.WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Missy, Heidi and Sadie were all adopted by the same family but not at the same time or for the same reasons. Here's their story:
Missy (left) was brought to us by animal control with her 3 month old puppy in tow. As always, the pup was quickly adopted so we were waiting for an adopter for her when in came a lovely couple who were vacationing on SGI and had seen Missy's picture online. They came for a visit, fell in love and decided to adopt. We had to have her spayed before she could be released so we made the appointment and the couple made plans to pick her up the afternoon of her surgery.
They arrived to get Missy when they spied Heidi (middle) in one of our outdoor pens. Heidi was being housed there because she could escape from every single kennel we had put her in except this one. Heide was a stray and was a timid and anxious girl without a mean bone in her body.
As we were finalizing Missy's adoption with the wife, the husband went out and spent some time with Heidi. He must have sensed her need for a secure and loving home because the day they were leaving to drive home with Missy, they stopped back in and said they wanted to adopt Heidi as well. Heidi was heartworm positive. We had to have her treated before release. Hearing that a dog is heartworm positive has ended more than one potential adoption, but this couple wasn't fazed. We decided on a plan of action, had Heidi treated and she was ready to go home a month later.
We received a phone call from the family informing us of their arrival date to get Heidi (they were traveling from Orlando) and inquiring about another dog they had seen at the shelter that last day they had stopped in before driving home. Unbeknown to us, they had noticed a very scared and cowering little dog in the other outdoor pen, Sadie (right). At that time, Sadie had only been at the shelter a couple of days, was very stressed and had not acclimated to her new surroundings. Her obvious fear and confusion touched their hearts and neither could stop thinking of her.
Sadie was much improved and was coming out of her shell but had garnered no interest from anyone. We feared she might be one of those dogs that stayed at the shelter for a long time. We shouldn't have worried. Once again, this amazing couple felt compelled to offer this sad, sweet girl a place in their home next to Missy and Heidi and their other two dogs.
Below is a picture of our girls in their new home. They may be an unlikely looking group of dogs but the ties that bind are made of love, kindness and acceptance. These adopters could see through the fear and anxiety into the hearts of three very lucky shelter dogs. We wish we could clone this couple!