It is with tears of joy I write this post. Soldier has been adopted!
Soldier is a very special dog who was a graduate of our Youth-Canine program in 2016. He was trained in basic obedience by kids at Marion County Juvenile Detention Center. Although he did great in class, he was heartworm positive making it a challenge to find an adopter.
Lucky for Soldier, our temp tester Jodi VanSlyke stepped up and fostered Soldier for months during his treatment. With Soldier being an older pit mix and being in foster, it was hard to find an adopter.
One of our volunteers agreed to adopt Soldier and loved him completely until she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that made it difficult for her to handle Soldier especially since he doesn’t like other dogs too much and would pull to get to them.
Even though Soldier originally came from another shelter, we needed to find a shelter/rescue who had the capacity to work through some of his dog aggression issues. Lucky for us, our friends at Humane Society for Hamilton County (Indiana) stepped up. They agreed to take Soldier.
Because of funding from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, we were able to cover the cost of his two week lodge and learn training and some recent medical costs! Thank you NMPCT!
Soldier was at the shelter since this spring. The great volunteers and staff at HSHC never gave up on him, and neither did we promoting him frequently including at our recent Dogs are Magic event. We knew his people were out there somewhere.
He waited patiently for his happy ending, and he got it!
Soldier was recently adopted by a wonderful couple, and as you can see from the pictures, he is so happy.
Thank you for adopting this big old love bug! We wish you all morning but years of happiness together!
As you can see, it takes a village to help some of the more difficult to place dogs. Thank you to HSHC for being so incredible for the dogs in our community, NPMCT for helping us ease the burden of the financial side for the shelter, Jodi for spending months nursing him back to health, our volunteer for originally adopting him and loving him so much, and to his new family for giving him another chance.
If you want to help us continue to give dog’s like Soldier a fighting chance, you can donate at https://www.pawsandthink.org/get-involved/make-a-donation/