudding ran to Ethan’s bed to wake him.
3 month old Hunter alerted his newly adopted family to a stove that was on all night, leaking dangerous gas into the home.
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Sgt. Stubby is the most decorated war dog of World War I, and the only dog to be nominated for rank, then promoted to sergeant through combat. Stubby served for 18 months and was part of 17 battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted wounded soldiers, and once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him until an American found him.
He was first found wandering the grounds of Yale University while members of the 102nd Infantry were training. He hung around the soldiers and Corporal Robert Conroy adopted him. When they had to ship out, he snuck him on board the strop ship. When he was discovered by Conroy’s commanding officer, Stubby saluted him, as he was trained to at camp, and he was granted permission to stay.
Tara followed her family home, and they adopted her. Years later, she saved their son from a dog attack.