A lot of dogs living in animal shelters don’t get a second chance in life. When dogs don’t get adopted from an animal shelter, most shelters would often euthanize them to make room for other rescue dogs. Although some dogs are lucky enough to be in a no-kill shelter, most still find it hard to find a forever home.
A dog named Ruby is a hardworking K9 search and rescue dog. However, before Ruby became part of the search and rescue team, she lived in an animal shelter. Ruby didn’t have a family, and she also found it hard to get adopted.
When Ruby first came to the animal shelter, she was only four or five months old. Ruby’s former owners surrendered her because she was unmanageable and had destructive behavior. When an animal shelter volunteer named Patricia Inman saw Ruby for the first time, she knew that she needed to do something to help Ruby get a forever home.
Patricia described Ruby as being a handful and energetic. Ruby would get adopted and returned over and over again because of the same reason as her first owner. Ruby had so much energy that the families who adopted her had trouble keeping up with her.
Patricia knew that Ruby is a special dog who needed a special person to give her a home. Ruby needed a job that will help Ruby focus her high energy on something productive. For most people, Ruby was already a lost cause. However, Patricia fought for Ruby.
Search and rescue dog
During that time, a dog trainer named Daniel O’Neil needed another K9 search and rescue dog. Daniel decided to take a chance on Ruby and train her from the ground up. Most search and rescue dogs are bred and raised, and shelter dogs becoming search and rescue dogs is uncommon.
However, Ruby graduated at the top of her class, and she performed numerous successful search and rescue missions. Ruby found her home, and she loves going to work every day with Daniel. One day, in a strange twist of fate, Ruby was assigned to a job that involved Patricia.
One morning, Patricia opened her son’s bedroom door to find her son gone. The police were called, and Ruby became part of the search and rescue team to look for Patricia’s son. Ruby’s son had been missing for 36 hours, and cases like this usually don’t end well.
Daniel and Ruby were searching hiking trails near Patricia’s house for several hours. All of a sudden, Daniel saw Ruby’s head pop up and started to beeline toward something. Ruby was so fast that Daniel had a hard time following her. Daniel called for Ruby, but Ruby was a dog on a mission.
When Daniel caught up to Ruby, he was so surprised by what he saw next. Ruby was next to Patricia’s son, and she was licking his face. Daniel was trembling with excitement and immediately called everyone on the radio that Ruby found Patricia’s son.
Ruby is a dog that almost ran out of hope of ever finding a loving forever home. It was Patricia who fought for Ruby to find her the perfect home. When the time came, Ruby paid it forward by finding Patricia’s missing son. Here’s an amazing and heartwarming video about Ruby and how she paid back the woman who rescued her from the shelter.
Video Source American Humane via YouTube