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Sad Shelter Dog Whose Only Friend Was This Elephant Toy Learns That He And His Toy Are Getting New Home

Meet Smokey the rescue dog who won’t go anywhere without his elephant toy. His previous owners lost their home and couldn’t look after the pooch anymore. The 5-year-old doggie was surrendered into a Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center on Valentine’s Day, along with his favorite toy “so that he can take comfort” in it. Smokey loves his stuffed gray elephant with pink ears so much, there was a sign on his kennel saying that he and elephant must be adopted together.

The elephant was the only thing to make Smokey’s days at a shelter a bit brighter. Other than playing with the toy, it has been a few depressive weeks for Smokey who seemed to be extremely shy and stressed. Smokey was scheduled to be euthanized in March…

Then one day in came two volunteers from the nonprofit I Have A Dream Rescue Organization. They fell in love with Smokey immediately and committed to finding him a foster home.

Now that the dog knows he will have a new home, he can’t stop smiling. “He was sad and laying with his elephant until [volunteer] started to talk with him,” says Melissa Sutherland, I Have A Dream’s treasurer. “It is amazing what rescue does for dogs.”