Adoption is more than just a placement. It’s taking the time and effort to make the right match so that homeless animals can finally make their way to a forever home. Sometimes it happens quickly, and sometimes that road home has more twists and turns than expected. Like Cruiser for instance. This handsome boy has had quite a remarkable journey in just a few short years.
Cruiser came to BHS when he was a puppy and in February 2017, he found a home with the Kelly family who loved him very much. This made Cruiser pretty happy. He had big open spaces to roam around in, went through obedience training, and was a beloved part of the family.
All was well until Cruiser and his family lost their home in the Camp Fire. Because the Kelly family couldn’t keep Cruiser where they were staying after the fire, he needed to be kenneled at a disaster evacuation shelter for a while.
Things started looking up for the family when they were able to find an apartment that allowed pets. However, in just a short while it became clear that Cruiser was not cut out for city life. He was used to having a home in the country with lots of space to explore and stretch his legs. As much as he loved his family, he was not adapting well to this “new normal” in an apartment. Sadly, it became clear to the Kelly family that they could no longer provide him the life that he deserved. Reluctantly they surrendered Cruiser back to BHS in the hopes that he would land with another family that cared as much about his happiness as they did.
Six months went by, and yet no one seemed interested in Cruiser. The loss of his family and the stress of shelter-life caused him to be depressed, and he did not always present well in his kennel. Regardless of how much staff and volunteers sang his praises to potential adopters, Cruiser watched as many other dogs came and went. Days turned into weeks.
Meanwhile, the Kelly family was consumed with rebuilding their lives, but were missing Cruiser terribly. They had finally found a new home in Reno, Nevada that had enough space for a dog! Because they trusted BHS, they decided they wanted to adopt from us again instead of waiting until they got to Reno. Imagine their surprise when they found out that Cruiser was still with us over a half of a year later! What a reunion it was – there wasn’t a dry eye in the play yard. You can watch an emotional video of the moment Cruiser was reunited with his forever family. It was a joyful day indeed.
No two adoption stories are alike. Some are seamless, while others take time and patience. No matter the challenge, we never give up – even when the going gets tough. And it’s always worth it. Butte Humane Society is 100% donor supported. The happiness demonstrated by this video; the sheer joy of Cruiser, his family, BHS staff and volunteers that felt privileged to be a part of it, is all because of people like you. We want to thank you for your support and ask you to think of us during the holiday season.