Failure isn't generally something that makes us happy or gets us excited, however, these particular "failures" have warmed our hearts for the new year...
Sweet puppy Audrey came to the shelter with an old leg injury that made her unable to put weight on it without pain. She spent several months in the shelter while Sammy's Hope raised the funds to have her operated on, and arranged a foster home for her to recover in post-surgery.
The good news? Audrey has recovered fully from her operation, and her family just couldn't bear to let her go! She now has her perfect Forever Home with a human family that loves her, and two doggie big brothers who think the world of her!
While it is very important to us to keep our foster homes open to new dogs that come through and need care, sometimes a Foster "failure" is just what the doctor ordered!
Beautiful Kendo came to the shelter as a stray and spent nearly a year there. He was extremely barky and reactive to all the other dogs, and very mistrustful of people. Two of our volunteers took a particular interest in trying to socialize him and win his trust. After working with him for many months, Kendo began to get a little more comfortable around people, and a little more manageable on the leash, but was still very reactive to the other dogs at the shelter. His volunteer friends were worried that despite being a stunningly beautiful dog, we would never be able to find adopters who would be capable of or willing to work with him on his dog reactivity.
They decided that they would take Kendo home for an overnight slumber party with their dogs to see if his behavior could be more easily managed and assessed outside of the shelter environment and with stable dogs who they knew well. After 2 very tense days and lots of hard work, Kendo did SO well with their dogs, and was such a dream guest, that they decided they could not part with him. He is now a beloved member of their family, and has two older dog sisters to play with.
And finally, it was love at first sight for Liesl and volunteer, Bill. She won him over from the start, and when we heard that he was taking her home to foster, we had a feeling she would never be leaving...