Little Girl Returns Dog To The Pound, Then Shelter Sees A Handwritten Note On His Collar

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Once they’re adopted out of the shelter, many rescue dogs spend the rest of their lives in their new forever homes. Unfortunately, not every rescued pet is so lucky. Even the best intentioned-families — and by extension, their rescued animals – can fall victim to unforeseen circumstances.

This is unfortunately what happened to a Boxer-Brindle mix named Rhino Lighting. At first, his new family, which included four small children, seemed like a perfect match. After a few months, however, Rhino’s new parents started to worry that the dog’s large size and rambunctious play could endanger the smaller kids.

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After a few months, Rhino Lightning once again found himself back at the shelter, though this wasn’t a decision the parents made lightly. Nor did the children take this sad turn of developments very well, especially the family’s youngest daughter. The girl filled a small notebook with missives about her sweet pet, then insisted her parents deliver it back to the shelter along with the dog.

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The notes informs the shelter, and the dog’s future family, how much she misses Rhino Lightning, then offers some information they will surely find useful. For instance, his future rescuer’s should know what a pretty puppy he was, and also that this dog is very, very smart. Finally, she includes very specific instructions regarding his care.

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Photo: Goodfullness

The best part is when she demands Rhino Lightning’s future family keeps his rather unique moniker. Even though Rhino is once again searching for his forever family, this heartwarming tale is one of best stories we’ve heard this year.


July is one of the busiest months of the year for shelters and rescues. As the stray population explodes and more homeless pets are taken in, these facilities often find themselves struggling to keep the animals fed.

A single rescue pet will need 100 meals on average while housed at a shelter awaiting adoption into their forever home. National Feed a Rescue Pet Week is aimed at drawing attention to shelter needs during this critical time, and support from animal allies around the world. GreaterGood is stepping up to the challenge with the goal providing 4 million meals for homeless pets, but we can’t do it without your help!

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