Smokey is a rescue dog that refuses to leave the home without his elephant toy. His previous owners were unable to care for the dog since they had lost their home.
The 5-year-old pup was surrendered to a Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center on Valentine’s Day, along with his favorite toy “so that he can find comfort” in it. Smokey is so smitten with his plush gray elephant with pink ears that his kennel posted a notice declaring that he and the elephant had to be adopted together.
Smokey’s days at the shelter were brightened by the elephant. Smokey, who looked to be quite shy and anxious, spent a few sad weeks off from playing with the toy. Smokey was due to be euthanized in March…
Then two volunteers from the organization I Have A Dream Rescue Organization arrived one day. They fell in love with Smokey right away and promised to find him a foster home.
The dog can’t quit grinning now that he’s found a new home. “He was depressed and sleeping with his elephant until [volunteer] started talking with him,” I Have A Dream treasurer Melissa Sutherland recalled. “It’s incredible what animal rescue does for pets.”