We recently did a post about the ongoing IAMS® Home 4 the Holidays® campaign, and we thought we’d do a little update to see how things are going!  With only a little over a month left to go in the campaign, we thought we’d share some tips on adoption, feature an adoptable that could become your newest family member this holiday season, how many pets have been lucky to be able to participate in IAMS® Home 4 the Holidays®, and how many more need homes to reach goal.

Since our last post and since the campaign started on October 1st, almost 500,000 pets have been adopted and found their forever homes!  CONGRATS!  That’s a HUGE jump from where we last were, but we still have a long way to go in one month to reach the 1.5 million goal!  Starting today, every day we’ll feature a few adorable adoptables in the hopes that they’ll find their way home!  So far, over 2.5 million bowls of food have been donated by IAMS through Facebook & you guys purchasing the specially-marked bags of IAMS® in-stores!  THANKS, GUYS!

If you’re considering taking part in the campaign, here a few quick tips we think you should consider before jumping in to adopting a pet, courtesy of Mike Arms, founder of  IAMS® Home 4 the Holidays® & CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center.

  • If your heart is set on adopting a kitten or puppy, be sure to check your local animal shelter! Did you know that dogs and cats of all ages are available for adoption at local shelters?
  • Many responsible animal organizations have processes and services in place designed to help make the best adoption matches possible, from assessing an animals’ health and temperament to offering special resources such as adoption counseling, follow-up assistance, pet parenting and dog-training classes, medical services or behavior counseling.
  • Oftentimes, the cost for adopting a pet can be significantly less than paying the higher costs associated with buying an animal from a pet store or backyard breeder. And the cost of your adopted pet often includes vaccinations, de-worming, spaying or neutering.

If you found these tips helpful, might we suggest a book that may be helpful to you that’s full of tips and advice, The Adopted Dog Bible by Petfinder.com!

The Adopted Dog Bible by Petfinder.com!

The first adoptable we featured on the blog was Jake, and we’d LOVE you to meet another little guy!

Meet TROOPER!

This little guy looks like he walked off a movie set. He is adorable. He and his brother and sister were rescued from a shelter and are now in foster care. He is about 12 weeks old and has had his first shots. He will make someone a wonderful family pet.  -Petfinder.com

We think this little guy is sooooo stinkin’ adorable, don’t you?!  His little terrier face and big expressive ears are just the cutest!  We can’t wait to get our house done & built this Spring, installing a big fence around our own backyard, and inviting another little cutie like Trooper into our lives to love, cuddle, and another chance at life they might not of otherwise had.  You bet will be sharing the process with you here on the blog, and keep you updated on when it’s time and we’re ready!

If you are considering adopting and participating in the IAMS® Home 4 the Holidays® Campaign, we’d LOVE to hear your story and share your photos of your newest addition!  You can also share your story with IAMS on their Facebook Page HERE.  If you can’t or are not ready to bring another pet into your home just yet, you can also show you’re support by clicking “Like” to donate food to shelters in need.

Stay tuned for more updates and adoptables!

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