Saturday, September 10, 2016

Saturday's Success! Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

I paw about dog adoption in my column, "Friday's Friend" every week.  I have the pawportunity to see the happiness these adoptions bring to dogs and humans.  

My friend "Lab Lady" from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. shared this story with me-

Reuniting a family! Best 5th Birthday Present Ever!

Maggie and Walker were a bonded pair of seniors whose aging owner was no longer able to care for them. She had tried to find them a home together with friends and family, but no one could take them. The owner's great-granddaughter was devastated when they were surrendered and just sat and wept in the empty room where their crates had been.

Walker had some suspicious blood work when they came into Lab Rescue and became very ill after a few days with his foster. His foster rushed him to the vet across the metro area during rush hour on a Friday. Despite efforts to save him, he never returned to his foster home.

Despite multiple inquiries and visits from prospective adopters, Maggie had still not found her match.

It was apparent that she was uncomfortable around most men and wouldn't bond with, or in some cases even approach, the male members of families.

The story now takes a remarkable turn!
After almost six weeks had passed, Lab Rescue received an email:

"Hi Lab Rescue, I would like to adopt the chocolate lab Maggie. It's actually quite ironic as she was my grandmother's dog. Since she was originally a part of a bonded pair, I knew we couldn't take both dogs and really didn't want to split her and Walker up. Since we learned of Walker's passing, my fiance and I would really like to adopt Maggie. My daughter, who will be five on June 20, grew up with Maggie. My daughter was devastated when my grandparents had to give both dogs up for adoption. I cannot think of a better present for her birthday. We completed and submitted our application. While we realize there is as a process, we were hoping we may be able to make this happen before my daughter's birthday. Would you please contact me to discuss next steps if we are approved?"

Although Maggie was in a wonderful, loving foster home, we knew we had to expedite the reunion. The emails and phones went into overdrive and within two days, arrangements were made for them to "visit" Maggie.

Mom described the visit:

"As far as her reaction - she was very surprised at first. Then, at the end, she got sad because it was time to go and she just thought we were visiting. Then, I told her that we were taking Maggie home and she was ecstatic. She kept saying "oh my gosh, oh my gosh". It was really quite cute. She called everyone on the phone and told them that she was keeping Maggie for "the whole month" (she really meant forever). For me, it was one of the happiest days in a long while!"


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Interested in dog adoption?  Please visit Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

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