Leo spent more than two years in an Iowa dog shelter, 900 days to be exact. While Leo has been in homes before, his stint in the shelter took up a big portion of his life. Leo’s life hung in the balance prior to being rescued. It seems the universe designed this plan from the beginning, as his life was close to being ended previously.
Rescued from Being Put Down
Leo lived in Sioux City at a rescue operation before he was brought to a rescue home. His fate of being euthanized approached, when a rescuer stepped in and saved him. Linda Reynolds from Dogs Forever brought Leo in, where he stayed while potential owners were searched for.
Reynolds described Leo as having problems bonding with hopeful dog owners visiting the shelter. He was somewhat difficult, which prevented him from finding a permanent home. Then finally, the right person came along.
In Walks David
David Evens visited the shelter from Urbana, Iowa. After visiting the Dogs Forever website and seeing Leo, he decided to meet him in person. Knowing Leo’s tendencies around visitors, a trainer worked to smoothen the introduction. Once the requirements for owning a Dogs Forever pup were discussed, the organization approved David to take Leo home.
As with any adoption story, the rescuer helped the dog as much as he helped his new owner. As Evans was fresh off a bad breakup, he needed a companion. Leo has been instrumental in Evans sense of loneliness no longer looming.
Just At the Right Time
As the pandemic still takes its toll on the world, this couldn’t have happened at a better time for both. As shelter dogs are now at risk of abandonment, owners of these organizations urge wishful owners are now urged more than ever to look into adopting. While Leo’s time at the shelter may have been a bit extended, it’s as if everything fell into place at the end.
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