Sarah Ford | May 27, 2014

Yearlong Journey Leads Dog to Happy Home

Someone took 8-week-old Lucky and his littermates for a ride on a flatbed truck. Lucky’s tiny paws couldn’t grip the truck’s flatbed floor, so he slid off the truck and onto the road. The puppy broke his leg that day.

Lucky and his littermates were immediately turned into the Bedford County Animal Control (BCAC) in Shelbyville, Tenn. His puppy siblings were adopted quickly, but Lucky needed surgery to fix his back right leg.

Normally, injured dogs are euthanized at the county shelter because taxpayer dollars are not allocated for sick and injured pets. But BCAC didn’t let that hold them back. They sent out email pleas to their supporters and help poured in.

“We raised $300 in just a few days,” says Karen Clark, office manager at BCAC. “We got Lucky into surgery that week.”

Lucky needs help finding a home

Lucky spent the next several months in foster care. By the time he returned to the shelter, he was no longer an 8-week-old puppy with adorable adoption appeal. Now he was a lanky 35-pound dog.

After being overlooked by potential adopters for several months, BCAC felt Lucky needed new surroundings to find his forever home. They boarded him on a PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin’® vehicle headed for the Humane Society of Huron Valley(HSHV) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Unlucky delay in moving to forever home

Bill and Katie Parker noticed Lucky on the HSHV adoption floor a few days later. “One of our dogs had recently died and we wanted another companion for our 8-year-old dog Ella,” said Bill. “Lucky came across as a very friendly dog.”

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