Small victories!

February 18th, 2009 11:06 am by Kelly Garbato

Good news can be hard to come by in the animal advocacy community, which is why I want to share this little victory with y’all. It’s not much, but it’s more than enough to get me through today, and possibly the rest of the week as well.

Over on the Kansas City Freecycle blog, I feature a local adoptable animal every Wednesday. (Elaine is my inspiration for this, but I don’t credit here there because I’d rather the other freecyclers not know that I’m one of “those” animal rights “extremists.” So I’ll totally credit her here. Thanks, Elaine!)

I’ve been doing this since May of ’08, and a sweet lil’ pit bull named Gramby was the second animal I blogged about. Seven months later, and Gramby still hadn’t been adopted, so I featured him a second time. At this point, Gramby had been staying with Animal Haven, a no-kill shelter, for more than two years. Being a young guy, he’d essentially spent the majority of his life caged in a shelter. Many localities ’round these parts have passed BSL (he was found as a stray in a city with an anti-pit bull breed ban), which probably goes a long way towards explaining his sorry situation.

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Well, while clicking through the old listings this morning, searching for some hopefully happy updates, I was absolutely overjoyed (and that’s an understatement, for reals) too see that Gramby had finally been adopted. After almost 2 1/2 years as an orphan, Gramby has a new family. I’m so, so happy for him.

In fact, Gramby’s adoption is such momentous news that Animal Haven blogged about it, too:

Gramby was our longest term dog here at Animal Haven and was recently adopted. Gramby was found as a stray from a city with a breed ban on October 13th, 2006 when he was just a pup. Last week he was adopted out by a fantastic lady from Blue Springs. He has adjusted very well to life with his new mother and is having the time of his life now that he finally has his lifelong home. He even gets to cuddle with his mother’s baby granddaughter for nap time.

And, what a wiggler he is too! Our ants-in-the-pants pal Gramby is always on the lookout for something interesting. Who can blame him? Gramby’s dedicated friends here at Animal taught him a few things before he went to his new lifelong home, and he’ll sit for a treat (though he likes to be sure it’s abundantly tasty).

Animal Haven went all out to find him a new home; they even made Gramby their “mascot” for a fundraising event, featuring him on t-shirts and stuff. Even after all that, it was still more than a year before he was adopted. So sad.

But no. This is good news. I refuse to get sniffly here.

Thank you, thank you, THANK you, anonymous “fantastic lady from Blue Springs,” for opening your home and your heart to this “vicious” dog. For this, you are my hero of the day. And thank you, Animal Haven, for never giving up on this precious boy.

*smiles*, {{hugs}}, and all that good stuff!

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2 Responses to “Small victories!”

  1. Christie Says:

    Thank you for caring so much about Gramby! We are thrilled to know others were watching out for him as well.

  2. Kelly Says:

    Thank you, Christie, for everything you did for Gramby!

    By the way, I adopted my third dog from Animal Haven in March of 2005.

    Probably you don’t remember O-Ren (she was Angelica back then), but here’s one of her Petfinder photos:

    2005-03-11 - O-Ren's Animal Haven Pics02

    She’s an absolute sweetie :)

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