Every year we countdown 12 very special adoptions through our 12 Saves of Christmas series. Check in each day as we get closer to announcing our #1 on Christmas day.
In October, Jon Chrisos, a reporter with WGME13/FOX23, reached out to us about a story he was investigating. A local disabled man, Pete Cole, had contacted Jon about an adoption scam he had experienced. After losing his senior pug, Gizmo, Pete was heartbroken. In search of a new canine best friend, Pete attempted to adopt a pug online. After paying a fee over the internet, Pete was told his dog would arrive within days. Unfortunately, that was not going to be the case.
When Jon contacted us to see if we had any suggestions to help Pete, we couldn’t say no. We called Pete up to see what he was looking for in a dog. What we heard from Pete is that his dog was his best friend, and that life since Gizmo’s passing was becoming more difficult each day. Gizmo not only provided Pete with the support system he needed, Pete provided Gizmo with top-notch care, extensive medical treatment when needed, and an immense amount of love. Living downtown in a large apartment complex, Pete’s neighbors told us that Pete and Gizmo were a part of their community, visiting friends and neighbors, the school bus stop, and walking together all over town—an inseparable pair.
On October 26th we invited Pete Cole to the shelter. That morning we had a 3-year-old corgi mix named Angel available for adoption, arriving to the ARLGP from our Puerto Rico partner, All Sato Rescue, just a week earlier. What we knew about Angel was this: he loved nothing more than being a sidekick. He stuck to his person like glue, always trailing behind with curiosity, and taking advantage of a spare lap when one was available. What we heard Pete was looking for was exactly what Angel was. And when they met, it was an instant connection. View the news piece of the adoption day here.
Now, two months later, Angel is named Ozzy and Pete calls us regularly to tell us about milestones in their new relationship. One of our team members even saw Pete and Ozzy at the bus stop one morning on her way to work, happily greeting kids. The best part? This photo we received the day after adoption, captioned “I lost my chair in the living room! We thank you very much for putting us together.”