Kris Robinson was sitting in front of the office of Senatobia-Tate County Animal Shelter. Suddenly she noticed that someone is walking across the yard. A young man was there crossing the lawn with a dog following closely behind. He told the dog to stay outside and she just sat down. Robinson is the acting director of the shelter. He came inside and told Robinson if they could take his dog.
Robinson explained that the shelter was full. But she noticed the teen needed help. His head was kind of dropped and he said that he don’t have a place to live. He was living under a bridge at the moment and he was not able to take care of her. When he leaves to go and try to find work, he hopes that she stays and so far she is been there when he comes back. But he was just worried about her.
Robinson could see how attached the dog named Jada, was to her dad. She got his information and had him fill out a relinquishment form. She was scared and she got real close to him and sat down.
The teen left a bag of dog food with the shelter and when he walked away Robinson could see him wiping his face. Robinson brought Jada into the office to decompress. But it was clear that she was confused because her dad wasn’t there. She climbed up one chair and looked out the window. But he didn’t come back.
By the next day, Jada was feeling a bit more comfortable around Robinson. She knew that nobody would ever take the place of Jada’s dad. She decided to post the dog’s story on Facebook to get a bit more community support. But she never anticipated the attention her post would get. She wanted to point out this kid and his character. He didn’t ask for himself, he wanted to make sure that Jada was okay.
Soon, many offers were pouring in from all over the country to foster the dog. But Robinson knew they could do better. Robinson reached out to a local family who volunteered to take in both the teen and his dog. But the young man was hesitant about accepting the offer. She made contact with him and let him know that they need to help him. He was scared that he is going to lose Jada. But they explained that they are going to help him.
When the teen returned to the shelter with the family to pick up Jada their reunion couldn’t be more joy-filled. She ran up to him and jumped on him. He just loved her and had a big smile on his face. ‘
Now Jada and her dad have finally found a safe space to call home together. Jada is getting the medical care she needs. And the teen can focus on his education. He is getting his high school stuff in order and then he is going to take some classes at a local city college and go to the dentist. Things he is never done. Robinson said. Robinson could be more proud that now there are one fewer dogs in the shelter and one less kid on the street. Let’s wish them good luck!