Couple Go to Shelter Specifically to Adopt Their Least Asked for Dog

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Padre is a senior boxer, and although his mobility is lessened each day by a degenerative disease, he still has a lot of love to give.  So, as ever day passed in the shelter with no one even asking about him at all, one could imagine his disappointment.  However, thanks to a very loving couple, Padre finally does have a home with people who’ll love him forever.






Padre was surrendered by his family and brought to Dog Tails Sanctuary and Rescue in Ontario, Canada.  When first there, he was as healthy as any dog could be, or so the shelter staff thought.  At one point, Padre’s ability to move without assistance seemed to be dwindling, and no one initially knew why.






Eventually, medical staff found out that Padre is suffering from degenerative myelopathy.  This not only made his moving around difficult, but it made getting adopted seem nearly impossible.  Day after day, Padre would sit and greet visitors of the shelter from his kennel, but people would just walk by paying him no mind.






“It seems that when people see Padre they see work, and they see heartache, rather than seeing the incredible spirit, and the unlimited amount of love and kisses that he has to offer,” Clare Forndran of Dog Tales said to The Dodo back in June.  At that point, Padre had been there for almost 200 days.  “Our biggest fear, is that a dog as special as Padre could die in a shelter.”






However, late last month, a family came into Dog Tails that would change Padre’s life forever.  They specifically were looking to adopt no other dog there but him.  After seeing a video of Padre, Erin Winn and Josh Weichel just knew that they would be able to care for him, and give him the happiness that he so greatly deserved.  The only problem was that when they got there, they couldn’t find him.






“We went down every aisle looking for Padre and he wasn’t there,” said Winn.






They were going to leave when Winn decided to just ask for him.  She asked the staff member if they knew who Padre was, and sure enough, everyone knew who Padre was.  He was out for a walk with a staff member called Stav Laloudakis, whom had been helping Padre from the very moment he arrived at Dog Tails.






“She’s been like his angel,” said Winn.  “She was there like three or four times a week, hanging out with him, bringing him on walks, giving him treats.”






They ended up taking Padre home that very day.  They say that they know that they will do everything possible to ensure that Padre knows that he is very loved, and will always be well taken care of.






“It was love at first sight,” said Winn.  “The thought of leaving him there was not an option.”

8 thoughts on “Couple Go to Shelter Specifically to Adopt Their Least Asked for Dog”

  1. If only the world had more people like this couple. It is sad that the dogs that need to be adopted the most are overlooked for medical reasons. I am not saying that all dogs should not be adopted,just that those who may need more care are overlooked
    The older dogs can be passed over for younger dogs and puppies
    We need to look out for the babies that need us so much. These dogs will return our love 1000000000000000000 fold.. God bless all animal lovets. The world would be a cold place without you.

  2. I have a handicapped dog, too, not very old. Due to a severe health problem of my own, I fear might have to find him a new home, someday. But the extra care he requires would put a lot of people off. Like Padre, he lives to love. This story gives me a little bit of hope.

  3. Bless the people that adopted Padre AND the shelter who took care of this special dog until he found his new forever family. THIS is what pure love is…

  4. great article. as someone who has taken FOUR of the “won’t be adopted” dogs from a shelter, they always hold a special place. i adopted a rottweiler with a genetic mutation of dwarfism. she was 48 pounds full grown and i bet in her entire 9-year life didn’t accrue 1 mile of walking. deformed body where walking was just a chore so she spent 23 hours 52 minutes every day on the bed. she had so much spunk and just stared into my soul. it killed me when we lost her. also adopted a 2-day old bichon which needed bottle feeding every 4 hours for 6 weeks. the other 3 in her litter died b/c there weren’t enough volunteers to do this. took a Krabloonik sled-dog reject who was TERRIFIED of the outside world (he’s turned into the greatest dog who would NEVER run away even if i left him outside for 10 days) and we took a 14-year old brittney spaniel who was surrendered in order for the owner to get better housing!!! tried to adopt the shelter’s only blind dog but i have no fence and all my dogs are trained to stay around the house but the blind one was a runner so the shelter wouldn’t let us have him
    ANYONE can adopt a cute puppy but it takes a special heart to find the one that NOBODY wants and take that one. i guarantee that the people who take the rejects have more enjoyment and satisfaction than the people who say “gimme that cute one”

  5. This is a beautiful story; this is a beautiful reality. All animals grace our lives every day. This story sheds light on animal heroes. Yes, animals do have heroes and those heroes do miraculous things. I have met other people during my life who have done similar things as Erin and Josh. Erin and Josh, you are Padre’s heroes and hopefully you will be an inspiration for others to follow in your devoted actions. Please give Padre a big kiss from me! Thank you both for your inspiration.


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