A family reunited is always a cause for celebration – and that is thanks to an adoption event initiated by the humane society of Jacksonville.
One family in Jacksonville, Florida, got separated from their dog, Dopey, and they have been yearning for their furry best friend to come back ever since. Since their beloved canine got lost in August, the family never wavered as they searched for the pup. It was not until last weekend where the quest to finding Dopey ended—the family reunited, and the adorable canine is now back at his home in the arms of his parents.
The Jacksonville Humane Society, a no-kill and non-profit animal shelter servicing located at the Jacksonville, Florida area was able to document the touching reunion between Dopey and his original owners. The family was attending a free adoption event at a nearby PetSmart. On their way to adopt a kitten, the father noticed a dog with familiar spots and colors while leashed.
“That’s my Dopey!” The father exclaimed in excitement.
The dog is more than familiar with the voice that called him. Without a moment of hesitation, Dopey blitz through the crowd and lept into their arms. It was apparent how the delightful canine missed his family. Dopey barraged all the family members with kisses to show them how much he missed the whole gang.
Before the family reunited, Dopey came to the animal shelter as a stray dog on October 1. “His family never lost hope, and they are thrilled that their sweet pup is back home!” The rescue wrote.
“Stories like Dopey’s, the many we tell and the many untold, are proof that generosity…” The Jacksonville Humane Society wrote in their Facebook post. Strangers helped the poor dog when he got lost. Donors, volunteers, and staff, and foundations like PetSmart Charities expressed their love and concern in their own way—concrete proof that generosity and compassion “breed in Jacksonville every day.”
Psychologist Julie Axelrod explains how losing a dog, whether caused by death or prolonged separation can become a painful experience for owners. Axelrod points out that it is not just about losing a pet. She says that owners also lose their source of unconditional love, security, and comfort.
Losing a pet can also disrupt a person’s daily routine and can impact on schedules, plans, and lifestyles. Studies show that separation from pets can be a great source of stress, especially to long-time owners who had high levels of attachment to their companions. Imagine what Dopey’s owners went through before the family reunited.
Dopey’s happy ending is NOT the only reunion story at the Jacksonville Humane Society. It was their annual “Feline Frenzy” event that made it possible for a missing cat to find its worried family. The event conducted by the humane society offered free spay and neuter services for the community.
In the procedure, cats are sedated while the staff checked if the felines in the facility have microchips. Lo and behold, one kitty sleeping peacefully did have one. The humane society called the owners, and it was not that long before the cat reunited with her family after months of being separated.
Indeed, the Jacksonville Humane Society shelter is a place where families find their way to each other.