CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – This holiday season the Petco Foundation’s holiday wishes campaign will donate $750,000 to animal welfare organizations around the nation. On Tuesday, $10,000 of those dollars went to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
Amber Pitcher adopted Ariel from the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society more than nine years ago.
“Ariel’s been the best part of my life and the best decision I ever made.”
That’s why when Amber heard about the Petco Foundation’s Holiday Wishes Campaign, which asks pet adopters to share their stories about how their pet has changed their life and then allows the winner to choose an organization to receive a grant.
She had to submit her story and what a story it is.
“This story of Amber and Ariel was just so heartwarming and so touching. The fact that adopting this dog really inspired her to go out and literally conquer mountains,” Susan Cosby, Director of Lifesaving at Petco Foundation, said.
Amber dreamed about one day becoming part of the Adirondack 46ers, a club dedicated to hikers who have summited all 46 High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.
Amber says she was able to achieve that dream because of Ariel.
“All those mountains and all those miles we honestly had a perfect experience.I just think the world was telling me all along that she and I could do it together.”
Thanks to Amber and Ariel’s story, the Mohawk Humane Society can help more pets like little Marcia here have a chance to go on and inspire lives of others.
“That money can go to help a tremendous amount of animals throughout the Capital Region,” Brad Shear, President & CEO at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, said.
It was easy to choose the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society as the recipient of the grant.
On a recent visit there, the staff remembered Ariel.
“Obviously shows how much of a bond they form with the animals that come in,” Pitcher said.
And for those staff members, it’s also a joy to know their animals have owners like Amber.
“When you get a story like this one that a person and animal have bonded in a very special way and have accomplished something together,” Shear said.
An accomplishment that would not have happened without the organization that took care of her, the owner who adopted her, and that one very special dog.
“She believed in me and I believe in her and together we became 46ers.”