Why did you decide to rescue?
I decided to rescue, because every time I volunteer at the local animal shelter, it absolutely breaks my heart to learn how they were brought to this place and their fate afterwards.
Please tell us your story with rescuing.
For months I had wanted to adopt a dog and had been browsing on Petfinder and local rescues on Facebook. Then I heard that there was going to be a National Adoption Event at Petsmart and my supportive friends and I all went to help me find my pawtner. The first day I went, for some reason the dogs I saw just didn’t click with me, but the next day, when I saw Loki, I just knew he would be the one I wanted to adopt. He was scared and timid at the back of his kennel. He was the only dog who hid behind blankets and didn’t approach adopters as they walked by. I knew he needed some love in his life and when I picked him up and held him, he looked at me with his big eyes and I felt that he had put all his trust in me. At first I was hesitant since he would be my first dog ever, but playing with him more and seeing his demeanor made me more than sure that he was the dog for me.
The fun part of our story is actually what happened before he ended up in the rescue. The couple that found him on the side of the road actually lived in my apartment complex! They had fostered him for a few weeks before they had to prepare to move. One day I was walking Loki to the dog park and they spotted him and were so happy that he had found a happy forever home! What a small world!
What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?
I’m currently a student and although I had helped raise many dogs before through my aunts and uncles, I was just afraid how my dog would turn out. Training Loki, however, was a breeze and I count my lucky stars every day. I had done my fair amount of research on positive training prior to adopting and knew how to handle situations, but he was already a very bright dog and eager to learn.
Would you rescue again?
Of course! I’m not currently looking to adopt, but in the future I definitely want a brother or a sister for Loki and I look at rescue pages every day!
What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?
The reward of rescuing is to see the dog blossom into the happiest pet you can imagine. The Loki that was in the kennel compared to the Loki that’s laying on my lap sleeping is the complete opposite. Knowing that I can make him feel safe and happy just makes everything worth it.
What would you like everyone to know about this topic?
I will always advocate 110% for people to rescue, even purebred dogs. However, please do your fair amount of research on how to take care of a dog and be patient. Some rescue dogs need a little more time and a lot of loving because of the situation they’ve been through, but it’s all worth it in the end ☺.
Follow Loki on his adventures!! Instagram: @lokithechiweenie