Depressed Dog Stuck in Shelter Perks Right Up When Her Rescuer Comes to Visit

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WARNING!  You may need to be in close proximity to a sizable box of tissues after this one!  Don’t say that we didn’t warn you.  Chunkie was rescued by firefighter Mike Thawley from Fire Station 14 in Sacramento, California.  She was all depressed in the shelter until the day Mike payed her a visit.


As you can see in the video, Chunkie is one excited pooch.  She was taken out of a life of abuse and neglect by Mike, and when he arrived, it was like Christmas for Chunkie.  And that’s totally understandable.  Think about how scary it must be for a dog in a strange shelter, let alone one that’s only known life at the end of a chain, outdoors with little to no shelter, and inconsistent food.  Sure, a shelter is warm and dry, but you’re far from anything that looks like “home.”


After seeing her reaction to his visit, Mike and his family are now talking about adopting Chunkie.  She’s still going to need to be in recovery at Front Street Shelter, but as soon as she’s released for acute medical care, he wants to begin the process of adding her to his family.

UPDATE:  IT’S OFFICIAL!  Chunkie was adopted by the Thawley family as of late today!  Congratulations!


10 thoughts on “Depressed Dog Stuck in Shelter Perks Right Up When Her Rescuer Comes to Visit”

  1. I honestly think this is a very loving story! I know cause I’ve been there and at this moment have a (4 legged) son that hates for me to get out of his sight. He has NEVER EVER been abused or neglected
    I raised him from a 5 week old pup, knew the mothers owner and the mother have had him for 7 yr’s and there is nothing I would not do for him… just like there is nothing I wouldn’t do for my birth son.
    for what ever reason people want and chose to hate animal’s and all the people who chose to love them maybe if you had to spend a part of your life abused, locked up and nothing or very little to eat or drink at the end of a chain or in a cage or at the least put in some smelly, unclean situation you might understand the empathy we animal lover’s have. P.S. MOST ANIMAL’S ARE EASIER TO LOVE THEN SOME HUMANS! Get your own life lined up or you may wish some day that you had or have some (LOSER) to love and want you.


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