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Finding Jake’s Furever home

State Farm® helps an unlucky pup find a home.

When you think of Jake from State Farm® it’s hard not to think of the smiling face we’ve all come to know. 

But, for another Jake – the doggie-version – it’s not been all smiles.

In less than three months Jake from State Farm, the dog, has ended up at the Burlington Animal Shelter in North Carolina three times.

As a senior dog and a less-than-popular bull dog breed, things were not looking good for this good boy. Shelter volunteers were worried he might not ever get his “furever home.”

But like a good neighbor, State Farm was there.

State Farm agent Nicole Cockerham had volunteered at the shelter in the past and didn’t hesitate to help out again, literally giving Jake the State Farm shirt off her back. As an agent authorized to sell pet medical insurance, Nicole has a passion for helping people and their pets.

State Farm agent Angela Swanger and Nicole Cockerham

Now wearing his State Farm swag, Jake took some new pics for social media and promptly went viral, starting with a story in the Charlotte Observer chronicling all of Jake’s bad luck. Jake even got a tweet from the official @JakeStateFarm Twitter account and within hours - he was adopted.

It doesn’t end there. The Burlington Animal Shelter received calls and emails from State Farm agents all across the country wanting to help. Many donated money to help pay for services that Jake needed, such as micro-chipping and covering adoption fees. Jake even got his story in People Magazine.

State Farm didn’t only help Jake, but other pets waiting for adoption, too. On March 23, Nicole and fellow State Farm agent Angela Swanger presented a check for $1,500 to the Burlington Animal Shelter. The donation will be used to cover expenses for pets in need of medical care and treatment. They also presented Jake and his new owner with a State Farm blanket and other comfort items.

And for all of those pets that will be adopted in the future? Their new owners will all receive a State Farm “responsible pet adoption kit” that includes a collar, leash, portable water dish, pet waste bags with dispenser, and dog bite prevention activity books for kids.

Who doesn’t love a good underdog story?



Every dog is unique

Each year, more than 3 million dogs end up in shelters and rescues for a variety of reasons. Many are bull dog breeds or pit bull-type dogs and, because of their breed, they’re are often overlooked for adoption. 

State Farm does not ask what breed or type of dog a person owns when writing homeowner or renter policies. Just like humans, dogs are individuals. Every dog has a unique personality. While a dog's breed may dictate what the dog looks like, how a dog reacts to people or situations isn't guaranteed by breed or type.

More Resources:

Responsible Pet Ownership Starts with Responsible Pet Adoption

Pet proof your home in a snap

Tips for pet safety at home and in the car

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