Adopted Dog and Pet Mom Get Through Their Losses Together

After both experienced their own loss, adopted dog Jase and pet mom Kathy are both moving forward into a happy future together.

Kathy + Jase

In April 2020, Kathy lost her husband. Miles away, Jase the dog lost his owner to COVID-19. Together, they helped one another find healing and happiness.

"With Jase, I feel like a completely different person. During the day I make nutritious meals, go for four to five walks a day, and even socialize with my neighbors by taking Jase for rides in my golf cart. At night, I go to bed feeling safe and loved because Jase cuddles with me in the bed and guards the door when I sleep. "

COVID-19 has forever changed the lives of millions of people — and animals. In April 2020, I lost my husband. During my time of grief, I became extremely lonely, stopped doing my day-to-day activities, and isolated from people. A few hundred miles away, Jase, a sweet Terrier mix, lost his beloved owner to COVID-19. Alone and scared, Jase had no one to turn to until San Antonio Pets Alive! stepped in and saved him.

When I first saw a picture of Jase online, it was love at first sight. I fell in love with his sweet, smiling face and knew I needed to have him. What I didn’t know was that this sweet dog would completely transform my life.

With Jase, I feel like a completely different person. During the day I make nutritious meals, go for four to five walks a day, and even socialize with my neighbors by taking Jase for rides in my golf cart. At night, I go to bed feeling safe and loved because Jase cuddles with me in the bed and guards the door when I sleep.

Jase has healed me, and made me feel happy again by bringing love, companionship, and adventure to my life. I don’t even want to imagine what life would be like without Jase.

Each year, Petco Love Holiday Wishes campaign invites adopters to share stories of how their pets have changed their lives to give the organizations that they’ve adopted from the chance to receive grant awards. This story by Kathy won San Antonio Pets Alive in San Antonio, Texas a 2020 Holiday Wishes award.