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One in a half-million: Blu the terrier finds his forever home

Posted Feb. 5, 2016

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Colby Sessums plays in the yard with his newly adopted dog Blu, who is celebrated by the Fort Worth Animal Shelter and PetSmart as the 500,000th pet adopted out of a PetSmart store in a single year.

Blu, an energetic terrier-mix who is the 500,000th pet adopted out of a PetSmart store in 2015, joined the Sessums family of Haslet. Blu was with the Fort Worth Animal Shelter and was adopted out of the PetSmart store in far north Fort Worth.

In 2010, the City of Fort Worth in partnership with PetSmart and PetSmart Charities opened the first animal shelter satellite adoption center at the PetSmart store located at Hulen and I-20. A year and a half later, a second satellite location was opened in far north Fort Worth. Now known as “everyday adoption centers” these adoption locations allow local animal-welfare organizations to operate small satellite shelters within PetSmart stores.

In 2015, PetSmart reached a historic adoption milestone — adopting out nearly 517,000 pets, topping the previous year’s milestone of 466,000 pets.

Before joining the Sessums family — mom Suzanne, dad Darrell, sons Tanner, 15, and Colby, 12, as well as two chihuahuas, David and Rosie, and a black lab named Shadow — Blu was adopted and brought back twice.

“I just can’t believe Blu was brought back twice. He is the perfect dog, such a love bug, but I think his puppy energy may have been the challenge for the previous families,” Suzanne said. “We recently said goodbye to our 13-year-old corgi, Chewy, who we adopted 10 years ago. We knew we would adopt again and were planning to take our time, but one week after the loss of Chewy, Blu picked us at a PetSmart store. He was especially taken with my youngest son, Colby. Usually the dogs pair up with me, but Blu and Colby are great companions.”

Each year, about 7 million pets enter shelters across North America and about 3 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized. To help end pet homelessness and to save lives, PetSmart joins PetSmart Charities, PetSmart Charities of Canada and nearly 3,000 local animal welfare organizations and shelters, such as the City of Fort Worth Animal Shelter, across North America on a range of adoption events in PetSmart stores.

Blu has transitioned well to his new family, and Suzanne, a staffer at Victory Therapy Center, which provides therapeutic riding, physical therapy and counseling services in Roanoke, sees great promise in Blu serving as a therapy dog at the center.

“We recently lost all our therapy dogs because the family moved away. Blu is so loving and affectionate, I see a strong future for him as a therapy dog too, and I plan to train him for this important work,” Suzanne said.

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