Adopted Dog Takes Foster Pups Under His Wing

Riot’s love and hilarity inspired his family to give other adoptable dogs a second chance.

Veronica + Riot

When Riot changed his mom’s life for the better, she was inspired to give back. Together they foster adoptable dogs and help Hope Animal Rescue continue its lifesaving work.

"We didn't really have a plan when we started fostering and we truthfully had no idea what we were getting into. We just knew that we wanted to help. Little did we know that Riot would be the biggest help of all."

We adopted Riot during a pretty dark time in my life. The last thing anyone thought I needed at the time was a puppy, but I knew the moment we met him (when he was just a 3-month-old itty bitty pitty) that he was ours… and two days later, his adoption was finalized. While we didn’t adopt Riot to fix what was going on in my life or because we thought he’d magically make things better, that’s exactly what wound up happening. He gave me a purpose and a reason to wake up in the morning. He was always so goofy (hence the name Riot — he was always making us laugh) and friendly, and never failed to brighten my darkest days.

Adopted Dog Riot

We had only had him for a few months and he had already changed our lives for the better. He
showed us what it meant to love unconditionally, and what the true spirit of a bully breed dog was like. And that got us thinking — how could we give others the opportunity to experience the amazing love and joy that we experienced as a result of adopting Riot?

We made the decision to start fostering other bully breed pups. Two days later, we got our first foster pup through the same animal rescue where we adopted Riot. We didn’t really have a plan when we started fostering and we truthfully had no idea what we were getting into. We just knew that we wanted to help. Little did we know that Riot would be the biggest help of all.

Adopted Dog Riot

Riot has taken every single one of our foster dogs (from teeny tiny 6-week-old mama-less pups to dogs that were found emaciated, covered in hundreds of ticks and nearly bald from mange) under his wing, has taught them “how to dog” and has helped mend and heal so many of their very broken spirits.

Adopted Dog Riot

One foster dog turned into a second, and a second turned into a third, and now over four years and countless foster dogs later, I’m also on the board of the animal rescue. I’m now the Development Director, and I run the rescue’s social media pages. I spend almost all of my free time working on rescue stuff. It has become the thing I am most passionate about in life, and it’s all thanks to Riot.

Adopted Dog Riot

You know the phrase, “Who rescued who?” Well as cliché as it is, it couldn’t be more true. Not only did Riot rescue me, but he’s helped rescue all of our foster dogs, too. The course of my life changed forever the day we adopted Riot, and I will never be able to put into words how grateful I am for the impact he’s had.

Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Veronica won Hope Animal Rescue in Durham, North Carolina a 2019 Holiday Wishes award.