Adoption Stories

Adoption Stories

Two of our favorite BFF stories (that’s Best Furry Friends)…

APRIL & SMOKEY

One boy’s pet allergies led to our Paid Social Coordinator finding her new best friend…

What is your pup’s name? How old? Any idea of the breed?
Smokey is 2 years old, and I think he’s a Pug, Terrier, and maybe Beagle mix. I just sent off a DNA test so I should have the real answer soon!

Why did you choose your specific rescue and how long had you been thinking about adopting?
I am a huge dog lover and always knew I would adopt one once I was ready. I had been stalking Petfinder with no luck but came across Smokey via a private rehoming situation. His original family had adopted him from the Faithful Friends Animal Society in Delaware but their son developed severe allergies to him during quarantine.

Tell us about meeting your pup. Was it love at first sight? What brought you together?
My boyfriend and I went to Delaware to meet him and I instantly fell in love. He was a huge goofball, and was so happy to be around people — I knew he would be the perfect fit. He laid in my lap the whole car ride back and ever since we’ve been attached at the hip.

His favorite toys?
Anything with a squeaker, especially stuffed toys or tennis balls. He loves to play tug of war with a good rope!

Funniest quirks?
Smokey is a little guy with a big personality — he has a ton of quirks! My favorite is when he gets the zoomies and runs around the house making a little grumbling noise the entire time. He also loves Chapstick and will come running when he sees someone put it on.

Favorite activities to do together?
Smokey LOVES to cuddle — if he could sit on my lap all day, he would. Hi favorite activity is definitely watching TV in bed so he can get pets all day long. We also love to go on walks around the neighborhood, play fetch and visit my parents so he can play with their dog!

 

KIM & GUS

Kim is our Senior Buyer of Beach/Endless Summer/Swim, and she’s been with Free People for the past 10 years. A couple of years ago, she moved to Savannah, GA. With more outdoor space at her disposal and a desire to stay active, she went in search of a dog…

Tell us about Gus. How old? Any idea of the breed?
He’ll be 3 years old in September, and he’s a German Shepherd, Poodle, American Staffordshire Terrier mix.  

Tell us about meeting him. Was it love at first sight? What brought you together?

I found his picture while scrolling through Petfinder — I think my love for German Shepherds and wire-haired dogs is what got my attention! He was rescued by a woman from a shelter in South Carolina who bought his whole litter off of a questionable Craigslist post. They wouldn’t allow her to see the mom or come to their location to get the pups, so she knew she needed to get them out of there ASAP. Ideally, he would have stayed with his momma longer but it was not a good situation. When we got Gus, he was very young, underweight, and he was missing patches of hair due to excessive fleas. He also had a really bad case of roundworm which was so severe we thought he had Parvo! Luckily, he recovered super quickly!

His favorite toys?
Ball for life!

Funniest quirks?
His long beard 😊

Favorite activities to do together?
Long walks, swimming, trips to the mountains. If he were answering this question he would absolutely say throwing the ball. 😊

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Adoption Stories: Meet Emily & Stella

Adoption Stories: Meet Emily & Stella

Read on for the heartwarming story of how a bullied cat found her way into the heart of our Customer Experience Manager. 

Why did you choose your specific rescue and how long had you been thinking about adopting?

I have two Persian kitties… I just fell in love with the breed. Our older cat, Lily, came to us by way of a friend of a friend who couldn’t care for her any longer (Persians require a lot of brushing/special grooming attention/extra vet needs). After a few years, I wanted Lily to have a friend. I was uncomfortable getting a kitten from a breeder since so many cats need homes, so I joined a Persian rescue network on Facebook and kept an eye out for adoptable kittens. After a few months, Stella appeared at Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals, which is located in the Philly suburbs. She was only 9 months old at the time and it seemed like fate. I submitted an application and waited a few weeks… I think she was in high demand. But, the shelter wound up calling after checking our vet references and we were able to go in and meet her!

What is your cat’s name? How old is she?

Her name is Stella! That was her name at the shelter and we kept it. It seemed quite fitting for her. They called her “The Glamorous Stella.” She is 4 years old.

Tell us about meeting her. Was it love at first sight? What brought you together?

Oh it was absolutely love at first sight. Stella is very timid and was getting bullied by the other cats at the shelter, so she had her own walk-in cage. My husband and I went in to see her and she came right up to us and started rubbing against our legs and purring. I remember my husband looking at me and saying, “Well, I guess we have a second cat now.”

Any idea of the breed?

She’s a “Lilac-Point Persian.”

Her favorite toys?

She’s totally obsessed with her climbing tree and her catnip banana. She also likes a good feather on a stick. Stella is extremely tolerant of her 2.5 year-old human sister, who really likes to try and get her to play!

Funniest quirks?

When she is getting ready to settle down, she kneads her paws and sticks out her tongue. At first I was nervous that something was wrong with her because she looked so ridiculous, but I consulted with our vet and it turns out that it’s totally normal, just very silly-looking.

Favorite activities to do together?

Stella loves to follow us around and act like a decoration. She’ll drape herself on the sofa or even sit in the center of the kitchen table like a centerpiece. The best thing about Stella, though, is that she is an incredible therapy animal. If I’m having a bad day, she will always come over and sit next to me or on my lap and purr. We’ve had a rough past year and I have no idea what I’d have done without her as my little companion!

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An Earth Month Challenge For Every Day Of The Year

An Earth Month Challenge For Every Day Of The Year

Adopting new habits to make the world a little greener. 

Studies indicate that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. 

So for the month of April, and in honor of Earth Day, the FP Community was challenged to a game of Earth Month Bingo, in hopes of encouraging small changes that support the planet in meaningful ways — with enough time to make them (hopefully) stick. 

(For those who participated and submitted a winning Bingo card, a winner will be randomly selected to receive a new FreeCycled Tee or a National Parks pass!)

We resolved to implement these earth-friendly habits into our everyday routines starting on April 1st through Earth Day, on April 22nd. Here’s what happened:

DAY 1

Never one to shy away from a challenge, especially when they involve improving my habits and, consequently, helping the environment, I’m eagerly joining the FP community and going through the list. 

Some of the items are simple and — I’m happy to discover — already part of my routine:

DON’T WASTE WATER  Hearing the faucet running while I am brushing my teeth is enough to make me crazy! I didn’t have a dishwasher growing up, everything was washed by hand, and my father was a stickler for not wasting anything that could rack up a high bill. “Turn that water off!”. Not wasting water is ingrained in me, so I can cross this off the list. 

REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE & REUSABLE MUG. For this I have to thank Free People and their generous Earth Day gifts. Two years ago I received a beautiful ceramic mug, and last year an awesome water bottle that I’ve even been using at home because it is so practical. Checking these two off the list as well. 

RECYCLING GLASS & CARDBOARD. I just moved to an area where recycling is mandatory, so one of my first kitchen purchases was a double trash can with a recycling bin. Having separate receptacles when I go to throw something out is a great reminder to recycle. Check! So far, so good. 

Now, let’s get to the tricky part.

GOING VEGETARIAN is a challenge I want to pursue this month, but one I know will be tough. I really love food, all types of food. Steak frites, a juicy cheeseburger with fries, a plate of fresh oysters, a delicious BLT… I could go on forever. Despite this, I know there are multiple benefits to going veg, and saving animals is only one of them. Avoiding meat and fish will force me to add more color and variety to my plate, providing me with all the vitamins and antioxidants needed to ward off numerous ailments. But did you know that runoff from farmlands is one of the greatest threats to water quality today? Being a vegetarian is good for our body as well as the environment! This will likely be the toughest adjustment for the next three weeks, but I am eager to try it!

DAY 5

I had a big argument with my roommate today (aka my fiancé) over paper towels. 

I know. *Eye roll*! 

Through the years I have learned to pick my battles, believe me, but it’s Earth Month, and I am taking this challenge seriously. I just don’t understand  the need for ten sheets of paper towel when there is a perfectly clean towel hanging on the oven! He claims it isn’t sanitary but I disagree. I grew up having a cloth towel in the kitchen for drying my hands, or drying clean dishes, and I am very good at ensuring it is regularly washed. I’ll start locking the paper towel rolls away just to keep him from being so wasteful. For now, all I can do is make up for it elsewhere, so the challenge continues. 

DAY 13

Spring is here and it has brought us some beautiful sunny days! To take full advantage of the sunshine, and keep my lights turned off, I decided to move my desk to a different room, right in front of the screen door into our yard. I am not the only one loving this recent furniture reshuffle. Whenever I leave the door cracked to enjoy the NATURAL LIGHT and the fresh air, my dogs love to lay at my feet, enjoying the breeze with me while also watching out for dogs walking by our house. 

DAY 17

Earth Day is fast approaching and I am proud to say I have stuck to a vegetarian diet. Truth be told, I miss some of my favorite Italian staples — pasta Bolognese, lasagna… hearty, warm dishes that nourish my belly and my soul. The Italian in me can’t help it! But it has been fun to try out new veggie recipes. One of my favorites is just as hearty as some of my favorite dishes, but it’s meat-free and easy to make! Shakshuka — a classic North African and Middle Eastern dish — features poached eggs in a hearty, spiced tomato and pepper sauce, topped with tangy feta cheese and fresh cilantro, served with thick slices of country bread for dipping. It originated as a breakfast dish, but I’ve enjoyed it for dinner multiple times this month and it is as delicious and nourishing as it sounds. For the recipe, click here

DAY 21

It’s the last day of our Earth Month Challenge and I am proud of myself for being able to check off quite a few items off my Bingo card. Some of the other changes I adopted this month:

PAPERLESS BILLING. I’ve been practicing this with some of my bills. This month I simply went through the rest and made sure no paper bills would be coming my way ever again. 

DOUBLE-SIDED PRINTING. On the busiest printing day of my week (Monday), I avoid printing anything single-sided. And recently I even avoided printing in color. The less ink and paper I use, the better I feel. 

SPREAD THE WORD & CLEAN UP. Last summer I moved to a small community in NJ’s Pine Barrens. Right out of a fairy tale, the neighborhood is nestled among trees, dotted by original log cabins from the 1920s, and connected by trails. To top it all off, there are multiple lakes which offer the residents five different sized beaches complete with docks. This month, I reached out to the community to organize a Clean Up Day to get our communal places ready for the approaching summer season. Tonight I will be attending my first community meeting to finalize the details of the event. 

DAY 22

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!

The FP Community Earth Month challenge ends today, but every day of the year is a great day to help our planet by changing our habits. 

Save this Bingo graphic and challenge yourself or your friends! Let us know about your experience in the comments.

 

Stay tuned for more of our Sustainability initiatives by visiting our Care FP page, and check out our Care FP Collection here

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Adoption Stories: Meet Michelle and Sonny

Adoption Stories: Meet Michelle and Sonny

Looking for online love led our Director of Photography to find her future husband, AND a new furry best friend!

Why did you choose your specific rescue and how long had you been thinking about adopting?
My partner adopted Sonny from Home at Last Rescue three years ago. I always wanted a dog but in many ways I felt more like a cat lady — until I met Sonny.

What is your pup’s name? How old is she and do you have any idea of her breed? 
Her name is Sonny and she is a 6 year-old Husky. 

Tell us about meeting your pup. Was it love at first sight? What brought you together?
I first saw Sonny cuddled up with her dad on Hinge. I fell in love with her and her dad right away and we haven’t left each other’s side since our second date.

Her favorite toys?
Any toy that belongs to another dog.

Funniest quirks?
I think she has learned to mimic the cat and Sonny cries for treats now. She wasn’t a vocal Husky until I came into the picture — now she has a lot to say, and I’ve been teaching her to say “I love you.” She also has a thousand derp faces, all hilarious. She was born with half a tail and only three paws.

Favorite activities to do together?
Playing in the snow!

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Care FP: What Does Visibility Mean To You?

Care FP: What Does Visibility Mean To You?

Introducing a very special — and local — Philly partner, The William Way LGBT Community Center…

William Way, a Philadelphia city planner in the 1980s, was instrumental in the revitalization of Center City in a myriad of ways. Way was one of the first high-level city officials in Philadelphia to publicly disclose his HIV-positive status. He also created safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, and shaped the William Way center — as it’s known today — which officially found its home on Spruce Street in 1997. Today, that center has grown into an incredibly important city resource as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, and is dedicated to encouraging, supporting, and advocating for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities through service, recreational, educational and cultural programming – both in-person and virtually.

Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community

William Way supports trans and gender non-conforming individuals by offering free mental health and wellness resources, peer to peer counseling, support with enrolling in health insurance, accessing food assistance programs, and completing name change and other legal documents; referrals to health care and therapy providers; career and job services. You can also join their supportive virtual communities:

  • Peer to Peer Counseling: if you are part of the LGBTQ+ community and need someone to talk to, William Way Peer to Peer Counseling is a free resource. Call 267-416-0451
  • The Trans Resource Center: The Trans Resource Center provides a safe and tranquil space for members of Philadelphia’s trans and gender non-conforming community. If you want to join a weekly drop-in social for trans and gender non-conforming folks, Trans Way group meets digitally every Thursday evening. Find out more on their Trans Resource page.
  • Visit William Way’s calendar of events to access all of their community offerings.

 

 

What Does Visibility Mean to You?

  • Do you want to share your story? William Way is asking for folks to submit photos and answer the question: “what does visibility mean to you?” They are accepting submissions until March 31st via this email: trc@waygay.org

Lifting up LGBTQ+ Artists

Visit William Way’s virtual exhibition, highlighting the work of talented nonbinary artists. William Way partners with many LGBTQ+ creatives across artistic mediums, and through the pandemic developed their virtual exhibition. Check out their latest exhibition, Moving Pieces. You can also visit their ARCHIVES to explore past exhibits and other talented LGBTQ+ artists.

How FP Is Supporting William Way

FP supports the William Way community through advocacy, and product and art supply donations. This Spring we are donating over $50k worth of self-care products, as well as art and craft supplies for their trans Peer to Peer Counseling program, and their Creative Art Therapy community classes. As they look to reopen their center in the coming months, we will also initiate onsite community volunteering projects.

 

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Care FP: Support The AAPI Community With Us

Care FP: Support The AAPI Community With Us

Here’s how you can help the Asian American Community, whether it’s local or global…

To our FP Community,

We at Free People absolutely denounce discrimination of any kind, and we strive to build an environment that is inclusive for all. As we have become more aware of the rise of hateful occurrences towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community, we wanted to take the time to let our community know we stand in unity with you — with those of you within our Free People family who identify as AAPI, with those who are allies, and also with the greater community. In partnership with incredible organizations denouncing hatred and building up the AAPI community, we’re sharing resources for all of you to remain supported in this challenging time:

 

Stop AAPI Hate is a community platform that tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

A Community Reporting Resource

Access Stop AAPI Hate’s free community platform to report a hate incident right on their website.

Click here to report an incident.

 

Hollaback is a community organization on a mission to end harassment for all (nonbinary, young girls, BIPOC community, etc.), and provides resources for when you see violence in public. 

Providing Free Community Training

Hollaback provides free community training and resources including classes in Street Harassment, Bystander Intervention Against AAPI Community, and Conflict De-escalation Training.

Click here to sign up for one of their free trainings.

 

Artwork by Grace Owen.

 

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