Two weeks ago, I received an email from a lady who adopted a dog from Charleston Animal Society. It made me cry… tears of joy. I remember quite vividly the morning I first met Kendra. She was a beautiful 1 year old Pit mix who was super skinny + had obviously been neglected in her life prior to coming to CAS. She was so gentle and had the most inquisitive, soulful eyes. Both Brian and I fell in love and as I walked her back into the shelter after taking her photograph for the website, I prayed that she would be adopted by a family that would love her forever and give her the type of life that every dog deserves.
I was elated when I found out she was adopted, as I am with every dog I meet + photograph that makes it out of the shelter. It is usually at that point when the story ends for me. It’s rare that I ever really know what happens to the shelter dogs after adoption – unless, of course, they are returned and I see them back at the shelter. That always crushes me.
But this time, I got this beautiful email and updated photos from Kendra’s adopter:
You photographed a dog I adopted from CAS back in March, her name was Kendra. You wrote she tugged on your heart strings and you hoped she would get a good life. I just wanted to send you a picture to let you know you got your wish. I love her so much and she is a fabulous addition to our family. She got a new life and a new name “Lillie”. Thanks for all you do!
My heart melted with pure joy as I read this email and looked at the photos she sent me. It really put everything into perspective. This is why I do what I do. This is why I volunteer at a high kill shelter. This is what it’s all about. It’s stories like these that make all of the heartache, frustration + sadness that can come with working in this environment worth it. Happy endings do come true for shelter dogs and I just love it when people share those stories with me. I’m so glad I could play a small part in her story + I will continue to do whatever I can to help homeless dogs in Charleston find a happy ending of their own.
Congratulations Lillie! Looks like you hit the jackpot!
Please spread the word – adopt, don’t shop! There are plenty of deserving dogs waiting for their forever home at your local animal shelter.