Rescue Dogs: The People Who Adopted the Dogs Nobody Wants


Before Jennifer Schorr set off on her three-hour drive to a dog shelter, she was warned that her visit might not be entirely welcome.

Despite the caution, the associate director of the education division of the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation in Ohio in the United States made the trip.

She had read the story of a seven-year-old rescue dog named Flip who had been living in a shelter for 2,555 days and desperately needed a forever family.

She believed she could provide this loving environment.

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Flip had been living in a shelter in the United States for 2,555 days before being adopted. (Human Society of Lake Animals)

“They told me he might not like me at first, but it was quite the opposite,” Schorr said. People of his introduction to the rescue dog, Flip.

“He came to sit next to me, and he even gave me kisses.”

She first heard of Flip after the Lake Humane Society, also based in Ohio, published a sincere message on facebook on the pup’s fate.

“Flip is seven years old and totally in love. He has spent most of his life in a shelter through no fault of his own,” the post read.

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“Flip has been through so much in his life that he will need a family that will allow him to decompress and understand that it will take some time for Flip to trust you.

“Staff and volunteers are so in love with him and want him to live a life of kindness, trust and love that he deserves.”

Schorr had recently lost his beloved German Shepherd to illness. She wasn’t considering adopting another dog until she saw Flip’s photos.

She told Flip the photos and her sad story “melt her heart”.

Schorr isn’t the only pet owner to give a struggling rescue dog a home.

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Liam, a Great Dane mix, spent 500 days in a shelter before being adopted.
Liam, a Great Dane mix, spent 500 days in a shelter before being adopted. (Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center)

Meet Liam

It was a Friday afternoon when Cindy Davis went for a walk with the shelter pup, Liam.

The Great Dane mix was as she expected, a “crazy boy” with lots of energy.

Davis was drawn to Liam after seeing a video of his TikTok video of his failed encounter from the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center in Gadsden.

The video has over 1.7 million views.

“I saw the TikTok and immediately went to the shelter’s website and asked to adopt him,” she told the Gadsden Times

She said that since his adoption, Liam has settled in well with his family, although there are some challenges. Liam is afraid of children and men. She said she was planning training for him.

Davis also created a social media account for Liam. Not just to share her adoption story but also to raise awareness.

“I want people to not judge shelter animals the first time they meet or the first week at home,” she said.

“They will adapt and be the best animal you could ever ask for.”

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Renee Hayden with her rescue dog Pollux.
Renee Hayden with her rescue dog Pollux. (Welcometomycurls/YouTube)

Meet Pollux

It was the Saturday before Christmas when Renee Hayden logged on to her local animal shelter’s Facebook page and saw a picture of a lone dog, Pollux.

The post contained little information about the pup other than edited lines of a nursery rhyme “Star Light, Star Bright” and the number 491.

The number represented the days the dog had spent at the shelter.

The shelter hoped someone would adopt Pollux before Christmas.

By the time Hayden saw the message, it was late at night and the shelter was closed. But she was not discouraged. The following Monday, she phoned the shelter.

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“He was brought in with a few puppies when he was just seven weeks old and he’s been in the animal shelter his whole life,” Hayden told her. Youtube channel.

“We found out he was 45lbs, we don’t know what breed it is, but he’s scared to death.”

Although she already had Maxie, the family’s little white schnauzer, the family wanted to give Pollux a home.

Without telling her two daughters, Hayden and her husband adopted Pollux,

On Boxing Day 2020, the family welcomed Pollux into their home.

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