Meet Higgins, a senior German Shepherd who has spent almost his entire life behind kennel bars at the Humane Society of Preble County because nobody wants to adopt him. The shelter wasn’t ready to give up on him, and the most important reason was Higgins never gave up on finding a forever home either.
Higgins was taken to the shelter when he was a young puppy and was immediately adopted. However, life in his first home wasn’t good, and Higgins came back to the shelter in 2012. “We heard he was nothing more than a dog chained up to a dog house,” Renner told The Dodo. “About a year later, someone walked in with a stray dog — and it was him.”
Higgins always hoped that the right person would come and provide him a home, but again and again, nobody wanted him. After so long in the shelter, everyone assumed there was something wrong with Higgins. “His face always possessed such a worried look on it that he was a little intimidating when he was in his kennel,” Renner said. “People just walked past him.”
Thankfully, after 2,381 days in the shelter, Higgins finally found out his forever home. Brendan Reed, a 22-year-old guy, fell in love with Higgins after seeing his photo online and hearing his story. At that moment, Reed realized Higgins was the only dog for him. “He was just a beautiful dog,” Reed told The Dodo. “He just seemed so cute… I don’t know how he didn’t get adopted.”
When Reed walked in the shelter and said “I’m here to take Higgins home,” Renner was shocked. After six and a half years, Higgins finally has a dad who loves him and makes him feel safe every day. Now, he can sleep on a soft couch, watch TV, run around his own backyard, and roll in the grass.
We are so happy when knowing that Higgins will be an awesome addition to Reed’s life. We hope you all can share the joy we have for Higgins! If you could like to know more about Higgins’ journey, you can follow him on Snapchat @higginsdoggo.
Finding a home after such a long wait is a powerful reminder that every animal deserves a chance at a happy, fulfilled life. The dog’s story is a testament to the transformative power of adoption and the immense joy and fulfillment that comes from welcoming a shelter dog into one’s family.
By opening our hearts and homes to animals in need, we can make a profound out difference in their lives and experience the unconditional love and companionship that they bring.