SAN ANGELO — Jenie Wilson’s adoption story changed her life and career.
This year, her story is helping cats and dogs in San Angelo.
Wilson submitted her adoption story to Petco Foundation’s Holiday Wishes and was awarded a $5,000 grant that benefits Concho Valley PAWS.
Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes campaign awards $765K in grants nationwide during the holiday season. Thousands of adoptees submit their stories online and 52 entrees were granted to the organizations that facilitated the adoption.
The public can vote on the finalists for the People’s Choice competition through Dec. 20 at https://www.petcofoundation.org/2017-holiday-wishes/
“They do this annually and I decided I wanted to submit because Tzuki is the reason I’m in rescue,” Wilson said.
Wilson was a wedding planner in 2006 when she saw a Shih Tzu named Tzuki at an event for Humane Society of Tom Green County. She wasn’t planning to adopt but felt she just had to take her home.
In 2008, she saw a news story about a puppy mill in San Angelo involving 69 Shih Tzus. There was a strong possibility the dogs were to be euthanized because of their condition.
“This opened my eyes to all the things that were going on with adoptions, and what an awesome breed she is,” she said. “It launched us into action when they needed us.”
Wilson and her husband couldn’t let that happen. They started doing research and found a Shih Tzus rescue. They managed to save all 69 dogs.
The next year, another bust in the same home found 59 dogs in horrible conditions. Again, Wilson jumped in and helped find homes for the dogs.
“That’s how I ended up here,” she said. “Adoption totally changed my life, it turned it upside down.”
After that rescue, the Humane Society of Tom Green County offered Wilson the job of executive director.
The grant will go directly to saving lives at Concho Valley PAWS. The money will be mostly used for veterinarian bills. Those bills could run anywhere from $10,000 to $27,000 in a month, Wilson said.
“These kinds of grants keep us going and it means the world to us,” Wilson said.
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