Lily’s Happy Ending: Shelter Dog Finds Forever Home

Lily with her new family
Lily with her new family, Photo: Barbara Anne Kirshner

Today started like most Saturdays since I was rescued by Last Chance Animal Rescue. My foster mommy, my foster brother and my foster sister took me to an adoption event. This time it was at the Comsewogue Library. It was a bright, sunny day with a constant breeze that made my ears flap. My foster mommy, Dawn, set up folding chairs and put my dog bed on one. I was very content, lounging around and getting kisses from the volunteers.

My foster sister took me for a walk, then the volunteer, Barbara, took some pictures of us together. Barbara says that I am very photogenic and maybe I could go into modeling. Who knows, maybe she’s right.

My friend, Charlotte, she’s a tree-walking coonhound, was sharing a stroll with Barbara when a white car pulled up and a young woman got out. The young woman started giving attention to Charlotte as she talked with Barbara. I was thinking this might be Charlotte’s lucky adoption day. But then Barbara introduced the young woman to the other volunteers. After they talked to the young woman for a bit, they brought her over to meet me. I immediately noticed that the young woman had very kind eyes as she bent down to pat me. She turned to Danielle and the other volunteers and I heard her say she wanted to return with her grandma. She said something about being ready to adopt.

Soon the young woman was gone, so I just went back to sunning myself. But the white car returned about 30 minutes later, the young woman returned and she had her grandma with her. Suddenly the attention was on me as the volunteers took me to meet Grandma. As Grandma pet me, a smile formed on her face, she looked at her granddaughter and said, “Let’s adopt her.” Grandma was that decisive, which surprised me.

Lily suns herself at the Last Chance adoption event
Lily suns herself at the Last Chance adoption event, Photo: Barbara Anne Kirshner

Things happened quickly after that. It was the end of the library event anyway, so the volunteers packed up. I got good-bye kisses from my foster mommy, foster brother and sister. I and my doggie bed went into Danielle’s car and we were off with Barbara following in her car. We met up with the young woman and Grandma at Petsmart Port Jefferson where some paperwork was filled out and phone calls made.

While I waited with Grandma and Barbara, the young woman and Danielle went shopping for my food and dog bowls. Boy, that young woman was loaded down with lots of stuff for me, and Grandma talked about making me some chicken to put on top of my kibble. I think I’m going to like living with them.

Danielle and Barbara escorted me to the young woman’s car and helped pile me, my doggie bed and my new groceries in the car. I got goodbye kisses from Danielle and Barbara, and I was off to start my new life with my new family.

I want to thank Last Chance for saving my life. Last Chance rescued me from a terrible high-kill shelter, took me to a sanctuary then sent me up north where I had a great foster family until my forever family found me. Special thanks to foster mom, Dawn, and her kids for being so loving to me while I waited for my special day. And thank you to all the volunteers who helped make my special day happen.

My wish for a forever family finally came true, but there are so many other dogs and cats out there also wishing for happy endings. My prayer is that people will go to these adoption events, recognize their best friend and adopt. Maybe someday, the numbers of dogs and cats searching for their forever homes will dwindle.

Paws crossed for all of them.

To find out more about Last Chance Animal Rescue and potential adoptions, visit

Barbara Anne Kirshner is the author of Madison Weatherbee-The Different Dachshund. She is a regular contributor to

Lily and her foster sister
Lily and her foster sister, Photo: Barbara Anne Kirshner

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