Two old dogs have homes for the first time in their lives after spending more than a decade in an animal shelter.
Jack, 14, and Chip, 15, had both lived at Save-a-Pet
in the South African city of Port Elizabeth for nearly their entire
lives, Gill Coetzee, vice chairlady of the nonprofit, told The
Huffington Post in an email. Chip was dumped at the shelter as a
7-week-old puppy in 2001, while Jacko was rescued from a river at the
age of 8 weeks in 2002. Coetzee said someone had tied wire and bricks
around Jacko's neck and thrown him into the water, but a passerby saw
what was happening and was able to rescue the dog and bring him to
It wasn’t until May of this year that Chip, a small
white and gray dog with failing eyesight, was finally adopted,
Save-a-Pet announced on Facebook:
The next day, the organization posted a plea for Jacko to be adopted as well.
Chip, Jacko has NEVER had a home, NEVER had a family to love and
cherish him, NEVER had a warm bed to sleep in or a human to cuddle up
to. Just like Chip, Jacko's ENTIRE life has been spent in a kennel at
Save a Pet," the post said, adding that Jacko's legs were covered with
small, potentially cancerous growths.
Just two days later, on June 1, a family came forward to take Jacko home.
dogs are doing very well and are settling into their new homes,”
Coetzee said. “Jacko spent his first night cuddled on his new owner's
bed -- what joy that message brought to all of us.”
Coetzee couldn’t pinpoint the exact reason why it took so long for
these two canines to find homes, but noted that the shelter, which
operates solely on private donations and cares for about 180 dogs, has
limited resources to spend on promoting adoptable dogs. She added that
the organization did not have access to a computer until 2011, but since
then, social media has played a huge role in finding homes for the
animals in need.
Coetzee added that many of the dogs at the
no-kill shelter are older and have been abused or neglected, making it
more difficult to find homes for them.
“Sometimes they are not the
most attractive dogs, but have the most beautiful personalities,”
Coetzee said. “We truly don't believe it is our right to euthanize a dog
just because of its looks.”
To learn more about Save-a-Pet, visit their Facebook page or website.