PEDIGREE Foundation grants have done so much to help us in our rescue program. The funds from PEDIGREE help us focus on a dog and make sure they are ready for adoption. Here is an example of one puppy who has gone on to be a great ambassador of rescue dogs with a big thanks to PEDIGREE.
“Norton was a puppy with the common rescue story that he became too big and had too much energy for the people who bought him after only two weeks. Old English Sheepdog Rescue in Southern California worked with him making sure he was healthy, had his shots, was neutered and had a bit of training.
The family that adopted Norton hoped for a dog who would learn to play fetch and become a therapy dog. Big paws for a 5-month-old puppy.
Norton took to the game of “fetch” immediately and keeps a laser focus on commands. His dad says he fell in love with balls, so much so that when they visit friends’ homes, Norton first searches the house and yard for a ball to play with.
At 6 months of age, Norton started training to become a therapy dog. At 2 years old, he became a certified Pet Partners “volunteer” in the Pawsitive Pets Program at Provident Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. Norton and his Mom have volunteered for countless hours, visiting patients, their families, and the hospital staff. Their visits provide support, encouragement and often some laughs, all badly needed in the hospital setting. In fact, Norton has become such a welcome Therapy Dog, that he was chosen to represent the Pawsitive Pets program in their advertisement to recruit Therapy Animal Teams!
Old English Sheepdog Rescue of So. CA, Inc.