A 3-year-old lab mix named Moose went viral on social media after a photo of him waiting patiently by his human’s hospital bed was posted to Facebook by Eleventh Hour Pet Rescue
Moose sat patiently next to his dad’s hospital bed, waiting for him to return, not knowing that “Dad” had passed away. Poor Moose has now been returned to Eleventh Hour Rescue and he’s taking the loss of his dad pretty hard.
The rescue later told TODAY that Moose also “was waiting by the door, waiting for his owner to come home” according to Moose’s owner’s caretaker. She couldn’t console him so returned him to Eleventh Hour Rescue so they could try and get him adopted.
Eleventh Hour also shared his backstory which is equally heartbreaking:
MOOSE’S STORY….. Moose was found tied to a railroad sign in front of an animal shelter in rural Georgia in August of 2017. Moose was at that shelter for many months and during that time he had no interest from adopters. This was very unfortunate for Moose. You see, the longer a dog sits at a kill shelter, the closer they get to being euthanized due to overcrowding. Luckily for Moose, a local shelter volunteer was determined to not let that be his fate. She reached out to one of Eleventh Hour Rescue’s partners in Georgia and asked for our help. Shortly thereafter, Moose was loaded onto a transport headed for our rescue in New Jersey.
While at our rescue, Moose made lots of friends with the volunteers. We were won over by his happy personality and his love for life. We were all rooting for Moose to find his perfect home. And then one day, his “dad” discovered him and they fell in love. Moose finally had a loving home of his own. The future seemed pretty bright for Moose. But a year later tragedy struck and his dad passed away, leaving Moose in need of a home once again. Eleventh Hour Rescue’s adoption policy is that if an adopter cannot keep one of our dogs for any reason, the dog must come back to us, and so Moose did just that. No matter how crowded we are, we always make room for one of our own. One of our mottoes is “once an Eleventh Hour dog, always an Eleventh Hour dog.”
The rescue asked if someone could help “Moose’s heart heal” with either a foster or permanent home.
Moose’s photo and story quickly spread online and the rescue soon received several adoption applications. And within three days they announced “this sweet, loving boy” has been adopted.
“MOOSE HAS BEEN ADOPTED by a wonderful family who will care for and love him for the rest of his life!
Here is Moose pictured with his new human siblings (Mom & Dad were a bit camera shy):