From Sarah Rebernick, MWCR V.P. & Adoption Coordinator
Not technically an MWCR adoption story but a wonderful example of how lives (human and canine) can be changed for the better when rescues and rescuers work together. Randy originally applied to adopt a collie named Lassie from MWCR in July 2014. Since he lives in Oklahoma we reached out to Oklahoma Collie/Sheltie Rescue for help with the home visit. We also let them know that if they had any collies that would be a good match they should feel free to share that with him as well – after all, the important thing is that a collie finds a good home and it’s a long trip to Minnesota. Their volunteer let us know that since it was ok with us, she would be bringing a couple collie girls needing homes with her on the visit.
Randy and resident collie, Einstein, met Liv, a shy 3-year-old sable headed white girl, who had been living a pretty wretched life in a small puppy mill before coming into rescue. Randy told me that the main reason he chose OKCSR’s Liv was that he knew she would have a harder time being adopted than our Lassie and that was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever heard. This weekend we got an email and donation from Randy – he says that coaxing his shy girl out of her shell these last 18 months has been one of the most rewarding things he’s ever done. She also has a new name because, as Randy said “She came into our lives ready to love, and be loved; she having none for her first three years. I named her Love.”
And as if all that wasn’t heartwarming enough, Randy helped save yet another collie this weekend, playing a big role in getting 12-year-old old senior Duke into the loving care of Freedom Collie Rescue in Texas. So a big Thank You to Randy and all the collie lovers out there working together to make their lives better!