Adopting an animal from a local rescue is exciting for all involved. Each adoption story is unique, for the person or family adopting, and the animal being adopted. During the month of October, Petco Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the national pet store chain, ran a program collecting these special stories. The participants were asked to write an essay about their adoption and why the organization they adopted from should be chosen to receive a grant.
Multiple Breed Rescue (MBR), along with Cleveland APL and Parma Animal Shelter, will be presented with their grant at 3PM EST on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the Steelyard Commons Petco store. MBR was chosen for this award based on the entry of Loralie Austin.
A Rhode Island resident, Ms. Austin adopted a golden retriever mix in 2015 after finding the group on Facebook. She had tragically lost her young son in 2014 and had been carrying on his legacy of helping animals and animal rescues. When she came across the MBR group, she saw her son had also been a follower and felt it was a sign from him to join. After completing the application and the subsequent adoption, Ms. Austin discovered the dog she adopted (now named Austin) had the same birthday as her late son. As a thank you to the rescue, she shared her story as part of the Holiday Wishes program, and thus MBR was chosen to receive a $5,000 grant.