Heart-tugging photo shows dog patiently waiting beside owner’s empty hospital bed

A photo of a dog recently went viral for a heartbreaking reason. In the image, the 3-year-old Lab mix named Moose is seen sitting beside an empty hospital bed, seemingly waiting for his owner’s return. Sadly, however, his human will never come back.

Last week, NorthStar Pet Rescue posted this sad photo of Moose sitting patiently next to his dad’s hospital bed. The dog seemed unaware that his owner had recently died from cancer and was waiting for his return.

Eleventh Hour Rescue, the shelter where he was adopted from a year ago, took Moose back in.

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Eleventh Hour Rescue

“Eleventh Hour Rescue’s adoption policy is that if an adopter cannot keep one of our dogs for any reason, the dog must come back to us, and so Moose did just that. No matter how crowded we are, we always make room for one of our own,” a spokesperson for the shelter said.

According to the shelter, the dog was found tied to a railroad sign in Georgia back in 2017. For several months, he stayed at a nearby shelter before he was transferred to Eleventh Hour, where he was adopted by his recently deceased owner.

In the viral Facebook post, Moose was described as “a sweet happy boy by nature”, along with a plea to “help his heart heal”.

“Moose is currently being loved and cared for at the EHR Kennel in Randolph, NJ. He is a 3-year-old Lab mix who is housebroken, adores kids, okay with dogs…”

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Eleventh Hour Rescue

“If you can help Moose’s heart heal by offering him a temporary foster home or a permanent home, please go to ehrdogs.org and put in an application to meet this sweet, loving boy. Let’s mend this broken heart, together,” NorthStar Pet Rescue wrote in the post.

Thanks to the internet, Moose’s story reached many people in the community, and the shelter began receiving several adoption applications from hundreds of people, with some even coming from as far away as Australia!

On June 22, 2019, Eleventh Hour posted an update that everyone’s been hoping to see – Moose has finally been adopted! It was a family from New Jersey which was ultimately chosen by the shelter staff to be Moose’s new companions.

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Eleventh Hour Rescue

“They were one of the first applications we received on Moose. They saw the post before it went viral,” said Linda Barish, a volunteer and a member of the executive committee at Eleventh Hour.

There is a reason why it is very important for dogs in the shelter to be adopted.

“So many dogs are euthanized that need a home everyday that are perfectly wonderful dogs. What I hope is that it brings awareness to rescues and people will commit to adopting and not shopping,” Barish said.

Thank you to this family for taking in Moose! The dog surely looks happy in the company of his new parents and hopefully, having a new home will help put together his broken heart.

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