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You Helped This Greiving Dog Learn To Trust Again With Good Food 

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on November 30, 2023

When Theo first arrived at Route 66 Pet Rescue, he was a grieving dog who’d just lost his whole world. His person was dead, and he was alone. But the dog lovers of Route 66 were there to help him through his sadness with lots of love and good food. And you were a huge part of helping Theo learn to live again after death changed everything.

Thanks to your compassion, generous heart, and great taste, you’re helping us feed hungry dogs every time you buy. When you shop with iHeartDogs, every single purchase funds donations for canines in need. Whether you purchase a cute dog shirt for yourself or supplements for your dog, that cart full of goodies gives compassion. Through our partnership with Greater Good Charities, we ensure shelter dogs receive food and other necessities while waiting for their forever homes.

Healing a Grieving Heart with Good Food

To date, the GOODS Program has delivered over 578 million meals to shelters and rescues nationwide. That’s more than 6,000 truckloads delivered to hungry animals. These sacks of kibble, cans of food, and tasty treats go a long way to help rescue staff and volunteers earn the trust of dogs in their care, with Theo proving just how support and snacks can turn things around for a pup.

“Theo is an amazing dog whose whole life was turned upside down when his owner unexpectedly passed,” Route 66 Pet Rescue shared, “He had nowhere to go, so friends reached out to us and asked if we could help him find a home.”

The rescue described him as “depressed” when he first arrived in their care, “but through some time and patience, he learned that he was safe with us.”

“The GOODS Program helps us provide necessary security for Theo. We are able to provide him with amazing food and treats, which helped a lot when we were earning his trust.”

For hesitant dogs, talking to their tummies is a great way to start relationship building. And with their stocked pantry, Route 66 can help dogs like Theo learn that life can be full of joy once more. But Theo and so many other dogs wouldn’t know this fact without your support.

So, get to shopping, dog lover… there are lots more dogs and puppies to save!

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