Not all dog adoption stories have happy endings. In fact, a pit bull mix named Harold was returned to the shelter three times after getting adopted. The staff and volunteers at the Grand Strand Humane Society were heartbroken that no one wants such a beautiful dog to be part of a family.
Volunteers and staff at the shelter continued caring for Harold. Aside from providing him with food, the shelter also had volunteer dog walkers who would take the dog out every day for exercise. One day, a volunteer who was walking Harold noticed that the dog was acting rather strangely.
Harold kept on pulling on his leash towards the dock area where the shelter usually receives donations and supplies. The volunteer tried to drag Harold away, but Harold kept circling back to the dock area and finally started circling a large plastic container.
Harold’s curiosity eventually caught the volunteer’s attention and decided to open the lid of the plastic container. The volunteer was shocked to see that there were six puppies inside. The shelter staff stated that if it weren’t for Harold, the puppies wouldn’t have survived. There were so many bags of donations in the dock area that they barely noticed the plastic container containing the puppies.
Harold became a local celebrity because of his actions that day. However, it didn’t translate to getting adopted. People admired him for what he did, but it seems as though no one wants to adopt him. Harold eventually ended up getting depressed and anxious.
Shelter staff and volunteers noticed Harold becoming more withdrawn. He was also drooling a lot, which is a sign of anxiety in dogs. He wouldn’t even make eye contact anymore and would barely lift his head whenever someone called his name. A volunteer named Marlena Ryba decided to do something for Harold.
Marlena made it a point to visit Harold every time she’s at the shelter. Marlena spent a lot of time with Harold, and she even walks him almost every day. Marlena’s heart ached for Harold, and whenever she’s at home, she could never take her mind off Harold.
Eventually, Marlena and Harold started to bond. Harold’s eyes began to sparkle again, and his tail wagged every time Marlena’s at the shelter. It didn’t take long for Marlena to realize that Harold was destined to be part of her family.
Marlena stated that every time they were returning to the kennel after a walk, she feels sad leaving Harold there. Marlena also said that she never wants Harold to feel disappointed again. So, Marlena made a decision that will change Harold’s life forever.
One day, Marlena went to the shelter to pick up Harold just like she would whenever she takes him out for a walk. But, what Harold didn’t know was that he was going out through the shelter doors one last time. Marlena’s taking Harold home with her and be part of her family forever.
Marlena’s decision to adopt Harold is one of her best decisions. Harold turned out to be the perfect dog for her and her family. He adjusted quickly, and he now spends a lot of his days playing with his favorite human. Here’s a video showing Harold’s story.
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