5 of the Sweetest Pet Adoption Stories of 2016

Ravens Rookie Helps “Not-So-Adoptable” Dog

Baltimore Ravens rookie offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley had some “seriously awesome” criteria for finding a dog at the BARCS Baltimore Animal Shelter, the staff said. Stanley arrived in June with his girlfriend and a teammate, saying he was looking for a dog who’d “been there a long time” and was “maybe not-so-adoptable.” So the staff introduced him to Winter, who had been found dehydrated and scared at a vacant property. Winter quickly fell for the NFL player, smothering him with kisses. Stanley and his girlfriend brought the dog home and renamed her Lola. “What a lucky dog to have such a great daddy,” the shelter gushed on Facebook. In an update in August, Stanley shared a photo of the pup where she looks quite content in her new home, napping happily on the bed. — Read it at ABC News

Blind Dog Gets a Kindred Spirit

Sometimes, when you know it’s right, you’ll do anything to bring home the dog you fall in love with. Cassidy Kraus and Brett Weyers were searching for a Bulldog who would be a good companion for their blind dog Sotiras when they came across Batty, who was also blind, on the Sacramento SPCA’s Facebook page in May. The couple lives 2,000 miles away, in Wisconsin. But they didn’t let that stop them. They “hopped in the car” and drove to Sacramento with Sotiras, and luckily, everyone hit it off, so they headed back home to Wisconsin together. The pups have become good friends. “Our hearts are so full of love right now,” Kraus wrote at the time. — Read it at People Pets


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