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March 23, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Dog gone. Thanks goodness

Girl and dog. (USPD. pub.date, artists life, reprod of PD art)

It’s called “shelter” for a reason. When you come here, you are given a promise. There has to be a way.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

There was panic. What would happen to them all? They had been on the streets before – and it wasn’t fun.

Possible alternative, worse.

37 dogs and 57 cats shifted worriedly in their rooms…they could feel the danger.

One of the staff exhibited coronavirus symptoms and was tested. (results pending). If she tests positive all of the caretakers and staff of the Dickinson Bayou’s animal shelter would be going into quarantine for two weeks.

There would be no one to watch over almost 100 animals. 

But miracles do happen. 

With a 24 hour deadline looming, shelter coordinator, Colleen Wilson, sent out a frantic SOS for foster homes.

People heard and arrived at their door. “Pets in need find foster homes quickly”

“Every animal in the shelter is safe,” Wilson said. “We have no animals left in the shelter. Everybody just stepped up and they all went out.”

And many animals will not be returning having lucked into their forever home. ““A couple of them that came to foster, the minute they saw the dog, they said, ‘We’re not bringing this dog back, we’re going to keep it,’” Wilson said.

Even Honey. 

Honey is a tough case. During Hurricane Harvey (Aug. 2017) rescuers in a boat found Honey tied up and left outside a house with water up to her neck. Abandoned, the brave Shiba Inu mix is a survivor who has been at the shelter since then. She became terribly shy around people and fiercely protective of her kennel area. Not exactly the “cute, little puppy, let’s take this one home” candidate.

Colleen Wilson was worried about Honey’s fate until “A woman called me and told me she wanted a dog that was going to be hard to be adopted. I started crying.”

A place for everything and everything in its’ place – even orphaned animals.

Sometimes humans do makes you proud to be one.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Seated girl with leaning dog. "Good Friends" by WM Chase. 1888 (USPD. Artist life, date, reprod. of PD art/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Don’t worry. You’re forever safe. Forever home.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

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  1. Kate Crimmins / Mar 23 2020 8:26 am

    Eyeballs teary here. I’m not always proud of humans but once in a while they step up. Prayers for the shelter worker. And for Honey.

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  2. Littlesundog / Mar 23 2020 8:26 am

    Now that’s a heart-warming read on this dismal and foggy day. Even the hard-to-adopt critters find homes. In know… I ended up with Mr. T and he was the BEST thing to happen to our little ranch family!

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  3. beth / Mar 23 2020 9:00 am

    Beautiful

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  4. Ally Bean / Mar 23 2020 9:11 am

    The kindness of strangers. Honey is one lucky survivor.

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  5. Paula Light / Mar 23 2020 9:20 am

    Finally, something uplifting! ❤️

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  6. easyweimaraner / Mar 23 2020 9:39 am

    isn’t that great that we have so much good people in this world? who still care for those in need… and together with the good people we will go through all the bad things …

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  7. Anne Mehrling / Mar 23 2020 3:17 pm

    That is a beautiful story.

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  8. mohawkvalleygirl / Mar 23 2020 3:26 pm

    I need a Love button for this post!

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  9. marina kanavaki / Mar 24 2020 10:39 am

    Thank you for this… best news I heard in a long time! Dare I think that this virus is bringing back our humanity? I’m hopeful. Stay safe, my friend.

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  10. Curt Mekemson / Mar 24 2020 1:40 pm

    Thank you so much, Phil, for this story. It’s the type of thing that we need to hear, that means so much. Take care and be safe. –Curt

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