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Shelter Dog, Smokey, Can't Stop Grinning After Being Rescued

March 09, 2017 | Rescue Work / adopt

Smokey has been depressed for the last couple of weeks, since he was given up to an Ohio animal shelter on Valentine's Day, along with this favorite toy.

The dog's surrender form says that Smokey is 5 years old, and has been loved by the same person that whole time. The reason Smokey was going to the shelter was because the family had lost their home.


The stuffed gray elephant with pink ears was given up as well, so Smokey "can take comfort with his favorite toy," Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center spokesperson Susan Smith tells The Dodo.

So much so, that the shelter has a sign on his kennel, saying that Smokey and the elephant must go home together.


The staff characterized Smokey as a stressed and anxious dog, as he often growled at the public. However, the staff soon recognized Smokey’s new environment was likely the main catalyst for his stress. They quickly reached out and asked for a rescue group to help the pooch find a home.


Luckily, in response to the shelter’s plea for help, a pair of volunteers from the nonprofit I Have A Dream Rescue Organization came by and fell in love with the pup and his best friend and rescued Smokey from euthanization which was scheduled for the end of the month.

And since being rescued, images of the adorable pup posted on social media show Smokey flashing a wide grin at the camera - while still standing guard over his favorite stuffed toy.  

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