From April – August of 2018, Bruno lived at Wright-Way Rescue in Morton Grove, IL.
Towards the end of his stay, Wright-Way posted the now infamous photos of Bruno on their Facebook that went viral. After seeing them (and, for anyone familiar with the Twilight franchise, ‘imprinting’ on Bruno), I immediately called their adoption hotline.
It only took a casual 45 minutes to get through. They were slammed!
When I finally got through, the woman on the phone (whom I later found out was their Director of Operations) couldn’t have been nicer. She said they’d never experienced anything quite like the reaction they were receiving to Bruno, and they were having the best day ever fielding all the calls and inquiries.
Had I just spent 45 minutes trying to get through to an adoption hotline? Yes. Was I absolutely charmed by the encounter? Absolutely. I found their attitude refreshing and invigorating – they very well may have been overwhelmed, but their positive and grateful spin on the situation was nothing short of inspiring.
Wright-Way Rescue is a nonprofit organization whose “mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program”.
But it is the people, in my opinion, who really make Wright-Way stand out from the crowd.
On Friday August 17th I sent in our application to adopt Bruno, accompanied by letters of intent and recommendation, videos of us and our home, and I posted a video of myself singing an original song “Gimme That Fat Cat” (I clearly went completely full tilt in the adoption process). That evening, Wright-Way invited us to stop by the next day to meet Bruno.
We were treated like family from the moment we entered the door.
Employees like Donna and volunteers greeted us with hugs and smiles, welcoming us like old friends. They introduced us to Bruno (OMG), gave us a tour of the facility and other adoptable animals, and answered all of our questions and more. They couldn’t have been kinder or warmer towards me and Jason.
They cemented the belief within me that people who dedicate their lives to working at shelters are of a different caliber. They are excellent, inspiring people who often put others’ needs before their own – both animals and humans alike.
After an agonizing 48 hours of waiting, Lynn from Wright-Way called us on Monday morning to break the news that we had been chosen to adopt Bruno. As evidenced in this video, the joy the employees feel by uniting pets with their new families is beyond evident … it’s absolutely heartwarming.
When we visited the shelter the next night to bring Bruno home, we were once again treated like family. I cannot emphasize enough how much each of these employees CARE. Care about the animals, care about their work, and care about the people they work with and for. Adopting Bruno was a beautiful experience, due in large part to the great community that’s been built at Wright-Way Rescue.
OF COURSE I’d love for everyone to adopt a pet from Wright-Way. But donating is also a FANTASTIC way to support this worthy, worthy cause. Not only did they bring us Bruno, but they’ve continued to be an immeasurable source of support for our family as the months go by. I cannot say enough positive things about this organization.
Thank you, Wright-Way! We LOVE you!