Man Surrenders Dog and Re-adopts Him Again A Year Later

Life With Dogs is reader-supported. We may earn a small commission through products purchased using links on this page.

Michael Herrick from Independence, MO., fell on bad times last year and lost his job and house, as a consequence he had no option but to surrender his best friend Reece to his local shelter, but once Herrick got back on his feet, he checked the shelter’s website and was surprised to see his pet was still waiting for a new home. Without hesitation Herrick went to the shelter to re-adopt and reunite with his four-legged best friend.

Reece. Photo Credit: Great Plains SPCA/Facebook
Reece. Photo Credit: Great Plains SPCA/Facebook

 

The pet owner never imagined his friendly and good looking dog would still be available for adoption at the Great Plains SPCA a year after he had surrendered him. Reece had been adopted, but that placement fell through and the dog returned to the shelter.

When Herrick searched the Great Plains SPCA’s site he was surprised to see Reece’s picture under the adoptable pets section.

Rachel Hodgson with the Great Plains SPCA said the staff was really excited to reunite the dog with his one and true owner. They “didn’t have to worry about the home [Reece] was going to,” said Hodgson.

“‘We were able to reunite them, and needless to say, they both were ecstatic to be together again,” posted the SPCA on their Facebook wall. “Keeping families together – just one of the reasons #‎whywerescue.”

The emotional reunion was caught on tape.

We are so happy to see Herrick and Reece back together!

125 thoughts on “Man Surrenders Dog and Re-adopts Him Again A Year Later”

  1. That readoption video made my day. I bet that was tough for Michael to surrender Reece to the local SPCA. This is especially heartwarming for me, because Independence is where I live also. Congrats to Michael and Reece. I hope you have a wonderful and long association together. That story was a tear jerker.

    Reply
  2. Was this dog screened through any behavior test? These “No Kill” shelters are filling our neighborhoods and parks up with unsocialized animal aggressive dogs. They are costing the public thousands and thousands in vet bills and emotional trauma. Dog parks are becoming unusable because of these aggressive shelter dogs.

    Reply
    • Great Plains SPCA has extensive behavior testing for all of it’s animals. They have multiple classes for the employees AND volunteers on how to work with and improve the lives of all the animals. It’s a fantastic facility.

      Reply
    • Great Plains SPCA has extensive behavior testing for all of it’s animals. They offer training for employees AND volunteers on how to approach all animal behavior and how to help the animal correct the behavior. It’s a fantastic facility. The staff and volunteers live and breathe for moments like this.

      Reply
    • Bill, please don’t equate all shelters in the same breath. I work at no-kill shelter in Massachusetts and NO WAY are unstable dogs let loose to the public. Our dogs are treated with respect and they are ALL temperament tested by professionals. If we see one of our dogs becoming unglued because he’s in the shelter too long, the dog is removed and put into a private home as a foster and appointments are made privately to see/work with the dog. We also do a foster-to-adopt for each and every dog to ensure their suitability to the home. If it doesn’t work out, the dog is returned to us, no muss no fuss. Please stop giving shelters a bad name. I don’t know where you get your information from; it seems anecdotal at best and very misleading and inflammatory at least. Shame!

      Reply
    • I wish the same screening was done on human beings since they seem to kill more of their own

      species than dog attacks.

      Reply

Leave a Comment