Home for the Holidays
Get Your Tissues Ready
Many of you in the community know about Cowboy, but for those who don’t, he has been a long-term resident at the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor (APS-FH).
Cowboy’s journey home has taken almost two years. He was originally brought in as a stray to a shelter in Modesto, California, with no information about his history. Shortly after he was scheduled to be euthanized.
Around this time, Lead & Love Dog Rescue in Bend, Oregon saved over ten dogs from euthanasia at that shelter, Cowboy being one of them. On March 27th, 2018, he was transferred to APS-FH through connections with Becky Pohlad, one of our Advisory Board members. Cowboy has been at our shelter since.
Although he had been labeled an “intimidating dog,” everyone who took the time to get to know Cowboy couldn’t understand why such a wonderful dog was overlooked time and time again. Eventually he became an honorary staff member and won many hearts along the way, but none-the-less he sat. And waited.
Little did we know Cowboy had a secret admirer all along, and it started with a kiss. Cowboy was out on a walk one day and was introduced to Susan Mazzarella, APS-FH Board President. When she put her hand out to let him smell her, he reciprocated with a gentle lick. After that she was a solid member of his fan club.
Time went by, and soon Susan was ready to add to her fur family. She immediately turned to Cowboy. They started things off slowly, gentle walks and many treats, which eventually led to an overnight stay. Cowboy never came back from that overnight visit.
Susan’s family welcomed him in with warm arms, cozy couches and lots of love. The adoption was made official, and Cowboy had found his perfect home just in time for the Holidays.
The APS-FH team would like to thank everyone who believed in Cowboy and provided the support to make his holiday wish come true.
Our mission is to provide compassionate care and brighter futures for homeless animals, with a commitment to PROVIDING a safe haven for homeless and lost animals, REUNITING lost pets with their owners, PLACING animals in our care into qualified and loving homes, REDUCING PET OVERPOPULATION through spay/neuter education and assistance, ADVISE AND ADVOCATE for the protection of animals, NETWORK with other shelters and pet rescue groups impacted by overcrowding or natural disasters to decrease euthanasia rates to save lives, ADVOCATE for animal welfare through education, outreach and assistance, PROMOTE stronger a stronger sense of the animal/human bond AND ALWAYS adhere to our no-kill philosophy for adoptable animals.
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