Your local animal shelter is probably very good at finding homes for homeless animals, but rarely do they have to find a home for a human.
Kris Robinson is the acting shelter manager at the Senatobia-Tate County Animal Shelter in Mississippi. She was sitting at the desk one day when a teenager walked in with her puppy, a 4-5 month old Rottweiler-shepherd mix named Jada. With tears in his eyes, the 17-year-old asked if he could leave his dog to her.
When Kris told the young man that the shelter was full, he confessed that he could no longer take care of Jada as he is currently homeless.
“And he said, ‘Well, I can’t take care of her anymore. I live under a bridge’, and it broke my heart”, Kris reminded, wiping away new tears at the memory. “For this young man to be only 17 and unlucky, and no matter what problems he’s facing, he still took the time to step on her and take it easy. sure someone was going to take care of her, I think that says a lot about her character.
Kris shared a photo of Jada lying in the hall of the shelter next to a trash bag full of food the teenager had left for her.
This is where she lay after her owner returned her today with her plastic bag of dog food and a blanket. She is devastated. I can’t be mad at its owner. He’s 17, says he lives under a bridge in Tate County. He BROUGHT her to the shelter and asked us to please take her as he cannot afford to keep her. She’s about 4 months old and she kept herself pinned to her legs while he was here. We are satisfied but how not to welcome it.
Kris made room for Jada, and by the end of the day, thousands of people had applied to adopt Jada. Even more wondered what they could do to help its young owner.
“We’re a shelter, so we’re concerned about the dog,” she said. said. “But ultimately we were worried about him and him getting off the streets and getting help.”
She sent the information the teenager had written on the surrender form to local authorities, who were able to track him down.
The teenager found Jada the next day and the authorities were able to find them a place to stay together.
“He’s able to go to someone’s house and be with them for a while, while they get their life back on track,” said Chris.
Since there are no designated homeless shelters in Senatobia, churches often offer help. The First United Methodist Church of Senatobia is collecting donations to help the family who took in the teenager and his dog.
As hard as it can be to ask for help, we’re so glad this young man asked for help before something terrible happened! Thanks to Kris for being the conduit to better days for Jada and her human!
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