"Since Gem is a special needs dog, she wasn't an appropriate match for some people, but other animals were a good match for them," says Corpe. "Other animals are being adopted because of the attention that we received from Gem's story."
(Source: Red Deer & District SPCA)
While Gem was busy helping other animals get adopted, Corpe was busy finding the right guardians for Gem, who now lives in a loving home. Her story has a happy ending that not all animals get. Most senior animals -- especially those who look different or have special needs -- stay in the shelter for a very long time. Gem's popularity is helping to change that, as more people see the potential and personality inside older or previously injured companion animals. This is great news for some of the animals who've spent more than a year waiting at the shelter.