Peanut is not your average puppy. Although he may appear to be a 1-year-old mutt to some, he’s now seen as a hero to others, especially one very lucky little girl.
Peanut was just another stray dog living on the streets in Michigan. Then one day the lost pup was found by someone and turned into a local animal shelter. Peanut was discovered with two broken legs, matted fur and broken ribs. After many months of recovery, the dog was eventually adopted. Nobody knew this animal was extraordinary until his new adopted parents sent in a letter to the shelter Peanut came from. Here’s what it said.
“Today, Peanut was responsible for saving the life of a 3-year-old little girl,” his owner wrote. “About 11 a.m. this morning, Peanut started going crazy at our house. She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping. She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside. … He let her outside, where she went barreling into the field behind our house at full speed. My husband followed her and to his surprise, he found a naked, shivering, 3-year-old girl curled up in a ball.”
It remains unclear whether Peanut was barking for the fun of it and coincidentally found the little girl outside or began barking because he sensed a person was in danger. In any case, when the little girl was brought inside the house the only word she repeatedly said was, “doggy.”
An ambulance was called and luckily the paramedics reported no injuries. Authorities located the girl’s parents at a nearby residence, which the Delta County Sheriff’s Office described as having “unsafe and unsanitary living conditions.” The girl and another young girl at the house are now in the custody of Child Protective Services, the office said on Facebook.
If this story doesn’t convince you to adopt a dog right now, here are several reasons to adopt from the Humane Society. And nobody messes with the Humane Society.
- Because you’ll save a life.
Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.
- Because you’ll get a great animal.
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets wound up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animals did anything wrong. Many are already housetrained and used to living with families.
- Because it’ll cost you less.
Usually when you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations (and sometimes even microchipping!) is included in the adoption price, which can save you some of the up front costs of adding a new member to your family. Depending on the animal, you may also save on housebreaking and training expenses.