Animal shelters can be wonderful places—as they give temporary shelter to needy animals and allow people to adopt them. Unfortunately, not all pets are adopted right away, and shelters can only take care of them for a certain period of time.
On March 5th, 2018, an animal shelter in Abilene, Texas shared a list of at-risk dogs. These animals were set to be euthanized that day, unless someone was willing to show up, pay a fee, and adopt them.
Something incredible happened: An anonymous donor paid the adoption fees for all five dogs!
After the fees had been paid, the euthanization date was pushed back. These dogs were now free to anyone who showed up at the shelter.
This was an incredible offer for anyone considering adopting a dog. So naturally, the dogs were snapped up like furry, lovable hotcakes!
The following day, Abilene Animal Services posted another update.
Every dog on the at-risk list had been adopted—all thanks to this anonymous contributor!
It should be noted that the person who made the donation only remained anonymous for a short time. Just before the dogs were adopted, Bryan Casey Sewell stepped forward to reveal that his wife was the one to pay their fees.
Anonymous or not, Sewell’s wife did something wonderful that saved dogs’ lives and allowed people to adopt them more easily. The fees for these dogs was $35 each at that time, which would have been $175 total.
Fortunately, the Sewells could afford it, and it really went a long way. Even paying the adoption fee for one at-risk dog can be enormously kind and helpful.
Obviously not all shelters are going to charge the same fee for their at-risk animals, but other people may be able to afford this kind of fee as well, and they may be inspired to do the same. That could be the message Sewell was trying to instill.
Thank you to the Alexander-Bass Family for adopting Luna who was on the At Risk List !