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Vote For Your Favorite Heartwarming Adoption Story!

One lucky pet adoption organization, participating in this year’s Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign, will receive $1,000 for their adoption story – and it all depends on YOU!

This year, we have 12 finalists, each one with a story that will tug at your heartstrings. You’ll meet pets who survived unbelievable circumstances and the organizations who never gave up on them.
Voting Guidelines

• Voting begins Tuesday, 2/3/2016, at 10 a.m. and ends 2/11/2016, at 5 p.m. (all times PDT)
• Only one vote per email, so make it count!
• You will be sent a validation email to confirm your vote, so please check your email to ensure your vote counts.

Please read through each story to see how our Home 4 the Holidays partner organizations are going above and beyond for orphan pets.

 
  456
votes

Abbott and Costello

These were some of the most shocking photos of animal cruelty we’ve ever seen: two kittens plastered in foam insulation and left in the street to die. The story made headlines, causing outrage and the community to rally around the kittens. Shelter staff worked round-the-clock to nurse Abbott and Costello back to health before placing them with the perfect pet parents.

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  551
votes

Almond Joy

Almond Joy’s story is pure serendipity. A UPS driver called a rescue worker about a sick kitten he had just found, but the call dropped. Lo and behold, you’ll never guess who happened to be delivering a package next door to the rescuer’s house just minutes later! The tiny kitten was so hungry, he had swallowed a whole almond that needed to be surgically removed. One of the vet techs who assisted in his surgery fell in love and became his forever mom.

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votes

Boone

After being rescued, Boone was off to the Big House. That’s right: he moved into a prison, where inmates trained him to open doors, turn on lights, pick up things and more. Now, he is a proud service dog for a young man with Cerebral Palsy.

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  293
votes

Booth

Be warned, Booth’s story is a tearjerker. A war veteran, beaten down by life, came to the shelter “just to look.” He ended up find the perfect dog, but didn’t have enough money to cover the fees. Shelter staff decided they would do whatever it took to make this adoption happen. The vet’s reaction will melt your heart.

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  72
votes

Brownie

Brownie’s first family returned her to the shelter after their vet discovered that Brownie had a chronic condition. She went to live with a foster mom while waiting for a special surgery. In a tragic turn of events, the foster’s only son was killed in a car accident. She came to rely on her foster pup for emotional support and, after the surgery, she couldn’t bear to give her back.

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  357
votes

Bruce Wayne 

Bruce Wayne was one of the most emaciated dogs we’ve ever seen. His original owner starved him intentionally, and it almost killed him. When he arrived at the rescue, the vet only gave him a 3 percent chance to live. Slowly but surely, he transformed into a sweet, lovable pet, even prompting his forever family to become fosters themselves.

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  283
votes

Buster and Thor

Buster and Thor’s happy ending began with a bargain. In an attempt to persuade her daughter to take Spanish instead of French, Annelise’s mom reluctantly agreed to let her adopt a kitten. When Annelise started researching kitten adoption, she learned that kittens are better in pairs! This family fell in love with the first pair they met.

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  220
votes

Manny and Ray

Kittens Ray and Manny were rescued from separate litters during two “Trap, Neuter, Release” missions. Ray suffered my eye infections so severe that both his eyes had to be removed. Manny was healthy, but after every single one of his littermates was adopted, the shy kitten was left all alone.  Together, they found the perfect home with a mom and sweet 8-year-old girl with special needs.

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  192
votes

Milton

When Milton first arrived to his foster home, he was so sick that all he could do was sleep. Eventually, his sweet, lovable spirit shone through.  He loved the large dogs in his foster home, so “big doggie siblings” were put on his forever home wish list. He would get his wish, but it was take a long journey up the East Coast.

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  62
votes

Pink

It’s no wonder Pink wasn’t trusting of humans. She lived underneath vehicles in an old car lot, fending for herself and her seven kittens. A Good Samaritan started feeding the feline family and was eventually able to bring them shelter. Her adorable kittens were adopted in a snap, but Pink was too scared to show adopters her true personality. She was transferred to foster care where she learned to play and snuggle (albeit it one paw at the time.) Pink is so loved by her new family!

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  83
votes

Pirate

Pirate lived at the shelter for seven years. He was a beautiful collie, but always became shy and standoffish when adopters came through. Meanwhile, Gerrie and her husband had just suffered the heartbreaking loss of two collies. Pirate didn’t make the best first impression on the couple, but shelter staff encouraged them to have faith. He has absolutely blossomed in his new home!

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  222
votes

William

When William arrived at the rescue, he was in rough shape. He had double cherry eye, was full of parasites and had to have a leg amputated.  He waited two years, without even one application submitted, before his forever family walked through the door. Now, they foster other dogs, and William provides loving support to his foster brothers and sisters.

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