Dog adopted after four years at shelter

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 8/17/18

One dog is on the road to his forever home today after spending four years at a local animal shelter.Gimpy was pulled from the Jasper Animal Shelter last Sunday, Aug. 12, thanks to Rescuers United …

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Dog adopted after four years at shelter

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One dog is on the road to his forever home today after spending four years at a local animal shelter.

Gimpy was pulled from the Jasper Animal Shelter last Sunday, Aug. 12, thanks to Rescuers United for Furbabies (R.U.F.F.) animal rescue and one of their fosters, Mary Alex Grace, of Jasper. Despite Gimpy's handsome smile and calm demeanor, he was overlooked for four years as the seasons changed and dogs around him had come and gone. 

"What breaks my heart is I feel like he got overlooked because he is a dime a dozen. There's probably multiple dogs just like him, sitting in the shelter," Grace, who has been fostering Gimpy, said. "I feel like people would just walk past him, looking for a younger dog, a smaller dog."

Gimpy is a medium-size dog with short, light brown hair and salt and pepper coloration around his nose, and the 6-year-old has captured the hearts of Grace and her daughter, Mia Claire. He is reportedly great with children, dogs and cats. 

"He is absolutely amazing. He is the perfect dog," Grace said. "He's a little bit older, he's pretty mellow, but he's still really fun. He's extremely intelligent."

R.U.F.F. is currently providing Gimpy with treatment for heartworm disease, and he will travel north today — after less than one week in his foster home — to meet his confirmed adopter in Maryland, who has agreed to continue his lifesaving treatment.

The adoption is being made possible through one of RUFF's rescue partners.  

It was an emotional day at the city shelter when Gimpy was finally free and ready to go on a new journey.

"We were all pretty weepy-eyed when we went to pick him up, but what hurt me the most is that he turned around like he was trying to get back in [the cage]. He doesn't know anything outside of that," Grace said. "You're talking about a dog who's spent two-thirds of his life in a 10-by-10 kennel. His safety was that place."

She added, "That first night, he struggled. I had to go out there and be with him four or five different times, because he was scared."

Grace said she wishes potential adopters would spend more time at shelters to perhaps pick up on the personalities of the dogs and cats there, instead of simply judging an animal strictly on looks. 

"People don't get to spend the time with them to learn their personalities, because I feel like if they did, there's no way he would've been there for four years," Grace said.

Many dogs, like Gimpy, have been in foster homes in Walker County and then traveled up north to be placed in forever homes. During this period of transition, RUFF provides their vetting and other needs. Donations may be made via PayPal to RUFFrescue@yahoo.com to help secure homes and provide transport for RUFF's foster animals.