When a Miniature Poodle named Shey was dumped at the shelter facility of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, a nonprofit rescue organization, he was already 14 years old and had numerous health problems. Aside from being completely deaf and blind, all his teeth were rotting. His owners were moving to a different state and didn’t want to take him along.
For the next four months, Shey was waiting for a new family to take him home. Sadly, no one wanted a senior dog with special needs.
But that all changed when a kindhearted boy came looking for a dog to adopt.
A boy named Tristan, the son of local business owners, went to the shelter with his mom, looking for a small dog he could easily hold in his hand. They checked out every kennel and couldn’t find the perfect one. Then he saw Shey. The little boy asked if he could hold him.
They took the senior pooch to the hug room, and there he lovingly sat on Tristan’s lap. The kid was all smiles, he immediately fell in love.
The staff told Tristan that because of the dog’s age, he would need special care and attention. He will also have limitations as he has lost his hearing and can’t see. The boy understood and still wanted to adopt Shey. He knew what his responsibilities would be and accepted them.
When they got home, the young boy set up a special place for his new pet in his room. They quickly became inseparable.
Having Shey as a best friend made Tristan want to help the other dogs in the shelter. He saw many of them were still looking for homes, and the kid wanted to do something for them.
As their family owns a clothing business, they decided to dedicate a portion of their sales to help the shelter. They called it Tristan Tuesdays. A percentage of their Tuesday sales will be donated to the rescue group. Their parent company will match the donation when they reach a certain amount.
Source: Animal Rescue League of Iowa via Facebook