The Journey of Luna: From Shelter Dog to Beloved Family Member
Sadly, not all dogs have an easy life and many end up in shelters, dreaming of their forever home. One such dog was Luna, who spent over nine months in a shelter in Texas, after she was picked up as a heartworm positive, pregnant stray. However, Luna’s luck changed when Shellby Hall, 34, and Dominic Hall, 33, decided to foster her out of the shelter, but her healing journey had only just begun.
A Long Road to Recovery
Shellby Hall told Newsweek that they knew Luna had a long journey ahead of her when they learned she had heartworm. Despite the challenges, they decided to foster her for multiple months. When Luna arrived at their home, she was still deeply affected by her time in the shelter. Hall shared a video on Instagram, describing Luna’s initial behavior, “she was so used to sitting in a cage, staring at a wall almost 24/7 that when she first came to us, she would sit in our living room and just stare at the wall.”
Luna’s time in the shelter had left her shut down and fearful. She exhibited nervous behaviors, including attempting to jump on cars and being timid on a leash. Shellby Hall explains that after living in a shelter for close to a year, Luna was naturally on high alert, unsure of who to trust. The shelter environment can be loud, chaotic, and stressful, leading many dogs to initially be wary of new experiences.
A Transformation Story
Luna’s transformation from a nervous rescue dog to an energetic and happy family member is truly heartwarming. Shellby Hall decided to fully adopt Luna, and she now enjoys a life filled with joy and love. Luna relishes playing in the snow, going on trips to the lake, and curling up for naps on the sofa with her two canine siblings, Piper and Jewels.
According to Hall, Luna has finally learned what it’s like to be a dog – going on adventures, receiving new toys, and enjoying treats. Luna has also discovered that she can let her guard down and simply enjoy life. Although she may still feel nervous when meeting new dogs, Luna’s slow introductions have helped her warm up to them. She has learned that new dogs can be kind and not always a threat. Hall expresses her happiness, stating, “Luna is truly just loving life, and we couldn’t be any happier that we ‘foster failed’ with our sweet girl.”
The Power of Rescue
The story of Luna and her journey to a loving home represents the significance of rescuing dogs instead of purchasing them from pet stores. The ASPCA reports that approximately 3.1 million dogs enter shelters in the U.S. every year. However, there has been a decline in this number since 2011, as more people comprehend the importance of adoption. Rescue organizations and shelters account for a significant percentage of new pet acquisitions.
Shellby Hall strongly recommends rescuing a dog and highlights the incredible souls she has encountered through rescue. She believes that there are numerous amazing dogs in shelters or living on the streets, all deserving of a family and a loving home. Hall shares her personal connection to rescue dogs, explaining how they have saved her own life during dark periods. Adopting her first dog, Piper, after the tragic loss of her sister, Hall discovered her life’s purpose was to help dogs in need.
A Life Transformed
In conclusion, Luna’s journey from a heartworm positive, pregnant stray in a shelter to a cherished member of Shellby Hall’s family is a testament to the power of love and compassion. Luna’s transformation represents the resilience and joy that can be found in rescued dogs. By sharing Luna’s story, we hope to inspire more people to consider adopting from shelters and giving these deserving animals a second chance at a happy life.
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