A veterinarian was shocked when a man brought in his 18-year-old toy poodle and told the vet to put him down because he was “too stupid.”
The man explained that the dog, Figgy, had been having accidents, and he and his wife didn’t want to deal with him anymore. He left the poor dog there and went home.
Figgy did have a few health problems—he was blind, had arthritis, and many of his teeth were rotten. But besides that, he was pretty healthy for his age, and there was no reason to put him down. The veterinary clinic staffers quickly decided that they couldn’t euthanize the pup. They began looking for a new home for him instead.
The clinic reached out to a local senior dog rescue, Muttville, and asked them to take Figgy.
Muttville’s founder, Sherri Franklin, quickly said she would take in little Figgy, and she headed over to the clinic to pick him up. She worried that Figgy would be stressed at Muttville’s main shelter, so she took him home with her instead.
“He was a total love bug and slept with me curled up in my armpit. I just loved him,” Franklin told The Dodo.
Franklin added a photo and Figgy’s profile to Muttville’s Facebook page, and she waited to see if anyone would respond.
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Figgy was only in Muttville for four days before he found his perfect forever home.
A woman named Eileen contacted Muttville. She had adopted many hospice dogs from Muttville before, and when she saw Figgy’s profile, she knew that she wanted to bring him home.
Figgy arrived at Eileen’s house just in time for Christmas. He celebrated the holiday with his new mom and his new sister, another elderly dog named Miss Abbie.
Eileen loves having Figgy in her home, and she’s thrilled that she can give him and other senior dogs a wonderful place to spend their golden years. She told The Dodo:
“I just couldn’t help but think that these precious angels had given their love and loyalty to someone their entire lives, and certainly didn’t deserve to die alone in a shelter. They deserved love, comfort, and security for whatever time they happened to have left, and I knew that I could provide that.”
Muttville does amazing work connecting Figgy and other senior dogs like him with loving homes. If you’d like to help Muttville find more great homes for senior dogs, consider donating to their organization.
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Source: The Dodo