Army Veteran Uses Stimulus Check To Help Senior And Special Needs Dogs Find Forever Homes

The global pandemic has not only affected the lives of millions of people, but has put a strain on animal shelters across the country. Thankfully, there are generous people who are able and willing to help shelter pets.

When Army veteran, Ralph F., received his stimulus check he decided to donate it to his local animal shelter to help hard to adopt dogs, instead of using it for himself.

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The $1,200 donation went to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue to help six long-term shelter dogs find forever homes. “Ralph pulled up out front of Brother Wolf and told me that he wanted to use his stimulus check to help harder-to-adopt dogs find their forever homes,” said Leah Craig Fieser, executive director of the shelter. “What a wonderful thing to hear at 9 a.m.! We got to work putting together a plan to help our long-stay and/or medically challenged dogs find adoptive homes.”

All of the dogs had their adoption fees waived and each will receive a custom $200 care package from, thanks to Ralph. One of the featured dogs, Rusty, was adopted just two days after Ralph’s visit. The remaining five dogs are mostly seniors with various health issues, but all would love to find a loving home.

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Meet Billie: A 13-year-old Labrador Retriever who loves to play with tennis balls and cuddle with her family. She is an “old soul” that still has a lot of love to give. Her custom care package will include an orthopedic bed to help with her arthritis.

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Meet Queenie: This 14-year-young pit bull mix loves to snuggle. She is a happy girl that would love to spend the rest of her years with a loving family. Her care package will include prescription diet food to help with her skin issues and a soft bed to ease her arthritis.

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Meet Lenny: An exuberant two-year-old shepherd mix looking for a patient family. He is anxious and stressed in the shelter and would do best in a home with children over the age of 12. The playful pup’s care package will include toys, harness, leash, and a bed.

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Meet Sadie May: A sweet 11-year-old rescue that loves to go for hikes suffers from joint and kidney problems. They are managed on a prescription diet that will be included in her care package and medication. She longs for a loving home to spend the rest of her golden years.

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Meet Ty: A six-year-old couch potato. He loves slow walks, belly rubs, and being brushed. He is on pain and anti-inflammation medication to help treat some lameness in his leg. His care package will include prescription diet food and an orthopedic bed to nap in after his walks.

If you are interested in adopting any of these lovable pups, you can email for more information. Dogs and cats are the perfect companions and proven stress relievers. Consider fostering or adopting from your local shelter.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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