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Happy Tail: Larry Needed a Home

Monday, July 24th

Twelve-year-old Larry was surrendered to our shelter because his previous owners ran into landlord issues and had to give him up.

When he arrived at our shelter, poor Larry was very scared and confused about the situation he's found himself in. This was a strange place, filled with strange people, that wasn't the home he knew and loved. Every time he'd hear one of his room mates bark, he would wince and and cry.
It was just Larry's unfortunate luck that the day he came into our shelter, we were full and didn't have an immediate, quiet place for him to stay. Overnight he hurt his little nose from rubbing it out of stress. Even with all the love and time we give to each pet in our shelter, it still wasn't home—and certainly no place for a senior like Larry. On day two, we made arrangements to move him into an staff member office for some relief.
It was instant love for every BARCS volunteer and staff member who met Larry. The love notes posted online and on Larry's kennel were many. Everywhere you went in the shelter someone was asking you, "Have you met Larry yet?"
Because of Larry's age and senior medical concerns, we knew it would take a special adopter to welcome Larry to his forever home. We posted him on our Facebook page and crossed our fingers. Larry's photo got thousands of shares and comments--one of which reached Darlene.
Darlene saw Larry on Facebook and fell fast in love. He was a spitting image of her dog Lilly, a BARCS alum, who passed away a month prior. Darlene adopted Lilly at 14 years old and cared for her until her final days at the golden age of 17.
When she saw Larry she knew she was ready to do it all again--open her heart to a senior pet in need.She came down to BARCS and put in an application to adopt Larry.
While waiting for her adoption class, Darlene told us about her favorite new quote she saw—the one that encouraged her to put her heart out there again:
"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." --Unknown
Above is a photo of Larry and Darlene cozy in the car, leaving the shelter. The way Darlene is looking at her sweet new baby is worth a million words. Larry will gift Darlene a new piece of her heart lost when Lily passed, and Darlene will show Larry kindness, goodness and love in his senior days.
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--Bailey Deacon, BARCS Communications Team