A dying woman's last wish to find a home for her three dogs has been granted. Kathleen Zuidema made a heartfelt plea to find a home for her 3 dogs after her cancer became terminal recently. The Washington state woman who lives on San Juan Island turned to Facebook to see if someone could fulfill her final wish - a home for her beloved three dogs.
On March 5th she wrote: "THE AUSSIE POSSE Are looking for a new forever home.!!!!! This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. My heart is breaking and I'm sobbing as I write this.”
She was insistent that the dogs are a “package deal”. “It is a huge thing to ask of one person but the thought of them being separated is more than I can bear," she continued. “They have always been together. They are extremely well trained and love to play ball as many have seen at the gravel pit. At home they are perfect roommates they sleep on my bed or one of theirs if they want.”
She put her message out hoping for the best. She immediately received an outpouring of support from the local community and from around the globe. Despite multiple offers, she didn’t find the right fit for her dogs. Her worry was renewed when a news station accidentally reported the dogs had found a home.
But she needn’t have worried as her plea was heard by the right people. The news had reached another island resident - Danielle Cochran. She has lived on the same island as Kathleen for years, although the two have never met. But she had seen Kathleen's dogs around.
Danielle and her husband already have two dogs of their own and she advocates for dog rescue and adoption, Q13 Fox reported. When she heard the news, she talked it over with her husband. But they stopped thinking about it when they heard the dogs had found a home. Luckily, a local pet feed store set the record straight and told Danielle that Kathleen was still searching for a home for her Aussie Posse.
“I went straight over there and knocked on her door,” said Danielle. Everyone got a good feeling about things and when Kathleen’s dogs met Danielle, her husband and their dogs the connection was instant.
Kathleen’s wish has come true and she couldn’t be happier, although she admits it’s heartbreaking that she will have to say goodbye in the near future.
She told the news station, “I got everything I wanted ... except for the dying part."
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