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 11 – Winston from Parma, OH. Pet Parent: Valerie Mau
When Winston and Valerie Mau met each other at a PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center, the two impacted each other’s lives more than they could have imagined. After being rescued from the streets and bouncing around from owner to owner, Winston finally found his stable, forever home when Valerie made the decision to adopt him. However, adopting Winston came with conditions. Because Valerie’s mom was allergic to cats, she knew that Winston’s home couldn’t be in her parents’ house.
“Right then and there I made the decision to move out of my parents’ house and get my own apartment,” she said. “That way I could adopt Winston.”
It was a true coming-of-age moment for Valerie, and she credits Winston for giving her the extra push she needed toward that independent step.