THIS JUST IN: Gem Was Adopted Today! (Updated!)

Remember Gem, the pupster we told you about earlier this week?

The poor little puppeh was found in December at a San Francisco recycling center, moments from certain doom. Gem was adopted today at San Francisco Animal Care and Control by Patricia A., one of the center’s employees! There was a lottery from 200 applications to determine who would be allowed to take Gem, and her application was chosen. See the new video here.

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Gem says “Thank you all for showing me so much love and adoration and for all the wonderful applications for my adoption. I have found a wonderful home and new family.”

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“My hope is that all the fantastic folks who wanted to adopt me will take their love for me and go to one of the many shelters and rescues near them and adopt another totally deserving animal in need.”

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“If everyone that wanted me would adopt another shelter animal it would make such a great difference in the world.”

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“Please spread the love and find another animal needing a forever home…”

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“..and thanks again for all the attention.”

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“I just hope it helps folks learn more about shelter animals..”

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“.. and how great we can be!-XXOO, Gem.”

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All of these fine photos (except press conference shot) by Desiree Nguyen © 2014 Delighted Images.

(These are photos taken from today’s press conference- super late-breaking-zoom-zoom-gotta-have-those-photos-thanks to Kristen H. at SF ACC!)



  1. Yay!

  2. Adorable! Glad she has her happy ending :’)

  3. Woohoo Gem – happy trails puppy!!

  4. nicefrenchgurl says:


  5. nicefrenchgurl says:

    months ago, I plucked a pekingese from a busy road minutes before she was going to be hit by cars. so I know how it feels.
    on top of that, isn’t it awesome that it ends where it started. kharma…

  6. Exactement about the karma–just perfect! I am also doing the happy dance for Gem and waving my pom poms madly.

  7. YAY for Gem and her new hoomin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤

  8. I see those those puppeh earsies are being nommed…

  9. Yay! How lovely that it was a recycling centre employee who got to keep her. I hope this means she can have visits with her rescuers 🙂

  10. Now I’m happy crying, hooray for Gem, beloved for ever more 🙂

  11. How could you not? Lookit that face…………

  12. YAY!!! I hope Gem and her new mom have many happy and healthy years together! 🙂

  13. Dog Lover says:

    Yay for Gem and her new mommy!!! One of the happiest endings ever.

  14. Agreed! How absolutely fitting that one of the center employees is Gem’s furever person. YIPPEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

  15. Gem! Gem is excitement, (’80s cartoon flashback, anyone?)

  16. Yay!l I love happy endings!

  17. I love cute overload but sometimes I feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster ride while viewing the site lol

  18. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    Yes, adopt shelter animals. They have heart!!!

  19. Congrats Gem – and thanks for all the smiles you have brought to so many people.

  20. Yea! for Gem and her new human! *waves pom poms with others*
    But, I AM jealous of those ear-nomming rights! Such prosh earsies!

  21. Story says that Gem’s new hoomin has permission from her supervisor to bring Gem to work so the guys at Recology who helped save her can see her anytime! On top of that, Gem’s hoomin apparently also has a nice yard for Gem to play in safely. So even more yays! for sweet Gem and her new hoomin.. as well as her new hoomin aunts and uncles at work!

  22. Sweet little pup! So glad she found a home.

  23. I hope the other 199 applicants adopts a pet from the/any shelter!

  24. Right on!

  25. Yeah! Gooooo Gem & her new mama! Adopt don’t shop 😀