At the Davidson County Animal Shelter, a sign outside clearly states that the shelter is full, and new surrenders could result in humane euthanization.
But 8-year-old Jasper the beagle mix’s former Dad didn’t seem to care about that sign as they strode into the center in Lexington, North Carolina. The surrender paperwork was signed, reiterations of the shelter’s full status
Jasper tried to hide behind his former Dad’s legs in fright of the sounds and smells. But the man walked out, and Jasper tried and failed to follow. Suddenly, the pup was alone and terrified. He had to be calmed down for 45 minutes, and then he was left in the office with treats and a bed so he wouldn’t have to stay in a kennel yet. Overnight, he slept in the meet-and-greet room.
Knowing that they didn’t have space for another pup and not wanting Jasper to be put down, shelter director Donna Grooms took to Facebook to share Jasper’s story and his picture, depicting a shy and frightened pup.
Luckily, Lori Lowrimore, one of the members on the board of Friends of Eden Animal Rescue had a 23-year-old son, Trevor, who had been considering getting a pup of his own and wanted to foster, too. Once Trevor saw Jasper’s pictures, he knew that he wanted to help him and become his foster Dad!
Jasper was described by his previous family as being cautious and territorial, but his new foster family have yet to see that side of him! With the help of some chicken nuggets, the pup warmed up right away, and within 30 minutes of meeting his foster Dad, they were snuggling together on the sofa. Jasper is thrilled to have a new chance at life!
Feature Image Source: Donna Grooms