Family Drives 16 Hours To Adopt Homeless Dog From California Shelter

This month, a family from British Columbia, Canada, hopped in their truck and drove 16 hours to an animal shelter in Sacramento, California, to adopt a homeless dog who had been waiting for someone to notice her for over two months.

According to ABC News, Paula Power, of Chilliwack, had been searching for a pit bull to adopt, but she wasn’t having any luck in the area where she lives. Determined to find a new companion, Power decided to expand her search by looking for an adoptable dog in Washington. Power contacted the Canadian Border Protection agency to see what steps she needed to take in order to bring a dog from the United States to Canada – while answering Power’s questions, an agent went a step further and informed her that the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento had announced on Facebook that they were experiencing an “overcrowding crisis.”

That tidbit of information led to Power watching the video herself on Facebook – the video inspired the Power family to embark on the lengthy journey to Northern California and it was at the shelter that they met a friendly two-year-old pit bull named “Joyce.”

On June 6, the animal shelter announced Joyce’s adoption to its Facebook followers:

This family drove 16 hours to adopt a dog from our crowded shelter! Joyce had been at the shelter for almost two months, sadly watching people pass her by for other dogs. But when this family heard we were full, they drove all the way from British Columbia, Canada to save a life. And the lucky dog they rescued was Joyce, who is a perfect fit for them.

Joyce has a new family, and a new name (Sophie, because her beautiful eyes reminded her family of actress Sophia Loren).

Sophie made the lengthy journey back to Canada, snuggled on the laps of her new family members. Bobby Mann, a spokesperson for the shelter, expressed gratitude for the Power family’s tremendous effort to adopt Joyce – Mann told ABC News:

“This family walked the walk and talked the talk and drove all the way down and found a new family member and took her back home. We couldn’t be more excited.”

Free adoptions at the shelter during the month of June have helped ease the overcrowding situation. This week, the shelter stated:

275 lives have already been saved by all the compassionate adopters who have come to our rescue during free adoptions in June! We are especially excited about all dogs who had been waiting over 3 months to find love that were finally adopted. We love our community!

Watch a heartwarming video, a Poem To My Foster Dog, here.

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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.

1 comment

  1. Lynne Reese, CAc Pals for Paws, Inc. says:

    Love this. We are supporting our shelter when it starts to fill by advertising half-price adoptions. The $30 pays for adoption, spay or neuter and vaccinations. Our charity group pays the extra $30 to the shelter to help save lives and make room for more sweet rescue or adoptable dogs.

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