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Love Stories

Hawaii’s First Arson Dog, Kaimi

In 2008, Kaimi was nationally certified as the first accelerant detection canine in the state of Hawaii. Along with his handler, assistant fire chief Robert, they’ve helped the Hawaii Fire Department in nearly 300 arson cases and are getting set to retire at the end of 2019. [petco-story-quote] Back in… Read more »

Scarlett the Therapy Cat Helps Kids Improve their Reading Skills

After learning about pet therapy teams, high school senior Bella became interested in being part of a pet therapy team herself. [petco-story-quote] Although admittedly not all her pets were capable of the task, she knew her adopted cat Bella, from Nashville Cat Rescue, would make a great therapy cat because… Read more »

Service Dog Helps Navy Veteran Regain Independence

After retiring from service, Navy Veteran Alessandra was struggling with PTSD related symptoms and was having a hard time trusting people and leaving the house. “I wanted my life back,” said Alessandra. “I thought a service dog could help in terms of companionship or diversion.” [petco-story-quote] In an effort to… Read more »

Steve and Kate + Edith Ann

Edith Ann Pet Cancer Awareness

Steve and his wife, Kate, adopted Edith Ann in April 2014. Edith took to her new pet parents right away, jumping on both their laps and rubbing up against them and purring. Steve and Kate were hooked, and they were ready to give her lots of love and attention. [petco-story-quote]… Read more »

Adopted Kitten Saves His Mom’s Life

Shortly after adoption, Merrick’s meows woke his mom up when her blood sugar fell too low during sleep. [petco-story-quote] Back in November 2017, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. in which my body attacks and kills cells in my pancreas, and it is now unable to produce insulin. Also… Read more »

Dog’s Love of the Ocean Helps Adopter Heal

When Sophia’s mother passed away from cancer, the love of a little surfing puppy helped her heal, and became the last story she and her mother shared. [petco-story-quote] It was June of 2015 when my beloved dog Brian passed away at nearly 14 years old. I still remember the day… Read more »

Adopted Dog Helps Survivor Feel Safe Again

After surviving a violent crime, Natalie suffered from PTSD and depression. Then Mugsy the dog came along and helped Natalie heal. [petco-story-quote] My name is Natalie Johnson, and I’m a survivor of a violent crime. This is my story about a magnificent rescue dog named Mugsy who was given a… Read more »

For One Veteran, an Adopted Husky is the Path to Healing

Gary was battling PTSD and depression when he met a three-legged Husky named Trey, who helped him learn how to heal. [petco-story-quote] I had just come out of being released from an inpatient treatment for depression and suicidal ideology (and attempt). I was barely capable of taking care of myself… Read more »

Dog Inspires Adopter to Pursue New Lifesaving Career

Adopting Bijou inspired Izzy to help save the lives of other shelter pets. [petco-story-quote] Everyone says she has the best dog in the world—and everyone is right. When I first met Bijou, she was barking at me behind the bars of her kennel cage. A newly trained volunteer at City… Read more »

Dog with Neurological Disorder Finds the Perfect Family to Help Her Thrive

Tilly was born with a neurological disorder, but found the perfect pet parents to help her thrive. [petco-story-quote] Change is hard. I’m not sure I know many people who eagerly await big changes. Adopting a dog brings change: in our case, our dog has completely changed our lives. Adopting wasn’t… Read more »