Heartwarming Story for Pet Shelter Week – Good Thing He Paid For the Dog

This story was told to me by a man I pet at the dog park just this week. His name was Wilson. (The images are not actual images of Wilson’s dog).

Wilson found a dog in his neighborhood – a Yorkie puppy. He called the pound to pick the dog up. They said it was late, so they would have to come by tomorrow. 

Wilson made the dog feel at home that night. He wasn’t planning on getting a dog, but one night would be ok. By the next day, Wilson was starting to think more deeply about things. When the animal control people arrived, he said, “I’m kind of changing my mind about this dog. I think I want to keep him.”

They said, “Well, we’re here now, so we have to take him. But, tell you what. Show up first thing tomorrow morning. Be the first one in line to fill out the paperwork and you could probably have this dog.”

The next morning Wilson showed up on time. He filled out paperwork. He visited with the Yorkie – who remembered him from just 24 hours before and became very excited. The dog couldn’t’ wait to leave with Wilson. Then, he was told that he would have to wait a week before he could get the poor Yorkie.

“The owners could be looking for the dog, and sometimes dog owners show up here eventually. So we have to give them time to claim him,” the shelter workers told him.

Wilson was disappointed, but he understood. The puppy was disappointed, too, and he DID NOT understand. It was hard for Wilson to walk away and wait, but he did. One week later, and after paying a $325 adoption fee, the puppy was his.

[Commercial break – When Wilson got to this part of the story, I thought, “Aw, man. If he hadn’t call the animal shelter so quickly, he could have had this dog for FREE! Too bad he had to pay several hundred dollars after just knowing the dog for 24-hours. By the end of the story, I changed my mind and was glad Wilson had to pay. Keep reading.]

That week Wilson was walking in his neighborhood. The puppy was wearing a medical collar because he had just been neutered at the shelter. Then, a 9-year old boy came up to him. The dog couldn’t see the boy because of his collar. 

“Mister, that’s a nice dog. I had one like that, but he ran away a week ago. Have you seen another dog that looked like that in this neighborhood?”

Wilson immediately knew what the deal was.

“What was your dog’s name?” 


“Call his name and see if this is your dog.” 


He couldn't see the boy.

He couldn’t see the boy.

The boy yelled, “Loowee!” and Loowee turned and jumped around ecstatically. He had been found. 

Not one to get in between a boy and his dog, Wilson sympathetically told him, “Tell your mother I’m more than happy to give you your dog back. All I ask for is the $325 that I paid to the shelter. I need that money back.”

The boy whipped out his cell phone and called his mother. She and Wilson talked and agreed that she would reimburse him as soon as she could. Two weeks went by. Wilson contacted her again. She explained that she was a single mother with limited funds, but she was trying to get the money together. 

Wilson said, “OK, well, so that we don’t drag this out – let’s set a date when you will have the money and I can give you the dog back. Otherwise, we can just leave things as they are.” It made sense. The longer Wilson kept the dog, the more he and Loowee were getting attached to one another. They set a date for 3 additional weeks from that day. 

The date came and went. Loowee now belonged to Wilson, again. Wilson eventually moved from that neighborhood into a new neighborhood. One year after finding Loowee, he was walking in his new neighborhood past a hair salon. A woman came to the door and yelled, “Hey, that’s my dog!”

Wilson turned around, and it was the single mother. She smiled and said, “Just kidding.” As they talked, the woman saw how healthy and happy Loowee looked. She said, “I’m glad you got the dog. You’re good for him.”

The woman’s mother came out of the hair salon and explained that it was her fault Loowee got away. She was watching Loowee one day, and remembered that the she was told to let Loowee out to use the bathroom. She didn’t know that meant “let him out on a leash.” So, she opened the door, and simply let him out. The young dog walked out, kept walking, and got lost. 

In the end, Wilson agreed that it was good that he got the dog. When Wilson found him, the dog’s hair was overgrown, his nails were too long, and he needed dental work (which was included in the adoption fee at the shelter). If the family couldn’t afford a nail-trimming or haircut, they couldn’t afford basic medical attention or dental care for the dog. They definitely couldn’t’ afford a $325 adoption fee.

They couldn't afford basic care.

They couldn’t afford basic care.

Speaking of which, it’s a good thing Wilson had to pay that fee. Without it, he might have given the Yorkie back to the little boy, and they would have gone their separate ways. The boy’s family would have a financial burden or an under-cared for pet, and Wilson would be without the enriching companionship of a dog.

Because of Wilson and Loowee’s story, I have a new appreciation for adoption fees.  

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I’m a teacher who paid off $54K in 3 years. I did this by making huge sacrifices, including living in a car for 14 months and living without my beloved dog for 3 years. Yeah, debt affects our pets, too. My mission now is to help others get where I am – financially unstressed and helping others. I hope this blog can help you on your own financial journey so you can keep your pet and get rid of the debt. Be Richer With Pets!