Julie Saraceno is a shelter volunteer for Benton Franklin Humane Society in the Tri-Cities. She has seen a lot of dogs come and go. But one dog had been at the shelter for 664 days. Snoopy is a lovable senior dog but because of his health complications he was constantly overlooked by potential adopters.
She would often walk by his kennel and catch him sucking on his security blanket for comfort. It’s a way for him to self soothe. “It comforts him,” Julie said.
At close to 10 years old, Julie knew it was time to put the spotlight on the shelter’s longtime resident and staff favorite.
@juliesaraceno2 Snoopy is looking for an end of life foster or adopter. He has cushings disease, so he has problems with his vision, hearing and weight. Please share so we can find the right person for him. #seniordogsrule #shelterdogsrock #adoptashelterdog #tricitieswa ♬ the winner takes it all – november ultra
Julie decided to try and do what she could to find him a forever family and began to regularly share videos of him on social media.
@juliesaraceno2 Replying to @eford3825 Snoopy is still waiting for his forever family. #shelterdogsrock #adoptashelterdog #seniordogsrule #adoptme #tricitieswa ♬ dźwięk oryginalny – Resia
She took him on day walks and brought him the donations that poured in from around the world and explained that he has Cushings disease.
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But he really is the sweetest dog.
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Julie’s hard work paid off as his videos went viral and caught the attention of Forgotten Dogs Rescue.
The rescue wrote on TikTok, “We kept seeing her videos of Snoopy, a senior pittie with medical issues who had been in the shelter for two years, and we knew we needed to help. The shelter staff and volunteers have taken amazing care of him and love him so much, but he deserves to be in a home!”
So they arranged to pull him from the shelter.
@forgottendogsrescue We are thrilled to announce the newest member of the FDR family: Snoopy! Snoopy has been at the Benton Franklin Humane Society in the Tri-Cities for almost 2 YEARS! Woof! Julie, a shelter (and FDR) volunteer made it her mission to get Snoopy out of the shelter and shared him all over her social media. You may have seen this special senior boy’s posts with @Julie Saraceno, Newsweek shared his story! We kept seeing her videos of Snoopy, a senior pittie with medical issues who had been in the shelter for two years, and we knew we needed to help. The shelter staff and volunteers have taken amazing care of him and love him so much, but he deserves to be in a home! We officially pulled Snoopy from the shelter today and he made his way to a temporary foster home, but we are looking for a longer term foster for him in the greater Seattle area. He is such a sweet, lovable, and funny boy! He needs to be the only dog in the home, and we will start working to get his medical needs sorted out. He has some skin issues and we already got him in to see one of our primary veterinarians, and we will be getting him in to see a dermatologist. If you’re interested in fostering Snoopy, please send an email to [email protected] or send a DM. We supply all food, equipment, vet care and support! Welcome to the family, Snoopy, we love you! #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #freedomride #shelterdogsrock #tricitieswa ♬ Golden Hour: Piano Version – Andy Morris
Snoopy left the shelter with much fanfare and made his way to a temporary foster home while the rescue looked for a longer term foster for him in the greater Seattle area. “He is such a sweet, lovable, and funny boy,” they wrote of Snoopy.
Julie drove Snoopy to his foster home and shared a video of him on his freedom ride. He couldn’t wait to get into the car.
@juliesaraceno2 Replying to @smcmullin I think he will probably always do this. It comforts him. #shelterdogsrock #seniordogsrule #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #tricitieswa ♬ Bundle of Joy – Jartisto
Since Snoopy has arrived in their care, Forgotten Dogs Rescue has been sorting out some of his medical needs, tending to his skin issues and other health issues.
They shared an update on Snoopy in his temporary foster home saying, “Snoopy is doing great in his foster home. He’s making himself right at home.” That’s evident in the video when he jumps on the couch!
@forgottendogsrescue Replying to @inlimpbizkitwetrust Snoopy is doing great! #fosteringsaveslives❤️ #shelterdogsrock #seniordogsrule #seattlewa ♬ Bundle of Joy – Jartisto
Fortunately, Forgotten Dogs Rescue found a long term foster for him. He isn’t up for adoption quite yet but he’s having a wonderful time in his new neighborhood, going on walks and of course he has his favorite Snoopy blanket to cuddle with.
@forgottendogsrescue Replying to @@more.books.yes.please We are so excited to say we found a long term foster for Snoopy! He isn’t up for adoption quite yet. Stay tuned for updates! #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #formershelterdog #seattlewa ♬ Bundle of Joy – Jartisto
He has discovered pupsicles and loves them.
@juliesaraceno2 Replying to @Lisa Pomeroy Snoopy loves pupsicles! #fosteringsaveslives #shelterdogsrock #adoptashelterdog #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #tricitieswa #seattlewa ♬ New Home (Slowed) – Austin Farwell
He’s also enjoying splash pads, popping bubbles and unlimited plush toys!
@juliesaraceno2 Snoopy update to brighten your day! Make sure to follow @forgottendogsrescue for announcements on when he’s adoptable. #shelterdogsrock #rescuedismyfavouritebreed #adoptashelterdog #pnwdog #tricitieswa ♬ Here Comes the Sun – JJ Heller
It’s so important that dogs like Snoopy get noticed and it’s so wonderful that Julie was able to get him out of the shelter and into the hands of a loving rescue who will make sure he has the most wonderful golden years.
To help support Snoopy and Forgotten Dogs Rescue visit their website.
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