A look at our favorite turnaround stories from our Emergency Relief program
PetSmart Charities® Emergency Relief department is on call 24/7 to help pets in need. By assisting in both natural and manmade disasters — including puppy mills, dog fighting and hoarding cases — we’ve helped more than 200,000 pets since the program began in 2007.
Our grants help pets get the medical care they need, spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and necessary items such as toys, bowls and crates. With our program’s aid, these pets are able to find the lifelong, loving homes they deserve.
We’ve followed some of these pets on their journeys. We hope you enjoy our top turnaround stories of 2014.
Mr. Wrinkles and Fox
These puppy pals spent the first part of their lives fighting for food and shelter in a backyard in Stone County, Mississippi, where they lived with 115 other dogs. Their rescue came in the nick of time.
Mr. Wrinkles was in bad shape and needed plenty of medical care and recovery time. Luckily, he had Fox’s companionship and a PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief grant to help him through.
In another stroke of luck, the 2 friends were adopted together by Tina and Cody — a loving family who saw them as loving pets rather than damaged goods.
Ever was 1 of 367 dogs saved from what’s considered the second-largest dog fighting ring in U.S. history. PetSmart Charities supported the rescue effort by providing $139,000 worth of supplies, like crates, leashes and dog bowls.
While Ever escaped without any physical scars, the animal welfare organization tasked with her rehabilitation knew it would be an uphill battle to heal her mental scars.
One year later, Ever is still looking for her perfect family. Mayday Pit Bull Rescue told us she has made tremendous improvements. She’s a happy girl when she feels comfortable, although she’s shy around new people and in unfamiliar situations. Please contact Mayday if you can give Ever the loving home she deserves.
Daphne and Edgar
Daphne and Edgar live a true rags-to-riches tale. The English springer spaniels were 2 of 21 dogs living in a small, fenced in yard in southern Alabama. To make matters worse, the dogs often fought because the females were in heat, and there was little food to go around
You can say Daphne and Edgar hit the “springer lottery” when they met a family who now spoils them rotten.
While these pets now have a much brighter future, there are many other pets in need. PetSmart Charities receives dozens of Emergency Relief requests each week. You can help save pets by making a lifesaving donation.