Monday, November 9, 2009
When Jenny and I arrived back at Shelby Humane, we were so happy for the pups who made the trip. We also wanted to take a quick walk through the shelter and meet the pups who still need homes. Fellow Shelter Partner drivers will understand the disappointment felt when you drop a vanload of dogs off in New Hampshire to be adopted and return to Alabama and so many more dogs who also need homes.
During our walk through the shelter, we met Toby, a nine year old hound who has been there for a while. The reason why Toby is at Shelby Humane and his affectionate personality have made him a shelter favorite. Ronda, Shelby Humane's executive director, told us Toby's story and why she and the staff are so dedicated to find him a home.
Toby was turned in to the shelter, where he was held for seven (7) days in hopes that his owner would find him. After those seven (7) days had expired, Toby was neutered (by law and Shelby Humane's practice). Toby's owner came to the shelter a couple of days later. When Ronda took Toby's owner to him, he refused to take Toby back because, in the owner's own words, "the dog was no longer of any use to him." Toby's owner is a hunter and owns several hounds (it's probably safe to say all unaltered) who he breeds and uses to hunt. Toby's owner left him at the shelter, with no concern as to his fate. Ronda and the staff of Shelby Humane, who see so many lost dogs who are never united with their owners, were appalled and vowed to find Toby a good home.
Toby is around nine years old and loves playgroup with the other dogs. He is very affectionate and deserves a real home. You can adopt Toby by stopping by Shelby Humane at 361 McDow Road, Columbiana, AL. Directions are available at www.shelbyhumane.org or by calling the shelter at (205) 669-3916.
If you adopt Toby, we will feature your story on this blog.
Posted by JCW at 4:43 PM