Rusty & Rhoda
Our family has volunteered at the SPCA of Westchester for many years but one of our most favorite events is meeting the transports of puppies and dogs who have made the long journey from Mississippi to New York. When they arrive, most are tired, many are apprehensive and some of the puppies get off the truck happy and ready to play.
Rusty arrived terrified. He was handed to my daughter and she spent hours trying to comfort him and tell him all would be fine. He would barely walk, refused to eat and spent the entire time in her lap. He was so afraid that it was decided it would be best for him to spend the week leading up to the adoption event in a foster home. As he left with his temporary foster mom, my daughter began pleading with me to let this scared puppy join our family. We have three Homeward Bound dogs plus a dog from a different southern rescue so adding another puppy meant five dogs. She was relentless in her pleading and so it was decided that Rusty would join the family. When we did the adoption, his Homeward Bound paperwork mentioned that he had a sister to whom he was very attached. It turns out that she had been unable to make the transport because of a minor skin condition and so she was left behind. Fast forward two months to the next transport and there we were to meet Rhoda as she came off the bus. She was timid but nothing like her brother had been and, because she was a larger puppy, she was to spend the week at the shelter. Ironically the tables turned and I found myself asking the children about adopting Rhoda because I knew in my heart that these two siblings needed to be reunited and spend the rest of their lives together. Two days later, the SPCA called to say Rhoda was not sheltering well. I immediately put Rusty in the car and off we went. She was being walked down the driveway when we pulled in and we put her right in the car. I won’t say the recognition was instant, but by the time we were home, the two siblings knew exactly that they were together again.
Rusty (Russell) and Rhoda (Harper) have added so much joy to our lives. One of the added benefits of adopting these two siblings, is a wonderful new friendship with their Mississippi foster parents, Donna and Bob who we remain in touch with constantly and even have had the pleasure of spending the day with when they visited the SPCA last fall.
Homeward Bound enables so many wonderful dogs and puppies to travel to New York so that they can have a new beginning. We could not love our Homeward Bound family any more than we do. Thank you for bringing such joy to our family and to all others who are fortunate enough to share their lives with one of your dogs.
The Weld Family
Check back monthly to learn about the wonderful new lives of the dogs shown above!
Check out our Tumblr for an archive of past success stories!
If you've adopted a dog from Homeward Bound and would like them to be featured on this page, please send a picture & your animal's story to firstname.lastname@example.org