Noel arrived at Pets Alive via a transport from the Cayman Islands on April 20, 2014. Noel, a loving and affectionate female dog, was only 2 years old. Several months after her arrival, the energetic Noel got adopted. She was hopeful it would be her forever home, but through no fault of her own, she was returned to Pets Alive the following year when her family could no longer care for her.
Once she returned to Pets Alive, we placed Noel into our Improving Adoptability program. This program, run by volunteers experienced in dog handling and training, is aimed at helping those dogs whose current behaviors reduce their chances of becoming a member of a new family. Through different training techniques, Noel was able to learn how to overcome chewing behavior – and she learned basic obedience commands such as “sit”, “stay”, and “down”.
Earlier this year, we placed Noel into our “Diamonds in the Ruff” program, a new fee-waived dog adoption program made possible by an investment from the Petco Foundation. This adoption incentive program targets dogs with special needs such as age or medical conditions, or dogs that have been at Pets Alive for a lengthy period of time. We never give up hope that someday, the right family will come along and be a perfect match for a particular animal.
All of this paid off for Noel; her new year will be merry. On December 29, 2017, 1,353 days after her arrival from the Cayman Islands, Noel found her forever home!
Won’t you make a tax-deductible donation before midnight tonight so that more animals like Noel can find forever homes in 2018? It is your generosity that enables these types of wonderful stories to happen.