Every year, hundreds of thousands of dogs end up in streets and sometimes, in shelters. A lot of these dogs experienced neglect and abuse, and are often left out in the streets to fend for their lives. Indeed, life is hard for these dogs, and only very few of them get the chance to live a new life with a new family.
When Melani Andrews arrived at Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento in 2017, she already knew what she was looking for. She knew that these dogs, regardless of what they’ve been through, deserve love and care. But being a 72-year-old grandmother has its limitations, and she could only care for one shelter dog.
Melani had trials of her own. She lost her husband, and recently, her Staffordshire terrier whom she named Lola. Since then, she felt alone and depressed. Melani’s grandkids often come up to her and suggest to have somebody to keep her company. Until she finally decided to visit the local shelter and adopt a dog for her own.
Melani Andrews asked the staff for the shelter’s hardest dog to adopt. The staff led her to Jake, the shelter’s oldest dog of 12 years, who has cancer and had been suffering from skin problems. But Melani was determined not just to save a dog but to give it the best life it could have with her. That very same day, Melani brought home Jake.
Although Jake requires special treatments and medications for his cancer and skin problems, Melani doesn’t seem to mind. She was determined to help Jake from the very beginning. Since having Jake for company, Melani began to feel happier, too. The photo below is one of the many photos that could prove that both are happy in each other’s company:
Special thanks to our friends in The Animal Bible for sharing this heartwarming story of Melani and Jake.