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ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: A dog is seen chasing balls on the driving range prior to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the Old Course St. Andrews on September 27, 2022 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

After 14 years in a shelter, Stuart the dog was adopted…

An employee at an Illinois animal shelter posted the story of Stuart.  Stuart had been at the shelter since 2008.

Natalie Snyder saw the video and couldn’t resist.

Snyder said “I can’t help but grieve the last 19 years for him.  The peace he could have have felt.  His life was taken from him.  All I can do is love him for the rest of it.  He loves to sleep everywhere, so I just let him.  We love him”

Adopting Wasn’t Easy

Now adopting Stuart wasn’t that easy.  After seeing the TiKtok video she contacted the shelter and managed to set up the opportunity to drive five hours to visit Stuart.  Despite falling in love with him, she was told by the shelter that he was no longer up for adoption and that the shelter was now his home.  Snyder was not going down without a fight.  She posted the story on Facebook and the post blew up.

The shelter had a change of heart and got in touch with her.  They called her and told her to come and get him.  Now Stuart has a family of his own, a home and heaps of fans who watched his journey online.

Now, he’s loving his treats and baths and he’s now on treatment food for his kidney after a visit to the vet.

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

In case you didn’t know, November is Adopt a Senior Pet month.  ASPCA reassures that adopting an older dog can have great benefits, including having grown out of habits like teething and destructive behavior.

According to the ASPCA, senior dogs have a 25% adoption rate, compared to 60% for younger dogs.

Each week, I post a “Rescue of the Week” from Augusta Animal Services.  If you can find it in your heart and home to adopt, especially an older dog, the rewards could be endless.

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