We’re crying, you’re crying: Dog who lost owner to suicide finds forever home.
When Shell was surrendered to Stray Rescue of St. Louis animal shelter last week, it could have been just another story of an abandoned little dog found on the streets.
But a note attached to the pup changed all of that.
“To Stray Rescue:
I am writing you cause I need you to take my dog Shell. My mother adopted Shell from Stray Rescue around 2009-2010 … In 2012 she had a massive stroke and now has Alzheimers. So in 2012 Shell came to live with me. I’ve been fighting cancer for a few months and if you’re reading this I lost my battle. I need for my baby girl to be taking [sic] care of in a home with one person.
Shell is a very sweet little girl. She’s been threw [sic] a lot so she has trouble with trust in the beginning. She loves to cuddle but doesn’t like to be carried. She’s very smart.”
The shelter found that sweet Shell had come from a loving home, but tragedy had struck her owner. The letter sender heartbreakingly took their own life after getting cancer for the second time, but not before arranging affairs for Shell.
Stray Rescue then posted the note to Facebook, calling on those who might have a space for their home and their hearts for the little dog.
An onslaught of applications arrived, according to People, but dedicated to honoring Shell’s former owner’s wishes, the animal shelter was able to find an ideal match last Thursday that was specific to what her owner wrote in the letter.
They announced that they found a woman who was ‘drawn’ to Shell, and who had sadly lost her own rescue pup back in July.
“She just felt so drawn to her. Wasting no time, she filled out an application and was here the very next morning. The two of them hit it off and she knew it was definitely the right time. She says Shell is already running the house, and that they are inseparable,” reads the post.
The rescue center considers every adoption a win for everyone, but they were especially honored to fulfill the wishes of Shell’s owner, guaranteeing the pup will have a good home and will be “spoiled for the rest of her life.”