Last year, Reece's human made a heartbreaking decision few pet owners could even imagine having to make. After falling on hard times, becoming homeless as a result, the man was forced to relinquish custody of his beloved pet - hoping to give Reece a chance at a better life by putting him up for adoption at a local no-kill animal shelter.
"He had lost his job and his home," Brittany May, from the Great Plains SPCA in Missouri, told The Dodo. "We do offer help to families with pets, but obviously if you don't have a place to keep them, then you don't have a place to keep them."
So the man, whose name is withheld out of respect for his privacy, had to say goodbye to Reece, likely thinking they would never see each other again. He was wrong.