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Senior Dog Was Out Of Time. Then He Got Incredibly Lucky.

Time was never on Lester's side.

He arrived late in life at the shelter. At 9 years old, he was a senior dog, and the days had certainly worn on him.

His intake records suggest a litany of health complaints: weak hind legs, unstable gait, possible arthritis.

Miami-Dade Animal Services

Miami-Dade Animal Services

Not exactly a poster dog for adoption when many shelter visitors are frequently fixated on eternal puppyhood.

No, Lester had been around the block. And it seemed his last block would be at a small cell at Miami-Dade Animal Services.

The Akita mix was put on death row. His ticket was punched for Monday at 4 p.m. - the scheduled hour for him to be put down.

But for perhaps the first time in his life, the clock paused for an old dog.

A last-minute appeal on social media spread the word about this seemingly no-luck dog. Miami-Dade hadn't gotten around to Lester's appointment yet. Often at shelters, a dog's assigned time for being put down is flexible. It can happen any time after that designated hour.

And then hope, on the unsteady, weak legs of an old, discarded dog, managed to spring eternal.

Andrew Banchs of Miami-Dade Animal Services confirmed to The Dodo that a rescue was coming to pick up the dog.

We'll keep you updated on his journey in this space.

In the meantime, consider making a donation to rescue groups like Paws 4 You that work with Miami-Dade to find homes for dogs like Lester.