Penny, a black Labrador retriever who has been calling a kennel run at the West Valley Animal Care and Control facility in California, "home," for months, is safe.
Today, the rescue organization, Leave No Paws Behind, pulled the 13-year-old senior to safety.
According to my husband, there are no accidents, and in cases like this, his belief seems to ring true.
On Friday, I went to the Los Angeles Animal Care and Control site after a reader left a comment about a dog from a prior story. The comment had to do with questions about why staff members could not save a dog who they considered to be a "favorite."
Knowing that the Los Angeles animal control system is perpetually packed with homeless animals, I went to the site to see just how many happened to currently be in the system.
As I pulled up the adoptable dogs, I first noticed that there were over 750 dogs, and then, on that very first page, I noticed a senior, who happened to be named "Penny."
Penny had been at the facility for months, and she had two major strikes against her - she is a black dog, and she is a senior.
I decided that she needed to be networked and promptly wrote up a story. The rest, as they say, is history.
Thanks to your networking, the story made it to the good people at Leave No Paws Behind.
On Saturday afternoon, I received the following from Toby Wisneski, CEO and founder of the rescue agency:
Your article on Penny made it to our FB page and I was so taken with it that I immediately called the shelter and placed our loving paws prints on this beauty! I am thrilled to let you know that Penny is safe and is now resting comfortably at our vets where she will be receiving the medical care she needs! Thank you again for all you do for the animals!
Thanks to networking, fate or coincidence, and the ability of Leave No Paws Behind to take Penny in, this senior will not be spending the rest of her days alone in a kennel run.
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