A few days ago we told you about Jin Do, a Korean Jindo that was surrendered to the same Baldwin Park Shelter she was adopted from years before. We are pleased to tell you that her sad story touched so many hearts that she was adopted within days of being dropped off.
Jin Do is a 20 years and 11 months old, and isn’t new to the Baldwin Park Shelter – she was adopted from there years ago, but now her family has surrendered her.
The reason for the surrender is a mystery, but it has been said that the family is moving. Many people have a few choice comments to make about dumping a senior dog at a shelter, but it is worth remembering that her family may have faced no other choice and may be heartbroken about having to make the decision to give her up.
Many people pledged money to rescue groups to keep her safe, and one woman, Carla Toutz, rushed over to the shelter to get her. But they wanted to keep her for temperament testing, saying that she’s a “dominant breed.” In the end they let Carla take her, as long as she signed a waiver.
“In line to pay! She’s being bathed by the world’s kindest (and helpful) volunteer,” Carla said on the Facebook thread, giving followers up-to-the-minute updates. “She’s sooooooooo sweet. I was helping bathe her until one of the sergeants saw and said I had to go lol. So I’m in line to get her.”
Carla was not going to keep Jin Do, but volunteered to get her out of there before it was too late so another woman, Julie Miller, could adopt her.
“She and her amazing family have done hospice at home for dogs before so this Jin Do has hit the jackpot! Will send photos as soon as we get into my SUV (which has a special contraption to keep senior dogs from falling onto the floor),” Carla said.
Julie is also friends with a veterinarian. Had she not stepped up, Carla gladly would have kept her; she has dealt with the death of senior dogs and was prepared to take on Jin Do.
“Jin Do will join our family with our ten-year-old, one-eyed diabetic, hairless Chihuahua and Labradoodle pup who is lost without her big senior companion who passed just two days ago,” Julie commented. “We’ll love Jin Do as long as she’ll allow us. She’ll be visiting Shadowridge Veterinary Hospital in Vista on Tuesday for a full check-up.”
Now she is settling in with her new family, and will hopefully have a very happy rest of her life.
All photos property of Carla Toutz and Julie Miller.