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🐶 From Solitude to Snuggles: Zoey's heartfelt adoption story

PLUS: Virginia’s rescue spotlight & a treat training tutorial

👋 Happy Thursday! Let's leap into another pup-packed edition of Cause for Paws.

Last week, we asked you how you like to engage with the dog rescue community.

And the choice with the most votes was:

Volunteering at local shelters.

We love to hear it!

This week, we want to know more about your dog adoption stories!

We'd love to know:

What was your most memorable moment during the dog adoption journey?

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Make sure to cast your vote, and if you’d like, reply to this email with some of your heartwarming adoption stories!

In today’s Cause for Paws:

  • 🏡 How Zoe the pitbull-boxer mix traded her crate for cuddles

  • 🧠 Little-known secrets how to train your dog with treats

  • 🇺🇲 50 State Rescue Challenge: Virginia Edition

  • 🐾 Paw Profiles – 3 adorable new dog rescues up for adoption

Source: Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue

In the bustling city of Chicago, a young dog named Zoey faced a lonely existence.

As a one-year-old pitbull boxer mix, she found herself confined to a crate for up to 12 hours a day, her exuberant puppy energy trapped within the four walls of her downtown apartment.

Her owners, caught up in the demands of full-time jobs, reluctantly admitted that they couldn’t offer Zoey the life she deserved.

With heavy hearts, they surrendered her to Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue, unaware that Zoey’s tale was about to take a turn toward a brighter future​.

Meanwhile, in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, a family was on the lookout for a new furry member to complete their household.

Kyle and Heather, along with their son, searched far and wide, their journey eventually leading them to Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue.

They didn't have a long list of requirements, but one thing was crucial: their future dog had to be tolerant of the lively, noisy atmosphere that came with kids, as their family was about to expand​.

Enter Zoey. The moment Kyle and Heather laid eyes on her, it was love at first sight.

“We knew immediately we wanted to take Zoey home when we met her!” Heather recalls.

But they needed to be sure. Hopeful Tails agreed to a two-week trial to ensure Zoey was the perfect fit.

Those two weeks flew by, and soon they were back at the shelter, eager to sign the adoption papers.

Zoey's 'Gotcha Day' marked the beginning of her new life, one filled with love, laughter, and the boundless energy of a growing family​.

Seven years have passed since that fateful day in November 2016, and Zoey, now an eight-year-old dog, still buzzes with puppy-like vitality.

“She is extremely rambunctious and so excited to go for walks ALL the time,” Heather shares.

Zoey's days are filled with her favorite activities: playing fetch, chasing the neighbor’s dog along their fence, and joyfully greeting each family member as they return home.

Despite her 60-pound frame, she loves snuggling up with her family and has a few quirky habits, like barking at delivery drivers, even when they bring her treats, and begging for scraps at the table​.

Zoey's family has grown over the years, now including two adults and three kids. She's never short of playmates or activities, often joining in on soccer, football, or jump rope.

Her presence has taught her family a valuable lesson, as Heather notes, “Everyone deserves a second chance, a new opportunity. Because sometimes we just need a new environment to thrive.”

Heather hopes to inspire others to consider adoption, highlighting the life-long commitment and the immeasurable rewards it brings​.

Zoey’s journey from a caged existence to a beloved family member is a heartwarming reminder of the difference a loving home can make in an animal’s life.

Her story is one of many that encourage us to open our hearts and homes to animals in need. Consider making a difference in a rescue dog’s life today with the gift of adoption!

When you discovered pets can be trained with treats, did you research:

  • What type of treats to use

  • When to give them

  • How to present them

While they might sound like simple questions…

These are actually very important considerations!

If you haven’t taken a meticulous approach to treat-training, don’t worry.

Today, we're bringing to your attention a video guide that will show you the RIGHT way to incorporate treats into dog training!

This guide brings clarity to every aspect of treat-training, including:

  • Identifying your four-legged friend's favorite goodies

  • Perfecting the knack of using various kinds of treats in different situations

  • Managing situations when treats fail to attract attention

🇺🇲 The 50 State Rescue Challenge: Virginia Edition

At Cause for Paws, we’re on a mission:

Get a pet adopted in every state.

Every week, we cover a different state, and share resources on how you can help adopt in your own state.

This week, we're heading to the Old Dominion State — Virginia! 🏞️

In the heart of Chantilly, VA, a special organization called A Forever Home brings warm smiles and wagging tails together.

Unlike your typical rescue, A Forever Home doesn't just believe in placing pets in new homes, but ensuring that their rescues find the perfect forever family, where they'll be cherished for life.

Starting as a small initiative, this non-profit now reaches across the northern Virginia and Washington Metropolitan area, reinforcing the belief that every animal deserves a second chance.

What sets them apart is their sincere commitment towards finding the right home for every pet. 

Recognizing the diversity in people's lifestyles, they go the extra mile to find a suitable match that accommodates both pet and owner.

Post adoption, they follow up to ensure every pet makes a seamless transition into their new environment, something not every organization prioritizes.

If you’re close to Chantilly, VA or are passing through soon, stop by A Forever Home to see the incredible work they’re doing!

P.S. Not a Virginia resident? No worries!

🐾 Paw Profiles: 3 Virginia rescues ready for adoption

A Forever Home in Virginia is a sanctuary for the sweetest furry friends longing for their forever homes.

Let's meet three of their current rescues looking for a new home!

Oatmeal is brimming with love, and loves a good stick to play with. This loving pup dreams of open fields, and warm cuddles. With a little patience, he's prepared to warm your home with love. 🐾🥞

Amos is a lively Beagle Mix, with an aura of playful warmth. This full-grown pup is house trained, dog friendly, and ready for a new home. Once he trusts you, he will be your loyal companion and snuggle-buddy. 🐾💖

Introducing Bianca, a sugar-sweet pup with a tender, loving heart. This gentle young Shepherd Mix finds joy in simple pleasures, eager to have a new, doting family to do life with. 🐾🎾

Is one of these pups your perfect match?

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👋 Until next time, Cause for Paws crew! Can't wait to catch up with you next week!

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