Finding forever homes
CAMBRIDGE — A happy Christmas stor y for a pair of dogs in North Carolina began with a man and his pastor walking into Baywater Animal Rescue here.
As told by Baywater Operations Manager Elena Gowe in an email, two men walked into the shelter the week before Christmas.
CAMBRIDGE — A happy Christmas story for a pair of dogs in North Carolina began with a man and his pastor walking into Baywater Animal Rescue here.
As told by Baywater Operations Manager Elena Gowe in an email, two men walked into the shelter the week before Christmas. Gowe wrote that the man, who she described as an “honored war veteran,” had lost his dog and was feeling lonely.
“He was looking for the same type of connection that he felt with his beloved pet. He walked through the shelter on day one and didn’t find that connection,” Gowe wrote.
The man returned twice more that week, but still did not feel a connection, “not one pang or pull,” as Gowe wrote.
“As you can imagine, he was a little sad. I apologized and told him we would call when we found a dog that might fit,” Gowe wrote.
Gowe wrote that when the man came in for that third visit, she had been looking through a list of dogs slated for euthanasia in North Carolina, as Baywater is a rescue partner to help dogs as it can.
“The man suddenly exclaimed, ‘That’s him! That’s my dog!’ And pointed to the dog on my screen. Following his gaze, we looked at the listing together. Donnie, the dog on my computer, was slated to be put down that Friday. He had been in the shelter too long and his time was up,” Gowe wrote.
With his face so lit in excitement, Gowe knew that Baywater had to help connect the two as soon as possible.
“Our time was running out as Donnie only had a few days left. I promised to help but I was honestly feeling a little overwhelmed at this point,” Gowe wrote.
The challenge was in transporting the dog up from North Carolina to his new home — and during the holidays at that. Gowe called local transports but they were booked for the holiday. She tried friends and neighbors. She posted a request on Facebook. No one seemed to be available.
Gowe was just about to give up hope when she received a message from the North Carolina shelter saying they could have the dog in Baltimore at 1 a.m. Could someone meet the transport then? And, could Baywater take a second dog also slated to be put down soon?
The “missing puzzle piece,” Gowe wrote, was who could meet a transport in Baltimore at 1 a.m.
“With the help of three amazing volunteers, many calls and emails, a few thousand text messages, we made this miracle a reality for an honored war veteran, community member and friend of Baywater. We saved two dogs from certain death,” Gowe wrote.
Gowe wrote that one volunteer met the transport and kept the dogs at his home overnight. She wrote that another volunteer left the shelter at 8:30 am and met the dogs in Annapolis for a safe ride home.
“Donnie the dog met his new Dad on the same day he arrived. He went home after many kisses and snuggles on our couch. The man called me the next day, and tearfully said that Donnie was the best gift he had ever received,” Gowe wrote.
“The second dog, Comanche, found his forever home the very next day with a local family who was blown away by his manners and intelligence,” Gowe wrote.
For Gowe, the story highlights why Baywater is so special.
“It is our community of animal lovers, volunteers and friends who reach out to provide hope for our beloved pets and love for our human friends who are searching for a new furry family member,” Gowe wrote. “My thanks to everyone who reached out and helped make this happen for two lonely souls. Christmas Miracles do happen, thanks to so many willing and able hearts.”
Baywater Animal Rescue is the humane society for Dorchester County. The shelter is located at 4930 Bucktown Road, Cambridge. For more information, visit www.baywateranimalrescue.org.
Baywater Animal Rescue, volunteers and a veteran looking for a new four-legged best friend gave Donnie, a dog slated for euthanasia in North Carolina, a forever home just in time for Christmas.