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A shelter dog, once lonely with only his treasured elephant toy for comfort, undergoes a touching metamorphosis upon discovering that both he and his beloved toy are about to embark on a new journey to a loving home

A shelter dog, once lonely with only his treasured elephant toy for comfort, undergoes a touching metamorphosis upon discovering that both he and his beloved toy are about to embark on a new journey to a loving home
A shelter dog, once lonely with only his treasured elephant toy for comfort, undergoes a touching metamorphosis upon discovering that both he and his beloved toy are about to embark on a new journey to a loving home

Rescue dog Smokey is unable to leave the house without his elephant toy, as they have developed an unbreakable relationship. Just five years old, Smokey ended up at the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center on Valentine’s Day after his prior owners lost their house and were unable to take care of him. His owners had given him a cherished plush grey elephant with pink ears, so he could be at ease in familiar surroundings.


Smokey was so bonded to his toy that the shelter put a notice on his kennel requesting that he and the elephant be adopted together. The sight of his cherished elephant cheered Smokey tremendously, even though he had been anxious and afraid when he first arrived at the shelter. But as his stay there wore on, the possibility of euthanasia loomed.


Then two volunteers from the I Have A Dream Rescue Organization brought some hope. They were enamored with Smokey right away and decided to place him in a foster home where he might flourish. Their involvement gave Smokey a better future.


As he gets settled into his new house today, Smokey is ecstatic. I Have A Dream treasurer Melissa Sutherland said, “Up until [the volunteer] started talking to him, he was despondent and sleeping with his elephant. “What rescue accomplishes for animals is astounding.” The way Smokey changed is evidence of the effectiveness of compassion and the transformational potential of rescue operations.

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