Local puppy’s journey to a new life

Published 6:00 am Friday, August 4, 2023

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The Greenville Animal Shelter received a heartwarming letter that reinforced its efforts to make a difference in the lives of local animals needing a home. 

Two years ago a puppy from the shelter was transported to a rescue in Oviedo, Florida in hopes it would have a better chance of finding a family. Ken and Carol Cook adopted the little girl and sent this letter to share about her life now.

“Two years ago, we saw an online posting for a cute puppy called Gretchen and made the drive to Oviedo to meet her. She came home with us that same day. We renamed her Sandy because of the light Merle in her hair. 

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As we celebrate her two year adoption anniversary, we want to wholeheartedly thank you and share an update! Sandy is a beautiful, friendly dog who has filled our lives with love. She loves walks and knows everyone (and all the dogs) in our neighborhood. People even stop their cars to get out to say hello to her. Our refuse truck driver rolls down his window to say hi to her. Everyone loves her!

If you ever get discouraged or overwhelmed  with the day to day pressures of your calling, please know that you make an incredible difference not just in the lives of the pets you rescue, but in all of the other lives they impact!

Thank you for saving this precious pup! We appreciate you!

Ken and Carol Cook, and our beautiful Sandy.”

Senior Animal Control Officer, Kristi Sexton, said it was very encouraging to hear about Sandy’s new life. 

“It often seems like the animals in need here are never ending,” Sexton said. “But when you get this kind of feedback, which is not very often, and learn they’re living a happy and healthy life, it makes it all worth it.”

The Animal Shelter and the Greenville Humane Society work tirelessly to find rescues and fosters in other states who will accept the stray dogs and cats, as they have a better chance of getting adopted and starting a new life there, explained Sexton. There are usually two van transports and two flight transports a month that the shelter sends animals on. Many of the local stray puppies go to rescues in Florida, while adult dogs tend to go up north in Minnesota, Wisconsin or Illinois. Some of the shelter’s cats have recently been transported to Maryland. 

The best way to help the Greenville Animal Shelter is to spay and neuter your pets, said Sexton. 

The Greenville Humane Society raises funds to be able to provide the shelter with medical needs. To donate to the shelter send a Paypal to the Humane Society at bchsal01@gmail.com.