When it comes to adopting a new dog, most people avoid senior pets and instead opt to get a puppy or something that is young and full of energy. While that line of thinking does make some sense, especially as older dogs can have expensive health problems, that leads to many senior animals being left behind in shelters, waiting for an adoption that may never come.
It’s enough to make you feel sad, and, unfortunately, this story ramps it up to eleven. However, we promise that if you stay with us, there is a happy ending to all of this.
Melony is a mixed breed dog that had a happy life until recently. She lived with her family in Atlanta, and presumably had many exciting and cherished memories of them. We have to believe that she felt that she would be with them forever, which made it all the more heartbreaking when she was abandoned.
It’s not clear exactly what happened, but it seems that her family moved away, and left her behind. She was found in an empty apartment, and since she had no one to belong to animal services took her to the Lifeline Animal Project’s Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS for short).
Upon arrival, Melony was in a deep funk. She was obviously depressed and missing her family, and the stress of being in a shelter made things so much worse. In fact, the only bright light in her life was her daily walk, as she loved to be outside as much as possible.
Her tenure at FCAS started in August of 2018, and a little more than a month later, things looked like they could be turning around. The shelter was going to have its annual holiday adoption drive, where potentially hundreds of animals could go home with loving parents by the end of the day. Perhaps Melony would find someone who could take her away from her misery.
During the event, dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes, and ages were adopted. In fact, most of the senior dogs at FCAS went home with new families, and the even seemed to be a smashing success. In all, 375 pets were taken in, which was an incredible feat for a one-day drive.
Unfortunately, as the dust settled, one dog still sat in her stall, alone and afraid. Poor Melony had to sit and watch as those dogs around her were taken by loving people. All the while, she was ignored and left alone.
At this point, we feel that we have to remind you that there is a happy ending to this story. So don’t feel too depressed just yet.
The staff at the shelter believed that the reason so many people glossed over Melony is that she didn’t come to greet anyone. Still reeling from her devastating loss, she cowered in the corner and wouldn’t approach any prospective families. So, they would move on and leave her behind. The staff believed that she had resigned herself to being alone.
The saddest part of all of this is that Melony is by all accounts a wonderful dog. When she opens up, she is playful, friendly, and full of love. She’s house trained, gets along great with other dogs, and is remarkably quiet. In fact, some could say that she is the perfect dog, as her gentle nature makes her much tamer than a puppy. Unfortunately, no one got to see that side of her during the adoption drive.
Now here is where things turn around. A woman named Jennifer Beuge heard about Melony’s story, and instantly became attached to this maligned pooch. Although Jennifer had four cats and had never owned a dog, her heart went out to Melony, so she came down to FCAS to see if she was still available.
She was. The two of them met, and Jennifer decided that she had to take her home. Although she wasn’t sure how Melony would jive with her son and other pets, she knew that it was worth a shot.
Thankfully, everything has been going great. Melony bonded with Jennifer’s son immediately and spends every night by his side. Although she had never had an interest in cats before, she has developed an understanding with them, and they all get along well. The only thing is that Melony is protective of her mallard chew toy, and sleeps with it in her mouth, lest the cats get their paws on it.
Recently, Melony and her new family visited Santa, and she got a whole bunch of new toys. We have to admit, things are finally looking up for this girl, and we couldn’t be happier. See? We told you things were going to get better. Now you can dry your eyes. Lord knows we need to.