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 May 2016, we received five dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm closure conducted by Humane Society International. All of the dogs arrived incredibly under socialized because of the conditions they were kept in. They were not used to human touch, love or companionship. They were nervous in their new, safe and comfortable quarters. They were unsure of the high-quality diet, plush toys and yummy treats: all things they had never known. It was very much a brand-new life for them.
Working with a professional trainer and our team of skilled staff, we developed a training and enrichment plan for each dog to get them accustomed to their new lives as future family members.
Out of all five dogs, Victor’s journey took the longest. He spent nearly 20 months in our care. With a guiding hand, we helped Victor overcome many hurdles: from wearing a collar to walking on a leash, receiving belly rubs and playing with toys. It was an incredibly rewarding process for our team, who celebrated each milestone Victor met. He made such an impact on every volunteer and staff member, an illustration of resilience.
Spending months on our adoption floor, Victor also acquired quite the fan club. Families would visit regularly just to say hi to Victor, passing yummy treats through his kennel door. They’d also watch him romp and dance through the play yards, always with a huge smile on his face and a stuffie toy in his mouth.
One of those adoring fans became his family. After lots of visits, belly rubs and treats, Victor showed us he was finally ready to venture off to his next adventure: HOME! In January of 2018 he was officially adopted by a local couple, Kim and Brad. He’s now living the life of a four-legged best friend with his human parents and canine sister. His family updates us regularly, letting us know all of the new “firsts” he experiences. He’s gone on his first family camping trip, his first boat ride on the lake, and his first overnight at grandma’s. He also visits us frequently, he even came in to show us his Halloween costume this October!
Victor’s story didn’t just make an impact on our shelter family, he made an impact on our community. We’re proud of the dog Victor has become, and our hearts are full knowing he’s happy and healthy in a loving home.
When we asked Kim how they knew they were meant to be Victor’s parents, she said it was simple: “We knew he was the one for us when he allowed us to pet him. When he showed us he liked our affection. He amazes me every day! I’m so glad he picked us.”
We’re so glad he picked them too.