When a young lab mix was found tied to a railroad post outside a Georgia shelter, staff couldn’t stomach the idea of letting the young dog languish in the shelter, where each passing day brings increased risk of euthanasia.
Fortunately, a concerned worker started to calling around, resulting in the dog’s transfer to Eleventh Hour Rescue, a no-kill animal sanctuary in New Jersey. There Moose, as he’d come to be known, charmed volunteers with his “happy personality” and zest for life.
“We were all rooting for Moose to find his perfect home,” volunteers recalled on Facebook. “And then one day, his “dad” discovered him and they fell in love.” Suddenly, Moose’s future was looking bright.
But just a year later, tragedy once again struck when Moose’s new owner suddenly passed away. The now 3-year-old dog didn’t understand what had happened, or that he was once again homeless. Instead, he just continued to stand watch over his beloved Dad’s empty hospital bed.
Fortunately, the dog went back to Eleventh Hour Rescue, which was committed to helping Moose find his next home. “No matter how crowded we are, we always make room for one of our own,” the group wrote. “One of our mottoes is once an Eleventh Hour dog, always an Eleventh Hour dog.”
Fortunately, this heartwarming scene started trending on Facebook, resulting in several queries regarding the loyal lab’s adoptive status. “MOOSE HAS BEEN ADOPTED by a wonderful family who will care for and love him for the rest of his life!” grateful volunteers confirmed in the now-viral post. “Thank you again to everyone who shared his story!”
J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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