Many dogs end up in animal shelters for all kind of reasons and with all kinds of background stories. Most of the stories are unfortunately very, very sad, and Jake’s no exception. Jake, a senior dog, got to Ohio’s Humane Society Serving Crawford County because his family no longer wanted him.
The shelter posted on Facebook:
Yesterday a beautiful 16-year-old Collie came to us. He was surrendered because no one had time for him. After 16 years of being a loyal companion, guardian of children, confidant and protector he was discarded.
We gave him the quietest kennel we could find as he looked around in fear and confusion. He didn’t question or fight… he followed me with trust and dignity and the wisdom that comes with old dogs.
After accommodating Jake, they started contacting all their friends from various rescues. They had a rescue ready to come and pick up the old fellow in no time.
Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio was the one that decided to pick up Jake and they sent two volunteers to pick him up. Both of them couldn’t hold back tears when they saw his noble face and eyes that were still playful despite his age and condition.
“We all hugged knowing this would be one of the lucky ones. This beautiful dog will have the best possible final years,” wrote Crawford Humane.
After they made sure Jake was safe and sound, the Humane Society decided to share their view of the situation, and explain how irresponsible owners affect both their dogs and the rescuers.
These are their thoughts:
The lies that are told, the excuses we hear, the sad old dogs that have given of themselves, the best they have to give, only to be handed over to strangers when they need peace and safety in their final years, all take a toll on those of us who pour our hearts into our job. There isn’t one of us here who hasn’t cried over ones lost.
We are accused daily of being cruel and heartless because we are forced to make hard decisions due to the irresponsibility of people.
We are stopped in Walmart, at dinner, and at school events to be asked “how long before you put them down?” as if that is the only reason we work at an animal shelter. And when it comes time to make that decision pets are brought here and surrendered because “we just can’t do that to them” and” I thought since you do it all the time it would be easier for you.
We are told, “I could never work THERE I don’t know how you do it” … but we wouldn’t work anywhere else!! We work here because people can be cruel and irresponsible and we want only to help those who haven’t a voice of their own.
We work here because we know we make a difference one cute fuzzy face at a time. We work here for the puppy kisses, the soft kitty pats, and the blessing of finding pets a new home where they will live in peace.
Jake was very lucky to be saved by such committed, animal-loving rescuers.
As per Almost Home Dog Rescue, Jake is with his foster family at the moment and is getting accustomed to his new life quite nicely – “he has taken a liking to the leather couch and lives comfortably in Columbus. Jake will be placed in the AHDRO Senior to Senior program so that we can be certain he is well cared for and never ends up homeless again.”
Since the story was originally published, Jake was able to find a home! However, Almost Home Dog Rescue always has lovely dogs looking for some great people to spend rest of their lives with. Their adoption listings are available on their website.
Please, make sure to share Jake’s story with your family and friends, and help spread the word about the beautiful work these rescues are doing for dogs of all ages.