I fostered a couple of shelter dogs recently. I got to know them individually and they were both great dogs. I mentioned them on this blog because they both fall into the category of “highly unadoptable dogs.” They qualify for this category because they are black dogs and because Laci is a pit bull and Henry is a senior. Then I was ecstatic to announce that Henry had gone to an adoption event and was CHOSEN for a two-week trial for adoption. My daughters knew how happy I was for Henry. They hated sending me a text on Saturday that Henry had been returned. The family said they just didn’t have enough time to spend with Henry. So he is back at the shelter.
I have had some returns here at Winnie’s Wish. But those times were so different. In those cases, when the cats came back, they seemed relieved. The homes hadn’t worked out and coming back to the cathouse here wasn’t traumatic for the returning cats. But poor Henry . . . he finally had a chance at a real home of his own. When he was here fostering with me, he proved to have so much personality. I told my daughters that he appeared to have a little bit of border collie personality. He wanted interaction. He wanted to be “doing” things. He wanted attention. At the shelter, his needs are met and he is cared for. But what this guy needs is a human of his very own. These are the times when I wish I had a magic wand and I could connect Henry with his perfect forever family. The shelter is in a small town with fewer adoptive homes than there are animals who need them. Henry has been waiting a long time, and now I fear he will wait for another long time. He’s considered a senior, but you wouldn't know it by his energy level. I don’t want him to spend the rest of his life in a shelter. My daughters assure me that he will continue to go to adoption events. One of these days a person or family will adopt Henry and he will GO HOME forever. I hope that happens soon.
See you tomorrow.