There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S. and only about six to eight million cats and dogs will make their way into the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year. Of those animals who make it to a shelter, only about three to four million cats and dogs get adopted. Across the country, animal shelters and rescues work around the clock to ensure the animals in their care are comfortable while they await their forever homes. But what if you could speed up the adoption process a bit? That was exactly Vanessa the Pit Bull mix’s plan when she met Santa Claus last December!

Vanessa jumped onto Santa’s lap and asked for one simple wish: a forever home. “Vanessa’s beautiful brindle fur bears the scars of an abusive past. But being the resilient dog that she is, this sweet girl only wants love,” Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, the animal shelter where Vanessa is staying, wrote on their Facebook.

Given her very evident loving nature, we are sure Vanessa won’t have any trouble finding a forever home. But we are sure Santa is seeing what he can do! 

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge notes that Vanessa loves to give hugs and adores people. But because of her traumatic past, she will need some gentle guidance and patience.

If you, or someone you know, is able to make this gorgeous blue-eyed girl’s Christmas wish come true, you can email the animal shelter directly to inquire about Vanessa: [email protected] Let’s find this lovebug a home for Christmas!


If you already have a fur-baby, please always spay and neuter your pets and urge your friends and family to do the same. Fostering an animal is also a great way to help end the pet homelessness crisis. Regardless if you open up your home to a dog, cat, bird, small pets, pig, any pet, you can feel wonderful knowing you have saved a life and cared for a pet who will soon find his or her forever home. For more ways on how you can get involved to help save animals, click here.

To learn more about Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, click here. And if you’d like to make a donation to support their vital work, you can so here.

Image Source: Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge/Facebook