12 Days of Adoption Cheer with PetSmart Charities – Precious from Phoenix, AZ

Nonprofit PetSmart Charities works with more than 3,000 local adoption partners to facilitate roughly 400,000 pet adoptions each year.

This year alone, more than 1,000 pet adopters shared their uplifting adoption stories with PetSmart Charities on its website. They have chosen the top 12 that warmed everyones hearts the most and compiled them into a “12 Days of Adoption Cheer”.

Day 9 – Precious from Phoenix, AZ. Pet Parents: Vanessa Gates and family

The Gates family knew they wanted a second dog in their home. Their energetic golden retriever puppy needed a playmate, and their eight-year-old daughter needed a mellower friend. That was what led Vanessa Gates to Precious, a puppy that lived with a foster mom while she waited for her forever family. Because of the high energy level of the Gates household and the gentle but skittish temperament of Precious, the family decided to foster her first to be sure she was a good fit. After bit of an uncertain start, it became obvious to everyone that Precious was exactly what the Gates family needed. With a little patience, Precious also realized that the Gates family was exactly what she needed. She now spends her days getting belly rubs and running around the backyard with the Gates’ golden puppy and her nights cuddled up with Vanessa’s eight-year-old daughter.