An unexpected tragedy recently left an adorable little dog named "Fudge," without an owner.
The three-year-old dog was being boarded at the Haywood Road Pet Motel in Greenville, S.C., while his guardian left town for business in mid-February.
During Fudge's stay at the pet motel, his person was killed on Interstate 85.
What started out as a sad story of tragedy has culminated in to a beautiful story about people coming together to help one little, homeless dog.
After no friends or family of the deceased were able to take Fudge in, those caring for him at the pet motel began to search in earnest for a loving, new home.
A photo of Fudge, along with the tragic story of how he lost his person, was posted to Facebook, and the wave of compassion quickly followed.
Mel Hammonds, of Fetching Images Pet Photography, explains how people came together to help after the posting of one photo, originally shared by Mary Mintz of the Haywood Road Pet Motel:
So when she posted her photo of Fudge and the tragic circumstances of his story, it tore at my heart strings.
I frequently volunteer my services to photograph adoptable dogs for rescue groups to help with their adoption process, so it's not unusual for me to share images on my business page of animals in need of homes.
However, I think due to the circumstances of this case, it clearly touched many people, and it began to be shared and subsequently spread like wildfire.
Life + Dog Magazine shared it on their page of over 50,000 followers which reached other larger groups who began sharing. At present count it has been shared over 2,000 times from my page alone.
Thanks to networking, a prospective adopter has already been found for Fudge - a person who learned about his tragic story via Facebook.
Ironically, the prospective adopter also happens to have ties to the very place where Fudge has been staying. The family used to bring their dog to the same pet motel, but just over a month ago, their dog passed away.
On Thursday, Fudge met with his would-be new family, and by all accounts, it seems to be a match.
On Friday, Fudge will get to visit the family's home, and if all goes well, a final adoption should be forth-coming.
Fetching Images Pet Photography, who has been involved from the get-go, plans to share the happy news as soon as it becomes available. Click here to follow on Facebook.
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