Image source: “Human Society of Preble County” via Facebook
As soon as he entered the shelter, the 22-year-old man looked around the shelter and saw Higgins. He said he was there to pick Higgins and take him home.
Six and a half years had passed since Higgins was brought to the shelter and no one had shown interest in him. Six and a half years are equivalent to 2,381 days or 57,144 hrs or 3,428,460 minutes.
The six years looked like decades to Higgins who had been to another home where he was mistreated.
Higgins had been taken to a Human Society of Preble County shelter in Ohio when he was one-year-old. Young and full of energy, it didn’t take long before someone adopted him.
However, things turned sour for him. Shelter executive director Leslie Renner said Higgins would remain chained all through. After about twelve months he was brought to the shelter by a stranger. He stayed in the shelter, and no one came to look for him.
Higgins was still young and disliked being close to other animals, and some people thought he should be put down.
“People are in search of younger puppies,” Renner said. No one wants a dog like Higgins.
Image source: “Bonnie N Ty” via Facebook
Although his face had signs of puppy cuteness, one could see he had gone through difficult times by just looking at him.
Higgins looked worried all the time, and most of the people who came to the shelter could not stand his intimidating face. They didn’t give him a second look.
Image source: “Michelle Wright” via Facebook
One day, Brendon Reed came to the shelter. He had come across Higgins photo online. On listening to the story of this dog, Brendon knew this was the kind of dog he had been looking for.
And for Higgins, his joy had come. He would now find a home where he would be loved.
“Our organization helps guys who have lost hope in life. We give them a second chance. Typically, such guys are looked down by the society. I don’t understand how Higgins has failed to find a home all this time.
He is such a loving dog. I will take him with me and will give him a home; he has been here for too long.”
This is the day that Higgins had been waiting for. We say thank you to Brendon Reed.
Cover image source: Brendon Reed via Dayton
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