Daryl was just another starving, emaciated Lab mix stray, one of the thousands who have come through the doors at the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter over the years.
Besides not being properly cared for, Daryl was also suffering from a large abscess on his face and a yeast infection in his ears.
“He was in pretty bad shape,” shelter operations manager Danielle Morton said.
Shelter employees and vets went to work on Daryl, getting him fed, cleaned up, well and ready for a new home.
“But he was here two months and nobody came to adopt him, he just kept getting passed over,” Morton said. “And we knew he was a good dog that deserved a second chance.”
And then that chance came, in the form of the shelter’s new transport program to take stray and unwanted dogs “up north” to find homes.
Daryl was on the shelter’s first transport to a PetSmart store in Connecticut where he was adopted by Erica Pucci and her family.
Daryl is now living the good life and the folks at MOAS still hear from his new adoptive family. The Journal reached out to Ms. Pucci and got this response.
“We did adopt Daryl (we changed his name to Ruger) from those wonderful people at MOAS and we are so happy,” Pucci wrote. “We had a rescue dog previously that we lost to cancer. It was a rough road and we weren’t sure we were ready for another dog yet, but our friends and family encouraged us to be ‘pet parents’ again. One of our friends told us about the adoption at PetSmart in early May. My boyfriend, Jamie, happened to be in the area and I told him to take a ride by and see…Well he called me and said ‘you need to come.’”
Pucci said she started to cry the minute she got in the parking lot.
“Daryl,” (now Ruger) is shown with his new owners on the day of his adoption during the shelter’s first transport adoption event in Connecticut back in early May. Daryl spent two months at the shelter without being adopted before being chosen for “the ride of his life.” Photo courtesy of the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter.
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