Isolation is very tough for many individuals, especially those who live alone. For Shirley Moore, an 85-year-old resident of Bribie Island, Australia, being alone was made easier by the presence of her pet dog, Lily.
The 16-year-old Mini Fox Terrier never left Shirley alone and the woman was really grateful for that. They would just spend the entire day with each other, enjoying numerous tranquil moments.
Sadly, the senior dog died during the pandemic. This left Shirley heartbroken and alone. No one was there to console her.
Shirley decided that she would get herself a new puppy to help battle the loneliness that she was feeling. She attempted to contact other shelters and dog rescue organizations, but there were not many dogs available. The pandemic increased the demand for dog adoption, making it harder to find the right one, the dog that would completely complement the lifestyle of the elderly woman.
By calling ABC Radio Brisbane Drive, the lonely woman reached out to the community for aid. She broadcasted her predicament and appealed for assistance in locating the ideal animal companion for her.
Shirley’s call was heard by two members of the organization Australian National K9 Rescue, who made it their goal to assist her. Two of the group’s members, Helen and Leanne, began their search immediately. They soon found Tia Maria, a four-year-old Tenterfield Terrier.
The shelter dog needed a home, and Shirley’s personality suited her. The little dog was characterized as a homebody due to its calm demeanor and sensitive disposition. She did not require much walking and liked to remain still. She would be manageable and easy for the senior woman to care for.
They quickly arranged for the dog and Shirley to meet, and happily, they got along well. They prepared the paperwork swiftly, and Tia moved in immediately. Shirley will no longer be lonely.