Homeless teen reunited with dog he surrendered to shelter [Video]

  • A 17-year-old guy visited an animal shelter one day to surrender his puppy.
  • According to the teen, he could no longer care for his dog because he is homeless.
  • However, the shelter was already full. 

Your local animal shelter is generally excellent at finding homes for homeless pets, but finding a home for a human being is unusual.

Kris Robinson works as the Interim Shelter Director of Mississippi’s Senatobia-Tate County Animal Shelter. One day, she was sitting in the office when a youngster came in with his dog, Jada, a 4- or 5-month-old shepherd-Rottweiler mix. With teary eyes, the 17-year-old requested if he could leave his puppy with her.

When Kris informed the young guy that the shelter was full, he admitted that he was homeless at the time so he could no longer care for Jada.

“And he said, ‘Well, I can’t take care of her anymore. I live under a bridge,’ and it broke my heart,” teary-eyed Kris recalled. “For this young man to just be 17 and down on his luck, and no matter what problems he’s facing, he still took the time to walk her over her and make sure somebody was going to take care of her, I think that says a lot about his character.”

Kris posted a photo of Jada laying in the shelter’s foyer, next to a garbage bag full of food left for her by the teen, and wrote the caption:

Senatobia-Tate County Animal Shelter

This is where she layed (sic) after her owner surrendered her today with her plastic bag of dog food and a blanket. She is devastated. I can’t be mad at her owner though. He is 17, says he lives under a bridge in Tate county. He WALKED her all the way to the shelter and asked us to please take her because he can’t afford to keep her. She’s about 4 mos old and she kept herself pinned to his legs while he was here. We are full but how could we not take her in.

Kris made room for Jada, and by the end of the day, thousands of individuals had expressed interest in adopting her. More people inquired what they could do to help her teenage owner.

“We’re a shelter, so we’re concerned about the dog,” she said. “But ultimately we were concerned about him and him getting off the street and getting some help”.

She gave the details the teen had given on the surrender form to local officials, who found him.

The following day, the teen was reunited with Jada, and authorities found a home where both of them can stay together while Jada’s owner gets his life back on track.


Because Senatobia has no official homeless shelters, churches frequently provide assistance. The Senatobia First United Methodist Church is collecting money to help the family who has taken in the teen and his dog.

We’re so grateful this young man sought help before anything terrible happened, as tough as asking for help might be. 

Source: Inspire More

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Will someone please help this young man get involved in politics and run for office – and win? We so desperately need people of his character in leadership positions. I’m so happy he’s been reunited with his devoted puppy – good for them, and good for everyone who helped. Bless you all.