Lucas, who sadly lost his owner to Hurricane Sandy, was dropped at a high-kill shelter. After learning his story a group of rescuers set out to save him. Photo: Facebook
It's a happy ending to a sad story for a dog who lost his owner during Hurricane Sandy. After his owner was killed by the storm, the 5-year-old Collie/Shepherd mix found himself in the same high-kill shelter where his beloved owner had rescued him years earlier.
According to Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue, who campaigned to save Lucas from the kill shelter, Lucas "wouldn't let the family members of his owner take him out of the yard they put him in because he knew his owner had died and he didn't want to leave him."
Grieving, Lucas was taken to Staten Island NYC ACC facility. The surrounding were familiar to him. According to the Examiner, as a puppy his first owners had turned him over to the shelter when they had a baby.
This time, with the stress of surviving the storm and losing his family, Lucas was not coping well. Learning of Lucas' plight, Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue knew they had to try and save him, but first they had to find a foster family.
When they wrote their emergency appeal on their Facebook page they described Lucas' state-of-mind:
Lucas is VERY stressed in the shelter and it is showing, he excessively licks his nose so its all dried up and he's scratching himself so much he has some hair loss. Lucas is not a fan of the cage but we had a trainer come and evaluate him today and we think it's definitely something that with time he will adjust to. When Lucas is out of the cage and outside his personality shines through. We think that a home with older children is best because he appears to have been in a home as a single dog with no other animals and is used to quiet.
Touched by Lucas' loyalty and heartbreaking circumstances, people submitted their foster applications and later that very day, Lucas had a foster family to go home to. Lucas will now have a loving home to take care of him while he grieves and heals. He may not know it yet, but thanks to the efforts of kind strangers he will be helped to a new life for a second time.
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