- Roscoe the dog was brought to a shelter after living on the streets.
- At the shelter, he was reserved, timid, and never wagged his tail nor smiled.
- After the shelter’s Facebook post led to a reunion between the lost dog and his dad, the shelter staff saw the dog smile for the first time.
Nobody knew how long Roscoe had been living on the streets. He had been getting his food from neighbors who kindly fed him. Until one day, someone complained and the shelter had to get him.
At the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter, shelter director Tammy Davis said that Roscoe never let his guard down. They never saw him wag his tail or smile, even when given treats.
“The entire time he was here he was very timid, very reserved … it was like he didn’t have a personality. He wasn’t acting like a dog,” Davis said. “He didn’t want to be comforted by us, he didn’t want to be touched — it was like he was kind of just existing. There was no emotion or excitement no matter what we did.”
But the staff never gave up on him. One day during the lockdown, they took a chance on posting Roscoe’s photo and profile on their Facebook page.
Davis said, “We all cared about him and we were just trying to work with him and make him more comfortable. Because of COVID, we use our social media more than we used to and we thought, ‘What the heck? Even though he’s not the most outgoing dog, and it may be hard to find him somewhere, we’re going to post him and we’re just going to be honest.’”
And that became the key that opened the door to Roscoe’s happiness.
“I think that’s my dog and he’s been missing for three years,” was the message on the post that changed everything.
With Davis ever protective of their wards, she asked the man to send a photo of Roscoe and his distinctive markings, and made him visit Roscoe.
Davis says of the meeting, “The rest of us backed away and let the gentleman in there with Roscoe and it was just amazing. It was like something clicked and he was like, ‘This is my person, my daddy.’
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So it was obvious that this was his owner, it just took him a few minutes to realize who it was, and then he knew instantly,” Tammy added.
The reunion between Roscoe and his dad was the first time they saw Roscoe smile, wag his tail, and even jump up!
Seeing Roscoe’s face go from sadness to happiness was all the thanks they needed.
Davis said, “It gives us a boost to say, ‘OK, this is what we needed to give us strength and keep pushing forward.’”
Source: The Dodo