When AJ and his brother Toby arrived at Carson Animal Shelter the two dogs had no way of knowing they would be left behind by their family, who surrendered the two dogs because they couldn’t afford to take care of them any more.
The two dogs were smiling and fine until they became separated and soon realized they were away from their family, each other, and everything they knew. Their home was replaced with loud barks and a cold kennel surrounded by strangers.
The two dogs “did great walking on a leash next to each other when they came in but now they are confused and alone and missing each other and home” explained Saving Carson Shelter Dogs who began an online campaign to save the two dogs.
Six-year-old AJ was especially hard hit after being separated from his brother and was so scared that he sobbed in his kennel. It was video of AJ crying in his kennel that would soon capture everyone’s attention.
“AJ is 100% pure sweet, gentle, loving beauty, he loves other dogs and he is missing his brother, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs wrote. “He is shutting down, he has a cold and he needs your help…”
The video instantly went viral and just days after the video was released, the rescue community sprung into action to save AJ and his brother from euthanasia.
AJ’s tears would soon be replaced with a happy wagging tail when he was pulled from the shelter. Rescuers were on hand to film his freedom walk out of the shelter.
At the time of his rescue, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs wrote, “This beauty touched the hearts of a lot of people and today he was lucky enough to take his FREEDOM Walk out of the Shelter, even while he is struggling with a cold. He was rescued and we are hoping tomorrow that Rescue will work with the different Rescue that is saving his Bonded Brother TOBY, so they can be reunited. Both have been seriously depressed since they were separated… Happy life sweet AJ.”
And that’s exactly what happened. AJ was adopted by a loving new family shortly after. Even better, the family also decided to adopt Toby too!
It was a happy ending for both thanks to the rescue effort of many, who refused to give up on the two dogs.