US Army Servicewoman Rescues Dog After 7 Years in a Shelter


Senior dogs have so much love to give and deserve to live the rest of their lives in a home. Thousands of senior dogs and cats are hoping for forever homes to spend their golden years.

Most people pass them by because of their age, but they are mission out on amazing dogs.

“Nobody ever asks to meet Pirate.” That’s what an Oahu SPCA staffer told Jennifer Hoyt when she first visited the shelter’s longest-running inhabitant, a senior mixed breed female called Pirate.

Pirate is a sweet pup who wanted the same thing every dog wants: a cozy place to call home and a human who loved them. But for seven years, the poor dog was passed over by everyone who came to the Oahu Animal Shelter.

Finding Pirate

Jennifer Hoyt was recently stationed in Hawaii as a member of the US Army and planned to spend some time volunteering at a shelter.

She knew she wanted to adopt a dog but had agreed with her fiancé, Dennis Shaffer, to wait until he arrived several months later. The couple decided to adopt a dog once they were fully settled.

Excited at the prospect of bringing a pup into their home, Jennifer began poking around online looking at dogs that were available for adoption.

She noticed Pirate and felts an immediate draw to her, despite her age and somewhat sad looking demeanor. As she dug deeper into the Instagram page of the shelter, she realized that Pirate had been there for devastatingly long 7 years.

With sadness and a need to make things better for Pirate, Jennifer told Dennis through tears about the rejected dog and her situation.

Her fiancé agreed that she should at least meet the dog, which was arranged for the next day.

The Meet

During the first visit, Pirate and Jennifer went outside but Pirate wasn’t very interested in anything but a few blades of grass.

“She didn’t look at me; she didn’t look at anything,” Hoyt said. “She was emotionally detached. That broke my heart.”

Determined to improve the pup’s life, she brought her a new bed and toy, which was met with some reluctance at first.

After a while, however, Pirate warmed to the idea of the bed and Jennifer, even coming over to give her a nose nudge in thanks.

With multiple visits back to the shelter and spending time with Pirate, the two grew fond of each other. Jennifer got things in order and brought her home to her “furever” family on July 13, 2017.

A Fur-Fetched Dream

When Dennis arrived a month later, Pirate was a bit wary of him. But over time, Dennis won her over, and soon Pirate was just as bonded with Dennis!

Pirate has now been with the family for about two years, and she’s as happy as she can be.

She loves hanging out with her parents, and she’s also a big fan of going on walks with them. Jennifer shares all of Pirate’s adventures on her Instagram page.

The page has over 30,000 followers who all enjoy seeing what Pirate gets up to in her daily life.

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