When seventeen year old Elliot Sherin went on cruise vacation with her family, she had no idea how much that trip to Jamaica would completely change her life. Sherin and her dad were preparing to head out on a horseback ride on the beach when she found a pack of dogs wandering around the ranch. On dog in particular caught her eye: it was a little puppy that was incredibly skinny and very dirty. He was just a few months old and his legs were wobbly and turned in an odd angle. She decided to name him Kingston. Elliot also decided it was her mission to save the little puppy.
So, she left some food for him and rushed back to the cruise ship to do some research on a local organization that could help. That’s where she discovered Animal House Jamaica and she contacted them for help. The rescue agreed to help the puppy, but told her she needed to capture him and bring him to their shelter. Elliot also needed to cover the cost of his medical care and flight to the United States and to her home in Seattle, Washington. Her parents said if she could cover those costs, she could bring Kingston home with her.
So, she went online and started a fundraiser. She only had a few days left in Jamaica, so she was not able to catch the puppy herself. So, she called local rescuers every day for weeks before they finally agreed to catch the puppy and bring him back to their facility. He was malnourished, had heartworms and was covered in cuts, but by February he was well enough to go home. Elliot raised the $900 to fly him back and soon the pair was reunited. Kingston is now eight months old and is settling in well in his new home—enjoying snuggles with Elliot and his dog brother, Bentley. She says she’s so thankful they found each other!