She was so scared, and she was just clinging to it.”
After being dumped at the shelter, the dog clung to the only thing she had left in the world — a giant teddy bear.
Ellie, a 1-year-old Blue Lacy dog, used to live with a family near Dallas, Texas. But in June, they surrendered her to a local shelter.
“They had gone to the trouble of getting all her shots, her spay surgery and microchip … [then] they just dumped her at the closest shelter after having her for months,” Jennifer Jessup, an independent dog rescuer based in New York City, told The Dodo. “She basically lost everything she’s ever known, and at 1 year old, [she] found herself in a loud, scary place where they euthanize for space.”
The shelter was a terrifying experience for Ellie, and she spent most of her time snuggled up against a teddy bear, which her former family had left with her.
“She was so scared, and she was just clinging to it,” Jessup said. “It was the only thing she had.”
Thankfully, Ellie didn’t stay at the shelter for long. Jessup’s brother, who lives in Florida, had been looking to adopt a Blue Lacy dog, and he’d reached out to his sister to help him find one to rescue. Jessup started searching online, and with the help of TAGG Rescue, a Dallas-based rescue group, she discovered Ellie in the Texas shelter.