Yesterday, animal lovers stood in different continents but united to rescue one special dog.
Late Wednesday, the SPCA of Texas picked up Shellman, a 2-year-old female Shepherd mix from Dallas Fort Worth Airport and brought her to the organization’s Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas in hopes that she will soon find a loving home in North Texas.
Shellman won her ride to the United States by winning cross-country friends and many dedicated themselves to finding a shelter that would accept the Iranian dog.
According to a report from the SPCA of Texas,
The Vafa Animal Shelter, located in Hashtgerd, Iran, coordinated and paid for Shellman’s transfer to the SPCA of Texas thanks to individual sponsors the group had independently organized.
An individual affiliated with the Vafa Animal Shelter who was returning to their home in North Texas offered to bring a dog back with them from the shelter in Iran. Vafa Animal Shelter then reached out to the SPCA of Texas, who agreed to transfer one dog to its West Dallas shelter, as the group had the ability to help.
Iranian animal lovers were struck by this dog's wonderful personality. And in a country that sees dogs as "unclean" and dangerous, supporters knew she didn't stand a chance at finding a new home in her own country.
Although she has only been at the SPCA of Texas for less than 24 hours, the shelter staff can already tell that she is a calm, gentle, easy going dog who gets along well with everyone she meets.
But will Shellman find her forever home? The ending has yet to be written, but it won't be a rescue story without the next chapter.