In November 2017, 14-year-old poodle Shey was abandoned at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa for the saddest of reasons: his family was moving and wouldn’t take him with them.
For the next four months, Shey waited and waited at the shelter for someone to adopt her. He suffered from dental disease and had never been sterilized. The rescue center therefore scheduled its operation and his veterinary care. Only one of his teeth was not completely rotten.
He was deaf, half-blind and nearly toothless, there was no queue of adopters at the door to meet him. Until one day a little boy named Tristan arrived at the shelter, and none of it mattered to him.
A boy adopts the oldest existing dog at the shelter
Tristan and his mother were looking for a little dog who loved cuddles, and the shelter staff knew that Shey would be the perfect dog.
Jessica Jorgenson of the Animal Rescue League told The Dodo:
“Shey is super sweet and wants to be around people all the time.”
The boy sat down excitedly, ready to meet his new friend. When the staff placed Shey on Tristan’s lap, the boy’s eyes were filled with pure joy.
Jessica then said:
“Shey was very comfortable with Tristan from the start.”
As the adoption staff explained some of Shey’s special needs to the family, Tristan listened to every word, clearly ready. to do whatever he could for the sweet little dog snuggled up in his lap.
Jessica explains as follows:
“He understood that Shey couldn’t hear what was going on and couldn’t see things clearly, so he was very slow in his actions. He was very respectful of what Shey could and couldn’t handle.”
Going through Shey’s medical records, Tristan even looked at a calendar on his phone and started jotting down when he should. take him to the vet for future vaccinations. He told the staff all about the special place in his room that he had also arranged for him.
“He was so attentive to Shey’s special needs. Tristan is very mature for his age and asked a lot of questions. »
So it was obvious that Tristan would take Shey home. Now comfortably settled in with his familyit’s clear that Shey has already found a new favorite place to be: in Tristan’s arms.
Although Shey’s wait for a family has lasted months after he was abandoned, Tristan is doing everything he can to make up for lost time.
“Shey is very happy. Cuddling is his favorite thing in the world, and the best ones are with Tristan. »