When a North Carolina woman walked into a local humane society, employees couldn’t believe it when she asked to take home the two oldest dogs at the shelter with “the most special needs.”
According to a Facebook post from the Asheville Humane Society, the moment was “the kind of day that every person who works in an animal shelter dreams about!”
Employees introduced the woman, named Leslie, to Sam and Brutus, two older dogs for whom the humane society had vowed to find a “second chance, no matter how long it took,” the post says.
Sam, who has extensive medical issues, had been at the human society for 6 months, the Asheville Humane Society wrote.
He had previously been adopted, and later returned. Meanwhile, Brutus, a dog with severe separation anxiety, had been left at the humane society by his previous owner to be euthanized at 13 years old.
The news of Sam and Brutus’ adoption came during a time when the Asheville Humane Society’s shelter and adoption center was “critically” full. Now, employees believe these two dogs have found the perfect home with Leslie, who they say has a “heart of gold,” the Facebook post says.
“It is so important to adopt the older pets,” Leslie says in a video posted on Asheville Humane Society Facebook page on July 24. “I’m glad to give them a home for the last couple of years of their life and they give so much love back.”
Leslie and her family regularly adopt older pets who have difficulty finding homes. In the video, she says her family recently lost 7 older pets they had adopted. In an emotional video posted by the North Carolina shelter, board members, volunteers and staff joined in the “bittersweet” farewell to the two dogs. Leslie and employees became emotional when she explained why she continued to give a home to these dogs in need, despite her children’s protests.
Today is the kind of day that every person who works in an animal shelter dreams about!!! ? Leslie walked through our front doors and said, "Which two dogs have been here the longest, with the most special needs? I'm here to take them both home with me." ? We couldn't believe it! We introduced Leslie to Sam (who had extensive medical issues, was with us for 6 months, adopted then returned) and Brutus (who has severe separation anxiety, was with us for 5 months, and was originally surrendered to be euthanized at 13 years old). We vowed to find these two amazing dogs their second chance, no matter how long it took, and TODAY was their special day TOGETHER! Leslie has a three story house and two acres of fenced-in yard where Sam and Brutus will spend their golden years.As she walked them to the car, Leslie talked softly to these two sweet souls, with their creaky joints and grey muzzles, who have been through so much hardship. She told both Sam and Brutus that they now had a family to love them for the rest of their days. And Leslie assured Brutus especially, who panics when left behind, that he would never spend another moment alone ever again ?? (Leslie, you have a heart of gold!!!) There wasn't a dry eye in sight as staff, board members and volunteers gathered to say a bittersweet goodbye to two of our favorite furry friends!Our Shelter and Adoption Center are so critically full right now that we are **waiving adoption fees for all dogs and cats over 6 months old through July 31.** Sam and Brutus didn't have an adoption fee today… this is what PRICELESS love looks like! If their story has touched your heart, PLEASE consider adopting or spreading the word to help the homeless animals who desperately need our support!This compassionate community and all of YOU make happy endings like this possible. Sam and Brutus say thank you for their second chance. ?
Gepostet von Asheville Humane Society am Mittwoch, 24. Juli 2019
“My children said, ‘I don’t want another pet. I don’t want to go through another loss again,’” a teary-eyed Leslie says with Brutus and Sam already in the car and ready to go to their new home.
“And I said, ‘Sweetheart. We gave them the best years of their lives. And it leaves room for someone who needs us more right now.’”
People flooded the Facebook post to praise Leslie for her kindness and compassion.
“What a sweet woman! I wish the world had more people like her who seems to truly love these little creatures, who give back so much love in return. God bless this beautiful person for her kindness,” one Facebook user commented.
“What a beautiful soul to give these two fur babies a chance for a happy and secure life! I’m sure these two pups are singing, ‘At Last…my love has come along!’” another user wrote on Facebook.
Meanwhile, another Facebook user commented that the touching video brought tears to her eyes. “This made me cry. Leslie, you are beyond compassionate and amazing. Thank you for blessing the animal kingdom with your love and support.”
The two pups will now be spending the rest of their “golden years” lounging around Leslie’s three-story house and roaming free across two acres of fenced-in yard.
The Asheville Humane Society has not immediately responded to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment.