If you're on Facebook, you may have heard the story about Molly and Dru, bonded bulldog mixes in Winter Park, Florida, who were rescued from their very sad beginnings by a local woman named Jennifer, and now were running out of time. They quickly needed a new place to call home, due to the severe health issues their human mom was facing. Examiner is very happy to report that her dreams for her dogs have come true. That sweet news was shared on Facebook, and we wanted to make sure that it reached all those touched by the original story.
So many of you were touched by her plight. Being involved with rescue for years, and now, battling cancer, she was forced to find homes for her two best furry friends, Molly and Dru. She turned to the internet, including emails, Facebook and Craiglist. Concerned that she would not find a home for this couple in time, and would have to send them to a kill shelter, Examiner shared her story. Yes, she was well aware that Craigslist is not a good place to post animals for adoption, but please put yourself in her shoes, if you can. With no family that was able to take them in, she was hoping for a miracle.
Including an out of state transport coordinator who offered her services, should the dogs find a home outside of Florida, her best friend Robby was there to help them as well. Robby explained that his email and phone were completely overloaded with well wishers, prayers and adoption offers, and apologizes if he has not yet gotten back to any of you who were concerned enough to reach out to him.
There is simply not enough room to list all the people and rescues who offered their homes and hearts to shelter these dogs, to ease the fears of a woman in need who loves her animals to the moon and back. Perhaps it's better if you simply read her own words, sent in a private email a few days ago, to understand how thankful she is to have found one forever home for Molly and Dru.
"A family contacted me about taking in both Molly and Dru together. They met with Robby today and took both. They have a fantastic home in Ohio, with huge land. They are great people. This is a huge blessing. This was incredible. Thank you so very much. I appreciate so much all of the help and great wishes you have sent."
Robby explained that the family was originally going to meet them on June 15, when they traveled from South Florida to Ohio. However, should that not have worked out, Molly and Dru would only have three days to find a new home. Thankfully, the family decided to come up early. Perhaps word reached them that there were a number of families and rescues interested in helping out Jennifer. Robby said that they had just lost the best friend to their senior dog, and were looking for another companion for it. The mom is a dog trainer, and sent him videos in advance of their arrival.
Molly and Dru met the family, including a mom, dad, son, daughter, a Pomeranian and a 17-year-old pittie, here in Central Florida. And fate must have been shining down on all involved. They got along famously, and Molly and Dru are now living in South Florida, with their new family. They will shortly be en route to their home in Ohio, where the threat of breed discrimination does not loom its ugly head.
Jennifer has included the photos of Dru and Molly in their new home. You can see that they have certainly made themselves at home in the short time they've been there. When she sent the photos, Jennifer said, "it's a fantastic day in that regard, but hard in other ways," as anyone can certainly understand. However, Jennifer wants everyone to know that she's "still a fighter and still has faith that (she) can pull through. And she thanks everyone so much for everything, truly."
Strangers helping strangers. Though few of us here have the opportunity to meet in person, it's truly rewarding to see that, though the internet is made of bits and bytes, operating in a cloud, behind it all there are still people. People who care about each other and about the animals who make our lives whole. The power of our humanity is still a shining beacon of light. Long may it shine.