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If you can adopt, taking in a pet in need is such a great thing to do. You’re changing a life forever! But sadly, some dogs struggle to find their forever home.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 02/07/2021, 21:00, Updated on the 08/07/2021, 11:02

Jack, a 13-year-old Dachshund mix, arrived at the Pennsylvania SPCA just a few weeks ago after his owner sadly passed away.

Due to his old age, Jack suffers from dental disease, a heart murmur, and has typical old man lumps and bumps all over his body. He looks his age, and though we think he’s absolutely gorgeous, potential adopters just walked right by his kennel, looking instead for younger, “prettier” dogs.


Human hero

But one day, Jack’s luck changed. A man named Wayne Mull walked into the shelter and asked staff whether he could meet one of their oldest dogs. Staff immediately thought of Jack and brought him out. It was love at first sight. Jack nestled on Wayne’s lap and was so relaxed that he even fell asleep. Wayne knew he’d found his forever friend and started the paperwork right then and there.

Shelter staff were so moved by Wayne’s decision to adopt a senior dog that they posted about him on their social media; a post which has since gone viral.

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Sadly, senior dogs are often overlooked in shelters. Yet, they have so much to offer! Wayne is truly our hero. When asked about why he decided to take Jack home, he said: 

“I think it’s good to give them a chance. Otherwise, they don’t have much of a life to look forward to.”

Jack is settled well in his new home. A Dachshund rescue even got word of Wayne’s incredible gesture and offered to help him pay for Jack’s medical bills. So we know the little guy will be well looked after for the rest of his life. Happy tails, Jack!