Throughout the United States, and perhaps throughout the world as well, dogs are waiting in shelters to be adopted into loving homes. For many of these dogs, the prospect of finding a new home is grim. In particular, older dogs that are facing the end of their lives or even illness are less than desirable dogs for families looking to adopt. Most people want younger puppies rather than senior dogs. However, this is not the case for one woman in California.
Melani Andrews strolled into her local animal shelter recently with a unique request. She wanted to adopt the, “oldest dog that no one wants to adopt.” Luckily for Melani, the staff at the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California knew just the dog that could fit the bill for her. They introduced her to a dog named Jake. Jake is a twelve year old dog who arrived at the shelter as a stray and had bad teeth, bad skin, and terminal cancer. Staff at the shelter said Jake was a good dog, but was overlooked by potential adopters because of his age and health.
That certainly was not the case for Melani Andrews. You see, Melani recently lost her husband and a month later, her dog also passed away. Those experiences inspired her to adopt a shelter dog that needed a second chance so she could share her home with them. Jake and Melani immediately bonded and he was adopted into her home. She reports that Jake has made himself at home quickly, and the two enjoy short walks together and some long naps, too. While Jake has cancer and his outlook for life is not necessarily long, that does not matter to Melani. She loves Jake just the same and is intent on making him as comfortable and happy as she can, no matter how much longer he has to live.