It’s painful for owners who have to leave their dogs at a shelter. Despite their good intentions of returning to once again claim their pet, many folks aren’t reunited with their animals. Lewis Jimenez and his beloved dog, Titus, were one of the lucky ones.
Lewis had to bring Titus back to the Austin Animal Center, the shelter where he once adopted him from when he was a puppy. The apartment where he lived didn’t allow pets; he’d be evicted if he didn’t get rid of Titus.
For Lewis, the shelter was his last resort; he didn’t have another place to live or anyone who could look after his pit bull. Lewis swore he’d be back for Titus, but the folks at the shelter had heard this familiar statement too many times to believe it. People brought in their pets, promising to be back for them, but they wouldn’t return to claim them in the end.
But Lewis and his family were different. It might have taken them four months to claim Titus, but they kept their word. The shelter had a photographer on hand to capture the precious reunion which they shared on social media.
“These pictures right here make our hearts so happy.
“Titus has been with us for 4 months. His family was forced to surrender him due to problems with their apartment complex, but they’ve been moving mountains to bring him home ever since.”
“Titus has been stressed out at the shelter and generally having a tough time. His family would come visit him, but we can’t imagine the heartbreak for them or him every time they had to leave without him. They had raised him from puppyhood; they were the only family he’s ever known.”
“Yesterday was the day we’ve all been waiting for. With new housing in place, Titus’ dad came to take him home. And as you can see from the photos, happiness is an understatement for this moment.”