Back in October 2018, thanks to a press release from PR.com, and a campaign from Canine Company, many people started asking the question: “After 500 days in a shelter, why doesn’t Thumbelina have a home?”
It’s certainly not her looks. Thumbelina is a 42-pound, white bull terrier mix, who, with her distinctive black spots, sort of looks like a mix between Snoopy and Petey from the little rascals. She’s a cutey, to say the least.
And, it couldn’t have been her personality. According to the press release, her caretakers at Adopt-a-Dog “couldn’t understand how so many adopters (could) pass by this pint-sized pup with a big personality.”
“Thumbelina will make an awesome pet for some family,” said adoption coordinator Kelly Dugan of Adopt-a-Dog, at the time (as quoted in the press release). “She has the looks, the personality and the smarts. She loves climbing in a lap for a snuggle with her human friend as much as she loves playing with other dogs.”
But in spite of her loving and outgoing personality, at 2 years of age, Thumbelina had already spent much of her life in a shelter.
That’s when Canine Company stepped in, according to the press release, putting together a special adoption package — valued at over $3,000 (and including adoption fees, a fully installed Invisible Fence® Brand system, at-home obedience training, two visits from its mobile grooming van and a go-home goody basket filled with toys and treats) — and launching a campaign to share the dog’s story via social media.
In just two days, the original post was shared more than 3,000 times. People were surprised and amazed and saddened that this precious pup didn’t have a home.
Yet, it wasn’t until today that news broke on Canine’s Company’s Facebook page that Thumbelina has finally been adopted. And she has a new a new name.
“We are so happy to be able to post some news about our friend Thumbelina. Many of you have been asking for updates about her adoption status which we didn’t have much to report on… until now! We can happily report that Thumbelina (now called Whiskey) has found her forever family! She has a wonderful mom who has already taken her to the beach! In just a few days this sweet little girl has already settled in and made herself comfy in her new home. As part of our adoption package, we made a donation to Adopt-a-Dog, who has taken such good care of her over the last several months, and she received a bountiful goody basket filled with toys and treats! We also will be installing the Invisible Fence® Brand system at her house so that she can play safely in her new yard and she will be the lucky recipient of some pampering with a few visits from our Mobile Pet Spa. She is one lucky pup and we are overjoyed that she has finally found her home!”
Hopefully, Thumbelina’s, now Whiskey’s, tale will inspire potential adopters to visit their local shelter and save a life since there are so many other wonderful dogs, cats and other animals out there in need of a forever home.
Adopt-A-Dog was established in 1981 to save, socialize and secure loving homes for unwanted or abandoned dogs. Today, Adopt-A-Dog has a staff of 15 and houses between 35-40 dogs at any given time at its shelter in Armonk, New York. It is licensed by the New York State Department of Agriculture as a Not-for-Profit Animal Adoption and Rescue Organization.
About Canine Company
Born of a family’s love for dogs, Canine Company has been helping families keep their dogs and cats healthy, safe and happy for 35 years. Based in Wilton, Connecticut, the company serves pet parents across New England, New York and New Jersey with the Invisible Fence® brand systems, Manners dog obedience training, and mobile grooming and pet sitting in select markets.