For many shelter animals, finding a home is a challenge. For Harold, finding a FOREVER home was his issue. He had been adopted several times but on all those occasions, he was returned to the shelter. Oh, there were many excuses but none that made sense. The shelter volunteers that knew Harold didn’t get it. He was a good boy with an excellent disposition. Still, he sat in his kennel and waited, and waited. It was devastating.
Then, one day Harold made a name for himself. When a shelter volunteer, named Marlena, took him from his kennel for his daily walk, he led her to a dumpster behind the shelter. He was insistent and kept pulling her. It turned out there were newborn puppies inside the dumpster!
He saved an entire litter of abandoned puppies! Because of Harold’s keen nose and quick-thinking, their lives were spared and all the puppies were adopted. If it weren’t for Harold, they wouldn’t have survived!
Sadly, even though Harold was hailed a hero, made a name for himself and even had newspaper articles written about him, NO ONE stepped up to adopt him. It made no sense!
Marlena continued walking Harold on a daily basis at the shelter. She still had no idea why this sweet pup wasn’t finding a home. He was a hero and adorable and totally well-behaved. What was going on here?! Marlena felt terrible so she started taking Harold on day trips as well as walks. He loved every minute of it.
Marlena scratched her head. What in the world made Harold “unadoptable?” Since he was pretty much the perfect dog, at least in her eyes, she felt she was the only person who really understood him.
Then Marlena had her “Ah-Ha” moment! There was no other choice. She was meant to be Harold’s mom.
The next day, Marlena made it official. The shelter workers were thrilled! They said ‘goodbye’ to Harold knowing this goodbye would be final (and that’s a good thing!) Harold got into Marlena’s backseat thinking they were going on their usual day trip but when they turned down Marlena’s street, Harold stood at attention. Where were they going?!
Marlena said over and over to Harold, “We are going home, sweet boy, we are going home!” To see what happens next (like Harold’s first time at a pet store and his first time doing Zoomies — which is totally friggin’ amazing– click play on the video below!)
Let’s just say that Harold’s happily ever after is filled with puppy cakes, daily cuddles sessions, and MANY awesome adventures.
We want to give a special shout out to The Dodo for making this amazing video, to Marlena for having an open heart, and to Harold for being the incredible dog that he is. Please watch the video, not doing so will deprive you of so many smiles!