Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Tail: Patches

By Jamie Emming, Satellite Adoption Center

Patches, is an adorable 12 year-old black and white ball of fluff who came to HSSV through our Regional Rescue Program. The program routinely rescues animals in danger of being euthanized due to lack of space, time or resources at other shelters. On her fifth day up for adoption, we decided that Patches would be a great dog to feature at our Dog Adoption Day at our Satellite Adoption Center in PETCO Saratoga.

The shaggy dog no sooner arrived when she met a family who had seen the street signs advertising adoptions. Our adoption counselor started introductions out with their 8-year-old daughter. After some play and cuddles, Patches was ready to meet her greatest hurdle to her new home, their three-year-old boy! The toddler let out a shrill of joy at being released from his stroller and getting to touch the “puppy”.

After an initial moment of hesitation, Patches started to lick the little boy’s feet. Next, the family took her for a walk around the shopping center so our adoption counselor could see how Patches behaved with family members walking her. The gentle poodle was easy enough for their elementary age daughter to walk on her own. Patches never made the return trip to our Animal Community Center, as the family finalized her adoption at our Satellite. Our staff member who adopted out Patches remarked, “I think coming out to PETCO was the best thing that could have happened to Patches.”

Are you a Saratoga, Campbell, or west-side San Jose resident who would like to meet dogs closer to home? Join us this Saturday for our next Dog Adoption Day at PETCO Saratoga.

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