Happy Tails: Tabitha Adopts Puppy

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Many adopters took to social media to relay their experiences. Tabitha R., who adopted a puppy with her young son, documented their visit on Facebook. “It was a day I will never forget…and I made sure it was a day my son will never forget either,” Tabitha writes.

“He learned about the importance of a lifelong commitment.”

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Happy Tails: A New World For Devito


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Devito, a tan shepherd mix, was adopted by Sherrie M. and her son, Stephen, and has since become fast friends with their resident dog, Buddy, who they  adopted from a local shelter 12 years ago. The two are inseparable.

“Wherever one is, the other is always beside him; they do everything together,” Sherrie says.

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Happy Tails: A New World For Jake

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Anna H. and her two young children, Luke and Leah, adopted a hound mix named Jake, who, “has been an awesome dog,” according to Anna. Jake makes frequent trips to the local dog park, where “he greets other people on walks and they love him.

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Happy Tails: A New World For Bella

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Reagan H., a college student, adopted a cat named Bella, who now goes by Scarlett. “She hasn’t had any problems adjusting at all,” reports Reagan. “She loves to nap and cuddle but also loves to play.” Scarlett especially likes to sit by the window and watch birds, and she recently posed for photos in an Easter basket.

“She absolutely loves being queen of the castle,” Reagan says.

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Happy Tails: A New World For Boone

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Shannon G. adopted a speckled, mixed breed name Boone. She says Boone is “a wonderful dog” who, after his first night, had “no accidents, eats well, and sits at our back door to go to the bathroom. We were super blessed.”

“Rescuing a dog has made my heart so full and [is] one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” Shannon said on Facebook. 

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Happy Tails: A New World For Owen

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Angel K. adopted Owen, an elderly Lab mix who was the last dog to find a home at an adoption event.

“Owen is a blessing,” says Angel, who refers to him as her “fur son.”

When Angel and her daughter, 14-year-old Ariana, first brought Owen home, Angel recalls, “Our six-year-old cat introduced himself, and Owen just looked at him and walked on. I was so proud of him.”

Angel reports that Owen is home alone just three hours a day, after she leaves for her job as a pharmacy technician and Ariana gets home from school. “As soon as we walk in the door he greets us with his tail wagging,” Angel says.

“He always wants to be by my side and wants all my attention.”

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Happy Tails: Michael

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For a special cat named Michael, the ASPCA’s Relocation Team made a life-changing difference. The friendly feline was living at an animal shelter in a city that struggles with high intake rates, making it diffficult to care for the large number of homeless cats and dogs. The Relocation Team moves animals from these areas— where likelihood of adoption is lower—to locations where they have a better chance at finding a home. Michael was one such animal, and last month, he became the 1,000th cat to catch a ride with the ASPCA’s “Relo” team this year.

Michael was transported into a shelter with more capacity, and just three days later, he found a home! “I knew he’d get adopted quickly—he’s quite a talker!” recalls Relocation Team member Isha Willits. And Michael isn’t the only one: In fact, he is one of 7,061 animals that the ASPCA has relocated this year alone.

And although they are already pacing to have their best year yet, the hardworking Relocation Team has no plans of slowing down.

“Our team is proud to have been able to help save so many lives so far this year,” said Kristen Limbert, Senior Director of Animal Relocation for the ASPCA.

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Happy Tails: A New World For Atlas

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Atlas was rescued by the local police at the end of May 2016. The two-year-old pit bull had suffered terrible cruelty at the hands of an abuser, and was brought to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for treatment. He spent nearly a month in the Hospital, during which time he also received a neuter operation, but he never once lost his sunny-sweet disposition. Staff noted that Atlas “loves every person he meets and loves to be pet”— and with his painful past behind him, he was soon ready to begin his search for a loving home.

At the ASPCA Adoption Center, Atlas’s sweet face helped him get the attention of Tricia R. “I decided to adopt a dog because I really missed having dogs around like I had growing up,” Tricia shared. She had just finished school and finally had the time and resources to care for a pup of her own. After making the adoption official, Tricia reported that Atlas “adjusted to life at home with lightning speed,” and that he and his feline brother Gus love to play together.

As if surviving abuse weren’t achievement enough, Atlas has more big plans for his future: soon he will officially begin training to become a therapy dog. Not only will this special pooch bring joy to his new adopter, but he’ll spread so much happiness to others as well—and prove once more that, no matter how dark the past, every single animal deserves a bright future.

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Watertree Health MVP Spotlight: Jeff Shellito

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Jeff Shellito, who lives in Los Angeles, has been a Watertree Health® Representative for almost 4 years. This January, we’re celebrating this milestone and recognizing him as MVP! Not only has he become one of the top 10 Reps, but he has also grown his passion for helping people afford their medications and helping our nonprofit partners while doing so.

Prior to joining Watertree Health, Jeff was a Sales Manager for about nine years. In the past, he’s gravitated towards working independently, so when he came across an ad for Watertree Health, the job seemed to fit his preferred work style perfectly. After talking with his soon-to-be manager John, he decided to give it a try.

“John and I hit it off right away. He and Kevin (San Diego Rep and now, Regional Trainer for Southern California) are the ones that got me to believe in what I was doing. If it weren’t for all of their support and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I now look at John and Kevin as brothers of mine.”

Despite the heavy L.A. traffic, Jeff has been able to make a big difference in his community with our card.

“I’ve been amazed by the power of one little card. People often tell me that it has the best savings and has made a big difference in their lives. It’s really awesome and encouraging to know that.”

me-thumb-up_colorFor Jeff, the highlights of working for Watertree Health are the freedom, independence, and nonprofit programs. By making his own schedule, he’s able to visit friends and family when he wants.

“It’s a great feeling to help grant wishes for Make-A-Wish® and help vulnerable animals by supporting the ASPCA®. I feel good about the money that I’m making.” Jeff shared.

When Kevin spoke about Jeff’s secret to success, he said, “Jeff’s tenacious and determined in a laid-back fashion. We all can learn and grow, but he has a great handle on what he needs to do to build his area.”

Jeff’s complete understanding of the card’s usefulness and how it works is one of his keys to success. He’s come a long way from the beginning; he’s given his community the chance to believe in the card, and now they do. “It’s a nice feeling to be accepted,” Jeff said.

me_editTo close 2016, Jeff hit a major milestone for the West Coast, making him the first person to break over 300 scripts per sales calendar unit in his territory. Nearly half of his December growth is attributed to his commitment to our program benefitting the ASPCA and the animal lovers who support it. Plus, his growth in 2016 is among the highest of any seasoned Rep in the Company.

Thank you Jeff for your incredible commitment over the past 4 years; your positive attitude and outlook are going to carry you even further in 2017! As you said, “It’s going to be a good year!” Watertree Health is grateful to have you on our team serving your community and the nonprofits we all passionately support.