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Happy Tails: David’s Long Journey Home

Whether through Facebook or a friend, word of the abandoned “yorkies” (considered by SICSA to be Terrier Mixes) spread throughout the Dayton area like wildfire. Within 24 hours of intake, SICSA’s phones were ringing off the hook with questions about adoption flooding in. Little did the public know, the small, frightened dogs were covered in matted, filthy fur, in desperate need of medical evaluation and grooming. Most of them were extremely timid and unsure of people. Our staff and volunteers saw the road ahead and got to work. After spaying, neutering, vaccinating, grooming, and socializing, some of the babies were ready to head home.

On the day the pups became available, potential adopters arrived long before doors opened. Some guests waited hours just to see if these pups could be the right addition to their family. Numbers were given out as visitors approached the door, placing them in line for their opportunity to meet the dogs and potentially adopt. At 12:00PM sharp, adoption counseling began.

Betty Barker and her son were among the first few potential adopters to arrive that morning. They waited patiently for hours until SICSA was open, and were overjoyed when they had the opportunity to meet with an Adoption Counselor. Their mission was simple: to give a discarded animal a great home. 

Their counselor explained that the dogs may be timid, or outright afraid of humans, that it may take days, or even weeks before the pup would be comfortable at home with them. They did not mind at all and were more than willing to provide the necessary love and patience the dog might need. Little did they know, their new pup would fit in much more quickly than expected.

Despite his hardships, David, one of the terrier mixes up for adoption that day, welcomed his new mom and brother with open paws. Though a bit shy at first, moments after their initial meeting, David made himself comfortable on his Betty’s lap, occasionally licking her in the face! He had clearly chosen his furever home, and his new family had chosen him in return. After filling out their adoption contract, David was on his way home.

Just a short while later, David’s family reached out to let us know that he had fit right in! He loves his new home and lives happily with his mom and brother. We could not imagine a better match! Congratulations to Betty and David on finding one another. We are so grateful for Happy Tails like yours!

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