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A Shelter Dog’s Journey: Three Returns Before Finding True Happiness

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A Shelter Dog’s Journey: Three Returns Before Finding True Happiness

Shelters are hardly ideal homes for dogs, a sentiment widely recognized by animal lovers. Unfortunately, not every dog is fortunate enough to live in a cozy, loving environment.

Even a few days in a shelter can be highly stressful for dogs, let alone prolonged periods within the confinements of a kennel.

One particular dog, however, had to endure far more than just a lengthy stay in a shelter. This dog faced the added heartbreak of being returned to the shelter three separate times.

The shelter staff in Fresno, California, shared his poignant story online, hoping to find a compassionate ear.

A Series of Disappointments

Eros, despite having been through several homes, found a semblance of stability only at the Valley Animal Center in Fresno, California. His journey to the shelter began after a life in a homeless encampment and an unfortunate event where his owner was arrested, leading animal control to step in.

Ruben Cantu, an animal care adoption supervisor, shared that Eros was swiftly adopted after arriving at the shelter. However, this quick adoption was the first of many subsequent letdowns.

Eros’s first adopter returned him due to his high energy and overly enthusiastic nature. A second adoption attempt failed when the existing dog in the new home could not adapt to Eros, leading to his return to the shelter.

After his third return, the shelter staff openly expressed their frustration and sadness.

The Toll of Shelter Life

Despite the initial joy of his third adoption, Eros’s happiness was short-lived, culminating in another return to the shelter, through no fault of his own. The shelter highlighted the harsh impact of such returns on a dog’s health in a TikTok video, noting significant increases in stress hormones, as researched by Physiology and Behavior.

The repeated returns to the shelter environment heavily affected Eros’s physical and psychological health, a situation all too familiar to him.

Cantu noted, “Although we’ve built a bond with Eros, which comforts him, it’s clear he’s profoundly impacted by the stress of shelter life.”

A New Beginning

The call about a potential fourth adoption filled the shelter staff with a mix of joy and apprehension. This time, however, their hopes were rewarded.

“Eros has finally found a wonderful home with a couple who truly understand his needs and what he has endured,” Cantu expressed with evident relief.

His new family embraced his vibrant energy, a stark contrast to his previous experiences. Furthermore, Eros quickly bonded with his new canine sibling, seemingly old friends from their very first meeting.

After enduring so much, Eros has at last found a true home, a place where he can settle and thrive, surrounded by love and understanding. This story, marked by trials and ultimate triumph, serves as a testament to the resilience of the canine spirit and the profound impact of enduring compassion.

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