Baltimore’s city shelter asked for “an angel,” as they put it, to help two very elderly dogs who lost their home.
Bruno and Caramel, 18 and 17 years old respectively, landed in BARCS last week because their human mother has gone into a hospice care center with late-stage cancer.
Bruno has arthritis and serious dental issues. Carmel is healthy, and acts as her brother’s “guardian,” as BARCS put it in a Facebook post — asking for someone to come forward, and make sure “a shelter is not where your story ends”:
You have been loyal to your mom for nearly two decades, and so you will not spend another day uncertain of who will be by your side. I will get you guys out of the shelter and care for you no matter how much time you have left.
On Saturday, those angels appeared.
Bruce and Jim — as they’ve been identified — saw Bruno and Carmel’s story on Facebook, and came into the shelter to give them a home.
“Bruce and Jim have vowed to love and care for Bruno and Caramel whether they have a week or a lifetime ahead them,” BARCS wrote in a Facebook post, that frankly has us pretty weepy.
“When they picked them up today, Bruno was snuggled up in Bruce’s lap. He told our staff that, ‘Bruno has a lap every day for the rest of his life, whether it’s for a day, a month or for years.'”
BARCS spokesperson Bailey Deacon tells Shelter Me that Bruce and Jim made “a selfless act” ensuring Bruno and Carmel would be safe.
It also eased the dogs’ mother’s worried mind, when someone from the shelter contacted her in hospice, to let her know her babies had been adopted.
“She thought for sure they would be euthanized because of their age,” says Deacon. “She was overcome with relief.”