If seven days of living in a noisy dog kennel seems like a lot, imagine being there for 400.
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That’s how long a little terrier mix named Queen lived inside the Great Plains SPCA in Merriam, Kansas. When Queen was 3 years old and just as sweet as can be, she’d still somehow been overlooked time and again during those long months in the shelter. One day in September, animal activist Scott Poore decided enough was enough.
Scott runs an organization called “Mission Driven” that creates and promotes fundraisers to help animal shelters. Once he heard about how depressed Queen had become from living in the shelter for so long, he decided to do what he could to draw some attention to the homeless pup.
After he met her, he was even more determined to help her find her forever home. Scott said Queen is “the most affectionate lovable dog I probably have ever worked with,” and he should know. He ended up spending plenty of one-on-one time with her after he publicly moved into Queen’s kennel.
Scott brought along a few belongings and bedding, which he shared with Queen. He was determined to live with her until she was adopted. After seven days and seven nights, she found her forever home!
“I honestly did not know if I was going to be there 24 hours or a month but I was prepared to do either,” he said. “Seven nights in an animal shelter is quite a long time I have to admit.”
As you can imagine, animal shelters are not a great place to get any rest. Scott admitted that he barely slept during his seven days in the kennel: “Between all the animals barking and Queen every hour on the hour waking me up with her rope toy wanting to play.”
But all of Scott’s hardships were rewarded when a father and son from the Kansas City area saw a report about Queen and her new roommate and decided to step up and adopt her.
“I just want to thank them for opening up their home and their hearts for such an incredible dog who deserves a long life in a loving home,” he said. “I had the pleasure of meeting the father and the son and it’s going to be a perfect home for them and for Queen. It’s a win-win for both sides.”
As for why he didn’t simply adopt Queen himself, he reminded people that as an animal advocate he comes in contact with needy animals every single day.
“I can’t adopt every animal that I help because then I will have 1,000 animals in my house,” said Scott.
Once Queen had found her people, this dog lover moved on to find the next animal who desperately needs him.
“What helps me get through the emotional side of my work is I move very quickly to the next animal [who] needs my help,” he explained.
We’re so grateful to people like Scott for speaking for those without voices. Being willing to sacrifice your own comfort for an animal’s happiness is the ultimate good deed in our books. Thank you, Scott!
Watch Queen finally leaving the shelter after 400 long days in the video below, and share this story to spread some joy.
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