Dog Adopted From Shelter Brings Joy and Comfort to Cancer Patients

For several months, a pit bull named “Lady” called the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Center (BARCS) home. Not a real home, of course, but the only “home” that the former stray had. Volunteers and staff at the shelter knew that Lady was a special dog – in fact, Laura Griffiths, volunteer coordinator for BARCS, told PEOPLE that it “broke her heart” when visitors would pass Lady by.

lady-at-homeLady’s fate changed in March when Mandy Weikert and her fiancé Chris Kimple, drove from their home in Pennsylvania to the shelter. When Lady met the couple, it was “love at first sight.” Lady was adopted and she went home with her new family, quickly settling in as if she had always been there.


From the moment that Weikert met Lady, the special dog has been making her laugh. She told Shelter Me:

She is the goofiest, most loving and loyal dog I have ever owned.  It just proves that these shelter dogs have so much potential and love to give if only given the chance.

Lady’s knack for making people smile is not restricted to just her family. Weikert, who is a nurse at FHL Blood and Cancer Specialists, takes Lady to work to visit patients. She told People:

“She makes people laugh and makes people smile and makes people forget why they are there. When they are with Lady, they are not cancer patients anymore. They are just people who are happy.”


Weikert is hopeful that Lady’s story will help inspire other people to consider adoption. She told Shelter Me:

I don’t want people to read the story about my dog and then tell me how wonderful she is and how lucky I am. It’s not luck, I have read so many amazing stories about adopted dogs. One just has to be willing to take a chance and open their heart. My goal is that people will read not only lady’s story, but the stories of other shelter dogs and be willing to open their hearts and homes to a dog in need. If I hadn’t done so, my patients and I would be missing out on a whole lot of love and laughs.

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(Photos provided by BARCS)


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.