Sad Shelter Dog Is Waiting For A Forever Home, But Not Without His Favorite Elephant

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A dog named Smokey was brought to Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center in Ohio on Valentine’s Day after his family lost their home due to a fire. He didn’t adapt well to his new surroundings, especially since shelters can be loud and scary to some dogs, and he grew extremely depressed.

Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center

Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center

The one thing that kept him feeling safe and comforted was his elephant stuffed animal. He always had it with him, and it was very important that whichever lucky family got to adopt Smokey in the future, his elephant must go with him. The information tag in the shelter read: “Keep my elephant with me.”

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Smokey was clearly very scared at the shelter and would constantly growl. Because of this, the shelter didn’t want to put Smokey up for adoption to the public just yet. They thought it would be better for him if he was sent to a foster home where he could be in a house setting to reduce his stress.

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I Have A Dream Rescue Organization

When volunteers from I Have A Dream Rescue Organization were at the shelter looking at another dog, they saw Smokey and his elephant and fell in love.

I Have A Dream Rescue Organization

I Have A Dream Rescue Organization

The organization then agreed to take Smokey in for now and will take care of him until his former family will be able to take him back. If not, he will be able to stay there as long as possible until he finds a forever home. With his elephant, of course!

I Have A Dream Rescue Organization

I Have A Dream Rescue Organization

Thankfully, Smokey is feeling less stressed and has regained his beautiful smile!

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.