Rescue Pup Finds Forever Family on St. Patrick’s Day
By Amy Morgan
We call him Lucky Dog. March 17, 2020 — St. Patrick’s Day. As the entire world contemplated shutting down in what we now know was the COVID pandemic, my husband and I spent the evening outside in our front courtyard. Suddenly, a friendly young Huskie arrived at our gate unannounced. He was wet and a little bedraggled, but he didn’t look like he’d come from far. He had a collar, so we invited him into our gates, thinking we’d hang on to him until we could locate his owners.
That endeavor did not turn out to be as easy as we had imagined. Roan, the name on his tag, had originally been found alone in a park. In his young life he’d begun training as a service and comfort animal for a wounded veteran and had been surrendered to a Huskie rescue. Roan shared his latest home in a neighborhood across the canyon with two other Huskies, but his owners were facing serious health challenges and doubted they could keep him. We knew he couldn’t stay with us, as our own two rescue pups were growing increasingly annoyed by his presence.
We reached out to a family friend. They had never had a dog, but their son had always wanted one. Their answer had been, maybe… someday… But this was March 2020. The husband, a pilot, and their three young adult children were all back home due to COVID shutdowns. The family met Roan, and the fit was right. The Lucky Dog and his forever family were a match made in heaven.
“He came at the perfect time,” the wife told me. “He’s great for everybody.” With five active adults living at home, Roan never lacks for someone to take him for a trot to work off that Huskie energy. He’s changed a non-dog family into one full of puppy love. His new parents even proudly wear “Huskie Mom,” and “Huskie Dad” t-shirts.
“I never would have known I’d love him as much as I do,” she added.
Not every lost pup has as happy an ending as Roan. San Antonio still has a large population of animals needing good homes. Here are some trusted organizations that help.
Veterinarians created SNIPSA to rescue dogs from high kill shelters. Many of these pups need medical care or to wean puppies before they are ready to join a family. SNIPSA volunteers keep potential adoptees in their own homes. The dogs socialize with their hosts’ children and other pets, and dog foster parents can report first-hand about their guests’ characteristics and habits.
The Animal Defense League was founded in 1934. Their full veterinary staff cares for animals prior to their adoption. The ADL also offers education programs and opportunities for volunteer service hours.
Animal Care Services is the name of the official City of San Antonio pet shelter. In addition to housing animals suitable for rehoming, the organization offers low-cost services, owner surrender and animal law enforcement.
If you’ve been considering adding a furry family member, make this the month you bring home your own Lucky Dog.