Higgins was barely a year old when he was found as a stray and brought to the Humane Society of Preble County in Ohio. As most puppies are, he was adorable and active. He loves playing with humans and is ready to show affection. With those characteristics, it didn’t take long for him to get adopted.
However, what would have been the beginning of a new and happy life for the little German Shepherd mix was quite the opposite. His new owners kept him outside the house, chained to a doghouse. He was neglected and rarely shown any love.
After a year, Higgins was found as a stray again and brought back to the shelter.
To kill or not to kill
Higgins had difficulties hanging around other animals, so this limited the number of potential adopters. And also, most of them were looking for dogs that were six months old or younger.
People that came in passed on him time and again. He was one year old when he returned to the shelter, and the years kept piling on. The shelter staff kept wondering if it was time to put the dog to sleep.
They still believed though that there is someone out there for him. They just have to keep hanging on.
Brendon Reed is a 22-year-old man that was deeply moved by Higgin’s story. He just bought his first home, and he felt that a dog would make it complete. And the first dog that came to mind was Higgins.
He went to the shelter and declared right away that he is going to adopt the unwanted dog. The shelter staff was overjoyed to hear this. After 2,381 days, Higgins is finally going to his forever home.
The seven-year-old dog is now enjoying a pampered life far from any of the stress he experienced in the shelter. He has a yard to play in and a comfortable couch to snuggle with his new dad.
Source: Humane Society of Preble County via Facebook